This morning Cisco and EMC are announcing that they are teaming up to offer a Social Collaboration Platform for the Enterprise.
By combining Cisco Quad, our social software platform, with EMC’s Documentum Enterprise Content Management Platform (ECM), we’re enabling new ways to connect people, communities, and information on a policy-driven architecture that ensures compliance and security across the enterprise. With this announcement, both companies will deliver more comprehensive and expansive integration capabilities into the core of their products.
Today’s news will result in an improved experience for the end user (consistent, integrated and customizable), for IT (through their ability to deliver rich, social collaboration while, at the same time, protecting their organizations from associated risk) and for the business (driving productivity, growth and innovation through faster and more effective decision-making
The first release from this partnership will be available in the third quarter of 2011, and will enable existing ECM suite customers to collaborate on their content using social collaboration capabilities in Quad.
If you are interested in learning more, please read on and also check out the following video featuring myself and Jeetu Patel, CSO and CMO with the Information Intelligence Group of EMC.
Our initial integration will enable end-users to access an active window into Documentum to manage their content. It will also apply common Quad attributes like Unified Communications integration, presence information, and the “hover card” pervasively across both platforms. In addition, when a user performs an action in the Documentum window, integration with Quad will enable those actions to appear within relevant activity feeds.
The Social Collaboration Platform for the Enterprise will deliver four key benefits for our customers:
- Integrated User experience -- Brings together the various tools that workers use: content & document-centric applications; real-time communications vehicles; new social “places” like profiles, wikis, forums, and communities; and business process-oriented or transactional applications.
- Enterprise-Wide Information Management & Governance -- Leverages all information wherever it exists while adhering to enterprise-wide governance & security policies.
- Business Relevance -- Extends both social and real-time collaboration more deeply into current business processes for faster collaboration & decision-making.
- Maximize Existing Assets -- Built on open architecture and is extensible by design.
Today, most organizations are strategically adopting a “platform approach” that leverages a more open and standards-based means of integrating collaboration, content, unified communications, and enterprise social software.
Decision-makers are looking beyond point solutions and investing in an architecture that does not lock them into a single vendor but instead is part of a broader ecosystem filled with partners, ISVs and developers. A key objective for this type of networked platform approach is to enable a more consistent user experience across devices, content, and applications.