– Unifying the collaboration portfolio to make life easier for users and IT alike
– Jabber to mirror Webex Teams by summer’s end
– Originally available for Webex Meetings, the AI-driven People Insights will be available across portfolio—calling, messaging, meetings, and even Jabber.
Whether you need to make a call, join a meeting, send an IM or solve an important problem with your whole team, Cisco has a device or app for that. Even better, we build the world-class network that can run it all. When you’re in charge of the hardware, software, devices, and network, it turns out amazing things are possible. We’re taking the friction out of your collaboration experience, so your team can move faster. We want to give you “magic moments” that make it fun to work together.
With that in mind, today we announce:
– the ability to enjoy the same awesome experience across all our collaboration tools.
Have you ever climbed into the driver’s seat of a rental car and wondered: How do I turn on the headlights? Or pair my phone to listen to my playlist? It’s frustrating—and distracting— when things aren’t as you want them to be.
We don’t want you to be frustrated or distracted when you switch between your collaboration tools. Everything should be where you want it to be. In fact, it shouldn’t feel like you’re switching anything at all when you move from a phone call to, say, a video meeting or to a team app to get up to speed on that big project.
In short, when it comes to your preferences, you should be able to set it and forget it.
We’ve been working hard to make that happen. As a result, all our devices are now on the same operating system. And all our apps now work together better than ever. The latest tangible proof of this labor of love? Jabber –our wildly popular app with tens of millions of users—will look and feel like Webex Teams. Do you prefer Jabber and your boss prefers Teams? No worries. Type your note in Jabber and it’s going to immediately show up in the Teams app, just like that.
We call this a “unified experience”. And while it’s great for users, it is also amazing for IT teams. That’s because it helps them transition thousands of users to the cloud whenever the time is right, without having to plan for lots of training.
New places in our portfolio where you’ll encounter those frictionless and amazing moments.
In March we announced People Insights for Webex Meetings. Think of it as an executive assistant for the rest of us. No matter where you fall on the org chart, you’ll get professional insights (based on publicly available information) about the people and companies you’re meeting with. This will help you have a great meeting and get amazing work done. We’re now bringing People Insights to the rest of the portfolio—calling, messaging, and even Jabber.
“We’re going to keep bringing customers layer after layer of rich intelligence and context, while also making sure we provide the best, most seamless experience, across our entire portfolio,” said Amy Chang, SVP, Cisco Collaboration. “We’re delivering technology that works smoothly together and is backed by intelligence and business insights. Our customers are going to enjoy massively personalized experiences that will transform the way they work.”
– Read Team Collaboration Group SVP/GM Sri Srinivasan’s blog on this news here.
Liberty Technology, Ben Johnson, CEO/Founder
“At Liberty Technology we are passionate about providing our customers the very best in collaboration user experiences to help in their digitization strategy. We have known that user engagement in meetings is increased with the Webex platform, so when we started testing Cisco’s People Insights capability it gave us a new perspective on how Cisco plans to enhance user productivity across the platform to make meetings more productive. Cisco engaged early to learn from Liberty Technology and we were able to provide vital feedback to help shape the outcome of this feature which shows that Cisco listens. Connecting with our customers is extremely critical to us and we have seen People Insights become a vital part of our meetings now and we wondered how we met without it.”
Charter Telecom Inc., Shawn Wilson, solutions architect
“The People Insights feature is a huge differentiator for Meetings and Webex. Great innovation!”
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Volvo Group Capital Markets Day – “Perform and Transform”
At the Capital Markets Day today, Martin Lundstedt, Volvo Group President and CEO, and Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO, presented a partnership to jointly develop the decision-making system of autonomous commercial vehicles and machines. The Capital Markets Day focused on the Group’s strategy and improved financial performance on the theme “Perform and Transform”.
Utilizing NVIDIA’s end-to-end artificial intelligence platform for training, simulation and in-vehicle computing, the resulting system is designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and highways.
The Volvo Group has improved its financial performance in recent years. Martin Lundstedt pointed to a stronger service business as one contributor to the improvement. Driving the development of services is a key area for the Volvo Group, since it strengthens the relationship with customers and helps build a company that is more resilient to changes in market demand. Another cornerstone of the improvement is the well-invested industrial backbone with increased operational efficiency and flexibility.
Jan Ytterberg, Volvo Group CFO, covered the importance of securing the financial performance to be able to provide good returns for shareholders as well as invest in the transformative technologies shaping the future of transport. The commercial vehicle industry is in transition in a time with growing transport needs and increasing infrastructure investments. This provides great opportunities for the Volvo Group in developing more sustainable transport solutions.
Lars Stenqvist, Volvo Group Chief Technology Officer, laid out the Group’s innovation road map within areas such as electrification, automation and connected solutions using a modular concept based on the Groups’ CAST system (Common Architecture and Shared Technologies).
Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo Construction Equipment, gave an update on Volvo CE’s strategy and the potential to grow further in the excavator market and within services.
Furthermore, Martin Lundstedt outlined how the Volvo Group is building new businesses through the new technologies exemplified by Volvo Buses’ ElectriCity with Keolis, Volvo Trucks’ automated solution for Brönnöy Kalk, the Vera autonomous transport system’s first assignment with DFDS and Volvo Construction Equipment’s Electric Site concept with Skanska.
SOURCE AB Volvo
RBC and Microsoft Launch New Program to Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Canadian Businesses
To help Canadian businesses unlock greater business value and capitalize on advancements in smart technologies and cloud solutions, RBC and Microsoft today announced the launch of RBC’s Go Digital program. The program is designed to remove key barriers which businesses have cited as preventing or delaying their digital transformation. Go Digital offers a suite of turnkey technology solutions leveraging the power and security of the Microsoft cloud and skilled Partner Network, as well as innovation financing and tailored advice from RBC to help businesses embark on their digital transformation journey with greater ease and confidence. The program is currently available to Canadian food manufacturers and will continue to expand to other industries over time.
A recent IDC report found that while Canadian executives acknowledge the importance of embracing new technologies to digitally transform their business, the majority have yet to take action. A similar report found that 29 per cent of Canadian organizations are lagging in digital transformation and have not yet started their digital modernization. The most common barriers identified by Canadian companies include the challenge of finding the right solution, sourcing the right provider and securing capital.
“Technology is disrupting customer expectations and traditional business models everywhere, and businesses need to adapt to these historic changes to differentiate and lead in the market,” said Greg Grice, Executive Vice-President, Business Financial Services, RBC. “RBC is committed to creating more value for clients and helping them along this journey. That’s why we’re coming together with industry-leading partners like Microsoft to deliver tailored solutions that will help accelerate and simplify their digital transformation.”
RBC & Microsoft design tailored solutions to fuel business growth
The manufacturing sector in Canada accounts for approximately $174bn in GDP, more than 10% of the total GDP of the entire country.1 The adoption of advanced smart factory technologies can help fuel the next wave of business growth by way of significant cost savings, increased productivity and enhanced quality which ultimately results in delivering greater value to customers and employees.
Despite these benefits, mid-market Canadian manufacturing firms are falling behind when it comes to the digital transformation of their business, making Canada one of the worst performers in the Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD)2. Fifty-five per cent of manufacturers do not use advanced technologies and one-fifth have no plans to invest in them in the next three years, naming cost and uncertainty as deterrents for digital transformation3.
1 https://canadianvisa.org/life-in-canada/key-industries/manufacturing, Canadian Visa Org, 2019
2 Industrie 2030: Accelerating Adoption of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, 2017
3 2018 Management Issues Survey, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, 2018
Given this significant opportunity, RBC’s Go Digital program is now available to Canadian food manufacturers as part of its initial launch with plans to extend the program’s reach to additional industries.
“This strategic partnership with RBC demonstrates our strong commitment to helping companies across Canada have greater access to digital technologies,” said Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada. “By leveraging the breadth of Microsoft’s trusted cloud platform, tapping into the skilled expertise of our Partner Network and maximizing RBC’s sector-specific business and financial expertise, we believe this program will give organizations in Canada the confidence to truly embrace the next wave of computing, and expand that reach to more businesses across North America in the longer term.”
Optimizing food manufacturing operations powered by Microsoft
RBC and Microsoft co-designed a curated suite of technology and innovation financing solutions tailored to food manufacturers. Leveraging a group of industry-leading partners from Microsoft’s Partner Network, RBC’s Go Digitalprogram offers access to digital solutions that are powered by artificial intelligence, cloud business applications, data analytics, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT). These solutions include, but are not limited to:
- Environmental monitoring (i.e. temperature, humidity, air quality) leveraging the scale and intelligence of Microsoft’s Azure Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled sensor technology to reduce waste, drive efficiency and realize cost savings;
- Food transparency and traceability leveraging blockchain technology to meet regulatory requirements and standards, from farm to table;
- Production variability monitoring using Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Azure IoT capabilities to reduce equipment downtime, increase output forecasting accuracy and improve quality control; and
- Cloud-Based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) leveraging Dynamics 365 to address food safety and compliance, quality and production, recipe development and management, and food recall traceability.
SOURCE Royal Bank of Canada
Resulticks Welcomes Sophie Pibouin as Executive VP of Sales of the Americas
Real-time omnichannel marketing solutions provider Resulticks has announced the expansion of the company’s leadership team with the hire of Sophie Pibouin as Head of Sales, U.S. Resulticks’ AI-powered platform provides users with segmented data and consumer behavior analytics, allowing marketers to create highly targeted and individualized campaigns across telecom, healthcare, banking, hospitality and other diverse industries.
Sophie Pibouin brings a global perspective, deep understanding of the market and unparallel expertise in propelling business growth. With two decades of executive experience including roles at IBM, SDL, Chronicle Solutions and CA Inc., she has led the strategic evolution and exceptional expansion of Fortune 500 and VC-backed high-tech companies, achieving record increases in sales and uplifts in competitiveness.
“The addition of Sophie to our executive team comes as we see strong opportunities across the region, which will play a significant role in Resulticks’ forward growth strategy,” said CEO and co-founder Redickaa Subrammanian. “Bringing deep marketing and global technology experience that complements our existing capabilities, she is well-positioned to be an integral asset to our U.S.-based clientele.”
In her new role, Sophie will lead efforts to expand Resulticks’ U.S. footprint and identify new opportunities for accelerated growth.
“I am delighted to be joining a rapidly growing organization that is delivering a holistic solution to its users,” said Sophie Pibouin, Resulticks Executive VP of Sales of the Americas. “Resulticks’ all-in-one cloud-based platform helps marketers understand and reach their audiences in a truly integrated way, and I am eager to bring that value to even more U.S.-based brands.”
Prior to joining Resulticks, Sophie was the Worldwide Sales Leader at IBM Watson. A graduate of the University of Flaubert in France, she is based in New York City.
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