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Speaking of Convergence – Cisco at ARC World Industry Forum

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Every year, ARC Advisory Group hosts forums and conferences in major cities around the world.  Topics range from automotive, CPG, aerospace, biotech, chemicals, mining, oil and gas and other sectors.  The forums allow corporate executives to network with peers and gather industry intelligence.

Cisco is pleased to be highlighting its converged, industrial networking architecture at the seventeenth annual ARC World Industry Forum: “Achieving Breakthrough Performance with New Processes and Technologies”.

This year, that event takes place at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida on February 11–14.

Please be our guest at the welcome reception in the Oceans Ballroom on Monday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, courtesy of Cisco and the ARC Advisory Group.  Then, Read More »

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Cisco Perspectives on a Great Automation Fair 2012!

What a great Automation Fair 2012!! 

Thank you to everyone who visited Cisco’s booth and the joint EtherNet/IP Network Infrastructure booth shared by Cisco, Rockwell Automation, Panduit and Fluke Networks.

The Cisco team was excited to play a very active role in floor demonstrations, industry forums, educational sessions and Manufacturing Perspectives.

Here are just a few perspectives about this year’s Automation Fair from Cisco participants:

 



Maciej Kranz, VP and GM, Cisco Connected Industries Group  “Looking back on last week’s very successful event, these are the points that immediately come to my mind:

  • Great strategic alignment between Rockwell and Cisco, with a common vision and strategy
  • Unified enterprise architecture from the plant to Data Center and cloud
  • Security. Security. Security.
  • Mobility, Collaboration and Cloud
  • Very positive customer feedback, validating our joint Cisco and Rockwell Automation direction

Paul Taylor, Business Development Manager for Rockwell Automation Alliance  “Absolutely fantastic show!  There was lots of interest and activity at all of the Cisco and Rockwell demonstrations.  Customers recognized that together, we evaluate plant and enterprise-wide networking needs as a whole and then design solutions based on those all-encompassing considerations.  Two demo stations that were especially buzzing with activity included Rockwell’s Micro Data Center (MDC), which houses a complete data-center infrastructure in a single box and Cisco Interactive Services Engine, partnered with X2O for real-time information sharing and collaboration”.

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A 6-year evolution of Cisco at Rockwell’s Automation Fair

Chet Namboodri, Cisco’s Director of Global Industries for Manufacturing and Automotive and long-time Automation Fair participant shares his evolutionary perspective.

Cisco and IP have transformed the way we do business. 

Consider how IP has unified communication services – phone calls, faxes, voicemail, web conferencing can all be delivered to any handset.  IP lowers infrastructure costs by allowing voice and data to run over a single network.

In commerce, IP maximizes mobile user productivity by allowing businesses to support anytime, anywhere and any device access.

IP is now making an impact on industrial networking.  It’s allowing businesses to maximize their operational efficiency and quickly adapt to change. Cisco and IP (Internet Protocol) are helping industrial customers develop robust, secure, future-ready and cost effective EtherNet/IP (Industrial Protocol) for their distributed network applications.

The evolution of Cisco’s impact on industrial networking is evident in how our participation has changed and grown at Rockwell’s Automation Fair. Read More »

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Cisco Live 2012 Happenings – Manufacturing Industry related

Connected Industries Booth

It was great to see the Cisco Connected Industries Booth that I blogged about recently humming at Cisco Live this week. Lots of delegates interested in talking about Converged Plant-wide networks, Machine-to-Machine applications and technologies, and all the different network sensing, diagnostic and management capabilities of our Partners such as Rockwell Automation, Panduit Corp, Emerson , OSIsoft LLC and Honeywell Process Solutions.

Maciej Kranz, CIBU VP, talks to attendees

I videoed a few of the demos and will talk about them in future blogs, but I wanted to share some great images from the booth, and also from the ‘Table-Topics’ I helped moderate on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some delegates really get the trends and are on their way to implemented open standards networks throughout their organizations. During the Table topics a pharmaceutical company and a utilities company talked about ‘Wireless in Manufacturing’ and the direction they were taking. There are challenges ahead and we talked about how Cisco was helping to tackle some of the key ones – security and manageability came out tops, so Cisco’s Secure-X architecture advances were appreciated.

Table Topics provides a relaxed discussion

The Rockwell Robot, the OSIsoft PI software, the Panduit solutions and the Emerson and Honeywell sensor networks booths (Wireless Hart and ISA100 respectively) were all big draws, as were the new IE2000 hardened switches from Cisco. There was huge interest in the M2M demonstrations and the way the ‘Internet of Things’ is becoming as huge as the 2008 forecasts predicted.

The Cisco Live event is a mixture of learning, networking and discussion. If you get a chance to attend you’ll meet folks from all over the world and see that the challenges and solutions are often not that different between countries or organizations.

Watch out for my next blogs where I go into more depth on the demonstrations and messaging from Cisco.

 

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