I have to envy my colleagues in the Cisco IT ACE program: they get to play with the latest toys. For several months now they’ve been playing with the newest Cisco releases of video phones while the rest of us looked on. Just recently though, they’ve started showing up on Cisco desks – lots of desks. They’re sleek and look a little like Apple iMacs have taken over the workplace. The Cisco DX70 and DX80 have arrived and I’m certain if you could see them you’d be impressed. And you’d probably want to play with them, too. But what are they for?
While it sounds too good to be true, it can be simple to build seemingly complicated video installations. Like a custom-built house, you can build video-collaboration rooms to specification. And custom doesn’t always have to mean complex. Cisco is helping organizations do that today by creating a solution with powerful codecs, intelligent imaging technology, and flexible software.
I’m often asked how to quickly build training or briefing rooms with presenters on both ends. People usually ask about a briefing room with 24 classroom seats or a 100-seat training room. They typically have three key requirements:
- Local presenter or when the presenter is in the room
- Remote presenter or when the presenter is calling in
- Interactive discussion between different sites with local presenter at the podium
This requires multiple screens, Read More »
Cisco Receives Recognition from Top Analyst Firms
As we start a new fiscal year, I’ve been reflecting on the year we’ve just completed – particularly as it relates to video collaboration. We delivered innovation across our portfolio that enables customers to enjoy a seamless video experience from the browser to the boardroom. And the latest set of analyst reports validates this.
My greatest satisfaction, of course, comes from our customers. But when industry watchers also take notice, it has a really nice ring. In each of the latest video reports from these top analyst firms, Cisco is recognized and evaluated:
- Gartner June 2014 MarketScope for Group Video Systems gives Cisco a strong positive rating*.
- Forrester Research, Inc.’s: “The Forrester Wave™ Videoconferencing Infrastructure And Cloud Services, Q3 2014 report includes Cisco among the leaders with complete infrastructure solutions and proven scale. We also received the highest ratings for “Current Offering,” “Strategy,” and “Market Presence” among all companies evaluated.
- IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing Equipment 2014 Vendor Assessment names us a “Leader” with “a comprehensive portfolio of video offerings ranging from browser-based support, software clients and desktop solutions, to multi-purpose rooms and immersive rooms.”
I believe this recognition is testament to our no-compromise strategy: Make video collaboration simple and delightful Read More »
Cisco TelePresence is designed to create a virtual reality, to make you feel like you’re face-to-face with people, no matter how far away you are in the world. That used to take a lot of complex, standardized, in-room design, color, lighting and deployment. We had to custom-build the rooms, put in special lighting and tables, and more. Each new room was an added expense. I have to admit, though, the end result was awesome. Working with people over immersive telepresence, I pretty much forget the technology after a few minutes, and I’m not really aware of anything but being in the same room with the people in front of me.
We have a little problem at Cisco: not enough TelePresence. This may sound strange since Cisco IT has installed over 1600 TelePresence endpoints already, which gives us about one TelePresence unit for every 50 employees. Utilization of these units is still greater than 60% worldwide (and some are in private offices or homes, which drives up utilization in the shared units). This means that it’s hard to find an available TelePresence room near you when you need it. Read More »