The following is Part 3 of a series on today's announcement by Cisco.
Note: Update to remove name of portal vendor until official announcement.
Clarifications & Questions
As the launch event and collaboration summit progress, additional information will be provided. Areas where I have questions and will be looking for clarification include:
- Specifics on mail migration support (professional services, tools).
- Specifics on hybrid models (some Exchange inboxes are likely to remain on-premises).
- Specific details on how e-Discovery, audit, and compliance needs are addressed.
- Will there be any calendaring migration concerns (not explicitly mentioned)?
- Cisco needs to compare/contrast its approach with Microsoft’s BPOS – not just e-mail but overall to equate synergies from other WebEx Collaboration Cloud services.
- Is there a Notes/Domino compete opportunity too?
Show And Share
- How are storage and records management requirements satisfied?
- Are there any network management concerns?
- There will likely raise privacy issues – what are the EU implications for instance? Is there an opt-out or consent (opt-in) capability?
- ISSupport for record/playback conferencing systems?
Enterprise Collaboration Platform
- What are the specifics of portal deal?
- Does the deal include all capabilities of the portal vendor's software?
- Will the portal be available for both on-premises and SaaS? Will functional parity be attained between SaaS and on-premises?
- Is there Wave support (federation)?
- Does Cisco believe that it is now competing in the portal market with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle?
- Does Cisco believe that it is now competing in the content management market with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle as well best-of-breed vendors like EMC? Will there be a partnership coming with EMC given the virtual computing environment partnership?
- Does Cisco believe that it is now competing in the search market with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle?
- Does Cisco believe it is competing in the Enterprise 2.0 market with Microsoft, IBM, Jive, and others (Telligent, Socialtext, Atlassian…)?
- Where is the application development story given the SOA, Rest and other interfaces for collaborative applications? Given the portal is open source – how will Cisco interact with that community?
- Where is the social media play? What is the touch point between ECP and EOS?
- Do organizations want this at the network layer vs. other alternatives that are based on activity streams?
- How does Pulse honor permission models (authentication, authorization and access controls)?
- Are there privacy (EU, labor unions, worker councils) concerns with Pulse? Is there a model that supports opt-in consent?