Cisco Americas Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/rss/Recent AnnouncementsWed, 23 Jan 2019 10:02:04 -0800Questionable Headlines Can Drive Bad Security Decisionshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9975Security is hard enough without your executives knee-jerking to the latest FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) filled headlines and demanding answers or solutions to problems you either already solved or don’t even apply. It gets worse when those headlines themselves are in error and your over-subscribed teams end up burning time you don’t have, or even worse, altering sound thoughtful policy just to give a positive “fixed it” answer to the wrong question.2018-12-21http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9975/ Agile Retail, Simplifiedhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9963Our focus at NRF this year is taking advantage of the retail “moments that matter most!” We are bringing to life what those moments might look like with a life-size board game- showing how retailers can bring it all together in the quickest and simplest way possible.2018-12-19http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9963/ Intent-Based Industrial Networkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9906Manufacturing networks today are massive and pass quite a bit of unutilized data. These networks also have a lot of equipment on them that, from time to time, is moved around where the plant floor is re-optimized to make people and machinery more efficient. 2018-12-05http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9906/ Strategic Planning for Growthhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9894The National Center for the Middle Market’s recent research revealed that, for the majority of middle market businesses, formal growth strategy is second only to market expansion in terms of weight in the growth equation. While some strategic focuses lead to more rapid revenue growth than others, it’s not just what the strategy dictates that matters. How the strategy is defined, developed, and executed also play essential roles in strategic success and a company’s rate of growth. 2018-11-30http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9894/ How Enterprise-Level Firms Should Approach Data, Automation, Blockchainhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9895Listen to Al talk about data, automation, and blockchain during an interview at Money 20/20, the fintech event where technology meets money, money meets people, people meet ideas, and ideas become reality. 2018-11-30http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9895/ Making The Retail Moments That Matter Most Positively Contagioushttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9867Flu season is upon us and catching the bug is not all that has shoppers concerned this winter. Standing in long lines, not being able to find an associate to help or arriving to the store only to find a product out of stock are too often still a reality during the holiday season. It is no surprise that shoppers are in search of effortless experiences that provide much-needed transparency and can save them time. And we all know that when experiences cut the friction out of the shopping equation, customers are more likely to come back for more. 2018-11-26http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9867/ You Don’t Have to be Amazon to Create a Frictionless Retail Experiencehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9852The new normal in retail comes down to one simple concept, ease of purchase. The longer the list of obstacles that stand between your product and your customer, the less likely your customer is to complete a transaction or return for another. But let me let you in on a secret. Its okay, you can still thrive even if you’re not Amazon. 2018-11-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9852/ Five Steps to Effectively Engage Your Partners in Digital Enterprise Transformationhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9844When keeping pace with digital transformation in financial services today, the journey between A and Z is long—but the time organizations have to get it right is short. It’s no secret that the path to industry innovation can pose more challenges than in other sectors. Evolving global regulation and standards require a higher degree of forethought, due diligence and certainty about the effectiveness of every solution introduced. The margin for error is…well, in truth there isn’t one. In the weeks before 2019, technology simply moves too fast. 2018-11-16http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9844/ Retail’s Missing Gap to a Brighter and More Sustainable Futurehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9775Retail is moving towards a new digital model that is expedited by all the various digital technologies, IoT capabilities and consumer expectations taking the stage. However, many retailers are faced with unexpected hurdles and challenges during this process of change and transformation. 2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9775/ Join Cisco at Automation Fair 2018http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9776The city of brotherly love will become the center of manufacturing this fall as Automation Fair comes into town, November 14-15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Just like in the past, the two days will be packed with be vendors, forums, hands-on labs, technical sessions and an opportunity to network with your industry peers. The entire two days are also free to attend. 2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9776/ The Future of Money is...http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9777Last week, I had the chance to attend Money 20/20, the Coachella of financial technology. Over four days in Las Vegas, I heard from more than 100 speakers and met with dozens of executives, investors, and entrepreneurs working to define and create the future of money. So, what is that future? And how do we get there? To find out, I posed three questions to attendees. 2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9777/ Cisco Awarded Top 5 Rank by IDC in Financial Serviceshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9778This award is in recognition of Cisco’s continued focus on the FinTech sector and helping our customer adopt the NG technology. We spend every day working with our Financial Services customer to adopt a Digital transformation strategy, however in today’s market it is not enough to just have a Digital strategy. You also need to have a Digital Ready Network platform that will enable you to execute and deliver on that Digital strategy.2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9778/ Fintech Moves from Banking Disruptor to Collaboratorhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9729If you can’t beat them, work with them. That’s one clear message coming from the Money 20/20 USA conference in Las Vegas this week as representatives from large financial institutions rubbed shoulders with fintech startup founders in an effort to sort through the future of money. 2018-10-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9729/ Every Day, an Average of Three U.S. Bank Branches Close their Doors for Goodhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9705In theory, the decline makes sense. Consumers with supercomputers in their pockets no longer need face-to-face interactions to complete basic financial transactions. They can do everything that used to be a part of weekly trips to their neighborhood branch directly from the comfort of their living room.2018-10-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9705/ Turn Fear into an Advantagehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9711It is the season for scary Halloween movies, and the most terrifying ones are often about the unknown. It’s easy to grasp a frightening ghost, monster, or some lunatic chasing after a group of folks whose van broke down in the wrong town. However, the unknown allows for another level of paranoia because you never know what’s coming next. 2018-10-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9711/ Security, Yes, Cameras Provide Other Valuehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9591Security cameras have long been used in many different business settings to protect against theft and keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. Only fairly recently, though, have manufacturers recognized the unique value cameras can bring to warehouses, distribution centers, and factory floors.2018-09-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9591/ Magnifying Visibility in OT Environmenthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9478Mid- to large-sized enterprises have, for many years, built the operational technology (OT) environment like an egg – a hard exterior protected by traditional security elements such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, and malware detection (if you are lucky) with a soft interior leaving critical operational assets at risk against advanced threats and non-existent visibility. 2018-08-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9478/ Determinism on the Shop Floorhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9480Until recently, communications technologies like Ethernet and OPC Unified Architecture (UA) have experienced limited success in supporting complex industrial processes with real-time requirements. This, in turn, has restricted the applications discrete and process manufacturers could adopt. New developments, however, promise to address these shortcomings. 2018-08-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9480/ Must do for Retailers: Driving Innovation While Protecting the Enterprisehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9425Brick-and-mortar retailers are standing at a crossroads – the intersection of innovation and security. Amid all the disruption happening in this sector, retailers also face significant security threats from both the cyber sphere and inside their physical stores. 2018-08-09http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9425/ Know Your Vendor Before a Partnershiphttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9107Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployments are prone to breaches due to minimal security. This state of affairs is because – in addition to the intelligent connected sensors and machines that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) – IIoT is also comprised of everything in the industrial world that predates the dawn of IT. 2018-07-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9107/ The DNA of Middle Market Growthhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9100The middle market consistently outperforms other economic segments. To understand what drives its growth, the Center and its partners completed a full Bayesian network analysis of hundreds of data points from 20,000 middle market companies—possibly the largest such data set ever examined. 2018-07-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9100/ Manufacturing In the Middle: Growth, Opportunity and New Challengeshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9071There is no one size fits all view when it comes to manufacturing. Large, advanced plants are using a plethora of advanced manufacturing processes, robots and data as a core part of their operations. There are emerging startups who are lean and able to respond to changing customer demands quickly. Then there are also a lot of companies in the middle, ranging from around 10 million in revenue up to 1 billion in revenue and are a significant impact on the overall economy.2018-07-05http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9071/ With Changing Rules, Knowledge is Key to Digitizing Factorieshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9054There is no single route to digital success in Manufacturing. That was quite clear to me from listening the many keynotes and panels during Cisco’s first regional Digital Manufacturing Summit in Seoul late May. Everyone had a different approach, strategy or partnership solution. Although the speakers agreed on many things; how they managed data, why they made certain digital decisions and how they chose to optimize operations varied – sometimes slightly but frankly frequently a great deal! 2018-06-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9054/ Digital Transformation in Retail, how Cisco and its Partner Ecosystem are Transforming the Cisco Store!http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9049Envision if you will that it’s January 15th, 2012, and I am a week into my career at Cisco. On this day I would make my maiden voyage to the Cisco world headquarters in San Jose, CA. I would do all the new employee stuff, like getting my badge, laptop, and other meet and greet items that day. I would also take a trip to the Cisco store to get the latest swag they had to offer. 2018-06-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9049/ How Beam Suntory is Taking Bourbon High Techhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9038Kentucky is famous for fried chicken, tobacco and thoroughbreds, and it produces about 95% of the world's bourbon. While this amber liquid is steeped in tradition, one manufacturer is learning a few new high-tech tricks. At Beam Suntory, the key is using digital manufacturing from Rockwell Automation and Cisco to change its business models, improve efficiencies, streamline logistics and update its network.2018-06-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9038/ Artificial Intelligence is Already Behind Your Next Beerhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9028Technology is changing all industries. A clear example of this is that even the manufacturers of alcoholic beverages have had to adopt digital tools and solutions to improve their production, logistics and security. Beam Suntory's Amon Hogue, global senior network architect, talks about how they are working with Cisco and Rockwell Automation to improve their processes and automate a large part of them.2018-06-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9028/ Driving Production Efficiency with Datahttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9029Cisco's Eric Ehlers is quoted in an A&S International article, “Driving Production Efficiency with Data.” He talks about how data can be used to drive enhanced supply chain utilization and prototyping of new products:2018-06-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9029/ Cisco Live 2018: Avoiding Distillery Explosions with Cybersecurityhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9026With remote access hacks into distilleries able to cause not only data-related and economic damage but also actual explosions, Beam Suntory said it realised the importance of protecting its networks against outside threats. Speaking during Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando this week, the company's global senior network architect Amon Hogue explained how Beam Suntory -- which produces alcohols including Maker's Mark and Jim Beam -- is now able to allow IT experts to access its networks remotely.2018-06-19http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9026/ How Beam Suntory Uses Cisco Technology to Streamline Logistics and Improve its Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9027Technology can disrupt and transform, and there's no better example than Beam Suntory, a 200-plus year old company that manufacturers wine and spirits. Beam Suntory Senior Network Global Architect Amon Hogue talks about how the company is using Cisco solutions to keep their company on the cutting edge of technology. 2018-06-19http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9027/ Beam Suntory Taps into Cisco's Security Portfolio to Keep Distilleries Safehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9023With more than 80 distilleries and plants around the world, Beam Suntory is working with Cisco to keep data breaches and high-proof explosions at bay. Speaking on a panel during Cisco Live last week in Orlando, Florida, Beam Suntory's Amon Hogue spoke about how his company hardened its network against hackers while also giving remote access to experts to fix problems.2018-06-18http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9023/