Author: Matt Bynum
Why Cloud-Based Collaboration is a Post-M&A Requirement - Part 2
How Cisco Spark enables collaboration without compromise
(cont. from Part 1 here)
After evaluating several solutions, Cisco Spark emerged as the clear winner. Cisco Spark is a cloud-based offering that integrates with WebEx and other Cisco products such as Cisco Spark Board, a touch-based, three-in-one collaboration device for wireless presentation, whiteboarding and videoconferencing. One of Cisco Spark’s key differentiators is that it’s delivered entirely from the Cisco cloud, which reduces the expense, complexity and limitations of proprietary video systems and platforms.
Each Spark user has access to the system’s full feature set via their computer workstations, tablets or smartphones, which means no more hunting for meeting rooms. Additionally, users can seamlessly switch between devices during a conference (e.g., from desktop to mobile or vice versa) without having to log out and back in again—and without disrupting other participants.
Screen/file sharing is another essential collaboration feature we use. Cisco Spark’s cloud-based platform allows users to view participants and content on any device without the hassle of downloading software/firmware.
Users can set up collaboration sessions from their smartphones by merely adding their names or email addresses. Cisco Spark is also built with the latest advances in artificial intelligence, enabling users to set up videoconferences or join virtual meetings by asking questions in natural language. For instance, a user may ask the system, “Where can I find a meeting room with videoconferencing for 12 people that’s available tomorrow at 9 a.m.?” Also, users can work together in unlimited virtual rooms, which are easily accessible through a searchable, sortable list.
Each Cisco Spark meeting is video-centric, so users don’t need to think about what type of conference they need before scheduling. Mobile users get features such as single-number reach, single-voicemail service, video services and the ability to seamlessly move between devices during a call. Plus, every time users log in, Cisco Spark is up to date—there are no disruptive updates or security patches to worry about, ever.
Although previous unified communication systems have substantially lowered the bar for conference call expectations, those who try Cisco Spark will quickly find the many advantages of being able to see other users on calls; hear everyone clearly; and share schedules, files and ideas in real time—the way collaboration was meant to work.
Want to see if Spark will work for your environment? Hit up your favorite Nashville IT support team for a sweet demo!