I’ve just had the honor of speaking at this year’s InfoComm conference and wanted to share with you some of the ideas I explored in depth during my session. It’d be great to hear your thoughts in response and get a conversation going … because, to me, that sort of collaboration is just what the future of digital communication is going to be about.
The way I see it, we’re moving from an “Internet of Things” to an “Internet of Everything.” The Internet of Things is the connection of the 50 billion apps and clouds and devices that join up to networks and enable some level of communication. But the Internet of Everything is about synthesizing these connections and data to transform business processes and make them accessible to people in ways that matter in the real world. The real value is in the connections—in other words, it’s about enabling truly powerful collaboration. The value of the Internet of Everything is only as good as the breadth of the people, process, data and things it can reach.
Colleges and universities continually innovate to address the changing demands on them -- increased demand by millenials for virtual offerings, pressure to keep costs down, and the changing needs of the community for a skilled workforce. These demands combined with ongoing resource constraints -- limited budgets, classroom space and faculty resources -- consistently drive the need for new delivery methods. We have seen many universities expand offerings and reach with distance learning, online learning and most recently MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The most successful programs have proven to be hybrid offerings, where students receive face-to-face instruction or guidance in addition to their independent study.
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 »
I am a strong believer in the power of video; video can transform the relationships we have with our colleagues, partners, suppliers and customers. Our goal is to make video as universally available and easy to use as voice and data are today. Recent developments make it possible to scale video more cost-effectively across organizations, but as an industry there are still more hurdles to knock down in order to make rich, effective and efficient video collaboration part of everyone’s daily routine.
Customers have a breadth of needs when it comes to when and how they collaborate, and it’s no surprise to me that customers are taking a step back to evaluate the needs of their organization both now and in the future. While doing so, they are also trying to understand the alphabet soup of standards and what it means in terms of technologies working together. Which standard is better? What are the benefits of each? Will a technology that uses one standard be able to communicate with a technology that uses another standard? Will a technology made by one vendor be able to communicate with a technology made by another vendor?
I personally believe it is the vendors’ responsibility to take the complexity out of the equation and do whatever it takes to make things work together. For me, that means industry-wide commitment to open standards. Open standards ensure true interoperability across vendor and technology boundaries bringing us closer to our goal of making video universally available and easy to use. Cisco has led the way in developing open standards, driving the industry towards interoperable collaboration solutions. And we continue to do so.
Cisco® TelePresence® has transformed the way we collaborate—enabling immersive, face-to-face meetings at a distance, and access to remote experts anywhere in the world. What if that experience was combined with robotic technology, to give the remote user “location spontaneity”—the ability to move around a faraway space…have a chance encounter in the hallway or tour the factory floor?
That is why Cisco’s new joint effort with iRobot—demonstrated publicly this week for the first time—is so exciting: We’ve created a mobile Cisco TelePresence unit that brings collaboration to you—or, conversely, brings you to wherever you need to collaborate. Called iRobot Ava 500, this high-definition video collaboration robot combines Cisco TelePresence with iRobot’s mobility and self-navigation capabilities, enabling freedom of movement and spontaneous interactions with people thousands of miles away.