|By Carmen Gonzalez||
|October 24, 2013 06:15 PM EDT||
Click here to follow ▸@WebRTCSummit
At its annual Collaboration Summit event, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Thursday announced the next phase of its vision for collaboration, which focuses on delivering innovations that embrace the modern workspace and enable users to work smarter and more efficiently from virtually anywhere. Cisco designed the new solutions specifically with the goal of making it easier for teams to instantly connect, communicate and collaborate -- so people can respond faster and make decisions more quickly. Tailor-made for the increasingly mobile and distributed workforce, these new innovations are simple to use, are highly intuitive and make collaboration easy to scale across organizations of all sizes.
The modern workspace will integrate tools at work with many of the tools employees use at home; support mobility trends that enable people to access information and communicate from their device of choice in ways not possible just a short time ago, and simplify processes -- for workers and IT alike -- while maintaining security.
Enabling Mobile Workers and Distributed Teams to Work More Efficiently
Today's organizations need to support mobile workers by providing them with collaboration technologies that are designed around mobility first. Cisco is fully focused on delivering the technologies that remove barriers to instant collaboration and make using technology delightful. To give organizations a fast onramp to secure communications, today Cisco announced Cisco Expressway®, an advanced gateway that maintains security without the need for device-level registration, accounts, and passwords. This means that users, regardless of location, can gain instant access to all of their collaboration tools -- helping to make communications happen faster and more efficiently. As a key component of the Cisco® Collaboration Edge Architecture, Cisco Expressway is optimized for real-time collaboration, and secures voice, instant messaging (IM) and video communications from Jabber® and TelePresence® endpoints with Transport Layer Security -- the same technology that's widely used to secure e-commerce transactions.
Simplifying Engagements with Collaboration Everywhere
Additionally, Cisco today announced Jabber Guest®, a solution that utilizes Expressway's security functionality to give "guest access" to anyone outside a corporate organization (e.g., a business partner, a consultant or a consumer needing assistance) so they can communicate with employees inside it using high-definition voice and video via a web browser or mobile device. Employees can also share data with those outside the corporate organization -- and all of this can take place with the touch of a finger or click of a mouse. With this solution, guests simply click on a link provided through IM or on a company's website, and within seconds they can participate in a two-way video conversation with another party -- in the case of a consumer, he or she could use the camera in their smartphone or tablet to show a contact center agent a problem they are having with a product and get immediate feedback.
By giving enterprises the ability to add real-time voice, video, and data-sharing capabilities from their websites, email communications and mobile applications, Jabber Guest can help improve sales, speed problem resolution and drive customer satisfaction. Built to support the upcoming WebRTC standard, Jabber Guest can be combined with Cisco Contact Center Enterprise -- a solution that helps to ensure that calls are routed to the right agent for even faster time to resolution. To see a demonstration of this innovation, click here.
Introducing endpoints designed for simplicity and scale
To bring the elegance and simplicity of best-of-breed personal tech products into the workplace, Cisco has completely rethought the capabilities, industrial design and user experience of its collaboration portfolio, and several products announced today reflect this design and ease-of-use commitment. In its second generation, the Cisco TelePresence MX300 team or room-based endpoint features a more modern, sleek and approachable design that blends functionality and clean lines to maximize aesthetic appeal and usability.
This endpoint, which can be quickly assembled and auto-provisioned in about 15 minutes, also comes with a new "dual display" feature that allows users to easily connect an additional screen or monitor, enhancing content-sharing capabilities. Also, optional multi-party conferencing is now easier than ever: up to four endpoints can connect simultaneously without the need for a multipoint control unit, or MCU. The MX300, generally available in December, also supports H.264 SVC for additional interoperability with third-party systems.
Cisco also unveiled the Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series. Optimal for midmarket customers, these phones have a new ergonomic design, come with intuitive navigation and wideband audio on all paths, and are available now. Since they are PoE class-1 devices, they are very frugal in terms of power consumption and also intelligent -- they can automatically power down during off-hours, saving energy and helping to reduce costs by as much as 60 percent.
Marrying the mobile and on-premise worlds to get work done faster
Cisco today announced a set of capabilities that blurs the line between the mobile world -- which includes many of the devices end users prefer to use at home -- and fixed/on-premise collaboration environments. Called Intelligent Proximity, this innovation allows users to link their personal mobile devices with on-premise products in the office to enhance the experience.
Cisco's first endpoint to benefit from Intelligent Proximity is the Android-based Cisco DX650 Smart Desk Phone. Starting in November, DX650 customers will be able to wirelessly sync their desk phones with their Apple and Android mobile phones. Users can easily import contacts and call histories from their mobile phones to the DX650, and can move a call already in progress from their mobile device to the DX650 (enabling them to take advantage of the superior audio quality of their desk phone when in range) and back again (when mobility is needed). Click here to see Intelligent Proximity on the DX650.
Infrastructure advancements that simplify IT management of collaboration tools
As an organization's collaboration technology footprint grows in both size and importance to the company, IT also needs new ways of working -- namely a streamlined approach to managing these ever-expanding environments. Cisco Prime Collaboration® gives IT a single unified management console from which to manage the vast majority of Cisco collaboration products -- from it they can deploy servers, provision devices from the phones on users' desks to the Jabber clients on their laptops, and provide general feature management and service assurance. Additionally, with the emergence of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) within the workplace, Prime Collaboration allows IT to give users permission to easily add their own devices to the system - phones, tablets, etc. This helps employees to get connected faster and drives more meaningful communications.
SYS-CON Events announced today that ReadyTalk, a leading provider of online conferencing and webinar services, has been named Vendor Presentation Sponsor at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that inspire collaboration and enable the Future of Work for today’s increasingly digital and mobile workforce. By combining intuitive, innovative tec...
Sep. 28, 2016 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,974
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this fra...
Sep. 28, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,772
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
Sep. 28, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,826
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.
Sep. 28, 2016 02:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,877
I'm a lonely sensor. I spend all day telling the world how I'm feeling, but none of the other sensors seem to care. I want to be connected. I want to build relationships with other sensors to be more useful for my human. I want my human to understand that when my friends next door are too hot for a while, I'll soon be flaming. And when all my friends go outside without me, I may be left behind. Don't just log my data; use the relationship graph. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Boyd, Engi...
Sep. 28, 2016 02:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,335
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
Sep. 28, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,126
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addres...
Sep. 28, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,890
From wearable activity trackers to fantasy e-sports, data and technology are transforming the way athletes train for the game and fans engage with their teams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, will present key data findings from leading sports organizations San Francisco 49ers, Orlando Magic NBA team. By utilizing data analytics these sports orgs have recognized new revenue streams, doubled its fan base and streamlined costs at its stadiums. John Paul is the CEO and Founder of VenueNext. Prior ...
Sep. 28, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 3,035
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Sep. 28, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,790
SYS-CON Events announced today that Numerex Corp, a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) is a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company's solutions produce new revenue streams or create operating...
Sep. 28, 2016 01:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,030
WebRTC adoption has generated a wave of creative uses of communications and collaboration through websites, sales apps, customer care and business applications. As WebRTC has become more mainstream it has evolved to use cases beyond the original peer-to-peer case, which has led to a repeating requirement for interoperability with existing infrastructures. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Graham Holt, Executive Vice President of Daitan Group, will cover implementation examples that have enabled ea...
Sep. 28, 2016 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,562
Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Patrick Galbraith, a principal engineer at HPE, discussed how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of running a Galera M...
Sep. 27, 2016 11:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,983
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Tintri VM-aware storage is the simplest for virtualized applications and cloud. Organizations including GE, Toyota, United Healthcare, NASA and 6 of the Fortune 15 have said “No to LUNs.” With Tintri they mana...
Sep. 27, 2016 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,854
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often ...
Sep. 27, 2016 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,408
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, will compare the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, e...
Sep. 27, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,195