Nicolaas Smit


Energy Industry Global Industries Center of Expertise

Nicolaas Smit leads the Global Energy vertical at Cisco. He is responsible for the identification, development and go-to-market strategy for energy industry solutions, to support energy customers as they shape the future of their industry. The Energy vertical in Cisco includes the Oil & Gas and Utility Industries.

Smit has been with Cisco since 1999 and has held multiple leadership positions within the Global Enterprise Theatre, the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), Customer Service and Global IT. As the Director of Oil and Gas Strategy with the Global Enterprise theater he shaped Cisco’s go to market for the Global Customers. In his role in IBSG Director of Technology and Customer Experience, he successfully consulted with many customers to become more effective through changed business processes and intelligent technology deployment.

As a former Director of Global Cisco Services IT based in Europe, he brings significant and broad experience in Service, Operations and IT management to the global Energy organization, as well as Organization Development experience from the various global change management programs he led within Cisco Services IT and Customer Service.

Prior to joining Cisco, Smit worked for Ericsson’s European IT organization focused on Strategic Planning, IT Services, Cost Management, and Total Quality Management.

Throughout his career, Smit has focused on leading organizations through transformational and revolutionary change, with ‘Business Relevance of IT’ being at the centre of his IT management roles.

Smit is a graduate from the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a Master’s Degree in Dutch Notary Law. His professional education includes Stanford/Harvard ‘Leading Change and Organizational Renewal’, and certification in IT project management from the British computer society. He is fluent in Dutch, German and English.


European Utility Week Showcases Cisco Leadership

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Guest blog by Philippe Couturaud, Cisco Business Development Manager, EMEAR Utilities: This week you have the opportunity of meeting up with Cisco at the European Utility Week event in Austria. Cisco has become synonymous with providing advanced critical infrastructure for our utility customers enabling higher availability, greater reliability, and stronger security. At stand A.k35 in the exhibition area […]

#CiscoChat: Coming Out Ahead in Oil and Gas with Digital Technologies

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The oil and gas industry has been digitized since the 1960s – perhaps longer than any other sector. From digital computers to digital oilfields, the industry has evolved from a monitor and react model, to one of real-time and predictive decision making. Now, change is coming to the industry. Some compare the scale of this […]

Driving Operational Excellence Through Digital Transformation in Oil & Gas

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Guest Blog by Marcel Cappetti, Managing Director, Oil and Gas, Global Enterprise Theater I’ve just returned from CERAWeek in Houston—an international event that could be described as “Davos for the energy industry.” It’s a gathering of the power elite, including industry, finance, technology, and government leaders from around the globe. For me, it was the […]

Securing Your Industrial Networks by Aligning IT and OT

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In the first six months of 2013, 53 percent of cybersecurity incidents were in the energy sector, according to the Department of Homeland Security. As cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent in industries that support our critical infrastructure, it’s crucial that business leaders adopt security process designed to address these new threats. Are you ready? While […]

IoE-Powered Business Transformation Boosts Agility and Efficiency for Oil and Gas Companies

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This week I’m attending CERAWeek, the premier international gathering of energy industry leaders, experts, government officials, policymakers, and innovators. While this is the 34th annual CERAWeek conference, the...

The Information Driven Enterprise in a Connected World

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Join me at the ARC Industry Forum Europe 2015 –  March 4-5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – where this year the theme is ‘The Information Driven Enterprise in a Connected World’. “New and emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, predictive analytics, wireless, additive manufacturing, modular and mobile production, cloud computing, mobility, and 3D visualization […]

Welcome René Pluis to the Cisco Energy Blog

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Please join me in welcoming René Pluis to the Cisco Energy Blog. René is a member of my global energy team and has vast experience of Cisco architectures and technologies and how they can be applied to our customer’s business and technical challenges to create positive business outcomes. René has been working in the industrial network domain […]

Join Cisco at European Utility Week 4-6 November 2014

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Join Cisco at European Utility Week 2014  (4-6 November, 2014 in Amsterdam) to gain perspective on key industry issues and learn why utilities worldwide are choosing Cisco to lower their costs and deliver more value from their operations on a single, intelligent and secure platform. I’m looking forward to meeting up with you at the […]

Introducing Clara Alvarado to the Energy Blog

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It is with great pleasure I introduce you to another industry and technology thought-leader from Cisco, Clara Alvarado. Clara Alvarado is Cisco’s Solutions Marketing Manager for Applications Enablement and Management portfolio for the Internet of Things group, with an industry bias towards Oil and Gas. In that position Clara develops the strategy and requirements for […]

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