Upgrade To Business Class

If you’ve had the good fortune to use a Cisco Telepresence system like I have at Intel, you can already see glimpses of the ‘Star Trek’ future of video communications. It’s a game-changer.

And that’s just one of the cool features you’ll find on Cisco’s recently introduced Cius, the first business-class, collaboration tablet and desktop phone. The Cius is based on an Intel Atom processor, takes advantage of Android, and combines secure voice, video, collaboration, desktop virtualization and custom (and controllable) apps all in one. The device also works seamlessly with Cisco WebEx, Cisco Quad, and of course my favorite, HD video interoperability with Cisco TelePresence.

It makes sense that Intel and Cisco would work together on this true business class tablet given our respective long-standing experience in Enterprise computing. Cisco has done a really nice job with this device, and what has me truly excited is what this first enterprise-centric tablet means to the high-tech industry and Intel.

Up to now, enterprises have had to mostly choose from consumer-driven tablets. For those who work in institutions or vertical segments like healthcare, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, retail and education – now there’s a choice. The Cius has a specific focus: the enterprise. It speeds collaboration and productivity, not just content consumption. It lets us every day consumers have a great tablet experience, with access to Android applications, while meeting the requirements of enterprise IT, such as device and application security and manageability.

Net-net, the Cisco’s entry into this segment is good news for CIOs and IT managers who want to provide employees with some more mobile freedom, but in a way that’s integrated into a company’s infrastructure and controllable in terms of apps and network access. Cius offers us an upgrade to business class – well done, Cisco!