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Cisco: We Can’t Imagine a World without Microsoft

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Cisco: We Can’t Imagine a World without Microsoft
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As CTO for the collaboration group at Cisco, I get asked this question all of the time – are you guys committed to a multi-vendor environment with Microsoft?

Gosh, I find this a frustrating question. Why is that? Because most (not all, but almost!) customers we sell to also have Microsoft products in them. In fact, it’s hard for us to even imagine a customer environment that is entirely Microsoft-free. So really, the better question to ask is: What mixes of Microsoft and Cisco products do you support, and how do you support integration with each of the products in the Microsoft portfolio?

Cisco is investing more today in integration with Microsoft technologies than we have ever done before.

When put in those terms – when I look at what we’re doing today, I feel confident in saying that Cisco is investing more today in integration with Microsoft technologies than we have ever done before. Let’s take them one at a time.

  • Active Directory: Perhaps the most ubiquitous product in the Microsoft portfolio. At Cisco, we have no equivalent. As a result, we’ve invested heavily in the last few years to make AD a central part of our products, especially Cisco Spark. We’ve built a directory sync engine that integrates with AD, treating it as the source of truth and syncing its contents with our Cisco Spark cloud. We use AD for SAML-based SSO when users sign in to Cisco Spark.
  • Exchange: Second only to AD in its pervasiveness in our customer environments. Since Exchange is where people go to schedule meetings, we’ve invested heavily in making it a central part of our meetings solutions. Cisco Spark supports integration with Exchange on-prem and O365, making sure it is the source of truth for when meetings happen. Our first hybrid offering was calendar integration with Exchange.
  • Outlook: WebEx Productivity Tools integrate natively with Outlook, allowing users to schedule WebEx meetings with a single click. Today, this represents the most common way people schedule WebEx meetings. Cisco Jabber supports click-to-call, presence, and click-to-chat integrations into Outlook, and similar functionality is on the way for Cisco Spark as well.
  • Word, PowerPoint, Excel: The bread-and-butter of Microsoft‘s productivity tools are a centerpiece of our content strategy for Cisco Spark. It supports native rendering of these files within Cisco Spark.

Read the entire article here, We Can’t Imagine a World without Microsoft

Via the fine folks at Cisco Systems.

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