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Edison’s Predictions for 2011 – yes, there are still a few days left before 2012!

This is the time of year that some of us bloggers decide to pontificate about the New Year that’s to come and what it will hold. Well more of that from me and my colleagues in a few days time.

Edison - courtesy Library of Congress

With just a few days left in 2011, I see that the incandescent light bulb is on its last legs, according to legislation that passed through Congress in 2007, and is being enacted by the Federal government soon. California has already started it’s ban on the old light bulbs ahead of time – no more three-way light bulbs! What are we going to do now?! Poor Edison – one of his key inventions put out to grass as it were!

There are some things difficult to predict – Samoans will go to sleep tonight on Thursday and tomorrow wake up on Saturday, so that they can be more in line with their trading partners in the west, like Australia. That’s a way of localizing your supply chain. Who would have predicted that?

Manufacturing Gurus at work...

Caffeinated beer is on its way out too. Never tried the stuff myself, but I don’t think it will stop folks drinking energy drinks and vodka cocktails. I remember enjoying a couple of those at the Minus5 bar at CiscoLive 2011 in Vegas this year with some colleagues. It was a way for the sponsor to get us to take notice of what they did and work with them in the networking industry. Funny, but after a couple of those special drinks none of us could remember what on earth it was they were trying to sell us! Note to self: don’t use that method in our marketing campaigns!

So, back to Edison’s predictions. Oh yes, he made some in 1911 and predicted what the world would be like in 2011, so let’s see how well he did 100 years on. I predict that Edison’s predictions will be mostly 50/50 by the year end. Here’s why.  He said: Read More »

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Additive Manufacturing: Is 3D Printing the Future?

It seems like something out of Star Trek. A “replicator” – something that can create any complex object from generic raw materials, such as powdered metal. Well, these replicators actually already exist, and they are called 3D printers. The process by which objects are created by 3D printers is called “additive manufacturing.”

If you’ve never seen additive manufacturing in action, then prepare to be impressed: Read More »

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A warm jacket

One of the many nice things about working for Cisco is the multiple opportunities for giving back. As a company, we participate in many community-based events, with Cisco often matching each employee contribution. Recently I wrote a blog about our Manufacturing team’s participation with a local housing and services foundation.

This Christmas, I have the privilege of working with Friends Outside and their “Holiday Wishes Program.” Through this program we each are matched with a local child in need. The child provides a “wish list” for presents, and then we raise money to fulfill that list.   Read More »

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Should manufacturing embrace the cloud?

Cloud Computing: you’ve heard of it, but how will it affect you as a manufacturer? Is it the right solution for your industry or not?

Cisco has released its recent Global Cloud Index projections which state that Cloud Traffic will increase 12-fold between 2010 and 2015.

The Cisco Cloud Index covers three crucial areas focused on data center and cloud traffic trends and next-generation service or application adoption. They include: Read More »

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(almost) real-time social media at Automation Fair

(almost) real-time social media

We wanted our social media strategy for this year’s Automation Fair to be (almost) real-time; we wanted you to feel like you were attending the event as it unfolded.

Additionally, if you were at the event and weren’t able to see everything, then we wanted you to be able to catch-up on things you may have missed. So if you didn’t make it to our booth on the first day, then you could see a preview of what we had to offer to make sure you visited the second day.

Essentially, this is how we accomplished our goal: Read More »

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