Mike Gotta has a post on the Burton Group CCS Blog about a recent Cisco Unified Communications Analyst Day. It's an interesting counterpoint to what Microsoft will be announcing today.
His overall impressions:
- Cisco is serious about collaboration and becoming a significant and strategic player in the collaboration market.
- Cisco is focusing on synchronous collaboration and social computing as its point-of-entry into the collaboration space (versus trying to establish itself first in more traditional areas associated such as e-mail, calendar/scheduling, discussion forums, etc.).
- Cisco might be underestimating the need for it to have some storyline around content -- very little discussion during the session (none that I can actually recall). Convergence of ECM with collaboration parallels the convergence of communications with collaboration.
- WebEx Connect and the WebEx Media Tone Network represent a key platform play that parallels what Microsoft and Google are doing re: SaaS.
Cisco's coming at the content management space from the side and its ability to execute make it a long-term threat within the content and collaboration space. In short, Cisco is now a company to watch in this market, and Mike's post is a good primer on the possibilities.