Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 20 - Page 89

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// t cht lk Cisco and Google Cloud embark on a journey to streamline work for 150 million people button. Or from a Chrome browser with just one click – no downloads or guest accounts required. While different companies created the tools, it will now feel like they were built to work together. Amy Chang, SVP, Cisco Collaboration Making meetings easier to schedule and join is only part of the problem that Cisco are aiming to solve. They will jointly explore using Google AI for capabilities, such as transcription, translation, meeting summaries and task management, to ensure what’s discussed becomes more actionable for everyone whether they were there or not. C isco has announced its first wave of collaboration integrations with Google products. This goes far beyond making sure calling, email, document collaboration and customer service products work together; the goal is to help people be much more efficient, so they can do their jobs better. Cisco believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning will dramatically change the way people work, so are exploring how AI services from Google Cloud Platform can help them expand collaboration capabilities. Cisco focused on three key areas when making the announcement at Google Cloud Next: • Give your contact centre agents an AI-enhanced assist so they can answer questions quicker and better. More than three million customer service agents globally use Cisco contact centre software. The company therefore want to make their interactions the best they can. So, they are adding Google Artificial AI to its Cisco Customer Journey Solutions via Google Cloud’s new Contact Center AI solution. Contact Center AI is a simple, secure and flexible solution that allows enterprises with limited machine learning expertise to deploy AI in their contact centres. The AI automatically provides agents with relevant documents to help guide conversations and continuously learns to deliver increasingly more relevant information over time. • Schedule a Webex meeting within your Google Calendar with one click. With an add-on from G Suite in the coming months, you’ll see the Webex Meetings icon every time you schedule a meeting in Google Calendar. Click it to set up your video-first Webex meeting for the people and rooms you need, and let the technology do the rest. People join from a Cisco video device by simply pushing the big green ‘join’ • Add Cisco calling and meetings into your Android app. Thanks to the Webex Teams Android SDK, developers can easily add Cisco collaboration capabilities into their Android apps. For example, you could add Cisco video meetings into smart glasses for a ‘see what I see’ experience between, say, an expert on land and an engineer on a ship in the middle of the ocean. • Use Google docs, sheets, slides and forms in your Webex Teams Spaces. As people collaborate on content more and more, Cisco and Google are exploring ways to make the job easier. No more endless reposting of documents as people layer on new rounds of edits. Post it once, edit it as many times as you need, or co-collaborate on content to get things done even faster. Everyone always has the latest and greatest version. “Together, Cisco and Google Cloud can drive significant value for our customers,” said Amy Chang, SVP, Cisco Collaboration. “We’re excited about these initial integ rations and what’s to come as we work together to improve the future of work. This is just the beginning.” n INTELLIGENTCIO 89