Connecting Dark Assets: An ongoing series on how the Internet of Everything is transforming the ways in which we live, work, play, and learn.
If you’re trying to run a business today, you are undoubtedly dealing with global manufacturing and distribution systems—and competitors from around the world. The Internet has given companies of all sizes access to a global marketplace, and that means competing in an environment where cost is king, and margins are razor-thin. No wonder manufacturers and distributors are trying to squeeze every bit of inefficiency out of every link in their supply chains.
Fortunately, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is here to light up “dark” supply chain assets by connecting them to data, things, and processes that multiply their value. As a matter of fact, Cisco Consulting Services’ research shows that IoE has the potential to create or migrate $2.7 trillion in value over 10 years’ time by improving supply chain and logistics efficiency and reducing waste.
Take, for example, the common forklift. It’s an ubiquitous feature of factories, warehouses, and loading docks everywhere—but not tremendously efficient when you factor in the time it takes for a driver to locate the correct pallet, and the damage that sometimes occurs while navigating stacked pallets through narrow warehouse aisles. But when IoE “lights up” this dark asset by giving it sensing capabilities and connecting it to the right data and software, the forklift becomes an auto-guided vehicle (AGV) that can find its own way through a massive warehouse. The AGV can go directly to the correct pallet of goods and deliver it at the right time to the right place. It will even plug itself into a charging station at the right time to ensure optimal battery life.
But it’s not just auto-guided forklifts that are transforming warehouse efficiency—sometimes it’s robot-guided shelves. Amazon is using small Kiva warehouse robots to move portable shelves from warehouse storage to an area around the perimeter Read More »
#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Engineer Eric Howard, about Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP). Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Brad Haynes and Bill Carter are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
As you probably saw at the beginning of the week, Cisco made a big announcement around all of the momentum we’ve seen so far on our approach to cloud. Edison Peres even came by the Partner Blog to share his insight on how partners can engage and explain the roles you can play to meet customers’ needs.
Just in case you missed it, be sure to read Edison’s blog and let us know what you think. Our approach continues to be partner-centric, and with Intercloud, you have more opportunities than ever with Cisco.
CRN – 100 People You Don’t Know but Should
In CRN’s annual look at individuals building channel programs, designing special incentives, educating solution providers and evangelizing hot technologies, Cisco had three of our very own featured! Please join us in congratulating Steve Benvenuto, Sr. Director, Business Development, Cisco Channel Partner Programs; Faisal Hanafi, Vice President of Strategy and Partner Experience; and Susie Wee, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Networked Experiences.
CRN itself says this list recognizes the unseen channel professionals from vendor organizations who consistently drive success for Solution Providers. These directors, vice presidents and officers roll their sleeves up and lead their channel programs with resolve, excellence and creativity. Again, we welcome you to take a moment to congratulate Steve, Faisal and Susie for being recognized for all of their hard work. Read More »
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