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Cisco Manufacturing’s social media activities for Rockwell Automation Fair

Rockwell Automation Fair is only a few weeks away!

Automation Fair is Rockwell Automation’s largest user conference and tradeshow. In 2011, it will be held at the McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, from November 15th-17th.  Over 13,000 attendees are expected to attend this annual showcase of manufacturing solutions. The event is free for attendees.

We in Cisco Manufacturing are extremely excited about our presence and booth at Rockwell Automation Fair (RAF). The technologies and solutions we will demonstrating will be focused on the collaboration, security, and network convergence we are bringing to the production environment.

We are packing a full schedule, so make sure to follow us on all of our social media channels to learn more about the event and all that Cisco has to offer there!

Our blog is our hub (you’re reading it right now). All of our RAF information, including blogs, daily event digests and reflections, links to videos and pictures, etc. will appear here:

http://blogs.cisco.com/category/manufacturing/

Our teaser videos will be posted on our YouTube channel. Also, video shot by our team live at RAF will be posted here as well:

http://youtubecisco.com/manufacturing

Join us for in-depth discussions with other manufacturing thought leaders regarding RAF on our LinkedIn channel:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Cisco-Connected-Manufacturing-3836381

Our Flickr account is where you will find photos taken live at the event:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cisco_pics/sets/72157628044783382/

We will be tweeting live from RAF and amplifying our social media activities leading up to the event.

Our umbrella twitter handle is:

@CiscoMFG

The following are the team members who will be tweeting live at RAF:

@PGrangerCISCO, Peter Granger, Senior Global Market Manager
@wylie_mark, Mark Wylie, Manufacturing Industry Solutions Manager
@KevinDavenport, Kevin Davenport, Global Solutions Manager for Industrial Intelligence

Also, be sure to follow Rockwell Automation at @AutomationFair and view their list of Media and Partners who will be attending and tweeting about the event. Use the RAF hashtag #autofair in your Tweets!

http://twitter.com/#!/AutomationFair/automation-fair

We hope you’re as excited as we are about Automation Fair. So please join the conversation and tell us what you’d like to see from Cisco at the event!

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Made in the USA, again Part 2

In my previous blog, “Made in the USA, again,” I discussed a report from BCG which claimed that by “by 2015 manufacturing in some parts of the US will be just as economical as manufacturing in China.” While this may sound very encouraging, 2015 may be a bit overly-optimistic. Even one of my colleagues tweeted about my blog: “2015 seems too early and not sure I agree.”

This issue, and BCG’s report, were reported recently in my favorite magazine (I know, I know — they refer to themselves as a “newspaper”), The Economist. Read More »

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Trends, Care-abouts and Industrial Networks: Guy Denis – Cisco Insiders Series

About the ‘Cisco Insiders Series’ – You won’t find product pre-announcements, insider trading tips or other things we can’t tell you about here! You will find, however, nuggets of information from provoking thought leaders that you would easily miss if we didn’t bring them to you here. Get a competitive blog-edge by reading this series!

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Guy Denis recently.  He has been one of those instrumental in forming Cisco’s approach to Industrial Automation – both inside Cisco and for our customers. He’s been focused on how industrial processes can be improved with emerging technologies, and how the IT and plant-floor systems are converging to provide business and industrial process benefits.

Right now the Internet is abuzz about the Cloud and what it means for customers, suppliers, IT and Service Providers. A lot of buzz too about ‘The Internet of Things’, which talks about billions of devices on the network in a few years time. But you know me – I wanted to move the conversation more to the factory. What’s clear is that the Cloud is not just for commercial and carpeted areas. It’s moving to the plant floor and beyond. Not just people and computers talking to each other, but machines talking to people and to other machines. So I wanted to learn more about how the network is evolving to cope with industrial automation and embrace the cloud from a machine perspective.

First off, I asked Guy what he thought of as the major trends emerging in industrial automation that he believed would impact the market for the next 10 years. Read More »

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Sleep well, CxO

What keeps a manufacturing CxO up at night? Many things, for sure, but what in particular would allow these weary executives to get their well-earned rest?

Cisco’s Chet Namboodri, Director of Manufacturing Industry Solutions and Marketing, has asked many customers and industry executives this insomnia question.  Here are their top 5: Read More »

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Converging on Convergence, Part Two

We recently co-hosted a Voice of the Customer (VoC) event where we had several End User manufacturing customers as well as Machine Builders and Systems Integrators present. My new series on Machine Builders will start next week, but I wanted to capture a few thoughts and ask for opinions.

We’ve been working along on an assumption that many End User manufacturing customers are reducing their engineering staff and working under cost pressures as well as time pressure. We presumed that they are relegating or subcontracting a lot of the work that would typically be done in house back to machine builders or systems integrators. This clearly has impact on the business model of a machine builder, considering up front design, integration, installation, support and retrofitting. Read More »

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