Almost every customer that I speak to is looking at the opportunity that new mobile devices -- smart phones and tablets -- bring to increase collaboration and drive new business capabilities. And consistently, customers are asking these five questions:
How closely will the UC capabilities on my mobile device not just meet, but exceed the experience on my desktop?
Will users be able to make and receive calls on their mobile devices anywhere in the world as if they were using their desk phone?
Is video to the mobile device available at all, and if so is it really “business-ready” or is it more of a poor imitation of the TelePresence experience?
Are Wi-Fi access points evolving to better handle the increased traffic and usage patterns that come from adding mobile devices on the network?
If I choose a cloud provider for UC-as-a-Service, will that in any way limit my ability to deliver UC capabilities to a mobile device?
For Cisco, these questions are easy to answer because mobility and user experience are not an afterthought. Our collaboration development philosophy is people-centric -- that is driven by the user experience. And in the post PC era where tablets and mobile phones are primary work devices for many during each day, that experience must not just be equivalent to the desktop -- but maximize the unique opportunity that these new form factors provide. This is a fundamental change in the user experience model and Cisco is maximizing the potential of this new class of mobile devices. Read More »
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At the Cisco Collaboration Summit 2011 in Miami today, Cisco unveiled new solutions to help people collaborate more effectively in the post-PC era. This era moves past the limitations of “PC centric” communication and instead evokes a “people centric” approach where people can collaborate anywhere, anytime and on any device or application. The advancements Cisco is introducing today --from Cisco WebEx to Cisco Jabber — can change how people meet utilizing expanded cloud-based services, and can give workers an easy way to collaborate directly from Web applications they use every day, driving new levels of business productivity and competitiveness.
I sat down with Murali Sitaram, Vice President and General Manager of the Cisco Collaboration Software Group, at Collaboration Summit to learn more about these new announcements and how they fit into Cisco strategy.
Earlier this year, we announced our vision for Cisco Jabber, a unified communications application bringing together presence, instant messaging, voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing securely into one experience on any device, anywhere, and delivered through a traditional on-premises deployment, or via the cloud.
Cisco Jabber client
Jabber provides a simple way for business workers to easily and securely find the right people, to see if and on what device they are available, and to collaborate using their preferred method or device.
Last week, we took another big step in that vision, with the release of Cisco Jabber for Mac. This release delivers powerful new capabilities and a compelling user experience, providing what we feel is the richest UC experience for Mac users in the enterprise to date. Jabber for Mac continues our commitment to bring unified communications to “any device, anywhere.”
In addition to desktop environments, we have already delivered UC capabilities across Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Apple smartphone and tablet devices and will continue to roll out additional capabilities across these platforms. Beyond voice, voicemail and instant messaging, we have also included compelling applications for web conferencing (WebEx) and enterprise social software (Cisco Quad). In fact, WebEx became one of the most downloaded business applications on the iOS with over one million downloads from the iTunes App Store, and Cisco Mobile for iPhone won best of show at MacWorld when we introduced it in 2009.