It’s the big news in unified communications. Cisco Spark is no more. It’s being replaced by Cisco Webex Teams.
With the success of Cisco Webex teams, Cisco has taken essentially two separate brands and brought them under one banner. This will bring a host of benefits for users, the technology itself and its capabilities with supportive digital infrastructure.
This, however, is not just a change of names, rebranding it and keeping it as it was; the technology behind both products are being integrated into a common backend that is cloud-based, this will maintain the look and feel no matter which one you are using. The rebrand will go so far as changing the rest of the Spark portfolio, Spark Board becomes Webex Board. Considering that more than six billion meeting minutes are clocked up on Webex every month, it will only benefit Spark to be associated with that brand.
Since we are trying to convey the latest and greatest, we can honestly say there are still things in the pipeline that we do not know.
Here’s what we know so far – and what we like about it.
- The USP for Cisco Webex Teams is that it is now the first secure multi-company collaboration solution within the unified communications industry. Gone is the laborious, and somewhat risky, task of adding guest accounts when you need to video call someone outside of your company. You can give permission to partners or clients safely and securely and purely for the functionality required.
- The look and feel of both Cisco Webex Teams and Spark have been overhauled to ensure a seamless integration of the two platforms. Use Webex throughout your working day for collaborative workflows then directly launch Meetings or Calling directly from the new Cisco Webex Teams app, instead of having to switch to Spark.
- The new Cisco Webex Teams hardware (Webex Devices) means that almost any kit with a screen can become a meeting space with Webex. Use that big TV in your meeting room by plugging in the little Webex Share adapter instead of huddling around one desktop screen. Cisco Webex Teams can now allow up to 1,000 people to join a meeting and it also comes with more storage, advanced security and more in-depth analytics.
We have high hopes that this reconfiguration of Cisco Webex Teams will remove any element of confusion about Cisco Webex and Spark to consolidate the brand. It will provide a much better user experience and provide a much simpler marketing.
One hundred million people worldwide use Webex – the update will be automatically rolled out to them in the coming months to add the Teams extension. If you haven’t got involved yet, Cisco Webex Teams provides the perfect reason to do so now. It can even work alongside your current collaboration tools, including Microsoft, Google and Slack.
EaziUC are the experts in unified communications and we can bring collaborative technology to your business quickly and easily so you can reap the benefits of Cisco Webex Teams. Contact us for a free consultation to find out more.