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UC blogs: Redefining collaborative technology

In this week's blogs, analysts discuss how vendors were redefining collaborative technology at InfoComm, and how concerns over WebRTC can be addressed.

Wainhouse Research Analyst Alan Greenberg discusses how vendors at this year's InfoComm are expanding on the definition of collaboration and showcased new innovations for collaborative technology.

Greenberg writes about Nureva's Span system, a panoramic projector that provides users with a virtual canvas of up to 40 feet to collaborate. He writes that users can work on the projected canvas, a computer or tablet and share their work on a cloud-based team workspace. The system could benefit industries like architecture, engineering and design where organizations have both distributed and local teams that need continuous collaboration, he writes.

Read more about the other vendors who are innovating collaborative technology.

Why organizations avoid WebRTC

Analyst Tsahi Levent-Levi discusses the reasons why users and organizations don't adopt WebRTC and how those reasons can be addressed.

One reason users and organizations haven't adopted WebRTC is that WebRTC lacks the signaling protocols required for interoperability. Levent-Levi writes that while WebRTC does lack signaling, organizations can add protocols like SIP and XMPP to fit specific use cases.

Another reason organizations haven't adopted WebRTC is that Microsoft and Apple don't have WebRTC browser support yet. But, Levent-Levi writes that in addition to WebRTC support in Firefox and Chrome, WebRTC plug-ins are available for Internet Explorer and Safari. The plug-ins make WebRTC possible on Microsoft and Apple's Web browsers.

Read more about how other reasons for not adopting WebRTC can be addressed.

Cisco's new CEO and his strategic vision

Nemertes Research CEO Johna Till Johnson discusses what to expect when Chuck Robbins succeeds John Chambers as CEO of Cisco next month. She writes about where Chambers and Robbins diverge when they discussed their strategic visions at Cisco Live earlier this month.

While both stressed having speed and agility in their strategic visions, they diverged on how they would approach these concepts. Chambers has focused on achieving speed by focusing on an effective underlying architecture, while Robbins emphasized prioritization. Johnson writes that Robbins's vision of prioritization is a welcome change that would "be a boost for partners and customers, and a bane to competitors."

Read more about why Johnson believes focusing on architecture will not help Cisco succeed in its strategic vision.

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