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Cisco Spark's Says -"Not All Team Collaborations Are the Same"

December 12, 2017

Since the emergence of unified communications and team collaboration tools that have taken the business world by storm, some of the world’s biggest and best technology companies have been battling it out to acquire the lion’s share of the market. However, despite this ongoing competition, not all team collaborations are the same and can be deployed for various different reasons depending on the needs of a workforce.

Because of this, some tech companies such as Cisco have aimed to create a one-stop solution for effective team collaboration. As such, here we take a look at how Cisco Spark is the ideal choice to bring your teams together to work more closely and produce great results every time.

Cisco Spark

Designed from the ground up to deliver a highly secure cloud-based collaboration platform, Cisco Spark aims to revolutionise meetings to have an emotional impact on the user and create an affinity for using the soft/hardware in turn. Businesses across the world can bring a huge change in their working environment by implementing Cisco Spark, as it allows their staff members to communicate with each other effectively.

There is no denying the fact that for taking your business to a next level, you must provide them with a kind of working environment wherein they can easily share information to enhance their performance. Cisco Spark is a highly efficient cloud-based virtual space which makes it really simple for you to work together with your teams from different parts of the world. In other words, if you want to accomplish a task immediately for which you need to take the help of people from different parts of the globe, you can connect with them easily with the support of Cisco Spark and finish your work at once.

From a user perspective, Cisco Spark delivers a user-friendly and seamless experience from desktop to mobile anywhere in the world, so you’ll always be connected with your team. As Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s IoT and Collaboration technology group, summarised perfectly “the best meetings never end” and this is precisely what Cisco have focused their efforts on when developing Spark. So what is it about Cisco Spark that makes it so perfect for team collaboration?

Key Drivers

  • To redefine the where, when, and how of work
  • To build a culture for innovators and millennials
  • To encourage and facilitate collaboration at its best
  • To create the best collaboration experience for today and tomorrow
  • To enhance the efficiency of team members

Why Spark?

Specifically developed for team collaboration purposes, Cisco Spark represents the ideal solution to drive digital transformations in organisations and businesses. Moreover, as more workplaces are looking to improve the way they work, flexible approaches like working from home policies and co-working spaces are rapidly rising in popularity. When you allow your staff to work from their home, it eventually enhances their productivity because the kind of flexibility that you offer to them encourages them to work with all their heart and soul.

As such, here are the main features of Cisco Spark:

  • Spaces – Keep everything organised with individual spaces for every project.
  • Meetings – Continuous collaboration from anywhere and on any device.
  • Messaging – Secure team messaging, whether it’s for an individual or a group.
  • File Sharing – Safely share and store files with access from any device.
  • Calling – Cloud-based video calling from any end-point with Cisco Spark.
  • Whiteboarding – Collaboratively and simultaneously contribute to idea generation.
  • Cisco Spark Board – Stunning 4K UHD screen that enhances the meeting room experience and captivates attendees.
  • Spark Room Systems – Fully integrated kits to deliver intelligence and innovation to video collaboration and meeting rooms.

To add to this diverse list, Cisco Spark offers best-in-class video conferencing with quality and immersive video that’s designed to replicate the physical meeting room experience, but online. Combine this with state of the art technology, such as Cisco Spark Board and Spark Room Systems, and you’ll have a formidable alliance between software/hardware that perfectly integrates with one another to deliver a unified user experience. If you talk particularly about Cisco Spark Board, it’s an ideal solution for sharing presentations, whiteboard drawings and documents. In addition to that, it’s also a great tool for video conferencing.  It means, you no longer have to rely on conference room meetings, presentations and discussions when it comes to finishing a task.

Upgrade from WebEx

For those currently subscribed to Cisco WebEx, Spark is a natural progression with business growth and offers so much more than just online voice and video calling. While WebEx is excellent for connecting you with colleagues for effective team communications, Spark incorporates the very best of WebEx combined with an innovative focus on team collaboration to create a unique tool that’s perfect for businesses. Not only that, but with an array of intuitive hardware products that serve to stimulate discussion and make everyone feel involved, so everyone can walk away with a positive experience.

Kitting out your office?

If you’re looking to overhaul your office’s current setup, then why not look to Cisco Spark? With its wealth of features and user-friendly hardware products, you’ll be able to revolutionise meetings to make them more constructive, save money and increase productivity, and digitally transform the way your teams work together. Ultimately, Cisco WebEx is a great tool to improve how your teams communicate, but the future-proof Cisco Spark adopts cloud-computing to offer a 21st Century approach to business.

You can make a whole lot of difference in the way you work in your organisation if you are ready to invest in quality tools and technologies. Gone are the days, when it was important to sit with your clients and team members face-to-face to discuss important things with them. Nowadays, you can easily solve all your work-related problems with the assistance of a cloud-based virtual space like Cisco Spark.  You don’t have to wait for your team to arrive in the office when it comes to working on a project together. 

Edited by Mandi Nowitz

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