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Moving Beyond “Collaboration” Meaning Video and Calling: Cisco Partners with Jive

Michael Sampson - Currents

In light of what I wrote all those years ago, and being mindful of my perplexity last month, it was good to see Cisco (who has focused very heavily on video meetings, calling and presence, but struggling to get a foothold in the other Pillars) announce a partnership with Jive for integration between their respective offerings. Cisco and Jive plan to progressively link these products at a technology level so they work in a more integrated fashion.

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Cisco Expands Its Cloud Collaboration Strategy

Portals and KM

I have written extensively on Cisco’s I-prize efforts (see Cisco Announces I-Prize Winner and Results of Their Global Collaboration and Cisco Announces Second I-Prize Winner ) but have not yet had a chance to look at their enterprise collaboration efforts. 

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Re-Imagining Effective Work – at Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

During a call yesterday afternoon I referred to a case study I had read from Cisco about how they re-imagined the role of a sales specialist, and the various benefits they had achieved by doing so. Cisco customers can draw on Cisco’s real-world experience in this area to help support similar enterprise needs.

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Cisco WebEx Connect Questions

Collaborative Thinking

Recommendation: People should be examining Cisco's announcements this week more broadly that just a SaaS Collaboration/Web 2.0 Compare/contrast Cisco with those trends in the market. Predictions: WebEx Connect will need a strong IdM (Identity Management) play and will do so either through expanding what exists within PostPath or through an acquisition or a deep partnership. What is Cisco's position on OpenAjax Alliance? Does Cisco acquire its way into IdM or partner?

Cisco Kills Cisco Mail - Will Focus on Quad and Video Instead

Michael Sampson - Currents

Cisco held a big Collaboration event in November 2009 and announced a slew of collaboration products. One of those was a hosted email service, but barely 15 months later, the product has taken a bullet to the head: " Cisco Systems is dropping its hosted e-mail product. Apparently, Cisco Mail no longer fits into the company's win column as it makes strategic decisions about its future. Those two drivers are what led Cisco to develop Cisco Mail in the first place. "In

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Minter Ellison - "One Firm" Strategy Powered by Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

Law firm Minter Ellison (with 290 partners and 1,000 legal staff in Asia Pacific and the UK) has chosen a range of Cisco collaboration gear to support its "one firm" strategy. "A With Cisco business video and data centre virtualisation technology, we're making it easier for them to connect, collaborate and share information across the whole of the firm for the benefit of our clients," said Peter Westerveld, Minter Ellison's CIO. The Cisco tools are: - TelePresence. WebEx.

John Chambers on Cisco: We Will Make Changes

Michael Sampson - Currents

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, announced a range of changes to fix the ailing company : " Cisco Systems Inc. You will see Cisco make a number of targeted moves in the coming weeks,” Chambers said yesterday in a memo to employees at the San Jose, California-based company. Cisco has seen profitability erode and is struggling to meet sales growth goals while pushing into 30 new businesses. Cisco's collaboration business remains core to its go-forward strategy.

Collaborative Thinking: WebEx Connect: Tough Decisions Ahead For Large Enterprises

Collaborative Thinking

Ive talked to many investors on the web conferencing market over the years and have consistently said that the root value of WebEx was the MediaTone network - not the web conferencing service. WebEx Connect begins to solve that challenge. This has to be a concern of WebEx as well.

Introducing Cisco "Wave Connect"

Collaborative Thinking

When Cisco analyzed the Google Wave announcement, and all the surrounding media buzz, it could have quickly stated that it planned to extend its WebEx Connect platform to support Wave once it proved viable in the market. Cisco could leverage its Jabber acquisition (people, technology) and come out with Wave Connect as an extension of WebEx Connect. Cisco could also offer its WebEx Connect "cloud" to third-party Wave application servers.

Cisco Kills Its Tablet Device

Michael Sampson - Currents

( A Cisco Cius video from a happier time ). Last week Cisco announced that it was ceasing its investment in the Cisco Cius tablet as a specific form factor, and will double down on making its collaboration software work great on many tablets and other devices.

The Two Cisco's.

Collaborative Thinking

For some time I've pointed out the need for the Cisco groups responsible for enterprise collaboration (including unified communications, mobile, WebEx, etc.) Eos was not mentioned at the Cisco Collaboration Summit and suddenly it is at the center of a social media social networking storyline that has consumer and enterprise implications. Cisco Eos - Social Networking. Cisco Eos - Social Networking.

Cisco Announces Second I-Prize Winner

Portals and KM

I have been covering the Cisco I-Prize for several years and continue to be impressed with this initiative.   I spoke with Sharon Wong, the Director of Business Development for Cisco’s Emerging Technology group to discuss the conclusion of the second I-Prize.

Cisco Broadens Foray Into Collaboration Market

Collaborative Thinking

Highlights of Cisco's press release is below (with a link to the full release). Intercompany Cisco TelePresence Directory is a Cisco-hosted directory of endpoints, organizations and people with access to Cisco TelePresence endpoints. The directory features a virtual assistant to assist with scheduling meetings between the more than 1000 rooms and 75 customers on Cisco TelePresence exchanges. Cisco UC 8.0

Understanding Cisco's Collaboration Strategy (Part1)

Collaborative Thinking

The following is Part 1 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco. What is driving Cisco into the collaboration market? There are many reasons driving Cisco in this direction (revenue opportunities, growth needs, and customer demand). Iterates and executes on those strategies in a manner that times Cisco’s entry and growth into those market adjacencies. What major changes in the collaboration market is Cisco exploiting?

Cisco, The Social Experience Company?

Collaborative Thinking

marketing, relationship/community management, app dev, and internal activities that include content, collaboration, communication, process, and analytics) will take time and Cisco will need to demonstrate the necessary non-technology competencies soon. Then there is the question of how this relates to other Cisco SaaS/Cloud initiatives (e.g., WebEx Connect). And after that - there's the question of - why Cisco? Cisco Media & Solutions Group.

Understanding Cisco's Collaboration Strategy (Part 2)

Collaborative Thinking

The following is Part 2 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco. What is Cisco announcing? To understand and decipher what Cisco is announcing, it is important to break the information down into four distinct areas: Strategic Pillars, Reference Architecture, “Extend Current”, and “Enter New”. Cisco believes that communication-centric and people-centric interaction models are the basis for next generation collaboration platforms and solutions. WebEx Connect C6.0

Boston E 20 Notes: Interview with Cisco’s Raj Gossain

Portals and KM

The new capability are part what's now called Cisco WebEx® Social (formerly known as Cisco Quad™) and build upon existing offerings that help employees share knowledge, find experts and information and form effective virtual work teams. With With enhanced e-mail integration, workers can stay in e-mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook while also creating and posting updates to WebEx Social. WebEx Social empowers tools actually empower them to do it.

Cisco Finds New Path Towards Collaboration

Collaborative Thinking

in the news items below, Cisco continues to transition from unified communications into a more traditional collaboration space. arena that leverages WebEx Connect as another SaaS/cloud option. Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire PostPath. The company extends Cisco???s These additions clearly augment Cisco???s s Saas based WebEx Connect Collaboration Platform which currently includes- Instant Messaging, Wikis, Web 2.0

Virgin Media Using Cisco Quad #collaboration #ciscoquad

Michael Sampson - Currents

Virgin Media in the UK is deploying a suite of tools from Cisco to support company-wide collaboration : " Virgin Media, one of the UK’s entertainment and digital communications companies has taken a step to becoming a more social business.

Understanding Cisco's Collaboration Strategy (Part 4)

Collaborative Thinking

The following is Part 4 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco. Is Cisco’s Vision Holistic Enough? While Cisco does a very good job of navigating market transitions and managing its efforts to move into market adjacencies, that does not mean that it has “perfect knowledge”. Cisco may think it knows the borders of a market in which the borders are in reality, porous and ill defined. As Cisco moves more broadly into social computing (e.g.,

Cisco Launches Second I-Prize Competition

Portals and KM

Cisco has recently announced the launch of the second I-Prize global innovation contest where entrepreneurs worldwide can collaborate and submit proposals for Cisco’s next billion-dollar business idea. I  I wrote about the first contest (see: Cisco I-Prize – Mining the Web and the World for Innovation ) and the results. Cisco WebEx ™ , an online meeting platform for audio and Web conferencing that enables users to share documents and desktops in real time.

Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jabber

Collaborative Thinking

This is a bold move by Cisco (given it's commitment to SIP) to expand industry thinking around presence as well as expanding its thinking around real-time applications given the type of development capabilities made possible with XMPP. So suddenly, I see both Avaya and Cisco as the new thought-leaders when it comes to presence (especially in regards to " social presence "). The solution will show up first in the WebEx world (e.g., About Cisco Systems.

Understanding Cisco's Collaboration Strategy (Part 3)

Collaborative Thinking

The following is Part 3 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco. Cisco needs to compare/contrast its approach with Microsoft’s BPOS – not just e-mail but overall to equate synergies from other WebEx Collaboration Cloud services. Does Cisco believe that it is now competing in the portal market with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle? Does Cisco believe that it is now competing in the content management market with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle as well best-of-breed vendors like EMC?

Collaborative Thinking: Cisco 2.0: Walking The Talk

Collaborative Thinking

Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « Blogging Without Permission | Main | Ciscos Networking Vision Going "Social" » February 19, 2008 Cisco 2.0: But the rapid changes at Cisco have come with casualties.

Cisco: Great Expectations But "Where's The (Collaboration) Beef"?

Collaborative Thinking

Over the past several weeks, two Cisco events generated a great deal of media coverage (refer to “In The News” below). For those that have not been paying close attention, for some time now Cisco has actively been playing a grand chess game. The company has already made several moves in terms of acquisitions (WebEx, PostPath, Jabber) and strategy (describing a general direction regarding collaboration and SaaS/Cloud computing via WebEx Connect). Cisco In The News.

Cisco Announces I-Prize Winner and Results of Their Global Collaboration

Portals and KM

I wrote about the Cisco I-Prize a few months ago – see Mining the Web and the World for Innovation. Last week Cisco announced their winner and I spoke to David Hsieh, Senior Director of Marketing for Cisco’s Emerging Technology Group about the wining team and the contest in general. First, to summarize the contest, Cisco launched a contest and invited the world to give it great ideas. The winners get to join Cisco and is funded to make the idea real.

Cisco I-Prize Announces its Winner and a Successful Global Collaboration

Green Chameleon

I wrote about the Cisco I-Prize a few months ago – see Mining the Web and the World for Innovation a while back. First, to summarize the contest, Cisco launched a contest and invited the world to give it great ideas. The winners get to join Cisco and is funded to make the idea real. More specifically, the winning team has the opportunity to join Cisco , drive the development of their business idea and are eligible to receive a $250,000 cash prize.

GE Goes Box (What about Its Other Collaboration Tools?)

Michael Sampson - Currents

August 2012 – Cisco Quad. GE is using Cisco Quad / WebEx Social to power a social collaboration platform inside: “ GE recently launched Colab, its own social collaboration platform (using Cisco’s WebEx Social – formerly Quad – as the core engine) for 60,000 users to date (with a goal of reaching 100,000 users by year-end). Box announced a new strategic customer : GE.

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Implementing the Cisco Collaboration Framework

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Cisco on Cisco Implementing the. Cisco Collaboration. a Collaboration Framework Creating a Collaborative Enterprise Cisco on Cisco Implementing the. Cisco Collaboration. Creating a Collaborative Enterprise | © 2009 Cisco Systems, Inc. During the past 8 years, Cisco has been. We hope that the Cisco® Collaboration. At Cisco, we have identified collaboration - and social networking. Foreword Cisco on Cisco Implementing the.

Cisco on Collaboration: Know Your Enthusiasts & Laggards | Future Changes

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

wiki adoption strategies Wiki tools Wiki Uses Wikipatterns book Wikipatterns.com Wikipedia Sep 29, 2009 Cisco on Collaboration: Know Your Enthusiasts & Laggards Cisco surveyed 800 people and the results were published in June in Collaboration: Know Your Enthusiasts and Laggards. MB) Video – Cisco VP Alan Cohen discusses the study Share | Related Articles Built Around the Visual: Wikis, Webex, & Councils at Cisco A Report from Gov 2.0

Slideshare Launches Zipcast - Online Meetings for Everyone

Michael Sampson - Currents

This is going to hurt Cisco WebEx and Citrix GoToMeeting. Slideshare changed the dynamics of giving presentations - conference speakers could now leverage their conference work to reach a broader audience beyond their assigned meeting slot, and people who didn't get an invitation to talk at the conference could put their thoughts up alongside those who did. Last week, Slideshare took a big leap into online meetings , with the launch of Zipcast.

I Have a Laptop and iPad Too

Michael Sampson - Currents

I wonder if this, plus the RIM PlayBook, will be enough for Cisco to kill the Cius. Apart from the integration with Cisco TelePresence, you can already do WebEx on the iPad. The day has come, and Apple did indeed announce the second-generation of the iPad - iPad 2. The announcement was today; it will be available to buy from March 11.

Could Flip Be An Ad-Hoc Business Device?

Collaborative Thinking

WebEx Connect)? Could Cisco squeeze the WebEx software and some of the IP telephony software on the Flip USB so you could participate in a conference and have a VoIP call to discuss the video? . Cisco Flips Over Pure Digital.

Boston E20 Notes: Building a Unified Communications and Collaboration Roadmap

Portals and KM

 Big vendors are Cisco, Microsoft, Google, and IBM.  There is a lot of competition between Cisco and Microsoft.   The Cisco Quad (now WebEx Social) strategy with integration their communication tools makes this easier. 

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Tom Malone: Collaboration V Collective Intelligence & Decentralization of Organizations

21st Century Organization

Clearly Cisco is "talking their book", their investment in a portfolio of collaboration tools including WebEx in hosting this conversation. Still their interview with Tom Malone about the business benefits of collaboration, and implications of decentralizing decisionmaking on innovation, is recommended listening. link]. ~ Jenny Ambrozek.

Collaboration on Mobile Devices - Only for Viewing Documents?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Cisco WebEx, a conferencing service, there's an App for that. David looks at the challenges of supporting people using mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) for business collaboration: " With the explosion of newly-available mobile computing options, many companies now support their employees’ smartphones and tablet computers. With employees increasingly ‘always on,’ new opportunities abound for better and more efficient collaboration.

VMware-Zimbra acquisition rumor perplexes users

Collaborative Thinking

Interesting rumor - but I agree with Chris Wolf and would add one possible scenario: Cisco, EMC, and VMware formed the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) to help organizations with their private cloud implementation (per this Cisco release: Accelerate the Journey to Private Cloud Computing ). I would expect that VMware would tailor Zimbra to work with Cisco's emerging collaboration platform and efforts to leverage WebEx and SaaS-based e-mail.

My App Gap Posts for October 2008

Portals and KM

Cisco and WebEx Combine Strengths to Launch New Enterprise 2.0 Here are my App Gap posts for October. In addition to the Fast Forward blog (see side bar for links), I am writing in another Corante blog, the App Gap, sponsored by QuickBase, The posts began toward the end of January 2008. In this case, I am primarily doing product commentaries with a few other things thrown in. Below are the ones for October. There will be more in November.

Enterprise Email Wars Heat Up in the Cloud

Portals and KM

by Ted Schadler, that has a cost breakdown of cloud-based email services from the four leading vendors- Google, Microsoft, IBM and Cisco - and indicates that Google and Microsoft are in the lead for customers. Microsoft quickly re-evaluated and repriced its Exchange Online offering to $5 per user per month; IBM launched LotusLive Notes and iNotes for $5 and $3, respectively; and Cisco purchased PostPath and opened its WebEx Mail offering with a 5 GB mailbox for $5 per user per month.

Forrester on Real-Time Collaboration

Portals and KM

  The report also looks at how Cisco, Google, IBM and Microsoft are operating in the real-time collaboration market and where each is headed over the next two years:  Cisco will expand WebEx and extend TelePresence with service partners - see my post on Cisco and WebEx Combine Strengths to Launch New Enterprise 2.0