I feel I should tell you first of all that I wrote this blog on an Airplane. I also connected into a WebEx meeting and met up with my fellow Cisco employees to talk about Industries and find out what was going on in San Jose whilst I was in the air somewhere between San Jose and Dallas. I surprised my wife by calling her via my laptop and saying ‘Hi’!
This is therefore our first Cisco Manufacturing Industry blog written and published whilst flying. Wow, we’ve come a long way since I was a trainee!
In the video AkzoNobel’s CIO, Pieter Schoehuijs describes how converging technologies empower an integrated supply chain. As a 14bn Euro concern operating in over 80 countries worldwide, they are the largest paint and coatings company in the world, and a leading producer of specialty chemicals.
Many European readings will be familiar with Dulux paints (acquired from ICI) and their famous dog used in the TV commercials for decades. It’s one of several stories in the latest Manufacturing Industry Executive Perspectives – designed to create conversations with CXOs and CIOs.
Working with Cisco and utilizing ground-breaking technologies, AkzoNobel want to stay ahead of their competitors and provide their customers with the best service available. That means an Integrated Supply Chain, integrated with customers and suppliers, and reliance on both a private and public cloud approach with many technologies from Cisco involved. This means a different way of creating, manufacturing and delivering to their customers.
How? Well, I don’t want to put out too many spoilers (code for you’ll have to watch the video), but one challenge was how to collaborate worldwide when plants are all over the globe and as close to the customer as they are. That’s how the customer themselves become part of the manufacturing process, with systems connected securely and reliably.
And that means remote secure monitoring too (some plants unmanned!). Hence Cisco. Find out more in the video – integrated supply chains are all about getting closer to you customer, and AkzoNobel are now looking at how they do research and development – crowdsourcing techniques and the like to have a multiply-effect for innovation and ideas.
Do you have these challenges? How are you solving them? Let me know! I’m always looking for more Industrial Intelligence!
You can read more stories like these on our Special Manufacturing Industry Executive Perspectives site by clicking here.