Hopefully everyone is back from the Christmas/New Years Holidays by now and already hit the deck running. I know we in the Manufacturing team are already off, well, most of us. I started the New Year by having cataract surgery. So I am going to combine some Healthcare with some Manufacturing in this blog. Consider yourself forewarned!
First, what to expect from us this coming year: much more on the value of mobility and the ability to collaborate across the global workforce, wherever they are (yes, that is Borderless Networks); then a lot on the vast amount of data presenting itself to the factory and from the factory to the enterprise (you will hear the term “data deluge”); also the impact of “the cloud” on the factory; also the growing prevalence of tablets and other smart devices in manufacturing operations. And we will undoubtedly have new areas of concentration throughout the year as new technologies take hold in manufacturing.
So, that is the preview of the year. But now I want to talk about my personal experience with Healthcare and how it relates to Manufacturing. Read More »
Tags: 2012, Borderless Networks, brain, cataract, cloud, collaboration, data deluge, education, eyes, healthcare, machine builders, Manufacturing, mobility, systems
What is Social Selling?
You’ve probably heard of it; you may have even done some research to see if it’s “right” for your business. However, if you’re active in social media, you may be participating in social selling without even realizing it.
It is difficult to pin down an exact definition for social selling, as it depends on whom you ask. In short, social selling is the use of social media for generating and executing sales, but in a different way than traditional B2C. It is based on relationship building, and customers know who you are before you engage them in the sales cycle. Read More »
Tags: B2B, Cisco, Manufacturing, social media, social selling
Cisco Live UK (January 30th-Feb 2nd in London) is right around the corner. A good number of our attendees hail from the industrial verticals such as Transportation, Oil & Gas, Water/Waste Water Treatment, Automotive, and Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods.
These industrial companies are wrestling with business challenges such as reducing costs, speeding time to market and improving production uptime. How does Cisco play in the industrial space you ask? Read More »
Tags: 2012, Andy Manuel, Asset tracking, Borderless Networks, cisco live, Cisco Live UK, demonstration, Energy monitoring, Industrial Automation, Industrial Data Management, industrial ethernet, industrial wireless, Machine to Machine, Manufacturing, Remote telemetry, secure remote access, Workforce Enablement
My colleague Peter recently wrote a great blog about Thomas Edison’s predictions for 2011, which he made in 1911. While Edison didn’t predict Social Media, I thought it would be interesting to post some predictions on the subject for 2012 from an article on socialmediaexaminer.com — and the predictions’ possible influence on our blog: Read More »
Tags: 2012 predictions, Cisco, Manufacturing, social media, social selling
One of Winston Churchill’s most memorable war speeches came on 10 November 1942 at the Lord Mayor’s Luncheon at Mansion House in London, in response to the Allied victory at the Second Battle of El Alamein. Churchill stated:
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
My father was always proud that he had taken part in the first battle that changed the tide of World War II. He was 19 years old at time and had been on active duty for only 10 days! He was particularly proud that Churchill had said: “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat.”
Well, the point of all this is to blow the trumpet for this Manufacturing Industry Blog from Cisco and your group of Industry Gurus. With only a few bloggers and blogging for only a year or so, we managed to achieve several notable awards:
- I, Peter Granger, was proud to accept the “Best Newcomer Blog Award” on behalf of the team – we managed to get folks to stay on our blog longer than any other Cisco blog! A real achievement for the team!
- Andrew Lach, our Blog Admin Manager managed to top the charts of prolific bloggers two months in a row, and became a featured blogger several times.
- The rest of the team, Mark Wylie, Kevin Davenport and Paul Didier, continued to impress the Industry with their thought Leadership.
So, what of the future? Read More »
Tags: 2011, 2012, award, best newcomer, blogging, blogs, Churcill, cisco blogs, El Alamein, future, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Guru, winner, Winston Churchill