We all know something about the evolution of agriculture. Once upon a time, a horse pulled a plow, led by a man who spent days upon days in the fields. And small, local rivers were dammed to redirect water to crops. Today, monster machines plow acres in minutes. And irrigation systems feed farms that are hundreds of miles away.
The long-term evolution of productivity and efficiency was dramatic. But what does the near-term evolution of business processes look like?
I hope you can join Cisco at Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo. You’ll get near-term business evolution insights from folks like Barry Libenson, CIO of Land O’ Lakes, Inc., and Ron Gilson, CIO of Johnsonville Sausage, Inc. They’ll join Marie Hattar, Cisco’s Vice President of Enterprise Segment Marketing and Bhavani Amirthalingam, World Wide Technology Inc.’s Vice President of Information Technology on Monday, October 22nd at 3:30 pm to discuss the topic, “Work Your Way: A Mobility Strategy for Business Success”.
Cisco’s Unified Workspace makes “Work Your Way” possible
Just a short decade ago manufacturers communicated by phone, by email and by foot. Many business conversations occurred in the same geographic location. Product management, operations meetings and training often occurred on the same campus. A company’s culture and reputation was defined by things like face-to-face meetings, hallway conversations, employee recognition and the attention provided to customers.
Today, employees, supply chains and processes are widely dispersed. Meanwhile, skilled workers are retiring and they’re harder to replace. What evolutionary solutions are manufacturers choosing in order to bring remote and shrinking resources together?
Land O’ Lakes produces dairy products. Johnsonville is a sausage producer. They deliver high-quality, low-tech goods to consumers, yet these forward-thinking business leaderswill talk about the new possibilities for transforming productivity and efficiency, thanks to mobility and unified workspaces.
In many cases, younger workers introduced mobility to the workplace. Thanks to them, Land O’ Lakes, Johnsonville, and World Wide Technology (WWT) are embracing secure, mobile business processes on the factory floor, in business offices and in the field. As a result they’re able to hire and retain skilled workers, release products faster, reach experts more quickly and respond to customers far more rapidly than they did a decade ago.
WWT, an integrator with 2,000 employees spread around the word, has discovered that mobility isn’t just about enabling employees to move, it’s also about enabling employees anywhere to work as though they’re at the office and maintaining the same close-knit culture they had when they visited each other on foot.
Will you be at ITxpo? I hope you’ll come to hear these visionaries talk of what they’ve learned from the past, how they’re capitalizing on current mobility resources, and their views on the possibilities of what is yet to come.