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3 Secrets to Going Digital from Flex’s CIO

What are the secrets to a successful digital transformation? We’re exploring that in our Going Digital podcast hosted by Peter High, President of Metis Strategy, Author and Keynote Speaker. Peter recently interviewed Gus Shahin, the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of IT at Flex (formerly known as Flextronics) to understand their success. Note – this transcript has been edited due to space limitations.

Flex manages supply chains and manufactures products for companies – from large OEMs like Cisco to startups. They procure, manufacture, distribute, and repair products for their customers with about 100 factories in 40 countries.

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2015 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Environment

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility strategy prioritizes the issues that are most important to our business and to our stakeholders, identified through a formal CSR materiality assessment. We use the Cisco CSR Report to communicate our approach, objectives, progress, and challenges around five high-level priorities. This morning, we’ll focus on the Environment:

Over the years, Cisco has built strong relationships with key global advocacy organizations and established credibility with customers who want to use Cisco solutions to improve their own environmental sustainability. Our two most important environment-related issues are energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and product end of life, as explained by Kathy Mulvany and Darrel Stickler in the video below:

Randy Pond, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Operations, shared how the company’s emphasis on environmental performance is helping to improve the business and Cisco’s reputation among industry leaders:

“We’ve found strong environmental performance and reputation enhances customer loyalty, strengthens strategic relationships with governments, and helps attract the best employee talent.”

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Creating Value in Cisco’s Supply Chain through Diversity

This post was written by guest blogger Unni Nair, manager for Cisco’s Supply Chain Sustainability and Diversity.unnair

As companies seek better ways to connect with and compete in markets all around the world, having a diversity mindset plays an increasingly important role. Cisco’s supply chain is particularly relevant to this focus because, as one of the largest and most complex supply chains in the world, regions, cultures, communities and customers can be connected through our business operations. When these connections are valued and nurtured, it underscores a company’s committed path to inclusion and diversity.

To better leverage diversity across operations, an inflection point came in 2014 as Cisco began an ambitious initiative to transform its global supply chain operation. Many programs and ideas, like diversity, helped ignite this transformation. Within a year, Cisco was named #6 on Gartner’s 2015 Supply Chain Top 25. According to Gartner, the future of many companies will depend on their willingness and ability to rethink their supply chains and evolve.

Supplier diversity can play a powerful role and serve as a strong competitive advantage for businesses – especially supply chains – as it opens new channels to access skills, provides resiliency, promotes inclusiveness, broadens partnership opportunities and offers an abundance of viewpoints needed to solve today’s complex challenges. We believe business is strengthened, as diversity boosts our social license to better understand and successfully operate around the world.

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Diversity programs can, and should, invigorate business simply because they obligate organizations to be bold when forming and maintaining partnerships. A strong procurement process helps to shun complacency and boost alternative methods, identify products or services that can enhance the business and breathe in new ideas. As Cisco continues to track progress, data, and trends in supplier diversity, it has become clear that digitization represents a significant opportunity that has the potential of future success.

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The Changing Landscape of Digital Manufacturing

Manufacturing is one of the key industries that has been in the forefront of digital transformation. Leading manufacturing organizations have evolved beyond driving efficiencies within their own processes to automating and including their broader ecosystems of customers, partners and vendors in order to enable rich customer experiences. In this new era of digital manufacturing, these value chain transformations and their capability to enable new customer experiences will drive revenues and help in achieving a sustainable growth.

Ecosystem enablement in digital manufacturing is driven by a seamless, secure integration which requires robust software platforms. Cisco Analytics and Automation Software Platforms is one platform that enables seamless integration Read More »

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Securing that Holiday Shopping List with Cloud Web Security

With holiday shopping in full swing many of us are scrambling to buy that must-have toy, hot new gadget, or latest fashion trend. But shoppers aren’t the only ones striving to deliver just the right thing. There’s an entire supply chain working in lock-step to make sure the shelves are stocked with what you want, when you want it. A critical component of that supply chain is transportation management.

Transportation management company leader Transplace understands the challenges and is focused on putting systems in place that their customers can rely on to keep their goods safe and secure as they get to where they need to be when expected. Transplace also provides more than transportation management to its clients, offering intermodal, brokerage, international logistics services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. With all these great offerings, Transplace wants its customers to have complete peace of mind when it comes to their goods and the security of the goods and the systems they rely on.

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