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Innovate on the Cheap

Innovation is inextricably linked with the old adage “If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again!”  Great entrepreneurs concur that in order to drive real innovation, corporations must cultivate originality by giving employees the freedom and resources to introduce new ideas, methods and processes.

So I began to wonder, what are some great ways that an enterprise can balance the hard costs and the opportunity costs of fostering innovation with the more practical demands of the balance sheet?

A few weeks ago, I heard James Urquhart talking to a customer about their cloud strategy and he said some things that I thought were very powerful.  He was talking about the flexibility of Cisco UCS and how it allowed for inexpensive do-overs.  You can buy the hardware and try something on it at small scale.  If it shows promise, you can scale it up to meet the full market need.  If it doesn’t work, the hardware can quickly be recaptured and repurposed for the next innovation.  Repeat, redo, retry, redesign—cost effectively “try, and try again.”

As the conversation went on with the customer, we came to recognize the same benefit of a well-engineered orchestrator as the common point of interaction of all the pieces of IT.

New services in the cloud are more than just building a new VM template or vApp and then cloning it on demand.  The move toward ITaaS means bringing in new purpose-built technologies (such as IT chargeback, application configuration management, network flow management, industry-specific compliance reporting, etc.), and integrating them with existing OSS/BSS products you already have (ticketing systems, network monitoring, email, etc.).

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Cisco Partner Invite Reminder: Warehouse Management with Intermec

June 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm PST

As part of the Manufacturing Impact Series, here’s a reminder not to miss the Cisco and Intermec Mobile Warehouse Management Webinar set for Thursday 23rd June, 2011. It’s essential viewing and listening if you’re a Cisco resale or systems integration partner, or a partner looking to build a Manufacturing Practice and provide solutions to Manufacturing Industry Customer Care-abouts.

To be competitive, warehouse managers must deliver a high level of performance while reducing costs. Learn how the Cisco and Intermec Mobile Warehouse Management Solution delivers the benefits of mobility to industrial environments, helping warehouse managers to stay connected with their mobile workforce, increasing asset visibility across warehouse operations, providing access to information at the point of work, and delivering intelligence to mobile workers. This is a solution webcast in the “Manufacturing Impact” partner enablement series.
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There will be speakers from Intermec: Dan Albaum, Senior Director Marketing and Bruce Stubbs, Director Industry Marketing. Jeff Rodawald, Partner Relationship Executive will be the speaker from Cisco with me, Peter Granger, as a panelist. Should be a great event with lots of folks already registered. If you’d like to register click the link: 

Click here to register for the Cisco and Intermec Mobile Warehouse Management Webinar

Date: Thursday 23rd June, 2011; Time: 11.00 am — 12.00 pm Eastern Time; (8:00 am Pacific) Place: Online.  Read More »

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Cisco Partner Invite Reminder – Context Aware Solutions

As part of the Manufacturing Impact Series, here’s a reminder not to miss the Context-Aware Solutions for Manufacturing Webinar set for Tuesday 21st June, 2011. It’s essential viewing and listening if you’re a Cisco resale or systems integration partner, or a partner looking to build a Manufacturing Practice and provide solutions to Manufacturing Industry Customer Care-abouts.

This seminar will focus on Context Aware Solutions. Within today’s manufacturing environments, tracking assets and people is crucial for promoting efficiencies in business processes and ultimately reducing costs and time to market. The AeroScout Visibility System accurately locates and tracks valuable assets such as equipment or people. By operating over Cisco® Unified Wireless networks, AeroScout solutions minimize the incremental cost for the communications network and enable greatly enhanced visibility throughout the enterprise. The solution can scale to include tens of thousands of tags, without affecting other traffic on the network.

Click here to register for the Context-Aware Solutions for Manufacturing Webinar

Date: Tuesday 21st June, 2011; Time: 11.00 am — 12.00 pm Eastern Time; (8:00 am Pacific) Place: Online.

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Cisco Partner Event: Industrial Intelligence for Manufacturers

As part of the Manufacturing Impact Series, here’s a reminder not to miss the Industrial Intelligence for Manufacturers Webinar set for Thursday 16th June, 2011. It’s essential viewing and listening if you’re a Cisco resale or systems integration partner, or a partner looking to build a Manufacturing Practice and provide solutions to Manufacturing Industry Customer Careabouts.

Industrial Intelligence is a multi-billion dollar opportunity growing at approximately 20% per year over the next five years. Much of the growth is driven by the proliferation of smart devices globally, and Cisco partners have a unique opportunity to provide the technology to connect an estimated trillion devices by 2020. In this “how to” workshop, the speakers will  introduce the Cisco Industrial Intelligence for Manufacturers market opportunity, target customers, solution portfolio, case studies, and sales tools to help partners succeed.

Click here to register for the Cisco Industrial Intelligence for Manufacturers Webinar

Date: Thursday 16th June, 2011; Time: 11.00 am -- 12.00 pm Eastern Time; (8:00 am Pacific) Place: Online.

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The Network as an Innovation Engine: Join us for Customer Roundtable featuring Tesco & the Columbus Regional Airport Authority

We know that you’re always keen to hear from our customers. Tomorrow, Wednesday 15th June, Cisco will be hosting a live broadcast with Mike McNamara, CIO of Tesco, the world’s third largest retailer, and Shawn Prince and Aaron Hibbard, Senior IT Directors for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, operator of three regional and international airports in Ohio.

The broadcast will be hosted by Cisco’s Paul Mountford, SVP of Global Enterprise Markets.

In addition from hearing from these customers on how they use their network as an innovation engine to drive their business, there will also be live Q&A. Please join us and submit your questions for the panel.

Broadcast Details
Date: Wednesday 15th June 2011
Time: 08.00 PT / 11.00 ET / 16.00 UK Time / 17.00 CET
Link: Please go here to register. If you cannot attend the live broadcast, a replay will be available via the same link within 48 hours of the event.

In addition, please join the online conversation on Twitter using the following hashtags: #engn  #Cisco

For any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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