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At Enterprise Connect, I was on the lookout for technology that millennials in the workplace would find cool and useful. After visiting many booths and experiencing interesting demos, Polycom’s RealPresence Centro got me the most excited. Here are the reasons why millennials would love the Centro in the workplace:

Its design is different and has a ‘futuristic’ feel to it. With its four screen display (one screen on all four sides) and 360-degree camera, the Centro is state of the art. It’s new and innovative and something that has not been replicated in the video conferencing space.  Millennials like the “cool factor” and want to be working with the latest and greatest technology and will be comfortable with Centro.  

It’s super easy to use. The interface is simple and easy to learn. The monitors are touch screens with great picture quality. Projects can be easily shared for collaboration and mark ups during a call. The Centro makes collaboration a lot easier for the user, which will then make conference calls and meetings much more productive.

The concept of using switching infrastructure as a replacement for a core router is certainly nothing new. Years ago, vendors like Foundry Networks and Force10 tried to make the case but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Although the switches were beefy and had massive port density they were missing some key features such as MPLS support, the ability to support a full Internet routing table and carrier class resiliency. From an economic perspective, the cost per port on a switch is about one-tenth what it is on a router, so there is a financial argument to be made but the products just didn’t have the technical chops to hang with big routers.

A big financial services win, a new cloud suite, and one partnership agreement after another… Vidyo is on a roll.

Vidyo has always been good at creating buzz around its video collaboration technology, but exceptionally so these past few months and continuing into this week.

In January, Vidyo announced that Bloomberg had selected Vidyo video technology for Nexi, the next-generation global communications platform that visually connects its 17,000 employees with the rest of the world (for No Jitter coverage, see “Bloomberg Trades on Ease of Video Calling and Bloomberg IT Exec Shares Lessons Learned on Video Project“).

In February at Mobile World Congress, Vidyo and Xiaomi, a global smartphone manufacturer, announced a partnership through which Vidyo will power Xiaomi’s Mi Video Call app for Android and Apple iOS phones.

When Chuck Robbins took over the CEO position at Cisco from the popular and iconic John Chambers there was a tremendous amount of speculation as to whether Robbins would just continue the path that Chambers was going or would he run Cisco his way. After less than a year, Robbins is coming out of Chambers shadow much the same way Steve Young did when he took over the QB position in the post Joe Montana era.

Last week the Enterprise Connect trade show was held in Orlando, Florida. The show is the collaboration industry’s largest event and because of that, there were dozens of vendors that issued press releases touting the latest and greatest innovations in the market.

It’s fair to say that since our applications and devices get better, we expect our communication to become more instant. With that being said, we want our applications to have communication tools embedded in them so we don’t need to leave our applications to address our business. These tools can be the form of messaging, calling and of course, video.

As I mentioned in my last post, video proves to be very valuable in peer-to-peer situations of communicating with long distance friends, working on a group project or even annoying friends if you’re seeking attention. Video is also a valuable tool for business to consumer (B2C) applications.

For example, if I’m in my app for mobile banking and see something odd or unexplainable in my statement, I want to be able to talk to someone about the situation from the bank. The act of talking to someone should never force me to leave the banking application, but it often does.  I want to have the capabilities to call, message or video directly from the app and be connected. This makes the process of getting in contact and getting the help I need a whole lot easier, faster and overall, better than communicating in a different application.

It seems like we can buy almost anything as a service today. Servers, storage, applications and collaboration can all be purchased using an “as a service” model. Recently Sprint introduced both Workplace and Mobility as a service to add to the growing portfolio of consumption-based products. In our consumer lives the Amazon button turns consumer goods into a service. The one piece of technology that’s still difficult to buy as a service is the network.

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