The games have begun! It’s the official start to Cisco Live 2015 here in sunny San Diego. I started my morning with digital calisthenics to prepare my digits for the keyboarding ahead. And it was a good thing I did because there was plenty about which to tweet. If you’re looking for the collaboration perspective of goings on throughout the show, I’m here to provide it via Twitter (@ciscokima) and nightly wrap-ups of the day’s activities. Read on for: Opening Keynote with John Chambers, Captain of the New Guard, Collaboration in the World of Solutions, What’s Up for Tuesday?, and #MEOW.
Opening Keynote with John Chambers
Despite the fact that it outsized a football field — or a futbol pitch for that matter — the room was full long before Chambers ran on stage. Although it was his final keynote as CEO, he focused on the future and what organizations need to do to next. In ten years, it’s predicted that 40% of today’s enterprise companies will no longer exist. Chambers points to four reasons. Companies that fail:
- Miss market transitions
- Do the “right thing” for too long
- Don’t reinvent themselves
- Get too far from their customers
So what’s his advice? He provided plenty. Disrupt or be disrupted. Have the ability to make a change before the rest of the world knows it’s possible. Just because you won in the last information age doesn’t mean you’ll win in the digital age. (Honestly, it was a fiesta of tweetable and bloggable soundbites.) Read More »
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When we talk to customers about collaboration and communication, we ask how they work today. Then we ask how they’d like to work in the future – and what tools and capabilities they want. Sometimes the things they want are simple, sometimes they’re more complex. But we take them all seriously – and we take them to our development teams to build into our product roadmap.
That’s what we did with Collaboration System Release 11. Customers consistently bring up three key needs, so that’s where you’ll find many of the benefits of the new release.
- Experience: Provide a delightful user experience that makes collaboration a natural and integral part of any workday, helping people be more productive.
- Simplicity: Reduce the time to first call or meeting with a complete solution that is simple to buy, deploy, manage, and use.
- Ubiquity: Extend the collaborative environment beyond organizational boundaries to include customers, partners, and mobile workers.
These aren’t new themes for us – because they’re not new themes for you.
With Release 11.0, we’re continuing to deliver more capabilities and value around these themes, starting with the user experience.
Conferencing: Multi-streaming is a new feature that allows certain Cisco endpoints to generate and/or receive concurrent video streams of differing resolutions and frame rates. Cisco TelePresence Server’s ability to intelligently switch and transcode streams provides a flexible, high-quality user experience regardless of endpoint or software client.
In the latest version of Cisco Jabber, a single mouse click lets you move a multiparty IM conversation into a videoconference hosted on TelePresence Server, WebEx, or CMR Cloud.
CMR Cloud now includes “mobile proximity join,” which automatically tells the endpoint to dial into a meeting, driving faster meeting starts. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cmr, collaboration, CSR 11.0, jabber, system release, TelePresence, unified communications
So, you’ve decided to introduce a collaboration solution to your organization. You’ve thought about the benefits you want it deliver: flexibility, expandability, and interoperability. And you want the user experience to be easy enough for everyone to use — not just the engineers or executives.
Great. You are on the right path. But what next? Now it’s time to become familiar with the components that make it all work.
Cisco has created a collaboration core infrastructure that provides the intelligence behind the experience. It powers the industry’s leading collaboration portfolio, which includes flexible cloud services and endpoints to fit any need or budget.
The Cisco Collaboration core infrastructure has four key components:
- Call control and session management
- Collaboration gateways
- Unified management
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Tags: call control, collaboration, infrastructure, TelePresence, unified communications
Collaboration is all about enabling diverse and distributed team members, both inside and outside your organization to effectively communicate, share information, and work toward a common goal. The benefits of collaboration show up as:
- Productivity gains
- Better and faster decision making
- Improved communication and teamwork
- The ability for remote and virtual team members to take part meaningfully
Before investing in new collaboration technology, it pays to take a moment and define your goals: What do you want collaboration to deliver, and to whom?
I’m not talking about departmental or point-to-point focused goals that will address only an immediate need (like deploying video endpoints to several offices to enable better team interaction for a particular group, say an engineering team). I am talking about looking beyond that.
What benefits do want your organization as a whole to derive from collaboration? Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, collaboration architecture, conferencing, infrastructure, unified communications
My previous blog post considered enterprise agility and our individual responsibility to take some level of ownership by being more present and connected. This week at UC Expo in London I met many industry colleagues, and it sparked off some interesting conversations.
Two themes emerged that made me think about what work might look like in ten years time:
1) Balancing artisan creativity with the art of making money
We agreed that the mass-market appeal and adoption of some technologies and devices have lead to quite bland output by some teams. We have, to some degree, lost the ability to be creative at scale. The pressure of time and money and the corporate iteration process often distil the essence of something beautiful down into something quite vanilla – generic tools often force us down the road to blandness.
Thankfully, some emerging approaches and technology are starting to Read More »
Tags: Big Data, Cisco, collaboration, corporate social responsibility, education, innovation, technology, unified communications