July and August may be a time for taking time out from the busy day-day work agenda’s, and also being the Holy Month of Ramadan where people are less frantic and adopt a more laid back pace with shorter working hours, but small business owners in Kenya can’t afford to be away from the office for long. To make the most of work and personal time, Cisco has introduced more ways to collaborate.
In order to make it easier for people to collaborate anywhere, anytime and on any device Cisco has announced a set of new solutions and developments which will be ideal for remote workers. The new solutions which are focused on unified communication, a next generation of online meetings, as well as social collaboration include:
Cisco Unified Communications (UC) Release 9.0: A new Cisco Unified Communications Manager feature called Extend and Connect works with Cisco Jabber and is designed to bring any third-party phone – including phones at hotels, airports, convention centers, or even far-flung places like offshore oil rigs into the Cisco UC environment.
With Extend and Connect, telecommuters and business travelers can simply input the phone number of their preferred voice device into a Jabber client running on their Windows PC, and Cisco Unified Communications Manager will route all voice traffic directly to that phone number. This allows the worker to use any third-party phone – old or new, analog, digital or IP – but get the experience of using a full-featured enterprise phone, enabling them to enjoy all the communications services they have at the office while they’re on the road, such as presence, IM and click-to-call. Extend and Connect can maintain excellent voice quality at all times without being dependent upon the quality of the broadband link.
The Next Generation of Cisco WebEx Meetings: Next Generation Cisco WebEx Meetings give workers an easy way to collaborate directly from Web applications they use every day The enhanced Cisco WebEx Meetings Spaces help users manage the complete meeting lifecycle, including preparations, conducting and following up on meetings. This includes easily accessing and collaborating on files and presentations in the cloud from their PC or mobile device in real time, scheduling meetings and share agendas, notes, action items, recordings and any other relevant documents at anytime. There is also an integrated instant messaging client as well as two-way HD video and Voice over IP (VoIP) on mobile devices.
WebEx Meeting Spaces are delivered through the Cisco WebEx cloud with Enterprise-grade security, as well as high availability and scalability levels. Cisco WebEx Meetings have been downloaded for mobile devices more than three million times, and on average 31 million people attend a WebEx meeting per month. Cisco recently announced that it was extending the reach and appeal of WebEx Meetings by introducing a free version, which supports up to three attendees in a meeting. WebEx Meetings runs on most popular computing devices, including Apple and Android mobile phones and tablets.
Social Collaboration: Social collaboration is bringing social capabilities, well known from the consumer world, to the devices and applications – including email and business productivity applications – that workers use most often. Cisco WebEx Social (formerly known as Cisco Quad) helps employees share knowledge, find experts and information and form effective virtual work teams.
WebEx Social unifies social and real-time collaboration solutions – like video, voice, instant messaging (IM), presence and web conferencing – into a single, integrated user experience. With this release of WebEx Social, Cisco is introducing new browser-based video calling, where people can seamlessly escalate to a high-definition (HD) video conferencing session, without going to a separate application. These sessions are compatible with a wide variety of video endpoints, including Cisco TelePresence, IP video phones, mobile and soft clients. WebEx Social also offers a deeper integration with WebEx conferencing. Users can view, join and start meetings directly from the