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Bryan Tantzen

Senior Director

Manufacturing Solutions

Bryan Tantzen, a Senior Director at Cisco Systems, leads the Manufacturing Vertical for the Internet of Things Technology Group.  In this role, Bryan drives manufacturing industry solution development, lighthouse customer engagements and strategic partnerships to help innovative manufacturers transform their businesses and meet business requirements ranging from increased factory automation to big data.

Mr. Tantzen has been with Cisco for 10 years and previously led Collaboration Market Development and the Customer Business Transformation (CBT) team.  Bryan’s team helped hundreds of the world’s leading companies drive increased revenues and cost takeout using collaboration technologies.  In Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), he led business transformation focused engagements in the High Technology, Semiconductor, and Contract Manufacturing industries.

Prior to Cisco, Bryan worked at McKinsey & Company, and he was also Vice President of the High Tech Business Unit for i2 Technologies (providing Supply Chain Management and Factory Planning enterprise software) where he led global deployments, consulting, and solutions.  At McKinsey & Company, Mr. Tantzen worked with industrial clients on strategy, process improvement, and growth initiatives.

Mr. Tantzen holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University.  He is fluent in Japanese and has worked in France, Germany, Korea, Japan, and Mexico in addition to the United States.

Articles

HMI 2019: Connecting the Dots

Hannover Messe 2019 was packed with Manufacturers displaying their quest for industry 4.0 and discussing important topics like network scalability & security.

Five Ways to Connect with Cisco IoT at Hannover Messe

If you’re heading to Hannover Messe on April 1 – 5, we encourage you to make time to visit Cisco at Hall 6, Stand F30.

April 28, 2017

MANUFACTURING

Lessons from Hannover Messe: 5 Ways to Leverage IT for Your Industrial Ops

At the 2017 Hannover Messe, dozens of manufacturing execs were trying to figure out how to move forward their platforms, teams, and philosophies to enable Industrie 4.0 outcomes at scale.

April 27, 2016

MANUFACTURING

Making the Factory of the Future a Reality with FANUC

FANUC announced a collaborative effort with Cisco, Rockwell Automation, and Preferred Networks (PFN) to jointly develop the FANUC Intelligent Edge Link and Drive (FIELD) system.

November 5, 2015

MANUFACTURING

The Future of Manufacturing in a Connected World: Learn More at Automation Fair

Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion around digital disruption in various industries and in particular, how manufacturers need to jumpstart their digital transformation and adopt digital business models.  We think the future of manufacturing in a connected world requires a roadmap as you go thru the journey of becoming a digital manufacturer. Attending educational […]

October 6, 2015

MANUFACTURING

Connected Machines: Reducing Unplanned Downtime and Improving Service

Many manufacturers operate at high volumes, and unplanned production downtime is costly. One leading auto manufacturer estimates unplanned downtime in a factory can cost them as much as $20,000 per minute. Often these line down situations are the result of production machine failures that could be avoided if data from the machine was available to […]

June 17, 2015

MANUFACTURING

Mitigating Security Threats in Manufacturing with Cisco’s Connected Factory

Today’s manufacturing industry faces an aging industrial machinery infrastructure that presents huge security challenges poised for continued growth in the coming months and years. Increasingly, manufacturers are beginning...

December 17, 2014

MANUFACTURING

Making the ‘Plant of the Future’ a Reality Today

At Automation Fair last month, I participated in several sessions and industry forums as part of Cisco’s participation in this event, which is Rockwell Automation’s largest user conference. What struck me were some of the urgency for many manufacturers in investing in key technologies in their plant environment. It was quite serendipitous, since we announced […]

November 19, 2014

MANUFACTURING

Compelling Use Cases for Wireless in the Factory

At  Automation Fair this week, we are announcing major enhancements to our Cisco Connected Factory solution with new wireless and mobility capabilities.  This solution, called Factory Wireless, builds on the joint Cisco/Rockwell Automation architecture, known as Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE), as well as Cisco’s networking expertise with wireless and wired technologies and creates new flexible […]