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.
The CBT team includes a group of experienced business consultants who work with many of the world’s leading companies on strategies to leverage Unified Communications and collaboration tools to drive business value through cost savings, increased revenue, improved employee productivity and business processes.
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 »
As a signature sponsor of the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership Summit and members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council Cisco would like to congratulate all of the Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Award recipients that were officially announced today by Manufacturing Executive. These companies have been selected from a considerable pool of nominees from across the globe for their leadership in the following categories: Global Value Chain, Sustainability, New Workforce, Game-Changing Technologies, Information Leadership, Innovation and Operational Excellence.
Virtualization on the plant floor
“While IT networks already use virtualization extensively, its benefits are moving into industrial networks. Five diverse viewpoints on its advantages and implementation are offered.”
Great article in the recent Control Engineering magazine on the the topic of virtualization for manufacturing environments. Control Engineering states it is a major discussion, so they are approaching it from a variety of viewpoints. “Below are the stories written from industry professionals and their viewpoints on virtualization.”
The article can be linked to at Control Engineering by clicking on the following links…
- Getting more from less, Joel Conover, Cisco
- Virtualization lifecycle considerations, Paul Hodge, Honeywell Process Solutions
- Breaking chains to improve delivery, Grant LaSueur, Invensys Operations Management
- Building reusable engineering, Anthony Baker, Rockwell Automation
- Preparing your power distribution system, Jim Tessler, Eaton
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