Cisco Transforms Cloud Calling and Huddle Spaces
Whether you need to make a simple phone call or communicate, share and co-create across time zones to make that deadline, Cisco® collaboration provides the cloud services and products you need. And we do it in a way that your IT team can scale, and your company can afford. To help you get great work done, today we’re announcing major innovations in cloud calling and team collaboration.
Cloud Calling: Bringing the best to you through service providers.
Companies want to move their phone calls to the cloud, but not at the expense of call clarity and features.
Cisco has long been the leader in the UC market when it comes to on-premise and hybrid models. And as noted by Synergy Research, our acquisition of BroadSoft made us a leader in cloud, too. We want to help IT leaders decide if moving to the cloud is right for them—and if it is, we want to help them do it with confidence.
To that end, here is what we are announcing:
Team collaboration: We’re making the huddle space so great you may never want to leave it.
These days, cubicles are “out” and open workspaces are “in”. That means workers often seek out so-called huddle spaces to work with their small teams. About 25 million huddle spaces exist today**—and that number keeps growing.
These smaller spaces provide a great place to meet, but they often lack great technology. Want to whiteboard, share your draft of that big presentation, maybe ask your remote colleague for her feedback? Good luck. Most huddle spaces are ill-equipped for such tasks. Want a consistent experience in the huddle space, the conference room, and on your mobile device? Unlikely. It’s no wonder that nearly four out of five workers say they are frustrated.
At Cisco, we want to change that. We want you to have the technology you need to share content, communicate clearly, and co-create. We want IT to be able to deploy, manage and scale these spaces with ease. And we want your company to be able to afford to make these spaces great—whether you need a handful or thousands of them. And we want you to have a consistent experience.
Here’s how we are doing just that.
“Whether you’re placing a call or huddling with your team, it’s our mission to give you the most secure, reliable and awesome collaboration tools to get the job done,” said Amy Chang, SVP and GM, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco. “The service provider channel gives us an incredible opportunity to get these tools to more teams, and I can’t wait to see what we’ll accomplish together.”
Read SVP Amy Chang’s blog on this announcement here.
For more detail about our huddle space news, read the blog here.
To learn more about our cloud calling news, read the blog here.
Orange, Sam Nchinda, VP Orange Solutions Americas
“Orange is delighted to continue to partner with Cisco in the growing mid-market and large enterprise Collaboration market segment. We like the simplicity of the Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan subscription model. It allows us to offer one package that includes all the essential communications ingredients needed by these enterprises. Our customers no longer want to deal with the complexity and costs of on-premises technology, and many are ready to move their technology to the cloud. We now have an opportunity to help them through this transition, while providing them with the financial and business advantages of the Cisco leading edge solution set."
WWT, Joe Berger, Practice Director
"As we talk with customers, more and more they are asking for ways to enable their employees to be more productive in different types of spaces. What we (WWT) love about the Cisco Huddle room portfolio is that it enables businesses to use these spaces more effectively. The Room Kit Mini will enable all of those smaller rooms to leverage audio, video calling and content sharing while providing the same joining experience many customers are used to in the larger meeting rooms. The Webex Share gets rid of multiple cables and dongles found in most rooms and allows for easy wireless content sharing, plus the ability to schedule and manage those spaces. Not to be overlooked, Cisco's expanded portfolio now allows Facilities and IT to measure Huddle space utilization. Because these devices are managed by the same tools as the larger rooms, Facilities can more accurately determine ROI and IT/HR get insight into employee behaviors."
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* subject to channel partner availability
** Recon Research 2018
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