A very warm welcome to David Bell, Industry Solutions Consultant Architect, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog!
David is a Cisco Consulting Solutions Architect, and has a wealth of experience with a number of industries: he works in a global consultancy role at Cisco working closely with customers to deliver innovative industrial networking solutions. David has extensive experience in Manufacturing, Utilities, Mining and Transportation industries. Read More »
The world of transportation is rapidly changing, which is in turn driving rapid change in the world of manufacturing. Transportation products of all kinds have had connectivity in some form for many years however; the connectivity was confusing, unreliable and often deficient in adequate bandwidth and technology to sustain a continuous stream of interactions between equipment and operation centers. New means of M2M have emerged out of necessity, which have broadened the ecosystem of participants to include tech companies, service providers, and others. Read More »
I really like it when a research firm goes out to do primary research. We can all pontificate about what customers want. We all have our own opinions and anecdotes.
But when Aberdeen Group wanted to find out about the current Industrial Networking trends and directions and wanted to find out why manufacturers were converging Corporate IT and Operational Technology (OT) networks, (and what was the business case for it?) they went out and talked to real executives in real companies.
“Manufacturing is an industry with complex operations, where the success of any organization lies in producing high quality products at lower costs at the right time. This requires companies to enable real-time visibility into operations at the plant floor as well as at the executive level to make intelligent decisions. Aberdeen’s surveyed over 150 executives to understand how industry leaders are taking advantage of industrial networking to enable real-time visibility into data to optimize production, maintenance, and safety.”
Today, industrial networks are being impacted by a number of trends – convergence of industrial and enterprise networks, growing inter-connectivity across industrial equipment, and heightened security concerns. Come visit Cisco in Hall 8, Stand 26 at Hannover Messe to see what we have to offer for manufacturing, mining, transportation, and oil, gas and energy companies. Read More »
Have you noticed all those iPads around the factory? All around the production areas, the office areas and the warehouse? These mobile connected devices and applications are quickly changing business and organizational models.
They are also changing employee habits and the way we work, as more and more users depend on tablets, such as the Apple iPad, for a variety of daily personal and professional tasks.
It’s not just Apple, though they’re the most common. All those other tablets too. Some of the others are capable of a drop or two, or more onto hard concrete!
The most prevalent use case that IT departments need to solve for is the one where an employee brings their own personal device into the company and seeks to gain network access. This is happening a lot these days. Funny, but companies are finding this is one of the ways they are attracting and keeping talent, especially young talent, so listen up!