Please join me in welcoming Bob Dean to the Manufacturing Industry Blog!
I am pleased to introduce Robert (Bob) Dean to the Cisco Manufacturing Industry Blog. Bob is the Executive Director with Cisco’s Americas Business Transformation team and is responsible for building and leading the go-to-market ans sales development strategies for the Manufacturing Industry Vertical in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
Bob has an extensive background with technology and management consulting firms and specializes in integrated supply chain management in the manufacturing industry on a global scale. His expertise includes both international and domestic client engagements across the entire spectrum of manufacturing industries and supply chain processes.
With over 35 years of industry experience, Bob has demonstrated skill in assisting organizations in rethinking the way they do business with a focus on globalization, innovation and value creation, extended enterprise collaboration, and operational excellence. As a catalyst for change, he is considered a strategist with a global operational/implementation focus.
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I just finished reading Chuck Robbins’ blog on the BYOD trend and its impact on corporate culture. In the blog Chuck cites a recent study on how most executives are still uneasy about their companies’ mobile data-access policies… and it got me thinking about how manufacturers are dealing with this trend.
More and more manufacturing workers are adopting mobile technologies into their workspace, and are growing accustomed to interacting and working in a more visual, virtual, social, and mobile way. In fact a survey conducted by Manufacturing Executive this year noted that 63% of manufacturing companies permit their employees to bring their own devices (BYOD) to work, but only 17% of manufacturing enterprises have a formal BYOD strategy with clear goals and objectives. Manufacturers are struggling with how to create, deploy and enforce sound enterprise wide security polices around BYOD. Protecting intellectual property is only half the concern. Manufacturers must also consider how a breach in security will effect the safety of their workers and environment, as well as, their products.
Although security is a top of mind concern for manufacturers, the promise of deploying a sound BYOD policy can not be discounted. Empowering employees and partners with the freedom to collaborate and access video, data and voice on an open, mobile and personal platform can produce a culture that drives operational excellence, supply chain agility, and innovation throughout the entire manufacturing value chain from the plant floor up through to R&D centers.
For example if there is a problem on the manufacturing line, an employee with access to the company directory on their personal mobile device can locate and contact a supervisor or expert using Cisco Jabber and then launch with a single click mobile Cisco WebEx mobile, where they can show the problem using the video camera on the device and quickly collaborate to solve the problem.
Supply chains can now become more agile and flexible, because customers and the enterprise can analyze, monitor and track progress from order through successful delivery in real-time. Data is now not just captured, stored, analyzed and delivered, but is now acted upon, presented and shared with the appropriate people and systems in real-time.
In addition, a May 2012 Cisco Connected World Technology Report found that two of five survey respondents said they would accept a lower-paying job that offered more flexibility for device choice, social media access, and mobility than a higher-paying job with less flexibility. Crucial for an industry looking to retain and attract a qualified workforce.
Can manufactures continue to avoid the new BYOD paradigm, or are they just delaying the inevitable? Let me know your thoughts.
Tags: byod, Cisco Jabber, Cisco WebEx, innovation, Manufacturing, mobility, remote expert, supply chain
In previous blog I wrote about the impact of omnichannel on retailers and how some retailers are coping with the new realities succesfully, and some are not. In our next conversation with Brian Kilcourse, managing director of Retail Systems Research we talked about the impact of omnichannel on the retail supply chain.
Some of the points we discussed are:
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CIOs around the world are at the center of technology trends such as cloud, social media, consumerization of IT, and mobility. This is the first blog in a four-part series exploring and sharing how CIOs around the world are responding to these trends and creating new ways to innovate, grow, and deliver superior customer experience.
The manufacturing industry has been hit harder than most as a result of the global recession. As the market recovers, however, manufacturers are finding that IT has also changed. Consumers are more demanding, and expect new products faster. Read More »
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I feel I should tell you first of all that I wrote this blog on an Airplane. I also connected into a WebEx meeting and met up with my fellow Cisco employees to talk about Industries and find out what was going on in San Jose whilst I was in the air somewhere between San Jose and Dallas. I surprised my wife by calling her via my laptop and saying ‘Hi’!
This is therefore our first Cisco Manufacturing Industry blog written and published whilst flying. Wow, we’ve come a long way since I was a trainee!
Anyway, I’m actually more excited that I don’t have to stop blogging and can bring you the news of a great video reference that Cisco collaborated with AzoNobel on:
In the video AkzoNobel’s CIO, Pieter Schoehuijs describes how converging technologies empower an integrated supply chain. As a 14bn Euro concern operating in over 80 countries worldwide, they are the largest paint and coatings company in the world, and a leading producer of specialty chemicals.
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Tags: AkzoNobel, akzonobel networking, case studies, CIO, coatings, cxo, dulux, executive perspectives, Executives, global, paint, supply chain