Customers, partners and industry leaders are soaking in Yucatan heat and learning about the latest developments in the Industrial IoT market this week at Cisco Live Cancun.
Conference attendees have spent the last several days taking in educational sessions, gaining hands-on experience with the latest development practices and developing deeper understanding of Intent-based networking. The World of Solutions offers line of business and IT professionals the opportunity to explore the full scope of offerings from Cisco and ecosystem partners. The IoT and Industries District includes Industrial IoT demos ranging from ruggedized Industrial IoT networking products to full solutions for manufacturing, energy and transportation initiatives built on the Cisco Kinetic platform.
Manufacturers have been one of the earliest segments to adopt Industrial IoT and the Cisco IoT product portfolio at production scale. With connected factories adopting standard IP networking on the plant floor, it’s not surprising that one of the most popular demos in the IoT District at World of Solutions was the Cisco Industrial Network Director (IND). The management and automation tool is purpose built for operators and technicians on the plant floor with a user experience tuned for rapid deployment and easy troubleshooting. Current customers have shown measurable results in terms of increased system availability and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
Another emerging trend is the application of Industrial IoT Networking in the extended enterprise. This extension of Intent-based networking brings the benefits of a holistic closed loop approach to policy, assurance, and automation to areas beyond the traditional enterprise setting and into spaces such as warehouses, distribution centers, kiosks and outdoor environments.
A common topic across the past several days with IT and operations was taking advantage of Intent-based networking initiatives led by IT to increase overall business value and return on investment by extending the reach of the initiative to include existing and planned warehouses and distribution centers. Specific business outcomes in this case include improved customer service levels and shipment cycle times as well as increased ability to reach new markets with an easily deployed, repeatable, centralized managed architecture.
The net result with the attendees spending time in the IoT District at Cisco Live Cancun is a realization that there are many methods to build new business, increase efficiency and create better customer experiences with the Cisco Industrial IoT portfolio.