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Day 2 at Automation Fair, Part 1

November 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm PST

Day 2 at Automation Fair is rapidly underway.

One thing we’re really proud of this year is that customers at Automation Fair are no longer asking: “Why are you here, Cisco?” They know why. From our Industrial Intelligence solutions to our promotion of Convergence and the Internet of Things, manufacturers now know the benefits Cisco can bring them.

And hold tight for Day 2 at Automation Fair, Part 2 — coming soon!

If you’re at the event and haven’t already done so, be sure to stop by booth #239 to see us!

If not, make sure to follow us on our storify instance, which will aggregate all of our content creation into one spot. So follow this link to see all of our activity as it unfolds:

http://storify.com/ciscomfg/rockwell-automation-fair-2011-autofair

Also, if you missed any of the video from yesterday, view it here:

http://blogs.cisco.com/manufacturing/live-from-automation-fair-part-1/
http://blogs.cisco.com/manufacturing/live-from-automation-fair-part-2/

Watch the video below of live footage from Day 2 at Automation Fair to see Kevin Davenport describe our customer successes and the popularity of the new Cius on the plant floor:

See you at our booth!

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Live from Automation Fair, Part 2!

November 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm PST

Wow!  Automation Fair has been quite a whirlwind today, and now it’s time to head out to celebrate a successful first day.

But, before that, we want to give you Part 2 of Live from Automation Fair (as promised):

If you missed Part 1, view it here.

Also, check out Chet Namboodri’s blog about his presentation today for Automation Fair’s Food & Beverage Industry Forum. Chet presented on the Business Value of Industrial Intelligence for the Food and Beverage Industries.

If you’re at the event and haven’t already done so, be sure to stop by booth #239 to see us!

If not, make sure to follow us on our storify instance, which will aggregate all of our content creation into one spot. So follow this link to see all of our activity as it unfolds:

http://storify.com/ciscomfg/rockwell-automation-fair-2011-autofair

See you tomorrow!!

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Live from Automation Fair, Part 1!

November 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm PST

We’ve been having a blast all day at Rockwell Automation Fair. We’re meeting hundreds of customers, partners, and many others out on the floor.

We’ve put together some video of the first half of day 1 for your enjoyment:

If you’re at the event, be sure to stop by booth #239!

If not, make sure to follow us on our storify instance, which will aggregate all of our content creation into one spot. So follow this link to see all of our activity as it unfolds:

http://storify.com/ciscomfg/rockwell-automation-fair-2011-autofair

Stay tuned for more pictures, videos and blogs!!

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Automation Fair begins tomorrow!

November 15, 2011 at 9:35 am PST

Automation Fair begins tomorrow!

Well, this is it folks. The big day has finally arrived and Automation Fair begins tomorrow. Our intrepid team has descended on Chicago at McCormick Place West and is gearing up to show all that Cisco has to offer at booth #239!

We hope you’ve enjoyed all of the social media activity over the last two weeks.

We’ve seen our social media strategy for Automation Fair. We’ve seen Peter Granger describe both Cisco’s presence and booth.  We’ve seen Mark Wylie discuss machine builders. We’ve seen Paul Didier discuss convergence. And, of course, we’ve seen Kevin Davenport tell you why you must attend Automation Fair…or die.

To make things convenient for you to follow our social media activities, we’ve created a Storify instance which will aggregate all of our content creation into one spot. So follow this link to see all of our activity as it unfolds:

http://storify.com/ciscomfg/rockwell-automation-fair-2011-autofair

See you tomorrow at booth #239!

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Converging on Convergence, Part Two

We recently co-hosted a Voice of the Customer (VoC) event where we had several End User manufacturing customers as well as Machine Builders and Systems Integrators present. My new series on Machine Builders will start next week, but I wanted to capture a few thoughts and ask for opinions.

We’ve been working along on an assumption that many End User manufacturing customers are reducing their engineering staff and working under cost pressures as well as time pressure. We presumed that they are relegating or subcontracting a lot of the work that would typically be done in house back to machine builders or systems integrators. This clearly has impact on the business model of a machine builder, considering up front design, integration, installation, support and retrofitting. Read More »

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