This is the fourth in a series of blogs comparing and contrasting the Microsoft and Cisco approaches to providing enterprise collaboration in the post-PC world. The first blog discussed the differences between a purpose-built architecture and a desktop-centric approach that needs third party extensions to make a working enterprise-class system. The second blog discussed how the two companies are approaching the trend towards “Bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. The third blog discussed how the two companies deliver voice and video. This fourth blog focuses on the true cost to deploy.
No Free Lunch
A little after lunch time today at Enterprise Connect, Nemertes Research will host a session to present its findings on a topic near and dear to Cisco’s heart: “Building the Business Case for UC”. Drawing on data supplied by hundreds of IT decision makers on Unified Communications products and technologies, attendees apparently will “leave the session with a clear picture of the elements of a successful UC business case”.
Having this session right after lunch seems appropriate, since the session could easily be named: There’s no Such Thing as a Free Lunch.
As you may know, just a few weeks ago Cisco’s Rowan Trollope started a conversation about what matters in collaboration. The topic is so important to Cisco that we launched a web page to communicate our view on the key considerations in evaluating an enterprise collaboration solution, with a special focus on the differences between Cisco and Microsoft. So it is exciting to see the industry hone in on one of these considerations: cost and licensing.
Cisco believes that building an accurate business case for UC is increasingly complex. Capital costs and licensing are just the tip of the iceberg. What you spend on getting and keeping the solution running — the internal staff, training, third-party vendors and annual maintenance — matters quite a bit. Without a full understanding of all the factors involved in the real cost of ownership, selecting the right vendor and architecture for your organization may be an incredibly daunting task.
In a blog about the research behind today’s session, Nemertes’ Robin Gareiss calls Lync an “expensive operational proposition.” We think it’s important to note that Lync licenses are often Read More »
Tags: collaboration, Cost To Deploy, Microsoft, Microsoft Lync, Nemertes Research, unified communications
This blog is second in a series of blogs glimpsing into the future of video collaboration. The first blog was “Video Collaboration: Better Than Being There“. We encourage you to follow the series and let us know your thoughts.
Have you noticed that there is a camera and a pane of glass available to you at ALL times? From your smartphone to your PC, desktop office phone, telepresence (personal or room system), tablet, and even your TV, the ubiquity and ease of use of these devices and capabilities are providing a platform to extend video experiences everywhere. The big challenge is in providing a consistent, high quality user experience across all these devices. And that is not all. With new technologies available today such as HTML5 and WebRTC, more web-enabled devices can quickly become video enabled (video fridge anyone? :-))
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Tags: codec, collaboration, html5, pervasive video, smartphone, tablet, TelePresence, video collaboration, WebRTC
Next week is the annual Enterprise Connect conference where thousands of industry leaders flock to sunny Orlando, FL to share visions and strategies for enabling collaboration in the workplace—and you can definitely expect Cisco to be there with news on how we’re changing the way people work.
Last year, you shared with us your challenges with scaling video and collaboration solutions. Some of you have expressed concerns with how your networks will be drowning in video traffic. This year, we’re happy to be back to share with you some new innovations that will help you with these scaling and management obstacles—it’s what we’re doing with medianet.
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Tags: collaboration, enterprise connect, medianet, rich media applications, video
What makes telework so successful for Cisco and its employees? For me the answer is simple and powerful: video.
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Tags: cisco on cisco, coc-collaboration, collaboration, telecommute, telecommuting, telework, video, working remote
Join Cisco at Hannover Messe Faire
Internet of Things is a hot topic this year, and the HANNOVER MESSE 2013 show is no exception. This year’s theme, “Integrated Industry” focuses on the growing integration of all areas of industry: “Machines, industrial equipment, work pieces and system components will soon be capable of exchanging data in real-time.”
Join Cisco at Hannover Messe 2013 !! Our booth is located in Hall 8, Stand D14. At last year’s Hannover Show Cisco launched The Connected Industry Group (CIG) and this year we will showcase how our Cisco Industrial Smart Solution’s end-to end architecture, and ruggedized product portfolio enables the “Integrated Industry” by delivering value throughout the entire manufacturing value chain.
Our industrial hardware will be on static display allowing customers to “touch and feel” all models of the Industrial Ethernet portfolio: IE3000, IE2000, IE3010, C819, AIR1552, ESR5915, ESR5940, 819 M2M router. We will showcase how Power over Ethernet (PoE) for our IE 2k/3k switches and Network Address Translation for our IE2K switch will help drive the Internet of Things (IoT) in industrial applications.
Learn how the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution can provide the following operational network benefits:
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Tags: AP1552, Cisco Industrial Smart Solution, collaboration, Hannover Messe, IE2000, IE3000, Industrial Automation, Internet of Things (IoT), IoT, mobile