Meet the Creators of Cisco’s Social Business Network: Quad
I was over in Cisco’s building 32 the other day and was about to meet with the collaboration team when I saw something that looked a lot like Facebook running on a Cius and an iPhone. As I went over to explore, I met Raghurama Bhat and Ashish Chirputkar, the two ‘humble’ engineers who created Cisco Quad, our enterprise social collaboration platform.
I started wondering how Bhat and Chirputkar had the time to develop Quad, how internal development began, and why a Facebook,Twitter or LinkedIn for the enterprise makes sense. So with my HD video camera already in hand, I recorded this interesting feature interview. These two engineers and their team had a huge impact on how work is now done at Cisco where over 70,000 employees live their days in Quad to get their work done and collaborate.
View the video and let me know what you think or if you have any thoughts or suggestions you’d like to share.
Bhat is a lead architect within the Enterprise Collaboration Platform business unit. He defines and drives the architectural roadmap for Quad. Chirputkar works on overall development, execution and delivery of Cisco’s social collaboration platform as a senior software development manager within the same business unit.
Over the last 25 years, we’ve evolved from connecting computers, to connecting people, to enabling rich communication through these connections. Quad demonstrates the strategic role that the network plays in our everyday work lives. Powered by the network, the platform integrates voice, video and social networking into one workspace. Mobile Quad applications optimized for the Cisco Cius, Apple iPad and iPhone, enable “desk-less” employees to remain connected and engaged in interactions with their colleagues around the globe. In addition, Quad easily integrates with content management systems such as Microsoft SharePoint and Documentum, as well as with voice and video business communications solutions including Cisco Unified Communications, Cisco WebEx conferencing, Cisco Unified Presence and Cisco Show and Share.