The overall collaboration market is now $38 billion (USD) worldwide. Video, including You Tube and Flip, is growing 35% year over year.
And there is a more than an $8 billion (USD) market for video end points. (That’s not including the services opportunities that add three to five times to that $8 billion.)
I’m not throwing out these stats just to impress you. (Though I hope they are.)
With more than 80% of Cisco’s business going through the channel and more 95% of Tandberg’s legacy business through the channel, collaboration doesn’t just mean creating products that will help businesses collaborate. Sure, that’s an integral part of it, but the collaboration we mean here is also about ways we collaborate with our partners.
We sat down with Richard McLeod (Senior Director of Collaboration here at Cisco) to find out about the products and programs launching this week at our 2010 Collaboration Launch, why everything from Cisco will be video-enabled, and what it means for Cisco and Tandberg partners.
Our 2010 Collaboration Launch brings to market a slew of new video, desktop virtualization, and collaboration products for businesses of all sizes. Not to mention new programs for partners. The new products and programs include…
The following post was contributed by Frank, one of our Cisco ūmi beta users.
It was one thing to hear about my niece Sarah’s engagement…..it was quite another thing to see it live from Greenville, South Carolina -- piped right into our family room in Saratoga, California.
With ūmi, I was able to see details like the glitter of Sarah’s shiny ring and how my niece -- who just yesterday was joining “Brownies” -- was beaming with a distinct glow.
I learned that only hi-def “Cisco ūmi” can broadcast and show a sense of “radiance” pouring from Sarah as she talked about the engagement to Noel.
Maybe now we can call these “ūmi-moments”?
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Last week, two groups of aged care groups located in Melbourne, Australia and Amsterdam, Netherlands travelled to local Cisco offices, for a different kind of TelePresence meeting -- participating in a one of a kind TelePresence sing-along!
The meeting was orchestrated by Kevin Johnson, from the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, who introduced the two passionate singing groups as part of the Cisco Ageing Well program, which is addressing some of the world’s most significant yet positive trends. Firstly, the fact that people are living longer, healthier and more-active lives, and secondly the potential for communication and collaboration technologies like video to transform the way we work, live, play, and learn in an ageing world. Read More »
Last week, Cisco introduced Cisco ūmi™ TelePresence, a first-of-its-kind consumer product that brings family and friends together in HD video, whether they are around the corner or across the country. Cisco ūmi connects to an existing HD television and a broadband internet connection to create a video communications experience that is so clear, natural and lifelike, that users will see and hear their loved ones, right down to the twinkle in their eyes and the tone of their voices, as if they were in the same room.
Cisco is working with Verizon to bring the ūmi experience to Verizon FiOS customers early next year. The two companies have been conducting successful trials of Cisco ūmi over Verizon’s 100 percent fiber-optic network, which delivers what a 2010 PCMAG.COM reader’s survey rated the fastest Internet speeds in the United States.