Supply Chain Management (SCM) has always been critical to business operations and success. Executives in large corporations remember lessons from their SCM courses back in business school. For those who have forgotten, consulting companies and universities teach SCM using well-known games such as the Beer Distribution Game. The problem the Beer Distribution Game highlights is the lack of insight people along the distribution chain have beyond a few steps. However, I’d posit that the Internet of Things (IoT) provides us the opportunity to holistically visualize and play with our entire supply chain. In effect, IoT may make the Beer Distribution Game a relic of the past.
The Beer Distribution Game is a role-player table game created by Jay Forrester at MIT Sloan School of Management in the early 1960s to teach principles of management science. The game is played by teams who simulate the supply chain of the beer industry during 40 weeks. Each team represents a brand and the goal is to meet customer demand. Each player represents a specific area of the supply chain: retail, wholesale, distributor and factory. Within each team players cannot communicate each other and information is only passed through orders and shipments notes every week. The winner of the game is the team with lower total cost of capital employed in stock for everyone in the supply chain while avoiding out-of-stock situations. Read More »
A few weeks ago, Cisco introduced our new vision for enterprise-wide network architecture based on the Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) framework. This approach is not a radical departure from traditional networks, but a transformative architecture that brings unprecedented openness and programmability to enterprise-wide networks (not just data centers) to be ready for the Internet of Everything. It transforms networks making them more agile, high-performing and application-centric, while making the best use of existing network resources (brownfield deployments).
The need for this architecture is predicated upon the increasing number of applications, the complexity of deploying them, and the fast changing business environments that they need to support. These environments include multiple mobile devices users are bringing into the network as well as the sensors and other connected devices we expect will make up the 50 billion networked devices Cisco and GE have predicted for 2020. They also include new cloud-based application deployment models. This complexity is impacting the networks that need to serve these environments. Read More »
Guy Denis, Business Development Manager for Industrial Automation at Cisco Systems, explains the booth at Hannover Messe 2013 and how it relates to the theme of integrated solutions by connecting the IT environment with manufacturing industry Operational Technologies(OT).
Guy talks about Cisco’s presence at the show and talks about some elements of the booth and the solutions Cisco showed. Many of the Cisco Connected Industries and products were on display, including the Industrial switching products like the new IE2000 which now has Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities.
Guy shows the other Machine-to-machine (M2M) products such as the IE3000, and some of the newer modules such as for PoE and fiber, very applicable for machine manufacturers and in the automotive as well as the Food and Beverage industries.
Guy then goes on to talk about the architectural approach that Cisco has developed and the partnership with Rockwell Automation, a relationship that enables joint development. So Cisco is extremely relevant on the plant floor, especially in a Rockwell environment with the jointly developed Converged Plant-wide Ethernet architecture.
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 or 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 deployinganytime, anywhere, any device connectivity to industrial automation applications.
Cisco 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 »
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.
Adrienne Meyer, Manager of Member Services at ODVA and Guy Denis, Cisco Business Development Manager -- Connected Industries Group reminisceabout 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.