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Playing Nice in the Sandbox: New Collaboration Solutions to Offer Customers

August 25, 2017

Playing Nice in the Sandbox: New Collaboration Solutions to Offer Customers

Recent announcements from many manufacturers show that the unified communication and collaboration (UCC) market is still growing. New solutions have recently been announced by Cisco, VMware, and HP, all addressing different markets and their needs. Examples of these solutions include:

  • Recently, Cisco introduced the Business Edition 6000S (BE6000S), an all-in-one collaboration solution designed to be easy for partners to deliver to their small- and medium-sized business (SMB) customers. The BE6000S is an "office in a box" platform, built on the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services Router (ISR), for companies with 25-150 employees, with scalability to 300 devices. It provides voice, video, instant messaging, presence, and paging. Resellers will be able to improve on the growth in the midmarket and move it down to the most basic customers. There is a smooth migration path to the BE6000 midmarket platform. The SMB market for collaboration solutions is a $7 billion opportunity.

  • Cisco also recently introduced the three-screen Cisco TelePresence IX5000 series, which is a video collaboration solution for 6-18 people that boasts a 50 percent reduction in power, bandwidth, and installation time compared with previous products in Cisco’s TelePresence portfolio. It is expected to start new conversations between partners and existing customers for possible new or updated opportunities. The IX5000 will also reduce the cost and expense barriers to video adoption.

  • Cisco’s recently announced Project Squared, a cloud-based collaboration app. Project Squared is built on the Cisco Collaboration Cloud, a new platform built and delivered by Cisco to enable best-in-class collaboration experiences. Sold as a service, Project Squared allows for the ad hoc setup of virtual meeting rooms in a Web browser or mobile app, so users can work together in a secure and natural way, without having to resort to complex content management services or lengthy email chains. Project Squared is positioned as a shared workspace in which team members can regularly return to collaborate as needed. Images and files are rendered directly in the conversation thread, thus requiring no downloads, and is designed for ad hoc access. Project Squared is now available for free via a browser—Chrome, Firefox, and Safari—and as a mobile application for Apple iOS and Android devices. Cisco is also encouraging users to provide feedback through the Project Squared client interface.

  • VMware, Inc., a leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, recently announced the VMware® Collaboration Bundle, a new product collection that integrates AirWatch® Content Locker file sync and sharing, Socialcast® enterprise social networking, and AirWatch Video distribution and sharing products for customers with a desire to empower employees, drive business innovation, and simplify information technology. The VMware Collaboration Bundle aggregates content, supports organizational alignment, discovers internal experts, and connects applications and people with the content, social networking, and video services they need to do work efficiently. The content and collaboration platform aggregates and mobilizes existing internal and cloud-based information archives and links existing systems with secure social collaboration.

  • HP recently announced new collaboration solutions, including the HP Collaboration PC, a dedicated meeting room PC that offers businesses a cost-effective, simple-to-manage, and secure way to improve collaboration and meeting productivity between coworkers. The company also unveiled the HP Conferencing Keyboard and the HP ProDisplay P222c Video Conferencing Monitor to additionally enhance collaboration for today’s workforce. Based on the HP EliteDesk 800 Mini PC and loaded with Intel® Unite™, the Collaboration PC provides a quick, wireless connection to any display or projector for an on-screen collaboration and sharing experience. The content is accessed within the corporate network by entering a unique PIN for login; dongles and wires are not required. Team members can quickly share files and annotate documents side-by-side, and IT can manage and secure the device like a traditional PC, deploying it in small to large rooms. The one-liter chassis device, smaller than most office phones, is designed for customers with small workspaces and can easily fit and be secured behind a conference room display.

VARs should also keep an eye out for new interactive whiteboard tools and applications, new WebRTC applications, and advances in video conferencing from a variety of manufacturers and providers. The UCC market is still growing like mad with no end in sight, and there are so many products and services types coming out, everyone can all still play nicely in the sandbox today … but for how long?

What other new collaboration solutions should be discussed in this blog? Please comment below.