Last week I wrote about how much we enjoyed talking with everyone who came to see us at Cisco Live as well as InfoComm, a conference with thousands of products from hundreds of exhibitors and more than 39,2015 attendees. It was great to learn how our video solutions are adding value to your businesses. We’re very honored that rAVe awarded us Best of InfoComm awards in two categories.
Best New Videoconferencing Product: Cisco SX80 Codec
The SX80 codec is a powerful audio and video platform that enables integrators to incorporate high-definition video collaboration applications into large and purpose-built meeting rooms. In addition to its technical capabilities, the SX80 is also a standout on aesthetic merits having received the Red Dot design award last year.
Unfortunately, the patent licensing situation for H.265 has recently taken a turn for the worse. Two distinct patent licensing pools have formed so far, and many license holders are not represented in either. There is just one license pool for H.264. The total costs to license H.265 from these two pools is up to sixteen times more expensive than H.264, per unit. H.264 had an upper bound on yearly licensing costs, whereas H.265 has no such upper limit.
These licensing terms preclude usage of H.265 in any kind of open source or freely distributed software application, such as web browsers. They also preclude its usage in freemium products – like WebEx or Cisco Spark – which have versions that users can use for free. Thus, while H.265 is still a good fit for hardware products like our telepresence room systems, it is not something that can serve as a universal video codec across hardware and software. Thus, we believe the industry needs a high quality, next-generation codec that can be used everywhere. Read More »
What happens when more than 100 entrepreneurs embark on a 72-hour bus journey to concept, design and pitch the next big tech thing?
With the right flow, pretty much anything they can imagine.
StartupBus is one of the most unusual startup competitions around. In a nutshell, the competition invites the best “Hackers” (programmers and coders), “Hustlers” (business and marketing minds) and “Hipsters” (designers and other creatives) to board a bus and form teams to conceptualize and design a tech-focused prototype or app with all of their hard work culminating in epic pitches to StartupBus judges and investors.
And they only have 72 hours to do it.
Earlier this summer, five buses in North America were a flurry of activity as “Buspreneurs” neglected sleep, overcame motion sickness, and tapped into strong competitive spirits to embrace the intense collaborative energy needed to perfect their pitches. The buses, originating from five regions (Mexico, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and West Coast) headed to Nashville for Accelerate, the ultimate “unconference” where the Buspreneurs would make their pitches.
Sitting in traffic the other day, I tuned off my Peter Frampton Spotify channel and started to listen to New York area local AM radio. The president of a mortgage business came on in an advertisement. He ended his pitch with the tag line “I promise you the best service humanly possible”.
This caught my attention. At one time I would have viewed this as a very positive statement. But is this still the case?
Consumers consistently cite the “indifference of one person” as a key reason they leave a supplier relationship. (Source: TARP).
Planning to purchase a set of collaboration tools to facilitate communication between your employees?
Evaluating tools that make it easier for a distributed team to meet, to stay in synch, and be more productive?
That’s great news.
But what to buy? A lot of companies sell collaboration solutions. But not all solutions are created equal. Some meet very specific needs, but offer little flexibility. For instance, video conferencing systems that can be used only by people in rooms with specific endpoints.
How to choose a solution that not only meets your immediate needs, but also the needs, scenarios, devices, and work styles of other teams and users? Today and moving forward? In other words, how do you avoid purchasing a solution that has limited value?
To help outline what to consider at this critical stage – before making a purchase – we created a simple infographic.
Check out the top considerations. Review your needs. Then you can make a more informed decision about a collaboration solution. Get the right foundation to support growth, accommodate user needs across functions, work with a diverse set of devices, and be easy for IT to manage.