Cisco Live’s first ever “Industrial Intelligence Day” focusing on manufacturing and industrial customer needs was judged a great success according to the feedback given at the sessions in Las Vegas this week. In an action packed day attendees heard about trends in network convergence between business IT and Industrial plant networks, and how standard Ethernet IP protocols were becoming prevalent in industrial and control networks.
As Master of Ceremonies, I had the pleasure of introducing Alan Cohen, Vice President, Global Public Sector & Industry Solutions. Alan kicked off the day talking about the care-abouts of executives in Manufacturers and how Cisco is addressing them. He used real-life customer examples such as Coca-Cola, General Motors, GE, Continental Tire and Anglo Platinum. Alan expressed how Cisco was helping these customers address the challenges of Growth, Market Transitions, Innovation, Risk and Goverance. This set up a good interactive environment for Bryce Barnes and John Parello to introduce Energy and Sustainability for the manufacturing sector. Bryce pointed out that 35% of all energy usage in the world is consumed by manufacturing industry and we added that that figure goes over 50% if you include the transportation and distribution of those manufactured goods and materials.
After watching John Chamber’s Insightful Keynote, delegates returned to hear Paul Didier and Chris Haley (both Cisco) and Gregory Wilcox (Rockwell Automation) talk about the status and trends for wired LANs including resilience and security with a fascinating presentation on Motion from Gregory. That was followed by wireless strategies from David Wolf and Scott Friberg from Cisco talking about wireless innovations and real-world testing where wireless is now deemed appropriate for time critical applications. Then delegates went to the main tent for a thought-provoking session.
After visiting the big tent to watch Cisco ‘Futurist’ Dave Evans, delegates returned to hear from Pradeep Kathail (Cisco) and Joe Kann (Rockwell) about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how Industrial Intelligence will forever change the plants, factories and field systems in the manufacturing world. This lead to Cisco’s Executive Director, Bob Dean, moderating a panel of Cisco, Rockwell, Media and Research experts to discuss their views on where the business of manufacturing was headed. There was continued strong audience participation with delegates asking about the need for IPv6, convergence RoI, MES standards, customer investment priorities and how the convergence also includes software apps, business architectures and process change.
All in all a fascinating day of presentations, discussions and questions and answers. All delegates agreed on the value and are looking forward to a repeat next year. When I get the link to the Cisco Live 2011 slides I’ll post them here. In the meantime, let me have your comments -- on Cisco Live generally, and the Industrial intelligence Day in particular! And watch out tomorrow, when I tell you more about some of the solutions on show at the ‘World of Solutions’ at Cisco Live.