To address the risk of ‘digital dislocation’, Cisco and BT (News - Alert) have launched a new One Cloud Cisco. This solution will provide the long-term foundation for voice, video and data communications. One Cloud Cisco is based on the Cisco (News - Alert) Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) and offers a full range of collaboration tools including mobility, Jabber presence and instant messaging, HD video and HD voice. Companies can use this solution on a pay per user basis, which gives IT departments a cost efficient, scalable and easy to deploy solution.
In an independent study sponsored by Cisco and BT, 500 IT decision makers in the UK and the rest of Europe were surveyed. 78 per cent of participant did not appreciate IT department’s efforts. 30 percent respondents found their communications platform to be equipped to change with the business. Almost half of them said that their telephone exchange (PBX (News - Alert)) is outdated and 40 per wanted their Centrex system to be replaced. Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of IT managers agreed that cloud will become the prevalent way for delivering voice and communication services in the future. 85 per cent of these managers are considering deploying cloud collaboration services to help them meet demand.
Reducing cost continues to be a business priority; organizations that have continued subscription of cloud technologies post trial period have experienced on average a 24 per cent reduction in total operating costs and a 25 per cent improvement in productivity.
Neil Sutton, vice president, Global Portfolio, BT Global Services (News - Alert), said in a statement "By launching One Cloud Cisco we are offering our customers a new, hosted collaboration tool that is tightly integrated into ourOne Voice portfolio of services, offering what we believe will be a better experience and significant savings through our pricing policy and flexible service terms. Customers can take advantage of our global expertise in the field of unified communications to help them increase the productivity of their teams and improve the quality of conversations within their organizations as well as with their customers, partners and suppliers."
Eric Waltert, managing director, Collaboration, Cisco Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia, said," BT's One Cloud Cisco provides customers with a sophisticated collaboration and communication experience that corporate IT expects, while also offering the same intuitiveness and simplicity found in easy-to-use software-based consumer communication tools."
Edited by Cassandra Tucker