Sometime yesterday, Cisco Jabber for the iPad went “live” on the iTunes App store. Normally, we don’t attach much fanfare around a B2B app but I believe we should take a moment to understand the importance of this milestone for the Post-PC era.
Cisco Jabber has been around for a while, enabling end-users the freedom to IM, conference and make video calls from a multitude of devices. Cisco Jabber for iPad now brings that capability to not only the market-leading tablet device but also to a platform where the HD video capabilities of Jabber really comes to life.
If you are a sceptic of the Post-PC era and think its nothing more than just a buzzword, let me attempt to convince you otherwise.
Collaboration on multiple devices, anytime, anyplace, is not just a pipedream. You could argue we have already arrived. Everyone is talking about Collaboration right now and rightly so, it’s everywhere. You can find it down at your local café, in our hospitals and in our schools. But what does this really mean in practice?
As collaboration moves into video, we will see a huge fundamental change in how organisations across Asia operate. With the use of broadband rolling out widely across the region and 4G networks around the corner, video will be widely available across the estimated 2,897 million mobile devices in Asia Pacific. These exciting developments will lead to some significant changes in how we communicate, work and travel. Teleconferences will soon seem old fashioned when you can use TelePresence and feel like you are the same room with people across the world, all thanks to video on high speed internet networks.
From collaboration in healthcare to collaborative educational tools and new technologies across the region, there are some fantastic examples of businesses and public sector organizations deploying innovative technology strategies to drive change across their organization.
I was excited to learn that the good folks at Monash University, Australia’s largest university are using video technology to provide virtual, real-time connections between medical students on work placement in rural Australia and teaching staff located at central campuses. Further afield in India, the Government of Madhya Pradesh in Sehor is deploying a pilot project that enables patients and doctors to meet each other virtually through collaborative technologies without having to commute long distances. Collaborative technology is changing our lives, saving time and resources, and ultimately leading to a more productive and efficient work force.
Asia Pacific is an exciting place to be doing business! Subscribe to this blog as I will continue to provide insight into the unique challenges which companies in Asia face and how collaboration technologies can help them overcome those challenges. Connect with me as well on LinkedIn or track this hash tag on Twitter #apjcjabber.
Tags: Asia-Pacific, Cisco, collaboration, jabber, Post-PC Era
Rely on the trusty Internet Business Services Group within the Cisco to come up with insightful research nuggets on how we all really work. Their latest IBSG Horizons Study, “The Everywhere Employee“, gives some fascinating detail on the dollars and sense underlying the idea of working “your way”.
Most interesting to me, of course, is the part about telecommuting. Did you know that 44% of knowledge workers telecommute at least one day a week? And that this one day a week alone saves companies $2,400 a year per employee?
So let’s do the math (my favorite part). In a 10,000 person company, 4,400 employees work one day a week from somewhere else, which translates to a whopping $11 million a year. Enough to pay for some nice executive bonuses!
This pairs nicely with the findings of a study Stanford University professors published in November 2011, “Does Working from Home Work?”. They gave an emphatic “yes” and also ran the numbers specific to their use case (which examined full-time telecommuters), located in Appendix A4.
So how does this relate to video? In every way possible. Not only can you use a nice, sleek EX90 TelePresence unit on your home office desk, you can use Jabber video on your tablet. Or take your laptop into the neighborhood coffeeshop and join the video-based Webex meeting (just please remember to mute: coffee grinders are loud).
See you on video!
Tags: collaboration, jabber, research, ROI, roi of collaboration, telecommuting, TelePresence, video, WebEX
Today’s work environment – yours, mine, and everyone else’s — is becoming more mobile, social, visual, and virtual. And there is no one magical tool that covers every situation. We need choice and flexibility for the way we each work.
Any-to-Any collaboration with an easy-to-use consistent experience is the reality of today’s user requirements. However, many solutions available today are brought together with the use of band aids and chewing gum, making it a nightmare to troubleshoot across the various stitched-together call-control systems. Read More »
Tags: byod, collaboration, IM, jabber, Presence, remote access, remote meetings, TelePresence, travel
In my recent blog, Experience Matters in Collaboration (So does Architecture), I shared my thoughts on how we are facing a workplace that is no longer a physical place, but a blend of virtual and physical environments; where employees are bringing their preferences to work and BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device” to work) is the new norm; where collaboration has to happen beyond a walled garden; and any-to-any connectivity is a requirement, not a “nice to have.”
Cisco is committed to delivering a new collaborative workspace that meets our customer’s needs and empowers users to work their way—anytime, anywhere and on any device. As we announced last week, findings from the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study on virtualization and BYOD shows that 95% of organizations surveyed allow employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the office, and, 36% of surveyed enterprises provide full support for employee-owned devices. These stats underscore a major shift in the way people are working, in the office, at home and on-the-go, a shift that will continue to gain momentum.
Over the last year, Cisco has demonstrated a commitment to delivering innovative software like Cisco Jabber and Cisco WebEx across a wide spectrum of operating systems, tablets and Smart Phones. We’re seeing tremendous interest in these software offerings. Customers see the value in how these offerings enable employees to work on their terms in the Post-PC era, while still having access to collaboration experiences.
Based on these market transitions, Cisco will no longer invest in the Cisco Cius tablet form factor, and no further enhancements will be made to the current Cius endpoint beyond what’s available today. However, as we evaluate the market further, we will continue to offer Cius in a limited fashion to customers with specific needs or use cases.
Moving forward, we intend to double down on software offerings, like Jabber and WebEx, that provide the anytime, anywhere, and any device experiences. We will leverage key learnings and key collaboration experiences native to Cius in our other collaboration products.
Experience matters, and Cisco is focused on empowering individual collaboration styles more effectively and securely, while providing the broadest choice of collaboration options based on preference, location, and device.
Tags: byod, Cius, collaboration, jabber, software, WebEX
This past Mother’s Day, I was remembering how my mother used to encourage sharing. Like most parents, I limit my daughters’ intake of sugar. However, whenever my mother came into town, my efforts would go right out the window. She would arrive on our doorstep, with large amounts of candy smuggled in her luggage. Her goal: to spoil the girls. Resistance was futile, but she showed them that giving can be as much fun as receiving and encouraged them to share their contraband.
In today’s connected world, sharing information has never been easier. Not too long ago we had to wait months to finish a roll of film, and then waited days to have it developed. Now, we can send videos and pictures almost instantaneously with our cameras and phones. Not only has this changed our personal lives, but has also allowed us to now work our way to collaborate and streamline business. With services like WebEx or TelePresence, demonstrated in the new film Battleship, experts across the world can communicate and share data as if in the same room. Using this and other collaboration technology like Cisco’s Jabber, anyone can now use their choice of device to access information instantly. Over the next few weeks, a series of Cisco videocasts will show how incorporating, capturing, transforming, and sharing videos for business can be done easily by anyone.
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Tags: jabber, mobile video, TelePresence, video