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Industrial IP Advantage the IT and OT Broker

The IT (Information Technology) and the OT (Operational Technology) “worlds” are requiring convergence to meet the growing complexity of a more informed customer driven market. Not only in the technical sense, but also organizationally. 

I don’t know about you, but trying to keep up with the alphabet soup of acronymous in one world is difficult enough, but when we attempt to combine both “worlds” it can be  nauseating to say the least, and produce a terrible “soup” of acronyms   I mean both organizations speak different languages, right?  OEE, EOL, CNC, MTTR, EtherNet/IP, etc.. for OT, and  SNAP, OSPF,  EOF, NAT, IP etc.. for IT. The IT world is more formal too, right?  For example, IT SIP’s and OT umm ……..CIP’s.

Can you imagine the language and cultural challenges of both worlds trying to understand each others language let alone work jointly to execute programs and projects that drive business value for their company’s and markets?  I’ve heard in some organizations that proposition often times causes a bigger confrontation than the epic Ali vs. Frazier “Thrilla in Manila” battle, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  In fact, the Industrial IP Advantage website is an educational community of both IT and OT professionals. A IT and OT broker if you will.  You will find that the two worlds are not so different.IIPA Logo

 
Paul Brooks, Rockwell Automation; Dan McGrath, Panduit and Kevin Davenport of Cisco discuss how OT and IT professionals can leverage the Industrial IP Advantage community to accelerate the adoption of IP technology to converge both “worlds” and extract tangible value from the IoE opportunity.

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Left to right: Philippe Beaulieu (Librestream), Dan McGrath (Panduit), Paul Brooks (Rockwell Automation), Kevin Davenport (Cisco)

The IT and OT worlds have more commonality than differences.  In fact, one of the common areas of focus for both worlds revolve around “standardization.”  Historically, OT technology projects and deployments have leveraged modified Ethernet implementations to connect machines, sensors and the like on plant floors.  This approached has produced many different flavors of industrial modified ethernet protocols, such as, ProfiNet, EtherCAT, Powerlink, etc.. Although these ethernet implementations allowed manufacturers to move further away from costly, difficult to maintain, and hard to scale proprietary technology the industry recognizes that a more universal standard technology approach is required to take advantage of the Internet of Everything (IoE) revolution and the 3.88 trillion dollar of manufacturing value associated with the IoE opportunity.  That standard technology foundation is Internet Protocol (IP).

By using the power of standard, unmodified Internet Protocol (IP) manufacturers finally have a universal technology platform that improves connectivity between people, partners and processes, devices, departments and systems in industrial applications, and opens up new opportunities for productivity, efficiency and flexibility. Industrial IP Advantage is an idea and resource to bridge the language and cultures barriers of IT and OT together and  drive the business and technical values required to meet the demands of the new consumer.

Please register for the community and join a growing community of your IT and OT peers who are innovating, learning and accelerating the adoption of IP to shorten their design cycles, drive supply chain agility, connect in more meaningful ways with customers and drive increased profit for their company.  In addition, you’ll have fun learning a new language.

 

 

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Cisco Live 2013 – Great feedback for Industry Sessions, and it’s not over yet…

June 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm PST

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Wow, one of the best Cisco Live events yet: Cisco has its mojo back (analyst comments!); attendees engaging in great dialogue, and Cisco and Partner Presenters and demonstrations better than ever!

The keynote sessions are always packed, and with the big-name executives on show that’s hardly surprising. I, for one, was also impressed at how well attended the breakout sessions were too. The World of solutions was packed a lot of the time as well, with huge interest in the Internet of Things pavilion.

There was a welcome surprise in store for attendees of the session number BRKIND-1229, on “Cisco Industrial Solutions and Best Practices for Manufacturing”, as Chet Namboodri had arranged for an exclusive live Business Industry over Telepresence demo – piped in from the west coast all the way to Orlando – the world is getting smaller folks! Read More »

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14.4 Trillion (Reasons!!) To Visit Booth #1558 At 2013 CiscoLIve!

Last week I went to one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco…. Swan Oyster.  It’s an old school “dive” with the authentic rustic ambience you would expect from a 100 year old SF oyster bar.  I waited in line for 2 HOURS for four reasons……well 3.8 reasons.  First, you can’t find fresher oysters anywhere, second; the smoked salmon on rye melts in your mouth and the 3.8th reason…. well, my mother in law loves it (that deserves more weight than 1 reason, so I gave 1.8)

So, why I’m a being a food critic at an event dedicated to IT, industrial and manufacturing professionals.  Well, I know you are constantly analyzing reasons to make the right decisions whether for your family, business or career. Even if they’re as mundane as determining if you should stand in line for 2 hours with you dear mother in law for a dozen oysters and a generous helping of smoked salmon on rye. So, I thought I would give you $14.4 Trillion (reasons!!!) to visit the IoT Pavilion (booth #1558) June 23-27 at Cisco Live in Orlando this year.

The Internet of Everything (IoE) will create opportunities to capture $14.4 trillion of value between 2013 – 2022.  Of which, $3.88 trillion (reasons!!) worth of value can be obtained from manufacturing and industrial industries.  That’s $3.88 trillion (reasons!!) of cost savings and revenue generation that can be realized by taking advantage of the IoE revolution!!!internet_of_things

What is IoE anyway?  Is it like the Y2000 hype…. absolutely not.

The Internet of Everything (IoE) connects people, processes, data, and things (IoT) to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before creating new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity.  IoE will be a disruptive force that radically transforms they way we create, build, deliver and experience every product and service we use today.

Every manufacturer will need to connect existing devices to the Internet for control monitoring, and intelligent decision analysis.  Previously unconnected devices will become smart objects and sensors connected seamlessly and securely throughout the enterprise. Applications that haven’t been identified will be created and enabled to drive operational excellence, improved asset utilization, supply chain agility, innovation, workforce productivity and increased customer satisfaction and acquisition.

The $14.4 trillion (reasons!!!) dwindle fairly quickly over time.  Manufacturers and industrial producers do not have long to develop and deploy the infrastructure required to take ADVANTAGE of the IoE revolution.  The challenge is that many of the things (IoT) deployed in industrial environments were built for very specific purposes, and due to lack of standards were developed with their own proprietary protocols.

These approaches and strategies produce highly complex and costly infrastructures that do not scale or provide the flexibility to capture the $14.4 trillion value form IoE.

But there’s good news…….

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Cisco Live 2013 – Manufacturing and Industry Sessions

As Global Industry Director for Manufacturing at Cisco, Chet Namboodri is looking forward to joining you and more than 20,000 of your colleagues at our 2013 Cisco Live event in Orlando, Florida, during June 23-27.

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As part of this year’s Cisco Live on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, I’ll be hosting a one hour break-out session (number BRKIND-1229) titled “Cisco Industrial Solutions and Best Practices for Manufacturing”. This session is for manufacturers, their suppliers and their partners who are looking for transparent integration and secure real-time visibility between business networks with control and automation systems—and want to find out the business value that will give them.

In that session I’ll be talking about how you can unify the different kinds of networks – those that utilize information technologies, or IT and those that utilize operational technology, or OT. Just think of the ease of management, support and expansion with an open-standards based architecture that not only reduces total cost of ownership (TCO), but is already providing Cisco customers with real business returns. I’ll talk more about that and give you customer names and use cases at Cisco Live.

TP DemoOne of the key ways Cisco can help you get there is with  “Cisco Smart Solutions,” which provide the open-standard, IP-based communication and control I mentioned to reduce costs, improve up-time, increase asset utilization, and lock-down on end-to-end security.  During the session, I’ll not only talk about case studies, but even have a live  business demonstration over TelePresence to showcase different business capabilities and value achieved with these converged IT/OT solutions. Read More »

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Cisco Live 2013 – Manufacturing Industry Presence and John Chambers Welcome Message

June 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm PST

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Get ready for one of the best Cisco Lives yet! A good number of attendees hail from industrial sectors such as heavy industrial/equipment, automotive, materials and mining, and consumer packaged goods (CPG), and they can look forward to some engaging activities not to be missed!

These industrial companies are wrestling with business challenges such as reducing costs, speeding time to market and improving production up-time. How does Cisco play in the industrial space you ask? What solutions do we provide for positively transforming operational plant networking environments? How does Cisco address real manufacturing Industry Care-abouts? Come to Cisco Live to find out. Hear John Chambers tell you more about this year’s event in the video below, then read on!

John T. Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems Inc., welcomes you to Cisco Live in Orlando

Whether you’re in IT or production and controls, Cisco Live will give you a unique opportunity to gain hands-on insights to how Cisco can help you with these challenges and help positively transform operations for your plant networking environment for the better.

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Chet Namboodri -- Cisco Managing Director, Manufacturing Industry

Here’s just a snapshot of what you can see for your industry:

Chet will be talking about industrial solutions for manufacturers and their suppliers and partners all who want transparent integration and secure real-time visibility between business networks (information technology) and control and automation systems (operational technology). Amongst them are “Smart Solutions” which provide open-standard, IP-based communication and control to reduce costs, improve up-time, increase asset utilization, and lock-down on end-to-end security.

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