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Welcome René Pluis to the Cisco Energy Blog

Please join me in welcoming René Pluis to the Cisco Energy Blog. René is a member of my global energy team and has vast experience of Cisco architectures and technologies and how they can be applied to our customer’s business and technical challenges to create positive business outcomes.

Rene Pluis

Rene Pluis

René has been working in the industrial network domain for several years now.  His focus has been on enabling business imperatives through the deployment of communication networks, connectivity and collaboration.

His main focus is the Oil & Gas Industry, both onshore as well as offshore. Deployment of wireless technologies to connect sensors (IoT – Internet of Things) and enabling mobile wireless clients (track & trace) in hazardous areas and pipeline operations are just two of his focus areas in this industrial network domain. He is also very familiar with other areas of the energy industry such as utilities and energy management.

He combines both a technology and a business view on the solutions at hand. He has spoken at several events and conferences and is considered a consultative subject matter expert by many industry and customer groups:

Please welcome René!

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Cisco Shows Oil and Gas Cost-Saving Technologies at Automation Fair

January 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm PST

Cisco has been a prominent supporter of the Rockwell Automation Fair for a number of years. The relationship has grown over time to one where both Rockwell and Cisco collaborate on developing software, solutions and products for a wide range of both IT and OT (Operational Technologies) functions within industrial and other customers.

Recently Cisco showed off some of the technologies in the oil and gas space, and Ahmed Farrag, Business Development Director from Cisco, talks about Cisco’s presence at the show in the following video.

Ahmed talks about Oil and Gas as one of Cisco’s key focus industries. He mentions the huge demand increases we’ve seen over the past few years.

That’s all changing right now.

The price of oil has plummeted to half what it was only a few months ago. With China slowing, parts of Europe close to another downturn, and oil now gushing following the huge investments that have been made in fracking and tar sands in the US, some say we have too much oil right now. Some companies are going to be worried about margins and future investments. So what’s the future?

The show’s title gives us a clue. Just as automation has helped ‘onshore’ manufacturing back to the US in many cases, automation will reduce costs over the longer term. And many processes and practices in the oil and gas industries are ripe for Automation. Blair Christie, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Cisco, showed a chart at a recent press review (The Internet of Everything Changes Everything -- The Future of Work) that highlights that the oil and gas industry is, perhaps, the most likely industry to benefit from the Internet of Everything and automation (slide 12):

Nearly half manual processes could be automated.

Nearly half manual processes could be automated in most industries, with Oil and Gas the most.

That chart holds the key to the future of the Oil and Gas industry.

With the advances that have already been made (and those yet to come) in the field of automation, along with rapid progress in collaboration and communications  technologies between workers and companies, one of the keys to profits will be enabling lower costs and higher efficiencies. Cisco and it’s partners are leading the charge.

You can read more about Cisco in oil and gas here: Cisco Industry Solutions: Oil and Gas. there you’ll find: Read More »

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Meet up with Cisco at OilComm 2014 in Houston

November 5, 2014 at 11:28 am PST

Cisco is at OilComm 2014, the leading forum for communications professionals in the oil and gas community, November 5-7, 2014, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

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Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps solve customer’s most important business challenges by delivering intelligent networks and technology architectures built on integrated products, services and software platforms. Cisco’s thought leaders such as Cisco Consulting Services, the Cisco Global Industries Center of Expertise (GICE) and the Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) Group are working closely with O&G industry leaders on the toughest challenges in the industry right now and jointly shaping the frontier of O&G technologies of the future.

Cisco’s highlights at OilComm 2014 includes a booth presence and executive speakers:

  • Panel Discussion: Conquering Skill Shortages and Recruiting Tomorrow’s Workforce Panelist: Mick Shaw, E&P Architect -- Upstream Energy, Cisco Systems.  Nov 6, 1:30 – 2:30 Room: 382

  • Friday Keynote Lunch -- Cutting Edge Networks at the Remote Edge
    Serhii Konovalov Sr. Business Development Manager, Global Lead Oil and Gas Industry Solutions.  Nov 7, 12:30 – 1:30, Room: 372

Along with a booth presence showing some of our newest industry solutions as used by customers like Shell:

You’ll remember we spoke about the new solutions in this blog: Unveiling Cisco Collaborative Operations and Secure Ops Solutions, and about Shell using the Secure Ops Solution here: Cisco to Provide Secure Ops Solution to Royal Dutch Shell

We look forward to seeing you there…

…and that’s not all -- check out Friday, November 7…

 

Keynote Luncheon
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Solidify your newly formed relationships and continue catching up with old colleagues you haven’t seen since last year at OilComm!  The Keynote Luncheon is included with Conference registration; Exposition attendees may purchase tickets to the Keynote Luncheon. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Tony Shakib, Vice President of IoT (Internet of Things) Vertical Business at Cisco.

Here’s a helpful pointer to Cisco’s Booth:

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Cisco to Provide Secure Ops Solution to Royal Dutch Shell

October 15, 2014 at 10:45 am PST

 

This week sees the IoT ( Internet of Things) World Forum (IoTWF) Research & Innovation Symposium that is showing IoT related subjects such as the current research, use cases, and customer experiences as part of  the Internet of Everything.  This time the symposium will focus on transportation and energy, key areas where IoT can change the life of every human being.

To complement the IoT relevance in Energy, you will have seen the press release today from Cisco highlighting the adoption of the Cisco Secure Ops Solution by Royal Dutch Shell, details of which were shared with delegates at the forum (and if not I’ve put a link at the bottom of this post).

Peter Granger “drills-down” on the new Secure Ops solution adopted by Royal Dutch Shell

We saw the collaboration between Cisco and Shell and Shell’s commitment to Cisco’s architectural approach at Cisco Live. If you haven’t read it you can here: High Energy at Cisco Live in San Francisco.  At the event Alan Matula (CIO and EVP, Shell) spelled out the changing IT and OT (Operational Technologies) environment in his industry, and how Shell had seen this all coming…

“About 3 or 4 years ago we saw the internet of everything coming and we decided to set up a unique differentiated technology outfit and we put it right next to research and development and that actually pushes the technology advances as close as possible to the business outcomes that we’re trying to drive.”

You also saw (if following my blog) that Cisco announced Secure Ops here: Unveiling Cisco Collaborative Operations and Secure Ops Solutions. So now we have the customer proof point: the important piece!

So, what’s new? well a lot actually. I think the first thing is how Cisco is changing to not only work with partners as we’ve always done, but to take the lead in providing a solution directly to our customers if that’s what they want. With this solution there are a number of partners, but Cisco provides leadership so everyone knows their role and we have a more holistic approach, guided by Cisco.

Now down to the business. Shell will deploy the Cisco Secure Ops Solution at upstream, downstream and lubricant sites. The Cisco Secure Ops Solution provides remote proactive monitoring and Service-Level-Agreement -(SLA)-driven management of security, applications and infrastructure.  At the IoTWF Shell shared that it has deployed the Cisco Secure Ops Solution to increase the security maturity level by improving its cyber security and risk management, while lowering costs of delivery and operations.

When you think about all the challenges that oil and gas industry companies face today, you’ll see that they operate in the world’s toughest conditions. Whether it’s traditional on-shore or off-shore or non-traditional methods (horizontal drilling and “fracking” for example), energy companies have to be aware of a variety of threats, including safety, environmental, and cyber threats, when making important decisions in real-time.

“Cisco’s solution is designed to help companies combat new and evolving cyber security threats to the energy industry, specifically in the industrial control system (ICS) domain. Working with Shell, Cisco has developed solutions that directly address security concerns for the types of  sometimes harsh environments in which Shell operates.”

“Cisco Secure Ops is a turn-key solution that implements and maintains security controls, risk management and compliance for industrial control system (ICS) environments using a combination of people, process and technology. Industrial control system delivery partners, like Rockwell and Yokogawa Electric, support the solution. Additional partners will be forthcoming.”

Here’s a quote from Greg Carter of Cisco (Director/GM, Internet of Everything Services Group, Cisco) that confirms the benefits:

“Cisco Secure Ops Solution was designed to provide a robust and secure solution to quickly address potential threats that come with the increase in connected people, processes and things with IoE. I’m thrilled that Shell is already seeing the benefits from these innovations on a global scale and look forward to continued success with this solution across other verticals in the months ahead.”

If you want to learn more about the Cisco Secure Ops solution, click here. To read a copy of the Press release, click here.

 

 

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Success for Cisco at Yokogawa Users Conference

 

Last week Cisco participated in the Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, TX.

In this, our first year’s participation in the event, we showed our new offers on the exhibit floor : Secure Ops and Collaborative Operations for the Oil and Gas industry.

Serhii Konovalov, Global lead for O&G Industry, and Jason Celaya, Energy Industry IoE PSS, have been working closely with Oil & Gas and Petrochemical customers and the Yokogawa team over the three days of the event.

Greg Carter, Director/GM, Internet of Everything (IoE) Services Group at Cisco hosted the breakout session: “Internet of Everything (IoE) Enabling IA Solutions and Innovation”. In that session he comprehensively explained, “What is Internet of Everything (IoE)” and presented how IoE enables value-added IA solutions and provides innovations for life cycle management with focus on IA customers.

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 I had the opportunity to talk with Serhii and here are his comments to some aspects of the event:

What is the biggest topic among customers during the event? “Two major topics were clearly in the lead: Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security and accelerated growth of Industrial Wireless in O&G”

What kind of solutions is Cisco and Yokogawa working together? “ Cisco and Yokogawa are working on the number of initiatives to address emerging trends and joint customer requirements. One major initiative that we launched and showcased at the event is Secure Ops, that directly targets Cyber Security challenges with innovative and systematic approach”

What is your general opinion of Cisco participation? “The participation at the event demonstrated growing strength of partnership between Cisco and Yokogawa. It was great to hear feedback and strong support from the customers at the event about Cisco’s continued focus on O&G industry and Internet of Things, as well as great time to discuss current projects and priorities”

Watch out for other events that Cisco will be making a big impact at in the future!

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