You probably saw my earlier blog telling you that The Cisco Connected Industries Group (CIG) were at Cisco Live!, and I just got word that over 3,000 attended over the four days in Melbourne. There was strong interest in follow-up meetings by over a hundred folks who were keenly interested in mining and Oil and Gas, in addition to Manufacturing. Not surprising really, as the region has a solid industry in these three areas. Many folks were very interested in the 819 for 4G mobile assets (think earth movers and that kind of thing), and the IE2000 was well received.
Isn’t it great to meet your respected peers all in one place to share ideas on improving industrial business performance?
Executives, engineers, developers and analysts did just that at the ARC World Industry Forum in Orlando recently. And Cisco representatives were there to discuss the challenges and rewards of networking in industrial environments. Here is a summary on forum discussions specific to cyber security, the Internet of Things and risk management.
Brian Uffelman is a Security Solutions Architect for the Cisco Connected Industries Group. In this video Brian summarizes his talk on securing the end-to-end (Plant-to-Business) network from internal network threats. Brian speaks of the benefits of a complete security architecture that starts in the DMZ to keep threats out of the network and extends security all the way to the individual production user. Read More »
Cisco Connected Industries are present in Melbourne showing off some of the latest ruggedized equipment that Cisco has for industrial users such as those in the manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Mining sectors.
Manufacturing’s evolving workforce has introduced both challenges and opportunities to the manufacturing industry. With the increasing penetration of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, manufacturers are seeking ways to leverage their newly-connected workers to enhance the impact of the enterprise network and adapt to the needs of its employees and customers. The reasoning is simple. Deploying mobile collaboration technologies on the plant floor adds value by connecting factory product experts with R&D, sales and even maintenance teams that are off-site. Until recently, plant floor engineering resources were “off the grid,” detaching product knowledge and real-time production status from enhancing global operations, sales, and customer support. Adding these previously untapped workers to the network brings exciting collaboration opportunities from reducing plant floor downtime to sharing best practices across the manufacturing enterprise. This new level of connectedness can also go beyond internal uses to benefit customers and partners who rely on manufacturing efficiency and information sharing.
Jason leads the Manufacturing, High Tech and Energy verticals for Cisco’s Customer Business Transformation (CBT) consulting practice which is a part of the Collaboration Technology Group here at Cisco.
As a technical project manager and consultant skilled in analyzing and improving business processes, Jason has many years experience managing organizational change and optimizing workflow for organizations of all sorts. He is trained in Six Sigma process improvement methodology, e-commerce strategy, and financial analysis. Read More »