This question was posed by the Manufacturing IT Director for a major Pharma producer, as part of an annual customer advisory board hosted jointly by Cisco and Rockwell Automation. One answer: Good luck! …And why would you want to?
Chet Namboodri talks about how consumer products are entering production and maintenance workflows and how “Rockwell and Cisco are in the forefront of enabling those solutions” during a recent customer innovation council session.
As I’m focusing more on Collaboration and Innovationand less on Supply Chainthese days, I thought I’d share a story of ‘Ideation’ with you for my opening blog. That’s because it’s usually one of the first steps in the product development lifecycle, and makes chronological sense when discussing innovation. In later blogs I’ll share some of the subsequent steps – you know: Selection, Prototyping, Validation, Development and finally, Launch. Different companies use different terms and different processes, but all good products start out with a good idea.
Let me take you back in time for a moment. When I was eight years old I noticed that the local UK comic magazine that I bought on a weekly basis was running competitions for readers to submit puzzles for other readers to solve. I was attracted to the Secret Service game that was one of the prize options, but what was my idea? How was I going to win if I didn’t have a good idea? Well, I decided that I’d submit a match puzzle -- you know we actually had lots of matches in the 60’s! This puzzle isn’t hard (please remember I was eight years old) and looked something like the picture above. The question was “How do you make a square by adding just one more match and not moving the others?”
Anyway, fairly obvious that you make a square by placing a forth match adjoining the other three to make a square with the bases as in the next picture (click ‘read more’ when finished with this page to see how). Well, I had the pride of seeing my puzzle published and, more importantly for me, I actually won the Secret Service game! But that’s not the point… Read More »
Did you know that the Manufacturing Industry is one of Cisco’s biggest sectors served, greater than 10% of overall revenues? You probably know that Cisco has historically served the Enterprise IT and Network buying centers of most manufacturing companies around the globe, but did you know that Cisco has the same business magnitude as Rockwell Automation, Emerson Process Management and Honeywell Process Systems within the manufacturing industry?
Welcome to Cisco’s online presence for the Manufacturing industry, one of Cisco’s largest vertical business segments.
So what can you expect from this blog? Who are the people contributing, and what are their backgrounds? What are Cisco’s views and opinions about the manufacturing Industry? Why would you be interested? Read More »
In the past I’ve written about the classic challenge within Enterprise IT, and specifically within the Data Center, that 70-80% of the resources are allocated to “legacy” activities. This obviously leaves very little time to work on new technology-centric innovations to drive the business. Or to put a different way, “IT only does innovation on Friday”.
The McKinsey Quarterly recently had an interesting article about reshaping IT management, where they introduce the concepts “Factory IT” and “Enabling IT”. The premise being that the focus of the Factory IT (70% of the activities) groups should be about cost-reduction, scale, standardization and simplification. The Enabling IT (30%, hopefully growing) should be focused on innovative ways to enable the business to grow. And the management of those groups doesn’t necessarily have to the same, since they’d have different objectives. Read More »
It’s been a little over three months since we first introduced the “Cisco@25, Cisco In 25” video contest asking participants to submit a video answering the question, “where do you see technology going in 25 years?” All of our participants did a fantastic job producing their videos and then promoting them across the social web! Thank you to all who participated in the contest!
Now the wait is over! I am pleased to announce the five winners of the “Cisco@25, Cisco In 25” video contest! The winners all received brand new Flip Slide HD camcorders! Check out their video submissions below. Which one is your favorite?
Tyler Thompson’s Prediction: Integrated grid safety systems for the highways and tablet based learning stations
Corbin JT’s Prediction: Voice-activated ordering and then having it delivered to the front door
Cisco 2035’s Prediction: Cisco will develop Forward Inverse Backcasting (The FIB Protocol)
TS Film’s Prediction: Wireless electricity, interactive living and cybernetic implants
Dimitar Krstevski’s Prediction: Electrical cars in massive use, mobile phones displaying holographic images and advances in medicine such as cures for cancer and AIDS
Congratulations to all of our winners! Think you have a better answer? Well, now I pose the question to the rest of you… “Where do you see technology going in 25 years?” I would love to hear from you! Comment below and let us know your answer!