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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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(almost) real-time social media at Automation Fair

November 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm PST

(almost) real-time social media

We wanted our social media strategy for this year’s Automation Fair to be (almost) real-time; we wanted you to feel like you were attending the event as it unfolded.

Additionally, if you were at the event and weren’t able to see everything, then we wanted you to be able to catch-up on things you may have missed. So if you didn’t make it to our booth on the first day, then you could see a preview of what we had to offer to make sure you visited the second day.

Essentially, this is how we accomplished our goal: Read More »

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Höganäs North America chooses Cisco over others for Unified Wireless and Secure Network – Part 2

November 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm PST

Today, at Höganäs North America, the high-performance Cisco network delivers the day-to-day voice and data communications needed for around-the-clock communications and network connectivity that are vital to Höganäs’ staff for not only daily operations but to ensure the safety of their 80 plant employees: activities such as enabling crane operators servicing furnaces to alert nearby teams to help ensure their safety for example.

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Cisco — covering 84% of the globe

November 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm PST

Global Convergence

Everyone knows that Cisco is a global company. But it is rare that we get to see so many of our international colleagues in one place at one time.

Automation Fair was such a place and time! Check out our counterparts from AMEA, Europe, and Latin America in this video shot live on the Automation Fair floor. Read More »

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Opening the Machine Network

So here we are. Last week was Automation Fair. What did you learn?

Oh, you didn’t go? Well, that is your loss, truly. A free show in Chicago where you could have learned about all sorts of new products and insights from Rockwell Automation and their network of partners, of which Cisco is a proud Alliance Partner. And you would have gotten free breakfast and lunch too!

Ok, in multiple booths we showed how one machine can integrate into another, and form a production line. Funny how that happens. We at Cisco are a part of ODVA, a trade association of many partners that subscribe to open standard networks.

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