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IoT at Work: Connected Vineyards and More

The convergence of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) is becoming more important now than ever – and that sentiment was heard loud and clear at last week’s complementary Cisco Live Melbourne and Rockwell Automation ConnectED events. Held for the first time under the same roof, the two events provided a unique opportunity for end users to learn how to accelerate industrial business performance in a joint experience.

Attendees to both events alike enjoyed seeing examples of industrial technology in action such as the Connected Vineyard demo, which I had the pleasure of demonstrating to customers in the Cisco Live World of Solutions.

In the demo, we discussed how to add business value on top of sensor information. For example, the images below show sensor information in an easy-to-read dashboard that can help us troubleshoot potential issues before they affect the bottom line.

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Below, we see that we are behind in our irrigation levels and are on the trajectory to fall behind on production. Even if we could hit production, the wine’s famous flavor could be missed – a crucial factor in sales.

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Today, most vineyards track this data; however, by sharing this data in the cloud, we are able to share business insights with other vineyards and work to stabilize production and optimize business insights all through these IoT connections.

For example, here we could search a vineyard in Italy that has a similar grape profile to see if they had an overage in production. Because our vineyard is going to miss production projections, we could purchase that vineyard’s overage allowing for stabilized revenues for both players. By the simple act of combining this information, we are able to create new value for the industry.

Attendees were very interested in the concept and agreed there was value (yes, this was before they sampled the wines). In fact, several attendees in the wine industry discussed their interest in getting involved in this type of initiative, which begs a bigger question: Where could your industry add value to data that already exists? Cheers!

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Cisco Live Melbourne 2015

Exciting times! Cisco Live Melbourne 2015 started on the 17th with four packed days of technology updates and new solution launches. This year we are expecting a phenomenal crowd of more than 5700 attendees. Cloud, virtualization and SDN(Software Defined Networks)/NFV(Network Function Virtualization) are a big agenda for all our customers and you will find the latest here at Cisco Live with up to 16 concurrent sessions to choose throughout the day. Try your hands on one of many Self-paced Labs or show off your prowess at DevNet.

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And then, there is the World of Solutions @ Cisco Live. This year, the World of Solutions will have a wonderful village-like atmosphere complete with bus stands, trees and clouds amongst the Meet the Experts and CCIE corners. At Cisco, we believe that the future is about Connecting the Read More »

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The Fourth V in Big Data

At Cisco Live! Melbourne, I was invited to speak at the Executive Symposium to nearly 100 of Cisco’s top customers in the Australia and New Zealand region.  In my talk, Gaining Insight from the Big Data Avalanche, I covered big data business opportunities and technology challenges.

To level set at the start, I opened with a definition of big data, including the typical velocity, volume, and variety seem to be the three V’s everyone hears when it comes to big data.    But then I challenged the audience to consider the fourth and in fact most important V, holding back on identifying it so the audience could consider what was missing.

Gaining Insight from the Big Data Avalanche from Cisco Data Center

After an appropriate pause, I told them the most important V was value.  Value is the only reason to work on big data.  This value must be seen in better business outcomes such as:

  • Higher Customer Profitability
  • Faster Time to Market
  • Reduced Cost
  • Improved Risk Management
  • Better Compliance
  • Greater Business & IT Agility

It is interesting how people get knocked off guard by the big data buzzwords.  So go back to the basics.  Start by getting your business case in order.  Once the value to the business is understood, juggling higher data velocity, volume and/or variety becomes an engineering problem. Certainly, a new class of engineering problem, requiring new technologies and skills, but it is a fully solvable engineering problem nonetheless.

For IT, big data is as much an organizational change challenge, as a technology challenge.  Practical first steps that seem to work well include:

  • Experiment with a smaller, “SWOT” team on a selected set of projects.  This is a great way to introduce something new.
  • Go for some quick and easy wins, rather than boiling the ocean with large-scale initiatives.  That is a proven technique for gaining momentum.
  • Implement a solution with revenue impact, such a next-best offer analytic to improve upsell performance or a predictive churn analytic that helps reduce customer defection.  These high visibility projects will ease business funding challenges and improve executive visibility / sponsorship.

 

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My Week at CiscoLive! Melbourne 2014

Wow, what an amazing week in Melbourne!! With more than 4,600 attendees in person and 36,000 session views online, Cisco Live was the largest event we’ve ever held in the Australia-New Zealand region. It was my fifth Cisco Live overall and third in Melbourne, and what amazes me every year is the sheer passion and enthusiasm of everyone present. Those attending are really there to learn and wanted to hear what we had to say. Read More »

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Cisco Live! Milan Session Videos and Documents Now Available!

Cisco-Live_resizeIf you were unable to attend Cisco Live! Milan, or weren’t able to attend all the sessions that interested you, Cisco has made the session videos and PDFs available on the Cisco Live! website. More videos are being added daily and all should be available by February 22, 2014.

The Cisco Live! website maintains a large on-demand library with presentations and video recordings from Cisco Live! events hosted from 2011 to present. After registering, anyone can view the presentations and embedded videos at their leisure. Your Cisco Live! account is not tied to your Cisco.com account, so those credentials will not work!

Exciting new announcements are made regularly at Cisco Live! In Milan, Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Cisco Security, took the opportunity to share that Cisco was opening up it’s TrustSec capabilities to other vendors. In his blog post, Kevin Regan highlights what this means to the community. Read More »

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