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It’s Hot in Miami: Collaboration Summit News Highlights

November 18, 2011
at 9:16 pm PST

It used to be that everyone had to be at the office to work. Phone, desk, computer, email--that was it. We’ve come quite a long way since those days and I personally am thankful. Using WebEx, Jabber, video, and a phone means I can work at home in my sweats on most days. I’m sure you have your own list of reasons that may or may not include a relaxed work-at-home attire.

This week at the Collaboration Summit in Miami, collaboration took a huge leap forward. Unified Communications via Jabber can now happen via a Web plug-in, so customers can use IM, Android, click-to-call and click-to-video from Apple, BlackBerry, Windows, and even Nokia devices.

Not only does collaboration offer great benefits to your own work experience, but these tools are a great way for partners to differentiate, too, by offering a host of integrated solutions and services to customers. And with channel programs, incentives, sales and marketing resources, partners can earn even more profits on the countless ways to customize collaboration solutions.

Plus, the Jabber Software Development Kit means new collaboration-enabled applications. (More details on the Collaboration blog.)

Let’s see, what else happened this week? New versions of WebEx, partners, parties, demos, and Cius ambassadors roaming the halls.
What’s collaboration without WebEx? Cisco announced some big improvements this week:

  • Video users now can take part in two-way collaboration so presenters now can see participants. (Also available on the Cisco Cius and Apple’s iPhone and iPad.)
  • Cisco is making its cloud conferencing service available to small organizations.
  • There’s a new, free basic edition of WebEx designed for three or fewer people available early next year and comes with VoIP audio, standard video, IM, presence, desktop sharing and 250MB of storage.
  • There’s a “one-button-to-push” technology to its platform so WebEx users can connect to Cisco TelePresence meetings from their Apple and Android mobile devices.

And what would a conference be without demos and parties? Here are a few shots that we captured this week. More shots can be found on Flickr. Send along your pictures, too.

Check out that TelePresence. Demos galore this week at the Summit.

Friendly Cius ambassdors showed off the goods.

What would Miami be without some neon? An evening at the Collaboration Summit.

That's what we like to see: smiling partners. A happy Todd Carpenter from Blue Water Communications Group enjoying the conference.

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