Cisco Squeaks Past Microsoft In Gartner UC Ranking
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9/6/2012 | 5:44:43 AM
re: Cisco Squeaks Past Microsoft In Gartner UC Ranking
This is laughable. Cisco is not ahead of Microsoft by any means.

The last paragraph in this post sums it up:

1.) Gartner credited Cisco with "full UC functionality, including video and telephony, on a broad range of clients, including Apple laptops, iPads, and iPhones, as well as on Android platforms." [Which is not true, Cisco does not have "full" UC functionality for Apple or mobile]

Followed by:

2.) On the other hand, Gartner said Cisco offers a complex portfolio of products that remains "complex to understand and manage."

Cisco does not have FULL UCC, they have FRAGMENTED UC and maybe C with a host of different applications and solutions that they bundle to sell.

Microsoft has a FULL UCC solution, it is one application, and now they have FULL MOBILE UCC thanks to their newly announced partner: Damaka

When I say FULL, I mean the ability to do desktop sharing, application sharing, white boarding, file sharing, audio/video, and chat with PCs and mobile devices. I have Damaka's Xavy app installed on my iPad. I can hold white boarding sessions or desktop/application sharing sessions where I can even take control of another user's PC on the iPad. Also note that Xavy is available for iOS as well as Android for both tablets and smartphones. Who else offers this solution; and with everything packaged in ONE convenient app? No one except Microsoft and Damaka!

Press Release w/ Demo Video of Microsoft's new partner, Damaka:

Microsoft is also slated to launch MS Office support for iOS this Fall. If I were Cisco or IBM, I would be very worried. Microsoft is going to be eating their market-share for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

User Rank: Apprentice
9/2/2012 | 3:26:19 PM
re: Cisco Squeaks Past Microsoft In Gartner UC Ranking
It is about time Cisco passed Microsoft,joining and passing them in the leaders quadrant. I personally am a little shocked that it took this long, with CiscoG«÷s dominance in the communications field already. Despite Cisco being able to understand and manage being a little difficult are definitely valid points. I would like to see who they classified as the visionaries and leaders in this report. I like how they promote o[en source by evaluating the companies in this area as well. Cisco might have squeaked by Microsoft in this one but I foresee Cisco not having to squeak by any leaders in the future, I see them leaping past.

Paul Sprague
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