Cisco Systems Australia have announced that they are working with a leading artist to create the first online collaborative artwork based in Australasia. The project will showcase a range of Cisco Systems Australia collaboration technologies, which are also available to businesses to help them increase their productivity and innovation.
The project facilitator is Moshe Rosenzveig, an award-winning photojournalist in Sydney. Rosenzveig will work with a number of contributors for a minimum of three hours each weekday during the month of October. Every day, he will ask participants to upload photographs related to a chosen theme. These will inspire Rosenzveig’s daily artwork. At the end of the month, the individual works will form a single piece, which Cisco Systems Australia plan to auction.
Rosenzveig states that he is happy about being involved in such a unique project. According to him, the potential of this artwork is huge, and having the ability to collaborate with people from all around the world is a powerful thing. He believes that the creation will reflect the diversity of the different types of people with varying tastes and backgrounds. He further relates that the technology that is enabling the collaboration to happen in real time is extraordinary, eliminating the barrier of distance.
The collaborative art project has come after Cisco Systems Australia announced details of their collaboration portfolio. The portfolio is designed to integrate with business applications, existing network infrastructures and web services, and it allows developers to create customised applications and network-based services. The new portfolio products include the following:
- Unified communications - Cisco Unified Communications System Release 7.0 offers significant improvements in total cost of ownership, ease of use, and interoperability with business applications
- Video - Cisco TelePresence expert on demand integrates the immersive Cisco TelePresence experience into the contact centre for high-value, in-branch customer service and the ability to summon expertise directly during a Cisco TelePresence meeting
- Web 2.0 applications platform - Cisco WebEx Connect, a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, integrates presence, instant messaging, web meetings and team spaces with traditional and Web 2.0 business applications
Taking advantage of the network as the platform, Rosenzveig will use a mix of these technologies to help people to connect to and contribute to the project.
Collaboration technologies are now capable, through a combination of real-time video and unified communications, to transform business processes to enable better decisions involving the right people more productively.
It is important for companies to embrace collaboration and adapt to these changes in the way they work. The project they are embarking on illustrates what can be achieved when people work together and highlights how technology can power innovation.