I had read the book by Cisco’s CTO, Inder Sidhu, “Doing Both,” (see posts here and here) and was hoping for an interview for Automation World magazine. Then, oops, Cisco had some disappointing financial results and many of the initiatives Sidhu described seem to have been shelved as the company seeks to return to its core focus.

Apparently Cisco is going ahead with a manufacturing-specific event as part of its annual user conference. The theme of the one-day event, especially tailored to bring together manufacturing, controls, operations and IT executives and professionals, is ‘Industrial Intelligence’, converging industrial automation systems based upon standard IP networks with business applications including voice and video to more responsively and cost-effectively manage industrial operations globally.

Held in conjunction with Cisco Live, Cisco Industrial Intelligence Day takes place on July 12th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Cisco says it will pack the day with information, training, and industry best practices.

A few highlights:

Learn how Industrial Intelligence brings production closer to IT and converges industrial automation networks with business systems to improve the efficiency, safety, agility, and utilization of your production assets.

Receive training in architectures specific to industrial automation from Cisco and alliance partner Rockwell Automation including wireless and wired technology advancements, availability, security, sustainability and energy management.

Engage Industrial Intelligence and IT Networking thought leaders from our partners and the industrial analyst community via a live panel discussion plus join a community of manufacturing executives and IT and Control professionals deploying and operating Industrial applications and networks.

Experience and see “hands-on” demonstrations of Industrial Intelligence solutions and technology and interact with experts at the World of Solutions Expo at the largest Cisco user conference, Cisco Live. Registration site is here.

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