Having recently returned from weeks of event keynotes, customer roundtables, briefings and engagements (plus a few culinary adventures) in Greater China, I’ll start there with a few insights and observations. Despite one of the sharpest slow-downs in the Chinese manufacturing sector in recent history that have continued to shrink for the third consecutive month, I sensed an optimism and determination to persevere that haven’t waned, nor has China’s march to global leadership of manufacturing GDP. A recent report from Rhodium Group indicates the number of American workers employed directly by Chinese companies increased >five-fold over the last five years to >80,000 in 2014.
Automation and quality are key tenets driving China’s current growth strategies in manufacturing and the industrial sector. For Cisco this is creating continued demand for our Connected Factory portfolio of architecturally integrated solutions as a leap-frog approach to the legacy automation predominating U.S. and European factories. I certainly found to be the case at two conferences I keynoted—the 5th Annual Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit in Shanghai and the Industry 4.0 / Manufacturing Cloud Forum in Shenzhen—that many massive manufacturers are urgently implementing Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud / Data Analytics projects as part of their competitive business strategies and differentiation. This key take-away and perspective that China is leading other top manufacturing nations on adoption of industrial IoT is validated by a recent analysis compiled by Infosys Ltd.
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Tags: #CLUS, cisco live, connected factory, Industrial IP Advantage, Internet of Everything, internet of things, Manufacturing
In days where smartphone and staying connected have become living necessities, we forget that there are natural resources that are equally important. In times where television, microwave, refrigeration, network connectivity have all become baseline requirement for living, we assume there will be endless supply of natural resources.
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We are observing unprecedented droughts running throughout the world while some places are facing floods never seen before. We are waking up to the awareness that we need to take care of earth and leave it better for our children and the upcoming generations. Ask a kid growing up in India, my dad used to mention that fuel might not last another 40 years. Forty years hence we have seen a lot of changes and there is no clear alternative to fossil fuel and our dependence is only increasing.
Fossil fuel is a powerful economic resource that countries are frantically looking for new resources in unexplored areas of the world. It undoubtedly creates economic strength, jobs and ability to make difference in citizen’s lives. The consumption of fuel is steadily increasing with increasing population. Third world countries are bringing in a lot of additional vehicles on the road and in the process also try to move its economy upward.
As the need, dependency of fuel increases with the threat of depleting natural resources, it becomes imperative to improve efficiencies wherever and whenever possible. It should start from exploring all the way to the end users consuming the natural resource. To this effect, productivity and reduced down time directly means competitive edge and increased profitability which is fundamental concern across the board to enterprises.
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To enable improved productivity in a process centric environment one looks for tools to enable this. Collaborative Operations Solution from Cisco is one such tool that helps with increased productivity. All one needs to do is see the demo and they can immediately see the value such tools can bring to their process and enable faster decision and reduce flat times.
Come see a demonstration at Cisco Live in the World of Solutions in the Process Industries section. You’ll see the Collaborative Operations Solution in action, and see how partners such as Librestream add value to the solution. In the case of Librestream you’ll see how Mobile collaboration becomes a reality, and how Librestream and Cisco are working together to provide our customers with real business value and positive business outcomes.
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Tags: #CLUS, cisco live, cisco live 2015, CLSD, Collaborative Operation Solution, demonstration, drout, flood, oil & gas, oil and gas
As organization race to digitize their businesses, building a mobile strategy is a top priority. A mobile strategy is not just about building mobile apps, then calling it a day. Let’s take a look at these unsettling stats: Organizations are spending $270K per business app on average and yet only 46% of executives indicate adoption and deployments have been effective. Clearly businesses cannot afford these types of results in today’s competitive landscape.
Organizations need to shift their focus from the Mobile App to the Mobile Experience. This means before anyone starts porting applications to mobile devices, businesses and IT must team up to assess their joint goals and list out the most common mobility use cases for their employees, customers and partners. This effort will help the organization prioritize requirements for better results in the near-term.
IT needs to assess their readiness for the full mobile journey end-to-end, and ensure every team – desktop services, application development, business analytics, security operations, network operations – can support the expected user experience and business outcomes. For example, many retailers are building mobile sales associate apps to allow salespeople to freely move around the store and show online catalogs, lookup inventory and transact point-of-sales wherever customers are located. But if the application is slow, they’ll either be abandoned by the roaming salespeople or, worse, they’ll create a painful experience for customers as they and the salesperson are forced to wait for these ‘time saving’ devices to load. Either way, the mobile investments will be a total loss.
Learn from the Experts to Accelerate Your Mobile Journey
If you are attending Cisco Live in San Diego next week, you can meet with experts sharing best practices across every stage of the mobile journey, including how to:
- Engage employees and customers with context aware data that delivers more personalized experiences
- Protect users, data, and the business through network-enabled security
- Accelerate mobile experiences with seamless onboarding and an agile network
- Discover business and IT insights through network analytics that allow you to continuously improve upon the experience
Be sure to check out these sessions to learn how Cisco solutions can help mobilize your business, including our newest 802.11ac Wave 2 innovations. Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, 802.11ac wave 2, Cisco Mobility, cmx, EMSP, Hyperlocation, wireless
Following the Hortonworks Blog, we are lucky to have James Gold from SAP as next blogger in the Why I love Big Data guest partner series. James explains how customers experience is greatly improved via predictive maintenance in a connected factory.
James Gold, Director, Global Technology Partner Marketing, SAP SE
Jim is an enterprise software veteran who’s held a number of senior marketing and business development positions at large, mid-size and startup technology companies. In his current position as Director of Global Technology Partner Marketing for SAP, he’s responsible for co-marketing, business development and co-innovation of key SAP strategic alliances, including Cisco Systems, Inc. Previously, he held product marketing positions in support of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP virtualization technologies.
Prior to SAP, Jim worked in a variety of senior roles in partner and product marketing, business development and channel enablement. He began his software career at IBM, and has worked at Intuit, LivePerson and Lithium Technologies, among others.Jim graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont, and has done graduate work in business and political science.
If you’ve spent much of your career in customer facing roles as I have, you know it from experience: whatever your business, there’s simply no substitute for a true customer advocate. It’s been said more than once that “the most important person selling what you’re offering is…your customer.” And with no shortage of vehicles to share product and service experiences, we all know that your customer’s opinion — positive or negative — can impact business like never before.
So what does this have to do with Big Data, Analytics, and Internet of Everything (IoE) – along with SAP, Hortonworks and Cisco? I hope you’ll stop by World of Solutions (1733) Connected Factory at Cisco Live to find out for yourself! You’ll see a powerful example of a Predictive Maintenance application that combines real-time and historical data about asset performance and repair to proactively prevent disruptions, increase manufacturing yield, reduce costs – and ultimately improve customer service.
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Welcome to Cisco Live San Diego 2015!
We are excited to showcase our Enterprise Mobility booth, announcements and events at #CLUS. This page is a resource page to help you in planning for all of the exciting Mobility activities at Cisco Live San Diego. Feel free to bookmark this page and come back to learn about all of the latest news at the event.
Cisco Live is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. Mark your calendar for Cisco Live 2015, June 7 – 11 in San Diego. Visit the Enterprise Mobility booth to learn more about new products, announcements, demos, sessions and win prizes!
Venue Information: San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Featured Sessions (and other sessions visit here)
Monday, June 8
Innovation Talk: Future of the Network (with CMX live demo) – Rob Soderbery, 1:00-2:00pm PT
PSO Session: 3-Steps to Creating an Effective Mobility Strategy – Prashanth Shenoy, 8:30-9:30am PT
Tuesday, June 9
Booth Theatre Session: Developing an Enterprise Mobility Strategy – Raakhee Mistry, 3:15-3:30pm PT
Wednesday, June 10
Booth Theatre Session: Prepare for the Next Wave of Mobility (.11ac Wave 2 Innovations) – Bill Rubino, 11:30-11:45am PT
PSO Session: Customer Experience – The New Competitive Battleground – George Wilson, Stephen Smith 1:00–2:00 pm PT
Thursday, June 11
PSO Session: CMX: The Latest in Location Innovations and Analytics – Jagdish Girimaji, 8-9am PT
Booth Theatre Session: Engage Your Customers With Connected Mobile Experiences – Jolene Tam, 1:30-1:45pm PT
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Tags: #CLUS, 802.11ac, cisco live san diego, Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless, CLUS demos, CLUS sessions, CLUS15, cmx, connected mobile experiences, EN5, Hyperlocation