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Revisiting the Evolution of Business Process

In my last blog, I discussed re-engineering your business processes with social collaboration. Prior to the availability of social collaboration tools, businesses re-engineered processes for automation, taking advantage of repeatable steps in order to cut out manual steps and wasted operation.  Adding social considerations opens the possibilities of collaboration, especially for the knowledge worker who needs to largely work person to person in order to exchange information, create content, and communicate across the globe.

We’re now on the brink of a new phase of business process evolution and it is coming with the Internet of Everything (IoE). This phase will be a combination of the first two phases, automating knowledge exchange, introducing machines into collaborative interactions with people, and using experience to continually learn and adjust processes on the fly. I am excited by the potential.

I envision a more immersive experience in my day to day processes, one where the collaboration tools are doing their job so well that the functionality is transparent to me after a few instructions and interactions. I can still provide tweaks to the instructions, but largely, the tools learn from my actions and predict where my attention is needed and with whom I need to connect for the proper expertise and at the proper time. Here are a few ideas that Cisco is kicking around: Read More »

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One Size Does Not Fit All – Cisco Embedded Industrial Solutions

Walking around the 2013 Hannover Messe Faire can be a daunting task whether its navigating through the Hannover campus and its’  13 co-located tradeshows Leitmessen-2013or figuring out which one of the broad range of special events, forums and key note speaking engagements to attend.  One thing is for certain.  The Internet of Things”, The Integrated Industry”  and “The Industrial Revolution 4.0″  themes all describe the evolution of connecting, embedding and extracting intelligence from previously unconnected devices. Although the industries can not come to a consensus on what to call this paradigm shift, one thing is for certain….The chosen protocol that’s empowering this evolution is ETHERNET.

The challenge lies in integrating Ethernet functionality into devices, machines or automation equipment that doesn’t always conveniently fit into a 1u, 2u, 3u, 4u… or DIN rail mounted enclosures.  Designers, integrators and machine builders need a flexible alternative to address the diverse applications, size and environmental considerations required to truly take advantage of deploying anytime, anywhere, any device connectivity to industrial automation applications.

ess2020Cisco is a pioneer in providing robust, and scalable embedded technology solutions.  Kevin Holcolmb, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer, discusses our new ESS 2020 Embedded Switch.   Read More »

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Meet Me On The Equinox

Congratulations to all OpenDaylight founding partners, contributors, users and supporters. I am convinced this ambitious endeavor will redefine the meaning of “open source = collaboration”. This is a historic event, the coming of age of networking partners driving in the open source world, companies which until now, have been primarily preoccupied with driving open standards, though in many ways, resonating with the tenet of “running code and rough consensus” almost a generation before Open Source did. Perhaps this is, back to the future.

The announcement details are on the Consortium website at the Linux Foundation, contributions come in three categories, a multi protocol Controller platform contributed by Cisco, northbound (NB) applications on top, and southbound (SB) protocol drivers to support them from below. We expect that with such diverse community from the start, we will have a very open, diverse and collaborative development that will accelerate the growth and adoption of these projects for years to come.

Having been in this project from the very beginning, I would like to tell you exactly how and why we reached the open source model that we did, my own perspective in what I think is the key to getting that balance right. But later, not today.

Today is the day to celebrate all those diverse partners that were brought together by one singular desire to grow the market for application centered networking, to grow our collective ecosystem of users, developers, partners and customers, so that we can all win. With a rise in applications NB, more SB vendors will come and with a rise in SB support, more NB applications will arrive – the promise of the infinite feedback loop. I do not believe anyone out there should look for who wins and who loses; in this endeavor, this is a positive move for the industry, this is a win-win for everyone!

I think I’m going to play that “Meet Me On The Equinox” music and get into the OpenDaylight. It’s time to move forward and I hope everyone will.

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Cisco and ODVA at 2013 Hannover Messe

The buzz this year at Hannover Messe Fair is around “The Integrated Industry”.  One of the key technologies that’s enabling this convergence is unmodified Ethernet being deployed to the factory and plant floor.  Cisco’s core strategy for the industrial market is to accelerate the adoption of open standards by partnering with organizations like ODVA.  Cisco is a founding member of the ODVA and has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for close to 10 years.

2013-04-09 00.59.35Adrienne Meyer, Manager of Member Services at ODVA and Guy Denis, Cisco Business Development Manager – Connected Industries Group reminisce about the history of the relationship and speak about the importance of evolving and developing open network standards and interoperability for the converged manufacturing IT and plant networks, including security, wireless, IP telephony,power over Ethernet and real-time Ethernet/IP.

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Bring Video to Everyone with New Affordable Conferencing Scale

At Enterprise Connect we made a number of announcements about Cisco’s pervasive conferencing strategy and new solutions that caused quite a buzz at the show and are really resonating with our customers. More and more I talk to business leaders who understand the value of pervasive video collaboration and their next questions are:

  • How do I extend HD video to everyone in the organization on any device, from their personal mobile or desktop system through to group telepresence systems?
  • How do we ensure each participant gets a high quality experience, matched to the capabilities of the device(s) they choose to use?
  • And how do I provide this flexibility and scale affordably?

Recently I spoke to my colleague, Richard Mullen, about how our new optimized conferencing infrastructure is supporting this explosion of video-enabled users. With flexible and intelligent resource pooling and orchestration enabling a tailored service model, we are delivering affordable personal HD multiparty conferencing at an equivalent of only Read More »

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