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Manufacturing a Successful Cloud Strategy

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 »

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Welcome Dirk Schlesinger, IBSG, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

February 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm PST

Please Welcome Dirk Schlesinger to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Dirk Schlesinger as our latest Manufacturing Industry Thought Leader. Dirk has a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently senior director and global manufacturing lead of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).

In this role, Dirk helps leading manufacturers become more competitive by transforming their businesses through leading processes and innovative technology enablement. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of business process reengineering, asset development and productivity improvement, as well as post-merger integration. Read More »

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Welcome Kevin Sullivan, Cisco IBSG, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

January 27, 2012 at 10:29 am PST

Please Welcome Kevin Sullivan to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

It is with great pleasure I introduce Kevin Sullivan as our latest Manufaturing Industry Thought Leader. Kevin has a distinguished career at Cisco and is currently a director in the Industrial & Diversified Manufacturing Practice of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG).

In this role, Kevin helps leading manufacturers become more competitive by transforming their businesses through leading processes and innovative technology enablement. His areas of expertise include business strategies for customer management, product innovation, supply chain, and financial management.

Kevin has led transformation initiatives for numerous Fortune 500 manufacturing and retail companies, and has coached CXOs on adapting new technology to achieve strategic business goals. Read More »

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