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Cisco Unified Communications Licensing Just Got Easier

One thing that I hear from customers all the time is that products on their own are not enough. What they mean is that they expect the products and solutions they acquire to provide great features, be very robust, and solve business problems.  But they want their suppliers to go beyond those requirements and ensure that it’s easy to do business with their chosen supplier.  One way to do that is through simple, effective licensing.

Customers looking at unified communications solutions want a licensing model that is flexible, simple to use, and easy to understand. They don’t want to spend their valuable time having to constantly track and manage licenses. Suppliers need to make it easy for customers to acquire and add applications as their business needs dictate.

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WSJ: Virtual Meetings Help Businesses Cut Travel Budgets Up to 40 Percent

“The era of extensive, expensive corporate travel may be over,” pronounced Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. The article, headlined “More Lucrative Business Travelers Now Teleconference, Fly Coach,” says U.S. companies reduced their travel budgets last year between 30 percent and 40 percent and will probably increase those budgets “by only half that amount in 2010.”

In lieu of frequent flying, the Journal reports that “a growing number of companies are investing in technology for ‘virtual’ meetings held over the Internet.”

Case in point: The Food Group, a food marketing agency.

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Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for the iPhone Wins App Planet Best of Show Award

I set off for Barcelona hoping to bring home the gold for Cisco and our WebEx Meeting Center for the iPhone application.  And I’m doing it – well at least, the crystal.  We won the App Planet Best of Show for Best Mobile Business Application.  I couldn’t be more excited!

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Who Will be Best in Show in Barcelona?

No, it’s not the Olympics!  But there is a contest going on in Barcelona where all things mobile are being showcased at GSMA Mobile World Congress.  We’ve  submitted Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for the iPhone in the category of “Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Service”, and it is a finalist.

Cisco WebEx Meeting Center on the iPhoneThe GSMA Global Mobile Awards will be presented within the conference for the first time in its 15-year history to allow more attendees the opportunity to cheer on their favorite nominees. This brand new event will be hosted by writer, actor and self-confessed technophile, Stephen Fry.  The awards ceremony is Tuesday, February 16, at 3:45pm local time.

I’m hoping to bring home the gold for Cisco.

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Content Security SaaS Solution for Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Training Center and WebEx Connect

Collaboration platforms are often used to share valuable content, such as confidential presentations, recorded Web conferences and a wide range of proprietary content. Sharing is critical to effective collaboration, but many organizations are looking for a way to control access to their valuable content. Working with the Cisco WebEx Developer Community, Modevity, LLC has integrated their ARALOC™ Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution into the Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Training Center and WebEx Connect platforms.

The ARALOC DRM integration with the Cisco WebEx platforms is an industry first.  No other collaborative platform has integrated a digital rights management solution to their collaboration offering.  In this ‘security centric’ business environment, concern over intellectual property and confidential content theft and misuse has made rights management a priority for companies in every market segment.

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