Do you ever get to the end of your working day, and realize that you have no idea whether the sun has been shining, or it has been pouring with rain all day? Sometimes, it is only when I’m in video meetings that someone else will actually notice for me that the sun is shining outside my window! Talking to colleagues in the U.K. while I was visiting San Francisco for Cisco Live brought this point home. In the U.K., the persistent cloud cover had disappeared, giving way to one of the UK’s rare heatwaves. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, temperatures dropped, and we huddled in jackets and sweaters. It wasn’t meant to be this way!
Did you make it to Cisco Live? If so, I hope that you had a chance to get to some of the great keynote sessions. My favourite was from Rowan Trollope, in which he demonstrated Cisco’s new video collaboration endpoints.
The new products are making video collaboration simpler and more cost-effective than ever. His demo included an illustration of how Cisco Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR) bring people together easily and effectively. Richard McLeod includes an excellent summary in his recent post: “Cisco has the only video collaboration solution that combines proven, business-quality, multiparty video and web conferencing, with the choice of on-premise, hybrid, and cloud-based deployment.”
In my last post, I talked about how much easier it is to collaborate when you can use whatever device you have at hand, whether a smartphone, desk phone, desktop or meeting room video system, With Cisco CMR, this becomes a reality, offering a single meeting experience across devices – one meeting, with a consistent experience. Being able to meet easily and conveniently, makes working together, sharing ideas, and even checking out the global weather system, a far more enjoyable experience!