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One service. All your communications.It&rsquo;s your business messaging app, conferencing solution, and phone system all in one. Teams move faster when everything and everyone comes together. Cisco makes it possible like no one else can.
Cisco Spark Overview
A Cloud-Based Business Collaboration Service.
Meet Cisco Spark
Cisco Spark connects people and ideas in an instant. When it’s this easy to collaborate, you can do your best work together. Tap to fill a room with the people you want to work with… and watch the sparks fly. Learn more: http://www.ciscospark.com.
Cisco Spark Changes the Game in Collaboration
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2015 – Today, Cisco reinvents the collaboration experience. We are announcing a brand-new offer to deliver the three types of communication tools people use at work the most— messaging, meeting, and calling—from the cloud. In addition, we’re making it possible for our phones and video conferencing systems to plug into the cloud and access these new services. By making collaboration available from our cloud platform, we’re changing everything. This changes everything because: It is designed from the ground up for highly secure collaboration that is delightful to use. Today, most of us use unconnected tools for team messaging, virtual meetings and phone calls.  Called Cisco Spark, our new offer mixes messaging, meeting and calling in such a simple way that it is hard to tell where one ends and the next begins. With Cisco Spark, all three are parts of a complete user experience. For instance, with a single click you can turn a phone call into a video meeting.  With a swipe you can move a video call from a room system to your mobile phone and then to another room—so you don’t have to miss anything when you need to move. It makes setting up video rooms and phones a snap. Have you ever shown a QR code on your smartphone to board a plane? That’s how easy it is to set up a desk phone now. It connects phone systems to the cloud. Enterprises have a lot invested in phone systems and other on-premises equipment. Cisco Spark Hybrid Services enables entirely new and amazing experiences by connecting this equipment to the cloud. For example, let’s look at what Cisco Spark Hybrid Services does when you place a call from a Cisco IP phone. The act of placing the call automatically creates a meeting in the Spark room that the two of you share. There, you can show content with a single click. We call this a “zero-touch meeting” because no one actually has to set it up—it is just there when you need it. Cisco Spark Hybrid Services can connect more too. For example, it can link on-premises calendar servers to the cloud. This makes preparing for, arranging and joining meetings easier than ever—even from your mobile device. Simply type “@spark” or “@webex” into the location line when you create an invitation. Cisco Spark will start a room so the group can share content and ideas. It will also automatically put meeting details into the invitation. It gives developers free rein. We think some of the best ideas will come from the outside. Cisco Spark for Developers provides powerful, open APIs so developers can create innovative and useful apps that extend the value of Spark. “My team is passionate about making tools for work that are as simple and delightful as the tools we use at home,” said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Collaboration, Data Analytics and IoT groups. “Spark lets us give amazing experiences to companies of all sizes—from tiny start-ups to the Fortune 100. And we’re just getting started.” Availability and Pricing Cisco Spark for Developers and select services of Cisco Spark are available today. Here are the dates we expect to deliver the rest: Complete Cisco Spark service: in the United States in the first quarter of 2016 (other countries throughout 2016). Spark Hybrid Services: in 21 countries beginning in the first quarter. Cisco Spark lets companies of all sizes buy messaging ,meeting and calling from the cloud in a simple subscription model, paying for services per user per month. It will be sold through our partners, who will determine pricing. Supporting Resources Read Rowan Trollope’s Blog: Hollywood Got Collaboration Right # # # Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) powers the world’s Internet experiences. We connect people, processes, data and things to enable innovation that benefits business and society. For more information, visit: http://thenetwork.cisco.com. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco’s trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. Availability Disclaimer: Many of the products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if-available basis. These products and features are subject to change at the sole discretion of Cisco, and Cisco will have no liability for delay in the delivery or failure to deliver any of the products or features set forth in this document.
Spark a Revolution
Today’s companies must evolve or face extinction. If they stand still, they’ll die. Pretty dramatic, I know, but that’s the reality. Forty percent of Fortune 500 companies will no longer be around in 10 years.Companies in every industry know they need to move faster and innovate quickly to survive. But transforming traditional businesses into flexible, responsive, flat organizations built for speed is not easy. In fact, it’s massively challenging. But it’s this movement that will take us into the future.Not everyone in the business world has adopted the concept of an “agile business,” but I am a believer. The move to agile has already begun. Even if some don’t get it, the people on the frontlines have already switched gears – the concept of agile was started by software developers, the people building the products and doing the work. Fourteen years later, agile may be the key to survival for businesses desperate to modernize their organizations in a digital era.Look at the collaboration tools most people are using at work. They were built for businesses operating in a predictable world – a world of the past. Email, phones literally tied to your desk, and audio-only conferences worked well for yesterday’s business. But now, email is overloaded, the mobile is just as important as the desk phone, and audio-only conferences deliver a frustrating experience for everybody. Clearly we need something new. There isa whole host of tools that have entered the market to meet this growing demand for better collaboration experiences.Today I am announcing how Cisco Spark, our team collaboration service launched as Project Squared in November, is changing the way companies get their work done.Cisco Spark makes teamwork simpler and we know this because our customers who began using Project Squared just five months ago are seeing increased productivity and even changes in behavior. Teams are feeling more connected and have a greater sense of community.I know Cisco Spark makes teamwork simpler – I use it every day to run my $4B business. I get more work done, faster, and more effectively than ever before. I’m in constant contact with my leadership team, and I can make decisions quickly that impact the business.Two years ago, when we set out on a mission to make collaboration technology simple and ubiquitous, we were helping galvanize the movement to agile by breaking down hierarchies. We wanted to bring the same amazing technology down to every worker, every desk, every room, and every pocket. Keeping the best technology – like Cisco TelePresence – only for the top of an organization makes no sense especially if you want to transform your business from the work structure of the industrial age to that of the digital age.I believe we are in the midst of a revolution in the way we work. Only collaboration technology can truly transform businesses in terms of how people communicate, how workers get jobs done, and how teams come together to share information, create, and innovate.Are you using Cisco Spark? Start a room with me and tell me what you think. Just download Cisco Spark from the app store or by pointing a web browser to http://web.ciscospark.com (use my email address [email protected]).  Or send me a tweet: @rowantrollopeWelcome to the revolution! John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University Tags: Cisco, Cisco Spark, collaboration, Project Squared, TelePresence, video. Enterprise Connect 2015
It’s your business messaging app, conferencing solution, and phone system all in one. Teams move faster when everything and everyone comes together. Cisco makes it possible like no one else can.
Your work lives here. Set up spaces for your projects and teams. Join the conversation and communicate easily from any device, anywhere.
Tap to join an online meeting. Or schedule ahead with WebEx-powered meetings. Pull your local team into your conference room and join using your new Spark Room System.
Your business phone system. Use Cisco IP Phones to make HD voice and video calls in the cloud. Not at your desk? No problem. You can answer and place phone calls anywhere using Spark.
Customize Cisco Spark for your business.
Use our open APIs to create a window into the tools that run your business. Teams can immediately respond to problems and opportunities. In the age of the agile business, this is how you trump the competition and deepen engagement with your customers.
Get started with Spark’s native integrations or customize your own. Learn more at the