More collaboration co-opetition coming soon
The Enterprise Collaboration Platform is scheduled to be announced in early November and should be available in a beta-test form around that time, according to Sheila Jordan, vice president of IT at Cisco. The company is already using elements of it internally. The product will work with software from other major vendors, such as Microsoft's Exchange and popular CRM (customer relationship management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning) packages, though only the top three or four in each category, she said.
Cisco has been building toward such a package for a few years, emphasizing the importance of rich communication for organizational productivity. But the package the company showed off on Tuesday, during a Cisco Telepresence live video session with reporters, looked to be an aggressive grab for computer-screen real estate and user mindshare.