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5 Collaboration Announcements from Cisco Partner Summit 2016

Posted by Emily Bernabei on 11/18/16 12:57 PM

According to business leaders worldwide, 72% say that “effective team communication” has become more important over the past two years, and 54% are investing in easier-to-use collaboration tools. The Cisco Collaboration Business Unit has seen an enormous amount of growth for just about twelve consecutive quarters, proving that these statements are accurate and reflect the need for innovative communication technology.

The Cisco Partner Summit 2016, an annual event bringing partners around the world together to celebrate success and plan future strategies, had a great number of announcements that will impact the world of collaboration, among other technologies, tremendously.

“This year’s Cisco Partner Summit was titled Full Speed. The message behind this theme was that digital information is occurring at a rapid pace and companies need to be able to connect and create solutions quickly to keep up.” –Steve Heath, VP of Commercial Sales at Annese

Take a peek at this clip to see what other Cisco partners had to say: 

5 Collaboration-focused Takeaways from Partner Summit 2016:

1. The Cisco Spark Flex Plan

In the past couple of years, Cisco has been transforming its products to become more user-friendly, which is exactly what the Cisco Spark Flex Plan intends to do. Anything offered under their collaboration umbrella (Jabber, Call Manager, WebEx, Meeting Server, Spark) is now offered through this plan.

Here are some benefits of this new offering:

  • Simplifying the purchase process as video, audio and messaging tools are all in one offer

  • Increasing ease-of-use and flexibility by being able to integrate on-premises and cloud services

  • Streamlining budgets with a user-based model including technical and support services

2. Cisco Spark Depot

When searching for applications to add-on to your product or solution, the Cisco Spark Depot is the place that houses these; think of the “app store” of Cisco. The Partner Summit this year announced that through this platform, users will now be able to access all applications by being in just one.

For example, a Spark Room can be created directly from the Salesforce application instead of having to migrate back and forth. This eliminates the hassle of multi-application processes, and sure makes for more efficient collaboration.

3. Cisco Hybrid Media Service

You have six people in web meeting; four are local and two are remote. Say good-bye to any lag or disconnection that comes with the distance gap!   

Cisco’s new Hybrid Media Service now will include a local media node that communicates with Spark Cloud Service to calculate the best location to deliver your meetings from. The four local employees will automatically be joined through on on-premise node and the other two remote users would be connected with Spark Cloud. By doing so, this new collaboration advancement gives each user optimized audio, video, and web experience while also lowering the amount of bandwidth needed.

4. SMB Additions and Updates

Business Edition 6000 is an all-in-one collaboration product for midsize companies that have seen problems in the past with lengthy set up times. Cisco is introducing a new management portal for this product and also promises new configuration that will reduce these problems by at least 60%.

In addition to this midsize management portal, a small-business version of the product called Business Edition 4000 is being released. This segment accounts for a whopping 50% of the market and will be Cisco’s first true small market product.

5. Digital Network Architecture (DNA)

This new open, extensible DNA platform has been added to Cisco’s collaboration portfolio in order to accelerate the journey toward digital. It will allow faster innovation, decrease network breaches as a sensor and enforcer, and reduce cost and complexity. It was created with these ‘guiding principles’ in mind:

    1. Free organizations to execute services on premises or in the cloud – regardless of whether the service itself has a physical or virtual base

    2. Change how organizations manage their networks by introducing automation to simplify deployment, management, and maintenance duties

    3. Increase the availability of analytical insight into the network itself, IT infrastructure, and the business as a whole

    4. Create a “best-of-both-worlds” solution – the security of on premises and the openness of the cloud – by using cloud-based service management to unify network management

    5. Join together a diverse collection of net-connected applications to create an open and malleable solution

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Emily Bernabei

Emily is Annese's Fall 2016 Content Marketing Intern. She attends Le Moyne College and will be graduating in 2017 with a degree in Marketing.

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