InternetNews Realtime IT News - Cisco Mashes Up Collaboration

InternetNews Realtime IT News - Cisco Mashes Up Collaboration: "Cisco has always been in the business of connecting people with networking technology. The network -- and how it and its tools can be extended -- is now also the backbone for Cisco's latest push into the world of enterprise collaboration.

Helge: I participated in the Cisco Helsinki 2008 congress a few months ago and UC was the central theme.

The company today is rolling out new updates to its Unified Communications platform (UC) with UC version 7.0, along with a new applications platform called Cisco WebEx Connect, for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) collaboration mashups.

Helge: WebEx is an interesting application also for SMEs.

The new collaboration solutions come as competition in the area from Microsoft, Avaya and IBM grows ever more fierce. At the same time, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has also been countering with its own acquisition spree, acquiring e-mail vendor PostPath and instant messaging vendor Jabber.

Helge: IBM was there. Nokia, Elisa and TietoEnator represented the Finnish UCC developments.

'Collaboration is just a huge focus for Cisco,' Dave Knight, the company's director of product management of collaborative software, told InternetNews.com. 'It's an area we think is really the next wave of the Internet and we're investing heavily.'"
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