One of the most intriguing qualities of cloud, in my opinion, is its ability to add value to already useful technology solutions. For example, telepresence has taken conference calls into the future, fueling face-to-face collaboration, cutting business costs, and empowering more closely knit teams – despite distance.
For Cisco, the cloud helped turn a turnkey telepresence solution into futuristic – and affordable – option for businesses. Not only can Cisco partners take advantage of premier technology, it can offer Cisco’s collaboration products “as-a-service,” setting in motion a new recurring revenue stream for their business.
The Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution, which includes managed telepresence, marries collaboration expertise from Cisco with the ubiquity of the cloud to provide cost-effective and unified communications deployments. For those interested in seeing this offering at work, Cisco will be showcasing the technology during the Ingram Micro Cloud Summit, April 8-10. In the super cool “Telepresence Room” – a 20×20 glass booth that attendees will find right in the lobby of the summit, Cisco reps will be running demos of the new HCS offering, and sharing success stories of channel partners already leveraging this cloud solution as a value-add in their customer base.
For Ingram Micro partners familiar with the telepresence room in both Ingram Micro Solution Centers, the demonstration will be no surprise, but for those of you who haven’t played with this technology, it is a display you will definitely want to visit. The solution offers solution providers the opportunity to accelerate deployment of telepresence, lowering the barrier to entry and cost concerns with its utility payment options. The solution also offers the opportunity for you, as a solution provider, to delve more deeply into your customer environments, offering business value well beyond hosted email and backup.
The Cisco display will be one of many unique examples of how cloud is changing the face of business, and transforming Ingram Micro partner businesses in an amazing way.