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Innovative Benefits of Cisco’s Collaboration Core Infrastructure Approach

Many of the products that make up the Cisco collaboration core infrastructure are “best-in-class” solutions that deliver significant benefits in their own right. Used together, their benefits become amplified. Together, they create a comprehensive and powerful end-to-end collaboration solution.

Designed to work together, the components complement and extend the value of the other components, creating a “one plus one equals three” scenario. Some of these advantages include:

A consistent user experience, regardless of your location or device. This allows you to focus on what you’re doing instead of the technology you’re using. Focus on the discussion rather than how to join the meeting or view content and video. We’ve optimized the views and quality for each device so everyone has the best experience their device can support.

Tremendous flexibility for any-to-any collaboration. Connect from anywhere, with anyone, from the applications you use and the device of your choice. This removes barriers. Mobile and teleworkers can work as easily, effectively, and securely as if they were in the office. This flexibility extends to:

  • Business-to-business and business-to-consumer interaction
  • Secure connectivity to the cloud
  • Interoperability with third-party endpoints and systems
  • Public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) connectivity options

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13 Reasons to Check Out Collaboration at Cisco Live

Cisco Live in San Diego is fast approaching. Here in the world of Cisco Collaboration, we’re getting ready to share all our latest and greatest products and content with you. Meanwhile, we’re making sure we have our official boothwear, slideware, and convention-center footwear ready to go.

I challenged my teammates to help me tell you why should be sure to see all the Cisco Collaboration activities we have to offer at this year’s event. (Yes you, looking at a screen of some sort right now and reading these words.) After a purely unofficial, nonscientific process filtered by my somewhat skewed sense of humor, here are 13 compelling reasons to check out all that Cisco Collaboration has to offer from June 7th to 11th in San Diego.

  1. Choose from 75+ technical breakout sessions, 30 hands-on technical labs, and more than 25 engineers available for 1:1 sessions.
  2. Ride in a Cisco Spark bus or pedicab to get there and snap selfies ’til you drop
  3. Cloud, on premises, hybrid, oh my: Hear experts unravel mysteries and answer your questions in Meet the Engineer sessions.
  4. More than 200,000 companies using Cisco Collaboration can’t be wrong.
  5. “Walk this way, talk this way.” Follow AeroSmith’s instructions and come see us live in action.
  6. Spark, Spark, Spark, baked beans, and Spark
  7. The Customer Connection Program gets you access to NDA content (and nifty giveaways).
  8. Don’t just see it, do it.  Find out how and meet the experts.
  9. Get coding. Hear the latest from our DevNet team and learn why we are buying Tropo.
  10. Join the conversation, don’t just observe.
  11. Bored with your humdrum work life? Try new Cisco Collaboration.
  12. Spark is the new black.
  13. The Cisco Hat.

Check out the Cisco Collaboration events as you build your schedule make sure you catch the latest great information.

Special thanks to Alexis Doherty, Barnaby Meadows, Jillian Zimmerman, Ross Daniels, Fran Blackburn, Chris Wiborg, Angela Murphy, Kirk McNeil, Jeff Marusak, Lauren Colson, Marcus Gallo, Patty Medberry.

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Inside Cisco IT: Enabling the Collaboration Culture

After too long, business is becoming more immediate and visual.

Think of it this way – a couple of thousand years ago business was often done in a market place or trading post, face to face in person. Technology meant supply lines and trade was able to extend geographically so business had to be conducted in part, with asynchronous delayed communication by post and then the telegraph. Read More »

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The Days of the Mad Men Office Are Over: Create a Digital Workspace

We’re accelerating the speed at which we generate, test, and bring ideas to market. New digital work styles with social platforms, mobility, cloud, and video conferencing allow us to move faster.

To stay competitive and agile, companies are knocking down boardroom walls — physically and virtually. They’re turning toward a digital workspace where employees can collaborate across the table or around the globe. No matter the size of your organization, you have many options as you build a digital workplace strategy.

Business Value of a Smart Workspace

Stakes are high both in local and globally competitive markets. To keep pace with demand, you need to meet your performance and production objectives. As you think about budget allocation for real estate, consider workplace transformation as a good place to start. It’s about choosing the right infrastructure and securing your digital space. And mobility is always a key factor.

Employees want flexible options and to pick which devices they use. They want to choose where they work, which means they want to participate in online meetings with video and have access to cloud-based mobile apps. Read More »

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The Collaboration Zone (or Communication Manager Grows Up)

Imagine if you will, a company hosting its first-ever global sales meeting – online. Virtually connecting 140 salespeople in 12 countries and as many time zones. It could have been a nightmare, but the meeting went off without a hitch. How?

Well, let’s start with Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Unified CM). Yes, the Cisco IP telephony system has grown up. It’s now the very core of Cisco’s collaboration infrastructure, helping you bring people together—anytime, anywhere, on any device–with a single architecture for all your voice, video, and data.

Back to the meeting. The salespeople connected from offices, conference rooms, on work laptops, at home on tablets, and some even used smartphones between sales calls in the field. Everyone could hear and see each other each other clearly, as if they were all together in one place.

How would you like to extend this experience to your partners or customers? Imagine how much more personal and effective your meetings can be when you connect instantly.

With the Cisco collaboration infrastructure, everybody gets the same high-quality experience on any device. Instant access fosters collaboration with partners, customers, and remote experts. It’s all just as easy as making a phone call on Unified Communications Manager. Read More »

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