It’s an exciting time for those of us in IT as the business and technology news is dominated by stories of innovation and disruption in industries that seemed to be succeeding in a closed business ecosystem with a sensible and securely controlled computing environment. Think of apps that completely disrupted industries (WAZE, Paylah!, Spotify) not to mention the new niche players overtaking markets with new ways to use technology as their unique value proposition.
In PwC’s 2015 CEO Survey, 61% of CEOs worldwide said they think the increase in the number of their significant direct and indirect competitors threatens to disrupt their industries to some extent during the next five years.
A Wake-up Call
At the center of disruption is a laser focus on customer experience, personalization, mobile first, financial profitability and the need to differentiate. Then layer on the operational considerations of who controls the budget, improves efficiency, increases productivity and leads the agile methodology, viva la scrum! Any of that sound familiar? If so, then welcome to the vortex of hyper-distributed computing! If it does not sound familiar, then hopefully this is a wake-up call to the reality going on in the modern era of data processing and computing, otherwise known as digital business. In either case, don’t panic, don’t brush it off as a fad and above all else, please don’t think “we have been here before.” Because, we have not!
At this year’s Hannover Messe International (HMI), the world’s largest industrial fair, it was more about how industrial companies are leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to evolve Industry 4.0 from theory to practice.
The Internet of Things was everywhere at this show. Almost every vendor on the show floor had an IoT message, in addition there were numerous keynotes and panel discussions centered around IoT. There was a lot of excitement around Industrie 4.0, which facilitates the vision for a smart, digital factory enabled by IoT.
Cisco’s presence at this event was to show how we are taking IoT beyond the theoretical. Cisco partners and customers demonstrated leadership in defining, implementing and showcasing connectivity for the production floor from cloud down through to the sensor. Visitors to the booth this year began to understand and realize that a tested and validated Cisco Connected Factory architecture is the best path to accelerated business value. One engineer from a large automatic company told me, “Ok. Now I get it. Your value is the architecture. You’re taking the complexity out of deploying a stitched together product solution.”
Oliver Tuszik, head of Cisco Germany, reiterates in this video how Cisco is a source for real solutions and practical, proven approaches to IoT including Cisco’s integration with Profinet:
Hannover Messe is once again upon us. The world’s premier industrial technical showcase will be held in Hannover, Germany from April 7-11, 2014. Last year’s faire had a clear focus on the “TheIntegrated Industry”, often referred to “Industry 4.0 and “Smart Factory”
This year the motto for the world’s biggest industry fair is “Integrated Industry – NEXT STEPS!” The next steps towards the intelligent, self-organizing factory are examined from every angle and field of study. From M2M to 3D visualization, from bulk forming to nanotechnology, everything is focused on taking the next step.
Cisco will feature our industry leading technology and product solutions that empower the “Integrated Industry – NEXT STEPS!” in the SmartFactory KL booth located in Hall 8, Stand D20. SmartFactory KL is a demonstration that showcases the integration of multi-vendor solutions and products into a highly flexible production plant. The demonstration will showcase how interoperability enables:
Quick setup and modifications of multi-vendor assets
Modular, extendable concepts to fit the needs of the SmartFactory
Product changes in real-time
Construction of a versatile R&D platform for production automation and related IT
Cisco provides a complete and unique breadth of infrastructure including wired and wireless routing and switching, physical video, compute, and communications solutions to uniquely support and enable current and future SmartFactory 4.0 requirements.
The SmartFactory demo shows how you can leverage Cisco’s Connected Factory architecture to converge IT and Operational Technology (OT) systems and create an integrated enterprise smart engine that:
Integrates Cisco’s video and unified communication platforms with real-time plant floor data
Scales and leverages global experts remotely for increased operational efficiency and innovation
Secures plant assets and improves operational workflows at each work cell
Analyzes and views KPI information on any device at anytime with location based services
So, come by and visit us at Hall 8, Stand D20. Our Cisco Subject Matter Experts will be available to discuss topics that are specific to your business and technology imperatives.