As I shared in my previous blog regarding the announcement of Cisco Unified Communications (UC) 9.0, flexibility is a key focus of that new release. Based on what we’re hearing from our customers, we are providing solutions that accommodate different business needs and user requirements. It’s all about empowering you to work the way you want to work, the way you need to work.
What are the new drivers? To start, with Cisco UC 9.0 we introduce a flexible licensing model and tools where you can purchase and manage licenses. We address the common user types of desk-less, desk-bound, hybrid, and mobile. My colleague, John Marshall, recently blogged about Cisco’s user-centric licensing strategy – please take a look for more details.
Around the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), this release not only supports Read More »
Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Cisco Jabber, Cisco Jabber for iPad, collaboration, licensing, unified communications
Interoperability. This is a broadly used term in the industry, and at Cisco, we often talk about it in the technical context of the IT stack. However, let’s take a step back and focus on what we want to achieve through interoperability—connecting the right collaboration experiences to the right devices and users.
With Cisco Unified Communications (UC) 9.0 we deliver a series of enhancements that bridge systems, resulting in increased interoperability to enable these critical collaboration experiences.
Many of you are familiar with email-style calling, aka URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) dialing, available if you use our current Cisco TelePresence endpoints. With Cisco UC 9.0, you can now use URI dialing beyond video endpoints. Choose whatever you prefer—an email address or phone number—to Read More »
Tags: bridging systems, collaboration, interoperability, IP Phones, TelePresence, unified communications, video
Every time I have the opportunity to discuss technology investments with a CxO I hear these 2 requests over and over again: 1) reduce my cost of ownership (acquisition, operation and maintenance); and 2) protect and leverage my current investments.
It is straight-forward to see that with Cisco Unified Communications Release 9.0’s new assisted service capabilities such as native call queuing and one button to record, we’re further reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and offering more value to our solutions. But if we look beyond new features and capabilities there are other factors in play, and the quality of the experience is becoming a very common theme of these conversations.
Don’t get me wrong, CxOs still want investment protection, and they still want the best TCO. But they ALSO want to make sure that their company is investing in the best platform to drive better collaboration experiences, in-house AND out, for the short AND long term.
It occurred to me that as more and more executives realize the great value that the collaboration tools provide, they’ve also grown more and more concerned about Read More »
Tags: collaboration, CxO concerns, investment protection, native call queuing, total cost of ownership, unified communications
Not surprisingly, product licensing is always a “hot” topic. Four years ago, Cisco introduced Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing which bundles client and server software, licensing, service and software subscription all in a simple, cost-effective package. It has been widely adopted with over 10 million licensed users to date. Building on this success, Cisco invests and dedicates significant resources in analyzing feedback from our customers, analysts and partners to determine how we continue to enhance Cisco’s Unified Communications licensing portfolio.
The number one feedback we’ve heard loud and clear is to make licensing simpler. Save me time and money, Cisco. As a result, for the Cisco Unified Communications (UC) Release 9.0, we focused on simplicity while still providing a level of flexibility to fit different types of user profiles and business needs.
The Cisco UC Release 9.0 licensing model aligns with the way people work and the tools they need to collaborate. With the elimination of device licensing units (DLU), customers can purchase licenses that address the needs of four common user types: desk-less, desk-bound, hybrid, and mobile workers.
In addition, you may have recently heard about our Jabber for Everyone offer, which makes instant messaging and presence available to all users. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, CUWL, license, licensing, unified communications
In my previous blog post, I shared important feedback Cisco has received from our customers (users, IT managers and Cx0s) around their specific needs for collaboration and unified communications solutions.
Influenced by what we’ve been hearing, today Cisco announced Cisco UC Release 9.0. This release helps address our customers’ needs and reinforces Cisco Unified Communication’s role as the core foundation for communications and collaboration.
Why are we excited? It delivers! Whether it’s voice, video, messaging, web conferencing, mobility, or security— it’s all about more flexibility, bridging systems together, and protecting our customers’ investments.
Flexibility is about Read More »
Tags: bridge systems, Cisco Jabber, Cisco Unified Communications., collaboration, Flexibility, investment protection, unified communications