Our goal at Esna is simple: Create products that disrupt, transform and enhance the state of enterprise communications and collaboration today.
’Tis the season to be jolly, especially with such exciting reveals being made in the enterprise collaboration space. Most recently, Cisco introduced a new business collaboration app called that combines a number of unified communications (UC) features—chat, audio, video, multi-party conferencing—with content/document sharing in one single unified platform.
With so many solutions being driven by cloud computing and UC today, Project Squared may appear to be just one more innovation amid a sea of similar solutions; however, the platformboasts key differentiating factors. As a proud partner of Cisco (which this year), we take a look at just what positions Project Squared for success:
Driven by the need to increase workplace productivity—research shows employees spend 28 hours a week sifting through emails and searching for information—today’s business leaders are looking to beef up standard work processes with bleeding-edge collaboration components known to effectively bridge time consuming communication issues. In fact, that same research shows that integrating collaboration solutions like IM and social tools can reduce employee time spent searching for information by as much as 35 percent. This is only one of many ways in which enterprise collaboration can help companies make a 360-degree turnaround.
In Case You Missed It: Our Cisco Live US 2014 Recap Hangout On Air
Last week, Esna held a live webinar covering up-to-date unified communications and collaboration solutions, the future of enterprise collaboration technology, and how we fit into the growth in these areas, particularly with our latest innovation for Cisco collaboration: We are now leveraging Cisco as a strategic partner to help us grow our business and articulate and evangelize what we do for our customers.
Cisco kicked off its 2014 Live IT summit by revealing a concoction of goodies luscious enough to satisfy any collaborative leader’s sweet tooth. Among the products unveiled were a host of new desktop products intended to make workplace videoconferencing more personal via its Android mobile line. The company, touting the power of cloud computing, ensures that all of its new products are strictly rooted in its cloud-based, real-time conferencing service WebEx.
The highlights of these new Android-based offerings include the DX70 and DX80 desktop collaboration devices.Touted as sleek, all-in-one desktops, these new Android-based products support HD video and audio as well as Web conferencing and browsing. These devices are aimed at heightening the state of integrated business applications, which is exciting news considering the rapid growth of communication-enabled business process (CEBP). Furthermore, the latter, higher-end device boasts a 23-inch screen and also features Intelligent Audio, aimed at reducing background noise so that it is essentially non-existent.
Webinar: Integrating Jive and Cisco for Complete Communication & Collaboration
Wednesday, June 25th
10 AM PDT / 1:00PM EDT
Remeber when we wrote about Jive and Cisco’s partnership and it's potential to improve enterprise collaboration? Now you can get a first-hand look on how you can leverage Cisco's real-time capabilities directly inside Jive with Esna.
We’re a big believer in enabling people to communicate and collaborate anytime, anywhere. To make this possible, Esna has focused its business on connecting things—premises-to-cloud, telephony systems to cloud apps, people to their teams.
Working with Cisco and Jive Software enables us to connect unified communications capability with the power of the Jive platform to drive better collaboration in the enterprise. We view tools like Jive as an integral part of the unified communications and collaboration universe that give people more ways to connect, share information, and get work done.
This article was composed by our Partner Riordan Maynard, the CEO of Touchbase. At the end of this article you will have the opportuntity to download Touchbase's case study supporting real cost savings with Cisco and Google Unified Communications and Collaboration.
As the CEO of a company that partners with two of the largest technology innovators in the world, Cisco and Google, I find myself constantly preaching about how significant the potential return from the right investment in Unified Communication & Collaboration (UC) technology can be. If you have heard it all before then I apologize, but this is an area where Touchbase is extremely focused, and where we continue to find amazing value for our clients.
Those of you who have read our articles before will know that Touchbase is putting a great deal of time and money into its UC Transformation Program. This program is fairly wide ranging and involves us looking at a client’s current situation around UC & Networking and then comparing it to our Best Practice model based on Cisco and Google’s Unified Communication and Collaboration solutions.
The comparison allows us to go back to our client and give them a very accurate understanding of what the financial, operational, technical and user benefits of moving to a modern UC architecture would be. For companies that want to look at the whole picture around UC and need to justify the very significant investment required, this is absolutely the best way to approach it. The outcome is always considerable and surprising with reductions of at least 50% to your current operating costs and the complete transformation of the user experience being consistently achieved.
Organizations who are already heavily invested in new UC technology, or who do not have the appetite to look at the whole picture, should still be looking at specific initiatives which can save money or improve the user experience. A perfect example of that can be downloaded in our simple, easy to read, Cost Savings study.
Our client in the study, was conscious that years of high growth meant that their users were not being provided with the most up to date and valuable communications tools, and that their costs were probably out of line with where they should be. Touchbase was engaged to help Reduce Operating Costs, Transform the Users Communications Experience, and Simplify their Technology Environment. To achieve this Touchbase used its UC Transformation Program which is designed specifically to help organizations with these objectives in a quick and cost effective manner. The engagement identified several areas where hyper growth had driven inefficiency in spend, technology, operations and the actual experience to their end users.
Touchbase recommended 8 initiatives to drive out $14.5m of existing cost per annum, move to one virtualized central UC Platform, and deliver all communications tools to every user within a single user interface - all accessible from any device, anywhere.
All companies should be interested in how they can deliver better communications tools to their people. Better tools will lead to higher productivity and happier customers. The challenge always is where to find the money to afford the tools. In every single engagement, Touchbase has found significant operational expense reduction, which can then be used to invest in the newer technology required to deliver better communications tools.
For more information, make sure to download our Cost Savings Report in order to help your company Reduce Operating Costs, Transform the User Experience, and Simplify Technology.
Learn more about Touchbase:
Touchbase works with its clients to meet their needs from a Unified Communications, Collaboration and Contact Center perspective. Our engagement with clients varies from delivering large scale, global and fully managed transition programs, to helping them with a small problem on their existing systems anywhere in the world. We view every engagement with a client, big or small, to be valuable in extending the relationship we have with them and proving our value.
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- Visit their Website TouchbaseGlobal.com
- Contact them at (303) 862-3300 or their Marketing Director, Christine Haigh, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re pleased to share that Esna is now part of Cisco’s SolutionsPlus program which allows select products and applications from third parties—like our Cloudlink™ for Cisco solution—to be purchased directly from Cisco beginning April 13, 2013.
Cloudlink seamlessly connects Cisco unified communications and collaboration solutions with cloud-based productivity applications and enterprise social networking solutions such as Google™ Apps, VMware® Zimbra and Jive®.
Cloudlink 3.0 seamlessly integrates Cisco unified communications with Google Apps making it easier for people to stay connected and access the tools they need to collaborate from whatever application they're in. With Cloudlink people have one-click access to voicemail and faxes, the convenience of click-to-dial and presence and now the ability to schedule and start WebEx meetings right from Gmail.
Earlier this week Esna released the latest version of our fastest growing product offering—Cloudlink.
The event was the largest one we have had to date, with tons of support from analysts, partners, and of course our customers, whom we fine tailor our solutions around. For a solution that’s hardly 1 year old, it has developed a tremendous following.