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Smart Industrialization: An Integrated Approach to Increasing Value of Downstream Oil and Petrochemical Investments
This Point of View highlights how smart industrialization can transform industrial economic development, increasing the value of integrated refining and petrochemical manufacturing investments.

Future Vision: The Next Revolution in Production Operations
This paper explores how next-generation information and communication technologies are impacting complex, virtualized operations in industries such as the military.

Smart Grid Solutions
The Cisco Smart Grid business unit was developed to meet the requirements of next-generation energy networks. The Cisco Smart Grid solution takes advantage of a secure, standards-based IP communications infrastructure for energy providers and consumers.

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Energy and Utilities Overview 

The Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Global Energy Practice helps Fortune 500 companies understand how the network / related technologies can help them transform their organizations, workflows, and business processes, improving innovation and productivity. Our areas of focus are:



Producing and delivering clean, reliable power—which fuels virtually every aspect of modern society—is becoming increasingly challenging as environmental concerns mount and natural resources become more difficult to access. In addition, large numbers of key employees have begun retiring, leaving a gap in expertise among younger workers. Because of this, CEOs of integrated oil companies—along with leaders of national oil, construction and engineering, and oil field services companies—are working to improve collaboration across dispersed regions and develop better models for creating the next generation of industry expertise.



The utilities industry is at a turning point: demand for electricity is rising rapidly in emerging markets such as China and India. Given this, renewable power-generation sources will increase significantly, causing industry CEOs to rethink current business models. This situation illustrates the importance of changing the existing electricity system to a new, efficient, reliable, and clean system of the future. Smart grid is the platform for this new energy system. Cisco created a Smart Grid Solutions business unit to directly support key customer transformation initiatives along the utilities value chain—from power generation, trading, transmission, and distribution to retail.

Our Practice Lead

Manufacturing Leader Tony Court
Director and Lead, Energy Practice

Tony Court is a director of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Energy Practice. In his role, Court is responsible for engaging with major oil companies across the globe and leading major projects.

He brings more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry, focusing on exploration, production, pipelines, refining, and petrochemicals. His experience also includes business processes such as asset management, operations, maintenance, logistics, and capital investment. Working across all levels of an organization, Court has been involved in transformation programs, both offshore and onshore, focused on identifying and delivering improvements to production and cost performance. More recently, he worked with international joint ventures in helping them optimize business performance.

Prior to joining Cisco, Court was a partner with London-based Arthur D. Little, where he worked for clients across the international oil/gas industry. He has completed engagements for independent and national oil companies, and the supplier community, and focused on all areas of organizational performance improvement, including business process reengineering, organizational redesign, and leadership development. His international experience spans the U.K. and Norwegian offshore sectors, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Prior to his consulting work, Court held a number of line management roles at Shell in both the downstream oil refining and petrochemical sectors. A mechanical engineer by training, Court holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

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