Holy Modern Workspace – Batman!
When I think of the creation of huddle spaces, video conferencing, and the suite of Collaboration technology of the modern workspace, I can’t help but reflect on our childhood memories of the vintage Batman TV series.
Holy Modern Workspace – Batman!
Companies spend billions every year on hardware, software, and services to power connections between people. From email and calendaring to video conferencing and contact center solutions – and everything between – collaboration tools make up a massive industry.
The movie Titanic swept the Oscars.
Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were NBA champions (again).
Apple unveiled the iMac.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google.
And I was a fresh-faced kid out of college, beginning my career as a consultant for an IT management consulting firm.
During the last 25 years, organizations have had to reinvent themselves every three to seven years to keep up with the pace of change. Companies that missed one technology transition might scramble to catch up, but missing two meant a slow fade to obscurity, irrelevance, and death.
Last week, I had a scare.
It was late afternoon and I had just picked my daughter up from preschool. As I helped her get buckled into her carseat, I rested my phone on the roof of the car — just for a second — to free up my hands. Fast-forward about five minutes into our journey, and I remembered with a jolt — the phone was still on the roof of the (now moving) car! My mind raced: Had I heard a thud? Was the phone now strewn across the road in a million pieces, smashed by a two-ton truck? Panicked, I looked for a safe spot to pull over.
Webex has come a long way. We recently unpacked a lot of great innovation in the new meetings experience. The great thing about Webex Meetings is that it’s a full video and content-sharing cloud solution that you can join via desktop, mobile, browser, and video devices.
Team collaboration. Sounds redundant. Isn’t collaboration inherently about teams working together? Isn’t every team interaction about getting things done?
Collaboration has always connected us. At Cisco, we’ve been building apps to help people collaborate for quite a while.
The fact that humans use machines is old news. Even as far back 4,500 years ago, the pyramids were built with the aid of machines; likewise, airplanes, excavators, and sewing machines didn’t just appear out of thin air. People have always developed certain ‘relationships’ with their machines out of necessity; otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to use them.
Have you ever been frustrated because you can't get a hold of a colleague who is out of the office? You misplaced their cell number and just have a quick question to ask as to better make a decision? With Cisco Spark's always-on messaging, audio and video capabilities, you can message, call or video conference anywhere on any device, making it easier to get a hold of the person of the hour.
Earlier this week Cisco made an acquisition, buying telecom infrastructure provider Broadsoft for 1.9 billion dollars, net cash. To many in the telecom world it was a merger of sorts, not so much of equals, but of parts and pieces.
Cisco, long a force in the collaboration world, and the SIP based telecom hardware world is long on telecom related assets and services.