operational technology

April 23, 2014

SECURITY

Summary: The Extended Network Requires Security That’s the Same, Only Different

Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) networks have historically been completely separate, with users of each living in blissful isolation. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing all...

Energy Networking Convergence Part 1 – The Journey From Serial to IP

This is the first of a four part series on the convergence of IT and OT (Operational Technologies) Part 2 will cover the impact of the transition to IP on Physical Security and the convergence of Physical and Cyber Security. Part 3 will discuss the convergence of IT and OT – Operational Technology of all types […]

April 9, 2014

MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing in America – Turning the Corner

What does manufacturing mean to America? While there may be no quantitative right answer to that question, in my opinion, manufacturing is the creation of new jobs, the empowering of individuals, and teamwork that helps make dreams a reality. Manufacturing has long been wrongly perceived as a dirt and grime industry that lacks the appeal […]

February 28, 2014

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

No matter how harsh is your work environment, Cisco has you covered

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” – Popular US Postal Service motto Many of my US colleagues have told me that they grew up hearing the phrase above and thinking how reliable their mail service is, even under the harshest […]

January 13, 2014

MANUFACTURING

Connecting Manufacturers for Productivity, Growth and Time to Value with the Internet of Everything

As 2014 kicks off and gets rolling, the economic supply-and-demand landscape is starting to look much different than recent years.  Many manufacturing companies are rethinking strategies, investments and competitive approaches to take advantage of an emerging industrial renaissance globally. Savvy manufacturers are utilizing the Internet of Everything (IoE) to converge and secure real-time visibility between […]

July 16, 2013

MANUFACTURING

Converge OT with IT for Business Benefits in Manufacturing

At the recent Cisco Live 2013 event in Orlando, I talked about the business value of converging operations technology (OT)—used for industrial automation systems—with IT business networks, in order to create more secure, end-to-end, standard communications and control.  Regarding business value of IT/OT convergence for machine builders/integrators and consequently their manufacturing customers, I referenced a […]