Cisco in March announced the launch of Spark at Enterprise Connect 2015 in Orlando, USA, which coincided with CiscoLive 2015 in Melbourne. A few months earlier Microsoft had announced its integration of Skype and Lync under the banner of ‘Skype for Business,’ and it has several partners on board now to bring the solution to the market in 1H15.
People today are used to communicating with each other across multiple channels. Increasingly, communications are conducted via mobile devices and across social media.
While consumers are spoiled for choice with different tools and apps available from app stores, they may find it more limiting when they enter the workspace. Vendors have been trying to change this by developing solutions that provide a consumer-like experience whilst keeping all communications secured.
Spark is the commercial brand name for ‘Project Square’ (first announced by Cisco in November last year). The solution enables team collaboration, connecting users inside and outside of an organisation to work on a project.