Two U.S. tech companies, IBM and Cisco, say they are combining strength to transform how knowledge-workers collaborate and work.
The companies announced that they will make the way people work simpler by forming a suite of cloud-based workplace tools and applications infused with IBM Watson.
The companies want to make collaboration simpler by combining IBM’s advanced analytics, Watson, and email and social offerings with Cisco’s collaboration solutions, including business messaging, meeting and calling offerings.
The collaboration will enable them design joint solutions that take advantage of all types of data to help people get more done, in less time.
IBM and Cisco say they will achieve this by providing the right insights in the right context, served up through the tools, apps, documents or actions needed at any given moment based on an individual employee’s role, historical work patterns and current work assignments.
By bringing the best of collaboration and cognitive tools together, IBM and Cisco plan to create a more inspiring, productive and data-driven workplace.
Inhi Cho, General Manager, IBM Collaboration Solutions identifies that “the irony of many workforce tools available today is that because there are so many to choose from, they can reduce employee effectiveness.”
According to Cho, “with our combined technology strengths and understanding of how teams get work done, IBM and Cisco can deliver the next generation of collaboration tools needed to cultivate innovation and drive productivity. By incorporating analytics and cognitive technologies into these solutions, we expect them to be able to learn what is important, in context, and take the right actions on behalf of the user.”
On his part, Jens Meggers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Cloud Collaboration Technology says that “at Cisco, we are constantly innovating to improve the collaboration experience and there has never been a better time to take our offerings to the next level.”
“That’s our goal here, to think exponentially and together with IBM create the next generation of collaboration. Now we can deliver amazing, next-generation “Intelligent Collaboration” that allows enterprises to compete in this fast moving digital world,” Meggers adds.
The goal, according to the companies, is for the combined IBM and Cisco offerings to be integrated to connect seamlessly on behalf of users to complete mundane tasks such as scheduling and note-taking, and proactively bring people and content together in the context of specific tasks.
The new solutions will incorporate structured and unstructured data in any form, whether from on-premises, the desktop, or the cloud.