This morning at Cisco Live 2010, the company’s foremost customer event, we announced the availability of the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution, an offering that allows partners to provide a wide range of Cisco collaboration applications to their customers, via the cloud, using an “as a service” model. At our press conference this morning, Verizon Business announced that they have launched a field trial of this collaboration solution for business customers. European carriers Swisscom and Orange have started field tests of the new technology as well.
The Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution relies on use of virtual machines to support user demand. Users of the service can decide whether to rely on on-premise servers or on cloud-based systems to support the collaboration services.
More personalized than email and more meaningful than a phone call, Cisco believes secure desktop video is the wave of the future for communication. One of our newest collaboration tools, Show and Share (often called “YouTube for the Enterprise”) makes it easy to securely record, edit and share user-generated video content across your organization right from your desktop. Think of the possibilities. Instead of congratulating a direct report or fellow colleague on a job well done over email, why not send them something with a little more personality and zeal – a video of yourself sending a virtual high-five? Or instead of reading through a boring how-to document, wouldn’t it be better to watch a short video clip of one of your expert co-workers walking you through a step-by-step video demonstration?
It’s always exciting to get a new smartphone, especially now days when there is so much innovation built into these new form factors. And, like most of you, the first thing I do is play around with the smartphone and browse through the apps that are on the phone. These preloaded apps such as email, contacts, and notes, are must have apps that help the mobile users to be connected and productive, personally and professionally wherever they are.