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Cisco's Quad takes social networking to the enterprise

Sharon Gaudin | June 7, 2010
Quad's collaboration platform mixes Web 2.0 tools with business apps for the cubicle

Cisco Quad is set up to meld various tools into one platform. For instance, Quad is designed to let users microblog inside the platform, with posts going out to colleagues who follow them. However, Sitaram pointed out that with a click, the in-house microblogs also can be posted on Twitter, the site that popularized microblogging.

And for companies that don't want employees posting updates about certain topics outside of company "confines," they can set up rules in Quad that will limit users' ability to make outside posts about certain topics or even on certain days, Sitaram added.

Quad also includes a calendaring application, along with integration of voice-mail messages, a Facebook-like feed of updates from colleagues that users have "befriended," workgroup communities, and a place where documents can be stored and made available for collaborative work. The platform also includes live video, recorded video storage, instant messaging and e-mail.

So colleagues can see Sitaram's updated Facebook-like postings, microbloggings and shared documents, and the communities of employees with whom he is working, to get a better sense of who he is and his role within the company. "You have a sense of who I am," Sitaram said. "You have a sense of my blogs, what I've been doing and even my reporting structure. You have a sense here of me."

 

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