They say that two heads are better than one, but that really only works when the two heads are able to work effectively together. Even if you have two people working in the same office, they might not be in the same place at the same time and it can still be very difficult to collaborate on projects. With more and more professionals going mobile or working from home, it’s more important than ever to have a good collaboration strategy that works from anywhere.
Addressing this very need is the new Cloud Collaboration offering from CDW. While it may look like it is geared toward big business, you’ll quickly learn that it can be useful for companies of all sizes, including multi-author blogs like Blogging Tips. We have to work together too.
We have a lot of online and offline tools that we can use to communicate with our teams and team members. You might call up the designer on the phone, Skype with the coder, send a tweet to the copywriter, and e-mail the marketing guy. That’s all very disparate and disjointed.
What the CDW Cloud Collaboration offering does is unify these communications so that they are seamlessly integrated with one another, accessible through a unified interface that is accessible through virtually any device. You can collaborate via your desktop PC, your smartphone, or your tablet from virtually anywhere in the world.
And then there’s the “cloud” part of that equation. The actual hosting and infrastructure is securely managed and handled by CDW through their massive 485,000-square-foot data center. They’ve got fully rendundant components and you get it through a virtualized architecture. This way, you can scale up and down as needed without having to invest massive amounts of money on your own equipment. They take care of updates too.
CDW isn’t new to the world of Unified Communications. They have been around since 1984 and it is ranked as the 31st largest private company in America by Forbes. You can learn more about the company and what they are currently working on by viewing the CDW’s Solutions blog.
The new Cloud Collaboration is simply an extension of what they’ve already done with Unified Communications, making it easy for businesses of all sizes to get the job done. Employees can communicate via instant messaging, presence information, video conferencing, data sharing and more, all through a unified interface.
The easiest way to understand how all of this works is to watch the video below. You learn about Cisco Cogs, as well as the actuall Cloud Collaboration product.
The visualized example here has multiple employees in multiple locations, all communicating with one another in real-time through different channels and methods. In the context of running a multi-author blog, you can see how this can be effectively used to stay on top of site design, advertising opportunities, project collaborations, post ideas, social media marketing and everything else that goes into managing and running a successful blog.
The basic service starts with one device per user, but you can ramp up as high as 10 devices per user, including point-to-point desktop video, unified messaging, softphone clients, a contact center and so on. CDW Cloud Collaboration is offered in a number of different packages and pricing levels, so you’ll need to contact a product expert for them to custom-tailor a package that works best for you.
CDW is a current advertiser on this blog. All opinions are mine.