Cisco SolutionsPlus Program Now Includes Mezzanine from Oblong

Oblong Industries’ flagship product, Mezzanine, is now available globally on the Cisco Global Price List as a part of the Cisco SolutionsPlus Program. This means that Cisco’s customers and channel partners can now purchase Mezzanine through Cisco’s Global Price List (GPL) to streamline ordering process. Mezzanine 600 Series from Oblong provides a flexible canvas for display walls.

With more and more enterprises experiencing demand for accelerated business productivity in an increasingly competitive marketplace — one driven by reams of real-time data and impacted by evolving regulations and tight labor markets — superior workplace tools to help business leaders surface insights and keep staff engaged, empowered and in sync are vitally important.

Mezzanine complements Cisco Webex videoconferencing and collaboration solutions by enhancing the content sharing capabilities of meeting room environments. Mezzanine unites display surfaces and transforms them into a flexible canvas for multiple users and multiple streams of content simultaneously. In addition to the obvious benefit for presentation, it enables a new kind of meeting democracy where collaborators in a room, in connected rooms, or working remotely all have the ability to control and contribute to a shared workspace at the same time. By assembling the teams’ multiple data streams side by side, more informed decisions can be made more quickly and accurately.

Usage statistics gleaned with the permission of Oblong’s customers indicate that when meeting participants are sharing content streams in Mezzanine, more than 60 percent of the time two or more streams of content are being shared at a time and 25 percent of the time four or more streams of content are being shared. This is a strong indication of the value end users place on being able to see their multiple data sources simultaneously and side by side. With the addition of Mezzanine to the Cisco meeting environment the sharing capacity increases up to ten-fold, from a single shared stream of content to up to 10 streams at once. This makes Cisco videoconferencing solutions all the more valuable to those who have them. By implementing Mezzanine across the meeting spaces of a distributed enterprise, workers recognize the value placed on employee enablement to achieve the company’s goals.

Mezzanine extends the Cisco Webex meeting experience with enhanced content collaboration capabilities and more flexible utilization of on-screen real estate that users embrace. There are three software SKUs on the GPL for the Mezzanine 200 Series, 300 Series and 600 Series solutions. These SKU’s carry a Cisco-first experience, blending multi-share capabilities into the familiar Cisco Webex interface. API integration automates standard call functions including dialing, answering, hang-up and content sharing so users can easily connect and get to work in familiar fashion with the same Cisco style walk-up experience as they’ve always had. The new UI is making it easier than ever for users to discover multi-share, and to share multiple streams of content simultaneously. Calls to action and an on-screen prompts guide users to the new capabilities of the joint offering.

Details of the Oblong/Cisco partnership are here.