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Digital Manufacturing: Transforming Your Business Model

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Today’s announcement of Cisco’s Digital Solutions for Industries at the Global Editor’s Conference highlights our unique approach to help customers capture the promise of digitization. As Tony Shakib’s blog notes, “Digital transformation necessitates a combining of business and IT strategy that connects everything, embraces analytics, and takes a holistic approach to data security that spans technology and operations.”

Digital disruption is already happening across manufacturing and other industrial sectors, and we’re stepping up to help businesses in these segments harness the benefits of digitization across their value chains. For example, using innovative models like machines securely connected (thru Cisco Connected Machines) for real-time monitoring and analytics across Cisco’s Intercloud, digital manufacturers are optimizing their plant operations with improved control, increased efficiency, less downtime, higher productivity and duty cycles, and more flexible manufacturing.

Research suggests that a significant number—as many as 40 percent—of incumbents will be left wounded, probably mortally, by digital disruption over the next five years. In the face of these pressures, CEOs recognize that those companies who can leverage digital technologies and business models will come out ahead. This video provides an overview on the challenges, opportunities and benefits of Digital Manufacturing:

For forward-thinking manufacturers, digital transformation is not just a new challenge but a major opportunity—maybe the most significant in decades—to pull ahead of competitors. Digital Manufacturers are seizing the opportunity Read More »

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Security for the Digital Manufacturer: Recap of recent #CiscoChat

Earlier this week, I hosted a #CiscoChat along with other team members of the @CiscoMFG team including Nancy Cam-Winget (@ncamwingw), an industrial security expert and Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, along with cohost Gregory Wilcox (@gswilcox_ohio) of our strategic alliance partner Rockwell Automation (@ROKAutomation). We had a thought-provoking interchange on how new digital business models impact industrial security interests, as well as some of the other inherent security risks for manufacturers.

If you missed the chat, the full recap is here, and below, I summarize a few of the highlights and insights for me.

Why is security for manufacturers such a top-of-mind concern, discussed across engineering, production, supply chain and boardroom alike?

By 2020, there will be an estimated 50+ billion intelligent things connected to the Internet. The emergence of more “smart” connected factories, in which machines and devices Read More »

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#CiscoChat: Industrial Security: Critical for Digital Manufacturing?

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Manufacturing is undergoing radical advancements, much like the ones we’ve seen in healthcare and education, thanks to the Internet of Everything (IoE) and all of the people, data, processes and things it connects.

By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be 50 billion devices and objects connected to the Internet, including many of the devices in the manufacturing world. “Smart” factories where machines “talk” to one another, fleet vehicles such as trucks and forklifts with sensors that monitor their movements, and even wireless inventory tracking devices are all in play at manufacturers across the globe. Manufacturers are embracing a new generation of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Person-To-Machine (P2M) systems, as well as mobile applications and cloud-based services that drive efficiency and innovation across their value chain.

All of these connected “things” and processes allow manufacturers to Read More »

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#CiscoChat: Managing Shadow IT

Shadow IT is far from a new phenomenon; but the truth is that most IT leaders have little visibility in to the full costs of these services and the risk they represent. And with this gap comes the absence of a proactive strategy for addressing the issue.

Cisco Chat - Shadow ITCompanies are using up to 15 to 22 times more cloud services to capture and store critical data than CIOs and other IT leaders are aware of – or have authorized. This phenomenon, known as Shadow IT, is a growing concern for IT leaders. So much so, that our next #CiscoChat on Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. PST will bring together a team of experts to discuss the extent of Shadow IT challenges and the solutions leaders can use to address them.

On average, IT departments estimate their companies are using an average of 51 cloud services, when it’s more like 730 cloud services that are being used. And with this increased use of cloud services comes increased security concerns. Sensitive customer data, private company information – you name it – are all potentially at risk when employees step out on their own cloud service adventures. Risks to brands, compliance measures, business continuity and finances are also very real possibilities.

Shadow IT is growing. So what are the answers to this ever-growing concern – and how can IT align better align itself with other departments to minimize the risk? This #CiscoChat led by @CiscoCloud and joined by Ray Wang (@rwang0), principle analyst from Constellation Research, Bob Dimicco (@robertdimicco), leader of Cisco’s Cloud Consumption Service Practice, along with Ken Hankoff (@khankoff), leader of Cisco IT’s Cloud Application and Service Provider Remediation (CASPR) Group, will attempt to answer these questions and field responses from our online community. Join us on Twitter for the #CiscoChat on  #ShadowIT on Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. PST.




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#CiscoChat: Discover Intercloud with Peak 10 and Cisco

There are numerous reasons organizations look to extend their data centers. More dynamic and flexible computing needs and increasing storage capabilities are just a couple. And while this can sometimes prove a challenge for organizations, our Intercloud solution has given customers the freedom to expand their data centers, without compromising security, established user policies or workload control.

To understand how Intercloud provides all of these benefits, understanding exactly what Intercloud is (and what makes it up) is key.

Intercloud is the only globally connected network of clouds capable of delivering secure cloud applications and infrastructure anywhere in the world. Most importantly, Intercloud provides the critical “Three Cs” that CXOs and CIOs desire when looking to expand their cloud offerings and capabilities:

  • Choice– CXOs and CIOs can choose cloud based on how they want it and desire to integrate it.
  • Compliance– Intercloud’s flexibility makes it easy to comply, locally and globally.
  • Control– Intercloud can be monitored and controlled across every service, from every location.

Recently, Cisco partner Peak 10 achieved the Cisco Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) designation. With this designation, Peak 10 is poised to play three pivotal roles within Intercloud. During our next #CiscoChat on August 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST, we’ll explore Intercloud, the three strategic elements that make it up and dive deeper into the three roles Peak 10 will play in Intercloud.


Guided by Cisco’s @CiscoPowered moderator channel, Peak 10’s Director of Strategic Alliances Reggie Harris and Cisco’s Business Development Manager Kunjal Trivedi will field questions and offer insight into Peak 10’s and Cisco’s partnership.

At this year’s CLUS event, Peak 10’s live, real-world use case demonstration with Intercloud was one of the gathering’s most buzz-generating experiences. Presenting “Are Hybrid IT Solutions in Your Future,” Peak 10, a recent recipient of the Cisco partner award for Cloud Provider of the Year: US, demonstrated when and why organizations should consider hybrid IT solutions.

Peak 10’s development of an enterprise-class application, aided by Cisco’s hybrid cloud embedded within the Intercloud fabric, gives organizations increased ability to combine workloads across their chosen public or private clouds.

Be sure to join us on the upcoming #CiscoChat on August 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST to learn more about Intercloud and to see how Peak 10 solutions add to its offerings.

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