Today at Collaboration Summit, we announced a bunch of really exciting stuff: the IX5000, the Project Squared client, and the Cisco Collaboration Cloud. This third announcement is a big one for me personally. Since my arrival at Cisco, I have invested a lot of my time and energy working on the Cisco Collaboration Cloud.
So, what exactly is it? Simply put, Cisco Collaboration Cloud is the server-side software that powers the Project Squared client. But, it’s also a whole lot more than that. We see the market going through a substantial transition around cloud and mobile. We knew this required us to place a big bet on the technology platform that would help us leapfrog through this market change. Cisco Collaboration Cloud, or C3 for short, is one of those big bets.
The first thing we needed was a software platform in the cloud that would deliver a fantastic user experience. More important, we needed to build a platform from which we could continuously evolve and improve the user experience. The reality is that it’s incredibly hard to just sit in a room, think about how the product should look, ship it to customers, and be completely right – on the first try. Unless you are Steve Jobs, you need to iterate based on feedback.
The best client experiences in the market today are powered by cloud platforms that iterate incredibly quickly, with new software pushes in the cloud on a daily basis. Doing that is hard. It requires software that is capable of hitless upgrades (meaning, no downtime when doing an upgrade). And it requires tons of automation for everything from testing to deployment.
So, we built all of that. Iteration is a key tenet of the Cisco Collaboration Cloud. But frankly, iteration is almost table-stakes in modern cloud software design.
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When we said that we strive to deliver “no-compromise” collaboration experiences, nowhere did we mean it more than with our latest endpoint product. Today culminates 24 months of refreshing our endpoint portfolio as we unveil our flagship triple-screen immersive system, the Cisco TelePresence IX5000 Series. We tweaked all the levers to deliver a visually stunning, technically powerful, and feature-rich experience. And we made it more affordable so that you can deploy it far beyond the traditional boardroom. The IX5000 is a beauty — powerful and dynamic with all the bells and whistles, plus an incredible experience. Sound like a finely crafted sports car? In a sense, it is.
Imagine: A sleekly sculpted system finished in Oslo white with three 4K ultra high-definition cameras clustered discreetly above three 70-inch LCD screens. The cameras provide crisp, high-definition video. Theater-quality sound emanates from 18 custom speakers and one powerful sub-woofer.
We achieved this with a single H.265 codec that delivers more horsepower than anything before it. The purpose-built codec: Read More »
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And innovation requires collaboration.
And collaboration requires clear communication.
Without clear communications, you open the door for all sorts of innovation-hindering situations: Miscommunications, misunderstandings, and misinterpretations. Errors, delays, and disagreements.
Most of these issues are avoidable. And it doesn’t take magic. It’s actually pretty simple: Integrate video into your normal collaboration. There’s no longer a long list of reasons to limit video to the boardroom, executives, and special occasions. We’ve reached the intersection of low cost and high-quality.
The range of video options available now reaches from the pocket to the laptop to meeting rooms and all the way into immersive boardroom environments. Keep your fine tableware for holidays and special occasions if you’d like, but video no is no longer a special-occasion technology.
When it comes to technology, today’s reality brings video into reach across the org chart: high-quality video-conferencing equipment, simple applications, and powerful bandwidth. And on the (more important) human side of the equation, people are becoming more comfortable with video in their personal communications through consumer devices: smartphones, tablets. Read More »
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We continue to evolve the ways we interact and communicate. Still, telephony remains a foundation element of business communications. Even as we bring technologies into the collaboration mix, telephony is still a default option for many situations. It’s ubiquitous. It provides real-time, personal, human interaction that’s critical to communications with peers, customers, partners.
Given the importance of telephony, we’re always pleased when recognized for having powerful technology products. Continuing a history of recognition that goes back 12 years, Gartner named Cisco a leader in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony. Gartner maps companies in the telephony space according to their “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.” Cisco lands in the top-right of that grid.
Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony
Our unified communications and telephony products are the most prevalent of our collaboration portfolio. The core of our corporate telephony platform, Read More »
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Imagine that all the knowledge held by your global organization was easily accessible and actionable by employees — anywhere, on any device, and at any time.
- How much faster could you drive the outcomes that you and your customers expect?
- How much more effectively could your employees perform their jobs?
- How much could you reduce costs with a comprehensive strategy that includes internal and external communities?
- How much could you increase customer wallet share and market penetration?
If these sound like areas you’d like to improve, consider these seven elements as you develop and deploy an enterprise social collaboration.
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