Cisco Prepping iPad, iPhone Collaboration Services
The networking giant is ready to introduce enterprise collaboration services that integrate voice, video and social networking. A platform optimized for the iPad and iPhone, called Mobile Quad, will be introduced this fall. Enterprise collaboration continues to be a major focus for networking giant Cisco, which on Friday announced new features for its yet-to-be-released Quad enterprise collaboration offering that roll in new enhancements targeting users of Apple's iPhone and iPad. Cisco also unveiled an enhanced WebEx conferencing platform and a cloud storage system that integrates with the iPhone, iPad and Cisco's own Flip MinoPro camcorder. Cisco calls Quad an "immersive platform" for enterprise collaboration that integrates voice, video and social networking into one space. Currently in beta testing, Cisco Quad is set to be available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia/New Zealand by this fall, with a broader worldwide release to follow. The company has been charging hard into enterprise collaboration. In November, Cisco CEO John Chambers outlined the importance of enterprise collaboration in tandem with a slew of new Cisco collaboration, e-mail and communications announcements. While social media services like Facebook and Twitter and have enjoyed booming popularity among consumers, Chambers said they don't have the security, compliance and other business-oriented features enterprise that CIOs demand.
Now, Cisco is further refining Quad to better meet enterprise needs. With the platform's newest enhancements, Cisco said users will be able to search across all content within their organization as well as locate people and expertise online. Mobile Quad apps optimized for the iPad and iPhone will also be available.
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