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Productivity Gains Through Culture, Visuality, and Collaboration (Part 1)

Collaboration is in vogue! Companies across multiple industries are implementing a variety of process changes, systems, and tools to improve collaboration among their employees.

While these companies recognize the potential of collaboration, most have captured and quantified benefits only in relatively mundane areas such as reduced travel costs and time-related savings. Read More »

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Technology Innovation: Disrupt—or Be Disrupted

An explosion of new technologies is creating new winners and losers in nearly every industry. You only have to look at the changing fortunes of Apple and Hewlett-Packard in the personal computer/tablet arena over the last decade to see how innovation can propel one company into superstar status, while another becomes irrelevant in the same market space.

So how can companies gain and hold an edge in technology innovation? In an engagement with a major global manufacturer, Cisco IBSG identified three key factors in the product innovation process that companies must clearly understand and be able to orchestrate:

  • Technology Strategy: Develop a technology strategy based on internal and external scans of rapidly emerging capabilities. These should include an assessment of each technology’s ability to disrupt, its stage of incubation, differentiating factors, competitive alternatives, and identification of platform choices. Developing a business and technology architecture for how the technology fits into your company’s platform portfolio is a critical step in this analysis.
  • Ecosystem Management: Arrange and manage ecosystem partners by assessing the need for technologies to perform certain functions that extend beyond your own internal capabilities, such as the ability to connect to a broader environment. You will need to understand existing and future profit pools to validate partner choices. For example, providing “smart services,” such as analytics, can extend a product’s useful life and be the source of long-term profitability, for both you and the ecosystem partners that deliver them.
  • Market Interactions: Prepare and execute detailed plans for managing market interactions, from initial introduction through full-scale market management. This includes an ongoing analysis of customer reactions, portfolio management, media communications, and potential competitors.

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Welcome Arun Saksena, Cisco IBSG, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

June 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm PST

Please Welcome Arun Saksena to the Manufacturing Industry Blog.

It is with great pleasure I introduce Arun Saksena as our latest Manufacturing Industry Thought Leader. Arun has had a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently Director and Global High-Tech Lead, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Arun recently. In his role as  Global High-Tech Lead in  IBSG, Arun has been instrumental in forming Cisco’s approach to Innovation – both inside Cisco and for our customers, as well as looking at global integration and collaboration for many of those customers. Arun has  published many papers such as:

1. High-Tech Industry: The Road to Profitability Through Global Integration and Collaboration (Click on this link to download)

2. Manufacturing Innovation -- Transforming Manufacturing Product and Service
Innovation With People, Process, and Technology -- a White Paper (Click on this link to download)

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Cisco Live 2012 Happenings – Manufacturing Industry related

June 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST

Connected Industries Booth

It was great to see the Cisco Connected Industries Booth that I blogged about recently humming at Cisco Live this week. Lots of delegates interested in talking about Converged Plant-wide networks, Machine-to-Machine applications and technologies, and all the different network sensing, diagnostic and management capabilities of our Partners such as Rockwell Automation, Panduit Corp, Emerson , OSIsoft LLC and Honeywell Process Solutions.

Maciej Kranz, CIBU VP, talks to attendees

I videoed a few of the demos and will talk about them in future blogs, but I wanted to share some great images from the booth, and also from the ‘Table-Topics’ I helped moderate on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some delegates really get the trends and are on their way to implemented open standards networks throughout their organizations. During the Table topics a pharmaceutical company and a utilities company talked about ‘Wireless in Manufacturing’ and the direction they were taking. There are challenges ahead and we talked about how Cisco was helping to tackle some of the key ones -- security and manageability came out tops, so Cisco’s Secure-X architecture advances were appreciated.

Table Topics provides a relaxed discussion

The Rockwell Robot, the OSIsoft PI software, the Panduit solutions and the Emerson and Honeywell sensor networks booths (Wireless Hart and ISA100 respectively) were all big draws, as were the new IE2000 hardened switches from Cisco. There was huge interest in the M2M demonstrations and the way the ‘Internet of Things’ is becoming as huge as the 2008 forecasts predicted.

The Cisco Live event is a mixture of learning, networking and discussion. If you get a chance to attend you’ll meet folks from all over the world and see that the challenges and solutions are often not that different between countries or organizations.

Watch out for my next blogs where I go into more depth on the demonstrations and messaging from Cisco.

 

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Cisco Live 2012 San Diego, USA, June 10th-14th – Connected Industries

June 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm PST

Cisco Live US June 10th-14th

The largest gathering of Cisco customers takes place this week in San Diego, California. Taking place from the 10th to the 14th of June, Cisco Live 2012 is a great venue to see some of the latest technologies and solutions for the manufacturing and industrial sectors. 

You can get education and training on the latest technologies and trends, and get tested and certified on Cisco products. One of the best benefits is mingling with like-minded colleagues, Cisco professional, and Cisco Partners.

For companies attending who are in the  manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, transportation, and energy industries,  we invite you to stop by the Connected Industries booth, #2934.  Read More »

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