In a recent blog written by Mala Anand, she discussed how hyper-distribution of assets in organizations is creating demands for new insights and enabling new interactions and experiences across every industry. Mala shared how our hyper-distributed world has created remote centers of data which require access by people and processes within and beyond your organization. And, it is your ability to connect data, connect processes and connect experiences that will be the cornerstone to succeeding in this new digital era. Through this blog, I want to focus on some of the top considerations when deploying and integrating systems and processes in today’s complex hyper distributed environment.
Surviving in this hyper-distributed and digital era requires new levels of business agility and re-imagining existing processes. Yet there exists a big divide. A report published by Gartner Research Consulting—Cisco IoE Engagement Findings, December 2014 states: “78% of organizations have not yet established the capability to manage and transform processes across different parts of their organization.” This transformation requires extending the value of existing infrastructure; integrating partner ecosystems to streamline and automate processes within your enterprise and across your value chain of partners, service providers and customers.
Figure 1: The importance of integration.
Here are some key considerations as you embark on this journey:
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Tags: Cisco, connected processes, digital business transformation, Hyper distributed, integration, Internet of Everything, IoE, Service Oriented Architecture
I am thrilled to be the first to announce our 15 semi-finalists in Cisco’s second annual Innovation Grand Challenge. Culled from more than 3,000 entries in over 100 countries since June, I can sum up the semi-finalists’ innovations in one word: Disruptors.
I want to congratulate all the semi-finalists for making it this far. It gives me tremendous pleasure to identify them below. I wish all of these bold pioneers much success in the weeks ahead as we begin the countdown to the three winners in early December at the IoT World Forum in Dubai.
Will One Be the Next Uber?
Will one of the semi-finalists emerge as the next Uber, Airbnb or Pandora that disrupts and transforms whole markets with unforeseen business models? By looking over these entries, which leverage the possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT), I can easily imagine this distinct possibility.
These IoT trailblazers also validate my view that today’s daring new developments can come from anywhere in the world. These 15 are dispersed throughout North and South America as well as Europe, including Argentina, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Another observation is the power and potential of converging technologies around IoT have captured the attention and imagination of the entrepreneurial community worldwide, reflecting the growing trend of globalization and diversity of technical talent.
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Tags: Innovation Grand Challenge, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE
Earlier this week, I hosted a #CiscoChat along with other team members of the @CiscoMFG team including Nancy Cam-Winget (@ncamwingw), an industrial security expert and Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, along with cohost Gregory Wilcox (@gswilcox_ohio) of our strategic alliance partner Rockwell Automation (@ROKAutomation). We had a thought-provoking interchange on how new digital business models impact industrial security interests, as well as some of the other inherent security risks for manufacturers.
If you missed the chat, the full recap is here, and below, I summarize a few of the highlights and insights for me.
Why is security for manufacturers such a top-of-mind concern, discussed across engineering, production, supply chain and boardroom alike?
By 2020, there will be an estimated 50+ billion intelligent things connected to the Internet. The emergence of more “smart” connected factories, in which machines and devices Read More »
Tags: Business Trends, ciscochat, Digital Manufacturing, Industrial Security, Internet of Everything, IoE, IoT, Manufacturing, Social Chat, social media
Next week I’m headed to the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 in Orlando – and I’m looking forward to seeing many of our top clients and many analysts from Gartner. The energy and buzz created by bringing thousands of organizational leaders, engineers, experts, and analysts together for five days of learning and collaboration is inspiring.
This year the event is very focused on DIGITAL – and the event description talks about how “a digital wave is sweeping through every industry, organization and culture.” This line sounds pretty familiar – it sounds a lot like what we at Cisco have been saying about how digital transformation is bringing together people, process, data, and things in new and important ways. From countries to businesses, it’s changing everything.
All of the momentum is behind digitization, and I’m excited to connect with our customers and partners to hear about their experiences going digital and to learn about how Cisco can continue to enable this transformation. Read More »
Tags: digital era, Digital transformation, digitization, Gartner Symposium, Internet of Everything, IoE, ITxpo, Mike Riegel
During Elon Musk’s presentation of Tesla Powerwall, a battery system that lets you store energy to power your home, he shared a slide showing a small area of the Texas panhandle – with a small blue square representing the land area necessary to produce enough solar power to meet the entire electric power needs of the United States.
“…very little land is required to get rid of all fossil fuel electricity generation in the United States.” Elon Musk
As you might expect, this generated quite a bit of controversy about whether or not his assertion is even within the realm of possibility.
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Tags: Energy, Industrial collaboration, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, Manufacturing, solar