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Bombardier Trains and Cisco Systems – Connecting the Human Network

July 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm PST

For those of us who didn’t know, Bombardier builds what they call “complete,  sustainable rail transportation systems’. These  days that’s important.

Bombardier’s customers are transit agencies around the world, and the company must continually innovate to help its customers operate trains efficiently, safely, and with a superior passenger experience. Bombardier came to Cisco for assistance in developing an on-board network that will give its customers efficient, cost-effective capabilities that enhance the passenger experience.

Peter Granger, Industry Marketing Manager talks about Bombardier’s implementation of a ruggedized mobile network

Customer comment: “Transit agencies purchase their railcar systems with the expectation of them lasting for many years,” says Erik Larsen, Engineering Specialist II, Network Communications and Security for Bombardier. “Cisco helped us design a network that provides leading-edge industrial intelligence to support agencies’ strategies for attracting and maintaining ridership while easily scaling to meet their changing needs over time.” Read More »

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The new manufacturing workforce enabled by Cisco Unified Access

July 31, 2012 at 4:34 am PST

My eldest nephew is a recent college graduate.  He lives in Boston and walks to work, which is less than 2 miles from his apartment.  When I was his age, I commuted fifty miles in bumper-to-bumper traffic to get to work (uphill, both ways)!

Young, skilled workers who want to live, work and socialize locally are pushing companies to locate in cities.  Many employers are accommodating the hiring demands of the new workforce, as a means to recruit and retain new talent.

An estimated 10 million manufacturing jobs are currently unfilled due to a growing skills gap.  As the talent pool shrinks, companies are paying close attention to what the next generation of skilled workers wants – all with the end goal of employing, retaining and keeping workers away from the competition.

Watch the video that I refer to later in the blog

An undeniable truth is that these young workers, and most of their not-so-young co-workers, want the freedom to use their own personal smartphones and tablets at work. And more than ever, they want to use them from anywhere, even when they’re on the move. This mobile BYOD desire is causing an avalanche of new devices (15 billion by 2015), applications and cloud-based services.

Business and IT leaders are paying attention.  A May 2012 Cisco IBSG Horizons Study reveals that IT is saying yes to BYOD. A whopping 95% of respondents say their organizations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace.  Have a look at Peter Granger’s blog to learn about how manufacturers are implementing BYOD.

Working according to our own terms does present a variety of new business and IT infrastructure challenges. And thanks to Cisco Unified Access, employers can safely accommodate the demands of the new workforce, and enhance their own business productivity in the process. 

The new workforce’s insistence on working their way may not only change the way we do business; it just might ease that bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic!

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Welcome Sue Nolin, Industry Marketing Manager, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

July 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm PST

It’s a pleasure to introduce Sue Nolin, Cisco’s newest Manufacturing Industry Marketing team member.

Sue Nolin rejoins Cisco after ten years in the world of successful networking start-ups.  She was formerly with Cisco’s VPN and Security Business Unit, as the result of Cisco’s acquisition of Atliga Networks in 2000.  Sue has since sold and marketed networking solutions commonly used by manufacturing industries.  They  include WiFi, RFID and Unified Communications technologies, and how they are applied to address business problems.

Sue looks forward  to sharing her views and thoughts on manufacturing  industry-relevant topics and to  your comments on her blogs. Agree or disagree? Tell us! Sue has a bachelor’s degree in English/Communications from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts,  so don’t criticize her writing -- just her views!

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Productivity Gains Through Culture, Visuality, and Collaboration (Part 2): The Importance of Organizational Culture and Leadership

In my previous post, I described the challenges senior management faces in scaling collaboration capabilities to address business needs and the way work is done today.

Electronic and whiteboard displays, lean practices, and collaboration tools by themselves are clearly not enough. Management needs to take a holistic approach to develop and integrate capabilities in three areas to address the challenge of capturing the next wave of productivity gains: culture and leadership, extended workplace visuality, and pervasive collaboration.

Organizational culture and leadership are probably the single most important factors in enabling gains in employee productivity and innovation that result from knowledge work. Morten Hansen, in his book Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results, provides an excellent perspective on what management can do to identify barriers to collaboration and design solutions to overcome them. Most of these barriers are cultural and particularly severe in large global corporations with multiple business units, complex matrix organizational structures, and operations that span multiple countries. Read More »

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What is Cisco IBSG? Find out more here!

July 23, 2012 at 8:26 am PST

Well, first of all, Cisco IBSG stands for Internet Business Solutions Group. IBSG is the premier thought-leadership group within Cisco when it comes to helping customers realize the benefits of the trends and advances in technology, networking and new business processes. Listen to one of the key IBSG leaders for Industry to find out more in the video.

The Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) is comprised of industry influencers and business strategists who have deep experience across multiple sectors and regions.  IBSG helps CXOs and public-sector leaders solve their most critical business challenges by developing strategic solutions based on business-process transformation and innovative technology.

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