Hong Kong Academy (HKA) is an International Baccalaureate school with students ranging from pre-school to grade 12. They are a relatively small school in terms of total employees and students. Their goal is to offer a personal and individualized form of learning.
HKA identified that the best way to achieve their goals was to encourage the use of technology to create a community amongst teachers and students. They recently constructed a new building and had the opportunity to build a network to meet their current and future requirements.
This week sees the IoT ( Internet of Things) World Forum (IoTWF) Research & Innovation Symposium that is showing IoT related subjects such as the current research, use cases, and customer experiences as part of the Internet of Everything. This time the symposium will focus on transportation and energy, key areas where IoT can change the life of every human being.
To complement the IoT relevance in Energy, you will have seen the press release today from Cisco highlighting the adoption of the Cisco Secure Ops Solution by Royal Dutch Shell, details of which were shared with delegates at the forum (and if not I've put a link at the bottom of this post).
Peter Granger "drills-down" on the new Secure Ops solution adopted by Royal Dutch Shell
We saw the collaboration between Cisco and Shell and Shell's commitment to Cisco's architectural approach at Cisco Live. If you haven't read it you can here: High Energy at Cisco Live in San Francisco. At the event Alan Matula (CIO and EVP, Shell) spelled out the changing IT and OT (Operational Technologies) environment in his industry, and how Shell had seen this all coming...
"About 3 or 4 years ago we saw the internet of everything coming and we decided to set up a unique differentiated technology outfit and we put it right next to research and development and that actually pushes the technology advances as close as possible to the business outcomes that we’re trying to drive."
So, what's new? well a lot actually. I think the first thing is how Cisco is changing to not only work with partners as we've always done, but to take the lead in providing a solution directly to our customers if that's what they want. With this solution there are a number of partners, but Cisco provides leadership so everyone knows their role and we have a more holistic approach, guided by Cisco.
Now down to the business. Shell will deploy the Cisco Secure Ops Solution at upstream, downstream and lubricant sites. The Cisco Secure Ops Solution provides remote proactive monitoring and Service-Level-Agreement -(SLA)-driven management of security, applications and infrastructure. At the IoTWF Shell shared that it has deployed the Cisco Secure Ops Solution to increase the security maturity level by improving its cyber security and risk management, while lowering costs of delivery and operations.
When you think about all the challenges that oil and gas industry companies face today, you'll see that they operate in the world’s toughest conditions. Whether it's traditional on-shore or off-shore or non-traditional methods (horizontal drilling and "fracking" for example), energy companies have to be aware of a variety of threats, including safety, environmental, and cyber threats, when making important decisions in real-time.
"Cisco’s solution is designed to help companies combat new and evolving cyber security threats to the energy industry, specifically in the industrial control system (ICS) domain. Working with Shell, Cisco has developed solutions that directly address security concerns for the types of sometimes harsh environments in which Shell operates."
"Cisco Secure Ops is a turn-key solution that implements and maintains security controls, risk management and compliance for industrial control system (ICS) environments using a combination of people, process and technology. Industrial control system delivery partners, like Rockwell and Yokogawa Electric, support the solution. Additional partners will be forthcoming."
Here's a quote from Greg Carter of Cisco (Director/GM, Internet of Everything Services Group, Cisco) that confirms the benefits:
"Cisco Secure Ops Solution was designed to provide a robust and secure solution to quickly address potential threats that come with the increase in connected people, processes and things with IoE. I'm thrilled that Shell is already seeing the benefits from these innovations on a global scale and look forward to continued success with this solution across other verticals in the months ahead.”
If you want to learn more about the Cisco Secure Ops solution, click here. To read a copy of the Press release, click here.
I’ve had the opportunity this year to meet with mobile operator leaders from around the globe. Whether they are large or small, focused on consumer services or businesses, or engaged in video or mobility, their ambitions are much in line with our strategy: to help them monetize and optimize their networks, while accelerating their ability to deliver their services.
As mobile operators are deploying new technologies to help achieve their business outcomes, “virtualization” is often touted as the answer, and, in part, that is correct. At Cisco, we believe it is important to frame the discussion properly in order to reap the full benefits of what’s possible in networking.
The network is increasingly becoming virtualized, and virtualization is increasingly becoming networked. Virtualizing applications is an initial step that can provide some advantages. However, Read More »
As part of Cisco’s global partner marketing team, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Best of Breed (BoB) Conference (#bob14) in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the Channel Company’s show this year is Aftershock, due to the monumental shifts across the board in the tech industry – the move to embrace cloud technologies and services, the proliferation of mobile devices and demand for data, not to mention the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s always a valuable opportunity to gather and hear firsthand from our partners and how we can better equip them to deliver business outcomes with innovative solutions.
We’re just around the corner from Disneyworld in the beautiful Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Since I live in Portland, Oregon and worked at Disneyland in college but have never been to Disneyworld, I pretty much had to come a little early to visit with the mouse and take in a few attractions. I got that out of my system prior to the show so that I was able to give my full attention to impressive line-up of speakers and networking opportunities with partners here at BoB. Read More »
This week, I had the opportunity to focus on digital business as an attendee and presenter at Gartner’s ITxpo in Orlando, Fla. It was a sold out crowd with 8,500 attendees and approximately 2,700 CIOs. And one insight that seemed to resonate with the audience was Gartner’s belief that by 2018, digital business will require 50 percent fewer business process workers and 500 percent more key digital business jobs.
At the ITxpo discussing how the Internet of Everything enables the transition to Gartner's All Things Digital
We already live in a world that is rapidly connecting people, process, data, and things in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. I believe that IoE is a key driver of this transition and a fundamental stepping stone to making “All Things Digital.”
Gartner defines All Things Digital as “blurring the physical and digital worlds to create new business designs.” Interestingly, Gartner focuses on people, business, and things, but omits process. Gartner’s view is that process will happen dynamically and be measured in not months or weeks, but nanoseconds. While this is a true statement, it reflects the end goal. The key question is, how does an enterprise become digitally enabled?
A first step in transitioning to All Things Digital, is embracing IoE by lighting up “dark assets.” A dark asset is something that is currently not connected to the Internet. A dark asset in itself however, does not create value. ln All Things Digital, connected devices begin to talk with other connected devices. These devices interact with one another dynamically, which in turn creates processes in just nanoseconds. In this environment, IoE allows you to understand what process to focus on and which assets to connect. In other words, IoE is the pathway to Gartner’s All Things Digital. The overarching goal is business outcomes. One retail example is connecting a parking lot to a retail store. In a recent trial, we found that data from parking lot sensors, when analyzed correctly, can predict when checkouts will get busy, so that more cashiers can be deployed. There are many other dark assets in a retail environment that have the potential to increase revenue, lower costs, and grow margins once they are lit up.