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R & D Moves to Partnership Model: Technology Strategy is Critical

Recently, the Economist highlighted the shift from government funded models to private funded models for R & D.  As we know, R&D serves as the font of new ideas and leads to mass transformation of industries.  Concepts such as the internet and satellite communications resulted in part from publicly funded R&D.
This is a real change for leading corporations. This puts more pressure on manufacturing companies to find and leverage key technologies to deliver new products and compete.  Most manufacturing companies focus on core capabilities. They typically licensed or purchased technologies that enabled continued operation.  But these were not partnerships. This could be very effective for a ‘fast follower’ company.  Innovative companies have typically used a range of R & D funding sources, especially internal, to fuel innovation.
But the rules are changing! New industries are emerging that require a new strategic approach to R&D and innovation. Companies that do not adapt will be disrupted. Read More »

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Welcome Sue Nolin, Industry Marketing Manager, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

July 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm PST

It’s a pleasure to introduce Sue Nolin, Cisco’s newest Manufacturing Industry Marketing team member.

Sue Nolin rejoins Cisco after ten years in the world of successful networking start-ups.  She was formerly with Cisco’s VPN and Security Business Unit, as the result of Cisco’s acquisition of Atliga Networks in 2000.  Sue has since sold and marketed networking solutions commonly used by manufacturing industries.  They  include WiFi, RFID and Unified Communications technologies, and how they are applied to address business problems.

Sue looks forward  to sharing her views and thoughts on manufacturing  industry-relevant topics and to  your comments on her blogs. Agree or disagree? Tell us! Sue has a bachelor’s degree in English/Communications from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts,  so don’t criticize her writing -- just her views!

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Welcome Arun Saksena, Cisco IBSG, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

June 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm PST

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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Cisco Live 2012 Happenings – Manufacturing Industry related

June 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST

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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Cisco Live 2012 San Diego, USA, June 10th-14th – Connected Industries

June 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm PST

Cisco Live US June 10th-14th

The largest gathering of Cisco customers takes place this week in San Diego, California. Taking place from the 10th to the 14th of June, Cisco Live 2012 is a great venue to see some of the latest technologies and solutions for the manufacturing and industrial sectors. 

You can get education and training on the latest technologies and trends, and get tested and certified on Cisco products. One of the best benefits is mingling with like-minded colleagues, Cisco professional, and Cisco Partners.

For companies attending who are in the  manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, transportation, and energy industries,  we invite you to stop by the Connected Industries booth, #2934.  Read More »

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