I just finished reading Chuck Robbins’ blog on the BYOD trend and its impact on corporate culture. In the blog Chuck cites a recent study on how most executives are still uneasy about their companies’ mobile data-access policies… and it got me thinking about how manufacturers are dealing with this trend.
More and more manufacturing workers are adopting mobile technologies into their workspace, and are growing accustomed to interacting and working in a more visual, virtual, social, and mobile way. In fact a survey conducted by Manufacturing Executive this year noted that 63% of manufacturing companies permit their employees to bring their own devices (BYOD) to work, but only 17% of manufacturing enterprises have a formal BYOD strategy with clear goals and objectives. Manufacturers are struggling with how to create, deploy and enforce sound enterprise wide security polices around BYOD. Protecting intellectual property is only half the concern. Manufacturers must also consider how a breach in security will effect the safety of their workers and environment, as well as, their products.
Although security is a top of mind concern for manufacturers, the promise of deploying a sound BYOD policy can not be discounted. Empowering employees and partners with the freedom to collaborate and access video, data and voice on an open, mobile and personal platform can produce a culture that drives operational excellence, supply chain agility, and innovation throughout the entire manufacturing value chain from the plant floor up through to R&D centers.
For example if there is a problem on the manufacturing line, an employee with access to the company directory on their personal mobile device can locate and contact a supervisor or expert using Cisco Jabber and then launch with a single click mobile Cisco WebEx mobile, where they can show the problem using the video camera on the device and quickly collaborate to solve the problem.
Supply chains can now become more agile and flexible, because customers and the enterprise can analyze, monitor and track progress from order through successful delivery in real-time. Data is now not just captured, stored, analyzed and delivered, but is now acted upon, presented and shared with the appropriate people and systems in real-time.
In addition, a May 2012 Cisco Connected World Technology Report found that two of five survey respondents said they would accept a lower-paying job that offered more flexibility for device choice, social media access, and mobility than a higher-paying job with less flexibility. Crucial for an industry looking to retain and attract a qualified workforce.
Can manufactures continue to avoid the new BYOD paradigm, or are they just delaying the inevitable? Let me know your thoughts.
Tags: byod, Cisco Jabber, Cisco WebEx, innovation, Manufacturing, mobility, remote expert, supply chain
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Tags: advice, Cisco WebEx, free webinar, Ken Blanchard, leadership, management, Motivation, planning, skills, training, WebEX, webinar
Located a mere 10 miles away from Cisco’s headquarters, San Jose State is the newest university to turn to Cisco WebEx. The school will be using the tool as a way to improve their effectiveness and collaboration between their facility and staff via online meetings.
Can you think of three ways you can improve collaboration within a university? We did! This is what we came up with:
- Collaborate as a group online even at times when group members can’t meet in person
- Review lecture notes with colleagues before or after class
- Attend a lecture from a remote location
Want to learn more about WebEx? Click here.
Tags: Cisco WebEx, collaborate, online meetings, san jose state, university
Is your company “anti-social” because there is too much noise? Are you having challenges getting a grip on your various social networking tools? Keep reading to discover how Persistent Systems did it.
Imagine running a global software development firm, with over 6000 employees, nine development centers, spread across three continents, in various time zones. When your business is finding virtual experts for various client projects at the speed of light, instant collaboration becomes essential for success. Persistent Systems based in Pune, India, is one such award-winning software company that has championed their collaboration challenges, with strong tangible results and exceptional employee productivity statistics.
However, their story is not simply about discovering how enterprise social software is much more effective than email, phone, and other traditional forms of communication. They are beyond that point in their journey. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Quad, Cisco WebEx, Cisco WebEx Social, collaboration, employee productivity, web conferencing
Recently, Paul Lanyi and Irene Sandler of Cisco sat down with Dr. Susan Holliday, executive director, Technology & Information Services at Capistrano Unified School District in San Juan Capistrano, CA to discuss how enterprise video content solutions are helping schools use video in new ways. Their conversation, Is Video Training Better Than Being There? delved into the specifics of:
- How to record and watch video content on any video-enabled device, whenever your audience wants to view it.
- How to enable users to search, comment on, recommend and share video content.
- How to perform valuable analytics on video content.
- How to repurpose video content across your organization for training, education, and meetings.
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Tags: Cisco WebEx, edtech, education, professional development, show and share, TelePresence