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Executive Perspectives Part 2 – Toyota Streamlines Business with Cisco

December 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm PST

Check out this part 2 of our Executive Perspectives series. Here we follow on from Part One: Executive Perspectives and AkzoNobel – Manufacturing Industry CIO/CXO Special – Part 1, and look at how one of Cisco’s customers in the automotive industry has partnered to gain real business benefits.

A well-known brand and Cisco customer

Following the economic turbulence of the “Great Recession,” Toyota felt the need to improve its revenue structures. These earnings are directly linked to advanced work performed by knowledge workers in areas such as research and development on new cars, production, and sales. Toyota also wanted to shorten its product time-to-market to maintain its competitive market lead. The firm turned to the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) to help Toyota determine where improvements could be made and how to implement them.

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Honeywell Strengthens Wireless Solutions Offering With Cisco

November 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm PST

Otherwise known as: “Industry Leaders Expand Customer Choice and Reduces Total Cost of Ownership”.

A press release out of Honeywell’s Baveno, Italy site late last month told of Honeywell’s announcement that it is offering wireless access point[s] (the Aironet 1552 Access Points to be precise) from Cisco -- “global leader in networking”, as part of Honeywell’s OneWireless™ solution of industrial wireless products and services.

The Press Release stated that “These solutions provides customers seeking to implement a long-term, plant-wide wireless infrastructure at their industrial facilities with industry leading technology and support from two of the largest and most established wireless solutions providers in the world.”

It was all about Cisco’s new Aironet 1552 Access Point together with Honeywell’s OneWireless network, providing wireless coverage for both Wi-Fi applications and ISA100.11a field instruments under a single infrastructure and minimizing total cost of ownership.  Read More »

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Should manufacturing embrace the cloud?

November 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm PST

Cloud Computing: you’ve heard of it, but how will it affect you as a manufacturer? Is it the right solution for your industry or not?

Cisco has released its recent Global Cloud Index projections which state that Cloud Traffic will increase 12-fold between 2010 and 2015.

The Cisco Cloud Index covers three crucial areas focused on data center and cloud traffic trends and next-generation service or application adoption. They include: Read More »

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Access the Future of your Machine, Today

I read something the other day: today is the future’s past.

And I thought about that for a bit and decided to turn it around to machine builders. Today you deliver machines to end users that utilize your machines to make things. Tomorrow that end user will want more from that machine. How will you deliver it? Because if you don’t, you will really be in the past.

Part of the answer lies in Secure Remote Access. Part of it lies in trust between you and the end user (who by the way is your customer, if you haven’t figured that out).

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Executive Perspectives and AkzoNobel – Manufacturing Industry CIO/CXO Special – Part 1

November 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm PST

I feel I should tell you first of all that I wrote this blog on an Airplane. I also connected into a WebEx meeting and met up with my fellow Cisco employees to talk about Industries and find out what was going on in San Jose whilst I was in the air somewhere between San Jose and Dallas. I surprised my wife by calling her via my laptop and saying ‘Hi’!

This is therefore our first Cisco Manufacturing Industry blog written and published whilst flying. Wow, we’ve come a long way since I was a trainee!

Anyway, I’m actually more excited that I don’t have to stop blogging and can bring you the news of a great video reference that Cisco collaborated with AzoNobel on:

In the video AkzoNobel’s CIO, Pieter Schoehuijs describes how converging technologies empower an integrated supply chain. As a 14bn Euro concern operating in over 80 countries worldwide, they are the largest paint and coatings company in the world, and a leading producer of specialty chemicals.

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