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Cisco at UC Expo 2016: 5 things to look out for

April 16, 2016

We’re less than one week to go to UC Expo 2016 and we’re gearing up for another huge couple of days in the collaboration team here at Cisco!

Here are five talking points you can expect to see from this year’s conference:

APIs can drive business collaboration

This is a new area that we’re really excited to be talking about. For us, APIs are about going beyond just using cloud to drive innovation in an organisation. APIs can be used to open up businesses to using a whole host of services across one platform – and it means organisations can pick and choose the services they want to meet their business needs.

We’re explaining how collaboration can support the digitisation of companies

A huge global trend we’re seeing for our customers is this move to digitisation. Regardless of the type of business or organisation, there is a need to produce faster business results, driven by the technology. What’s more, the rate of change is only going to accelerate. My colleague Marianne Calder will be opening up the conference on Tuesday to explore this very subject, but what’s fascinating is how collaboration can actually be used as a way of driving this forward.

Mobile-first business requirements are starting to surface

People at work no longer feel tied to their desks, as they may have been a few years ago. Workforces are increasingly mobile, with a growing desire to work on the move, from any location, at any time. However, for some, that mobile experience is still playing catch-up with what people expect. The good news is that can be easily be solved by using the right provider, and make that experience seamless.

Cisco can help Spark collaboration

I’m really looking forward to seeing my colleague Karl Kocar talk about our Spark platform in the roundtable on Tuesday at 1.20pm. Spark is how we want to create new collaboration experiences across any device, on any OS. Spark users are buying into a platform which has API capabilities. On top of that, we’re also opening up new APIs all the time. We have a huge collaboration base at Cisco, and for many organisations it now makes sense to utilise these networks within a Hybrid IT model.

We get to talk about amazing technology for two days!

Cisco Proximity is one of the pieces of tech we’ll be demoing at UC Expo this year.  This enables you to work smarter by connecting your mobile device with a static piece of collab equipment such as a video conferencing unit. The intelligence in this technology recognises you as a user through your mobile device; meaning any video meetings automatically start with your user settings, creating a much more seamless experience. I’m using this every day– and there’s no denying that it’s pretty cool. Come see us at stand V7 to see this in action!

If you’re planning on coming to UC Expo you still have time to register for free and come and speak to one of our experts.

Cisco’s Karl Kocar is presenting at the Enterprise Mobility, Video & Flexible Working Theatre in a session titled ‘Making Collaboration Spark’ on Tuesday at 1.20pm.

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