Please Welcome Michael Schwarz to the Manufacturing Industry Blog
It is with great pleasure I introduce Michael Schwarz as our latest Manufacturing Industry Thought Leader. Michael has a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently director of automotive EMEA within the global manufacturing practice of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).
In this role, Michael consults with senior executives from the auto industry looking to capitalize on the transformative power of the Internet for faster innovation, superior customer experience, and new business models.
Michael brings more than 15 years of top management consulting experience and solid industry knowledge to the organization. Before joining Cisco, he was a senior principal with Booz Allen Hamilton based in Munich and Chicago. There, he worked for clients in the automotive, aerospace, industrial goods, and financial services industries. Prior to Booz Allen Hamilton, he worked at Siemens Nixdorf and ZF Friedrichshafen. Read More »
Tags: Automotive, car, Cisco, consultant, Electronics-ization, IBSG, Internet Business Solutions Group, Manufacturing, manufacturing industry, Michael Schwarz, thought leader
Please Welcome Marc Girardot to the Manufacturing Industry Blog
It is with great pleasure that I introduce Marc Girardot as our latest Manufacturing Industry Thought Leader. Marc has a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently managing director of the Global Automotive Practice in the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).
As a core team member of IBSG’s manufacturing senior staff, he provides strategic assistance to car manufacturers and to related organizations looking to capitalize on the transformative power of new technologies. Marc consults with senior executives from the auto industry and coordinates Cisco’s global efforts to accelerate innovation and industry transformation in automotive.
Throughout the globe, Marc and his team have worked for most Auto OEMs on topics such Innovation, Connected Car, Customer Experience, Next Generation Dealers, the Car of the future, Distributed Engineering, and Corporate Culture.
Most recently, Marc co-authored with Michael Schwarz an industry-changing point of view called “Electronics-ization in Automotive: Reinventing the Car Industry Model to Boost Profitable Innovation“ which I encourage you to read. Read More »
Tags: Automotive, car, Cisco, consultant, Electronics-ization, IBSG, Internet Business Solutions Group, Manufacturing, manufacturing industry, Marc Girardot, thought leader
As INSEAD and UC Berkeley Professor Morten Hansen says, “The goal of collaboration is not collaboration itself, but great results.” Working with many of our customers, we’ve developed a framework for assessing the true ROI of collaboration, and it falls into three distinct categories:
- Operational ROI allows you to assess how collaboration eliminates or avoid costs associated with running your business. You might cut travel, reduce infrastructure needs, lower bandwidth or energy costs, save on office space and so on. Collaboration tools can replace or reduce the need for many of these types of costs.
- Productivity ROI refers to savings generated from more efficient processes, accelerated decision-making and reduced cycle times. Collaboration can lead to significant productivity gains in any number of ways, such as optimizing within lines of business or matching your organization’s expertise to opportunities early on.
- Strategic ROI can be the hardest to measure, but perhaps the most transformative. This kind of ROI occurs when collaboration enables your business to take a giant leap forward in areas like enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty, accelerating innovation, introducing new business models or entering new markets. These types of changes can also reshape an industry in fundamental ways.
These three types of ROI sometime manifest themselves differently across Read More »
Tags: collaboration, Financial Services, government, healthcare, manufacturing industry, Morten Hansen, retail, return on investment, ROI, The Collaboration Imperative
Please Welcome Arun Saksena to the Manufacturing Industry Blog.
It is with great pleasure I introduce Arun Saksena as our latest Manufacturing Industry Thought Leader. Arun has had a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently Director and Global High-Tech Lead, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Arun recently. In his role as Global High-Tech Lead in IBSG, Arun has been instrumental in forming Cisco’s approach to Innovation – both inside Cisco and for our customers, as well as looking at global integration and collaboration for many of those customers. Arun has published many papers such as:
1. High-Tech Industry: The Road to Profitability Through Global Integration and Collaboration (Click on this link to download)
2. Manufacturing Innovation -- Transforming Manufacturing Product and Service
Innovation With People, Process, and Technology -- a White Paper (Click on this link to download)
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Tags: Arun Saksena, Cisco, High Tech Industry, IBSG, Internet Business Solutions Group, Manufacturing, manufacturing industry, manufacturing Innovation, Peter Granger, thought leader
I just finished an interview on the topic of “Cloud in Manufacturing” with a German machine-building and factory automation magazine. The interview ran an hour longer than scheduled—an indication of the publication’s interest, as well as its lingering doubts about whether cloud services truly can benefit “real manufacturing.”
We discussed an abundance of cloud-related ideas – most pertaining to obvious areas such as web presence in marketing, after-sales application hosting to make field engineers more productive, and collaboration as a service to enable partners and suppliers to work together more effectively on large projects.
The uncharted cloud territory, however, is the area that manufacturers see their “core”: the physical making of things. Can cloud play a role in supply chain management (yes, it can)? Will there be a cloud service for motion control (due to latency and determinism considerations, not yet) and for asset management and MIS applications (yes)? Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cloud, Cloud Computing, cloud services, context, control, core, Governance, IBSG, Manufacturing, manufacturing industry, security