For the last few years I have had a growing conviction that my workplace collaboration tools were fundamentally broken and needed to be reinvented. So, last year when I was given the opportunity to join Cisco as the leader of their collaboration business I jumped at it. The way we work has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. The expectation that you can work from anywhere, at any time, has become the norm. Change is always hard within IT, but, as you read in my last post, it is the companies that embrace these new models of work who will benefit from a more innovative, efficient, and happier workforce.
Let’s face it, our primary collaboration tools were invented over twenty years ago when “working” looked very much like what you see in the popular TV show Mad Men – what I call the “Don Draper era.” A time when you went into the office, sat at your desk, had a physical landline, and a desktop PC loaded with legacy business tools; an environment that assumed we would always be in the office during normal business hours and behind the walled garden of IT. Fast forward to 2013 and look around, the way we work today is fundamentally different than the way we worked twenty years ago, yet many of our business IT systems and tools have been slow to catch up. In frustration, many employees are turning to the collaboration tools they use in their personal lives such as Dropbox, FaceTime, Gmail, Evernote, and Facebook to get their work done.
The rise of cloud and mobility have driven an acceleration in consumer technology so quickly that today, ironically, Read More »
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Today Cisco is introducing new Pervasive Conferencing capabilities that further simplify and enable video collaboration for everyone. It’s about increase in scale throughout your organization along with greater efficiencies and affordability. Consider doubling the number of endpoints while keeping costs at a few dollars per user per month.
Enhancements across our collaboration portfolio make it easy to migrate, upgrade or implement a new deployment, and give you flexibility to customize solutions for what your business specifically needs. Let me share a few announcement highlights:
- Deployment options: We’ve made it easier for you to choose your deployment. Virtualized, on-premise, or cloud, you can use the platform that works best with your infrastructure strategy.
- Broader reach: Extend high-quality multiparty video and web conferencing meetings to more endpoint types with our expanded support of high-definition mobile devices. Read More »
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Over the past decade, I’ve worked on a number of different projects aimed at improving communications using video conferencing and telepresence. In that time, I’ve been fortunate to be involved with key innovations at first Tandberg then Cisco that have had great impact on video collaboration:
- Forging life-like experience with immersive telepresence
- Extending the power of in-person all the way to the desktop
- Enabling a consistent and intuitive user experience with a revolutionary touch-enabled device
- Playing a pivotal role in driving video formats like H.264 and H.265 to standardization
- Growing the video calling circle beyond the enterprise with technological advancements like software video clients, cloud deployment models and firewall traversal that enable cost-effective B2B and B2C calling
With the spirit of innovation ingrained in both company’s DNA, the merger of Tandberg and Cisco’s video businesses in 2010 proved to be a major win for the industry and for the customer. Since then, we’ve focused our efforts on delivering next-generation video collaboration solutions that are enabling organizations to collaborate easily and efficiently, and allowing them to foster innovation within their own businesses.
Why is all of this so important? As time marches on, we see video becoming pervasive. Roberto De La Mora recently called video a business imperative, not a nice-to-have, and shared the five steps to success for deploying a business video strategy. The key to helping our customers prepare for the pervasive video future is through a flexible, scalable and interoperable approach. And others agree…
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While the use of collaboration across organizations continues to grow, there have still been a few barriers to adoption. Cisco is breaking down one of those barriers with this week’s announcement of simplified pervasive conferencing.
I’m excited to share that Cisco TelePresence is now WebEx enabled. This is another milestone in our effort to simplify the delivery of highly scalable, affordable multiparty collaboration for voice, video and web conferencing. Enabling conferencing on any standards-based video device is critical for people-centric collaboration, and helps companies focus on connecting people across any device and enabling productive conversations across teams, without technology getting in the way.
What does pervasive conferencing mean for Cisco partners? Read More »
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Cisco is changing the game for B2B collaboration with new software and cloud advancements that make HD video collaboration more affordable and accessible between businesses. Today at Enterprise Connect, Cisco is announcing new enhancements across our collaboration portfolio that deliver conferencing your way on any device, anywhere.
It’s about bringing all types of conferencing together whether video, voice, or web with a consistent user experience — Cisco is doing this.
We’re also introducing new ways to help our customers take advantage of intelligence within the network to easily and cost-effectively scale video collaboration across their organization and business community. Here are a few highlights of what is now available: Read More »
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