Today Sustainable Brands writer Dimitar Vlahov names Cisco and its nonprofit partner Good World Solutions as a Hot Couple in Sustainability for our work to develop and scale the Labor Link mobile platform that improves transparency in global supply chains.
Vlahov writes, “What if workers in a global brand’s supply chain could access a free and anonymous channel to report on working conditions, and the brand in question could get real-time data to identify and address problems quickly, before they become front-page news? Well, this is now a reality for adopters of solutions like Labor Link, and clients such as Cisco are already making good use of it.”
Read the full article at Sustainable Brands.
Read more about the relationship between Cisco and Good World Solutions.
A trainer at a garment factory in India shows workers how to use mobile phones to take anonymous Labor Link surveys. Photo: Arjun Kartha
Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, supply chain, Sustainability
At Cisco, security runs through everything that we do. It is our commitment to deliver verifiable, trustworthy network architectures built on secure software and secure hardware, backed by prudent supply chain security practices.
That’s why Cisco created the Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle (Cisco SDL) to ensure that security is central through the entire product development process. CSDL is a repeatable and measurable process we’ve designed to fortify the resiliency and trustworthiness of our offerings, allowing our customers to deploy high-quality products that they can trust.
Cisco SDL utilizes many industry standards and best practices, including ISO certification as part of our development processes. ISO certification provides customers validation and confidence that our processes, such as common technology requirements, secure coding procedures, code reviews, testing, and verification are consistently executed within our product development.
In 2013, we made internal compliance with the Cisco SDL process a stop-ship-grade requirement for all new Cisco products and development projects. As we make our way through 2014, we are building on this commitment, holding our teams accountable and training stakeholders to understand the importance of Cisco SDL process, adoption, and compliance.
From our Integrated Service Routers (ISRs) to our Aggregation Services Routers (ASRs), more products are being introduced across the Cisco portfolio that are Cisco SDL compliant. We look forward to keeping you up to date on progress with the CSDL initiative over the coming months.
Check out the video below where I explain Cisco SDL in more detail:
Learn more about Cisco SDL here: http://www.cisco.com/web/about/security/cspo/csdl/index.html
Tags: cisco sdl, cybersecurity, product certifications, supply chain, trustworthy systems
Recently I wrote about a few real life examples of IDC Manufacturing Insights 2014 Predictions: Worldwide Manufacturing and their Top 10 predictions. I wanted to continue with some more examples to illustrate what is happening now and hopefully help you see some real life examples that are already taking place.
To follow up with IDC’s Prediction #4
Supply chain technology investment will involve modernizing existing systems while also trying new approaches, many systems already exist, but the issue is that they are in a ‘silo’ versus the other systems and it is difficult to talk across the systems. If you have multiple vendors on multiple platforms, it is difficult to get to the information but then also make sense of this information. In fact, most of our customers use different systems within their environment so even within a first level silo (company A) it is difficult to start to see what information exists let alone start to analyze this information. When you start to get to a second level silo (company A to company B information flows) you are now looking at silos within silos trying to talk with other silos.
I do not see these systems being ‘ripped and replaced’ but augmented with a layer above them to then start to build visibility and correlation across the systems which can then be tracked across companies to add visibility. We have been working with one of our business partners, HCL, to build a cloud offering where we are able to quickly install a platform, extract data from your existing systems and start to add value to you multiple locations operations and diverse portfolio.
The fifth IDC prediction was around the modernization of the B2B Commerce Backbone. I have seen this happening with many of our customers and business partners where they are using the information they have already on hand and start to use it in new ways. Look at this article on Amazon and anticipatory shopping. By taking the data that they have and mining this information is going to change how and what we order.
We are seeing this same use of analytics from the manufacturing market, not to predict what you are going to order, but when something may fail. Taking the data and tracking the sensor information, now much easier to access and track with new products and offerings, and driving this into an analytics engine. Using analytics, the ‘normal ranges’ are known and can be applied when the sensors are seeing any abnormalities occur. This helps to then understand what is happening and where it is happening and then start to understand where items may fail.
A few of our customers are taking this information from their customers and aggregating all of this information from different locations, adding sensors from the environment and then taking this information to drive the predictions back to their customers. Interestingly, some of our customers and partners see this as a service offering to allow better information and comparisons to stop failures and drive towards the 99.999% uptime that every company would like to have.
How are you wrestling with modernizing or revamping your supply chain? Are you adopting analytics in your sales or manufacturing processes? Let us know. Thanks for reading!
Tags: B2B, cloud, Manufacturing, supply chain
This piece was authored by guest blogger Jasmin Herro, founder and CEO of Outback Global Australia and vice president of Outback Global USA. Outback Global is an Indigenous-owned business certified with Supply Nation, along with Cisco Australia, which is also a member. Supply Nation is an organization dedicated to growing diversity within the supply chain.
I woke up one morning and suddenly realized I was an entrepreneur!
Those who know me, even for a short time, realize that I am an ideas person, I am constantly thinking, joining the proverbial dots, making connections and never taking myself too seriously. Every day starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends the next morning around 1 a.m., or when I drag myself to bed after falling asleep at my desk.
There are things that constantly go through my mind, random sets of ideas that could at any moment be the next big thing. Was I always like this? I remember, as an 8-year-old child needing money to go to the annual fair and thinking that if I could convince Glen, the man who worked for my dad, to help me pick all the mandarins off the two big trees in our yard, I could sell them in my dad’s petrol station. After some gentle persuasion (begging), Glen harvested all the mandarins off both trees and I convinced him to help me set up a table at the petrol station with a sign that read “Mandarins 10 cents or 6 for 50 cents.” After 2 days I made $23 and with my best puppy dog eyes offered half the money to Glen. He of course declined but offered to make me an extension arm so I could reach the top of the trees and pick the mandarins myself the next year. This was my first taste of entrepreneurial creativity and from then on I’ve looked for value and opportunity in everything around me.
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Tags: Australia, Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, CSR, indigenous, supplier diversity, supply chain
Ever felt that you’ve spent half your life searching for a parking space? Well, it’s not that much of an exaggeration. One study estimates that typical drivers spend 2,549 hours of their lives in the aimless, money-wasting, and gas-guzzling quest for a place to park.
Now imagine that through technology — connected cars, roads, and, of course, parking spaces — you could substantially reduce all of that wasted time and money.
Unfortunately, business and enterprise are rife with their own versions of wild goose chases for parking spaces: supply-chain deficiencies, checkout bottlenecks, quality-control failings, communication breakdowns, and, yes, clogged parking lots. These are but a few of the drags on productivity, efficiency, and innovation.
The solution for all these problems may be the same: connectivity.
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Tags: asset utilization, Big Data, Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, connected supply chain, customer experience, employee productivity, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoE Value Index, IoT, Manufacturing, retail, supply chain, value at stake