Telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco

Executive summary

The goal - In-person, real-time communication

In a tight economy with limited resources, travel expenditure is often the first line item to be cut. Because of this, global enterprises will need to continue to coordinate, collaborate and manage a complex web of human interactions without face-to-face meetings. Until now, telecommunications-based collaboration technologies, including video technologies, could not take the place of business travel. The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco changes the game.

The advantage - Empower users to interact and collaborate

The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco provides an in-person meeting experience that makes participants feel as if they're in the same room. No need to travel to see each other for a productive and successful interaction. Bring people together from virtually any location around the world, simply and quickly. Experience virtual meetings that duplicate the in-person experience without the cost, time and hassle associated with travel.

To improve collaboration and bring people together quickly, the solution utilizes three emerging technologies—advanced video compression standards, high-definition video imagery, and high-bandwidth telecommunications and network services. And with our global integration capabilities, including room readiness and network readiness assessments, solution planning, architecture and design, deployment and relationships with telecommunications providers, we're uniquely qualified to deliver a comprehensive, highly reliable solution. Additionally, IBM provides telepresence managed services to support the solution, including end user help desk and concierge services, as well as both proactive and reactive maintenance support.

The benefits - Immediate communications capabilities

Wherever you are, you can meet, work and learn in real time. The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco can provide:

Business view

The goal - Face-to-face communication—without the travel expense

Do your managers and staff members travel between multiple locations to meet with their colleagues and customers? Is your organization facing limited travel resources in a soft economy? Rising energy costs also directly impact the cost of travel, and companies pay a hidden cost in lost productivity. Until now, telecommunications-based collaboration technologies could not compare to being there. The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco offers an alternative.

The advantage - Global reach, worldwide support

IBM is an established global technology enabler that can deploy the telepresence meeting solution across boundaries, whether geographical, political, economic or technical. We offer extensive design and implementation experience in converged networks, and:


The benefits - Transform and differentiate your business

To improve collaboration with less impact to your bottom line, IBM and Cisco deliver a solution that brings people together from virtually any location around the world, simply and quickly. The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco provides:


The approach - An exceptional meeting experience

The telepresence meeting solution has enabled our clients to conduct virtual meetings while looking and sounding like they are attending in person. Attendees can communicate and converse in real time, catching every comment, gesture, expression and nuance of the conversation. High-quality audio and high-definition video make it possible to "be" virtually anywhere in the world at the touch of a button.

Clients implementing our solution are able to take advantage of the tools they use every day, integrating with enterprise groupware and unified communications. Scheduling and starting meetings is simple, and there is no need for staff, training, menus or manuals.

The financial advantage - Less travel, time and expense

The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco can provide a positive return on investment by enabling face-to-face business interactions, without the constant need for and expense of global travel. It can help companies:

Technical details

The issues - Build a unified communications platform

Your organization needs to work faster, more productively and collaboratively—but limited budgets have companies looking for alternatives to travel. Traditional video meeting systems remain unused because they are not reliable, offer a low-quality experience, and are too difficult to schedule and use. The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco can provide a lifelike, real-time, high-definition alternative.

The benchmark - Implementing telepresence around the world

Currently, IBM is one of only a few Cisco partners that can deploy Cisco TelePresence worldwide. And as leaders in unified communications, we understand how this technology fits with other unified communications solutions, and can help your organization fit telepresence into your overall unified communications strategy. Together, IBM and Cisco have:


The components - Tools for a high-quality, reliable meeting

IBM and Cisco can help make telepresence an integral part of your overall communications infrastructure. Our telepresence meeting solution features Cisco TelePresence, which uses three emerging technologies—advanced video compression standards, high-definition video imagery, and high-bandwidth telecommunications and network services—to help enable reliable, security-rich meetings.

Solution components can include:

Global implementation services from IBM include:
The implementation - Reduced travel without reduced meetings

A client saw its air travel bill rapidly increasing. Employees found that downtime when traveling limited productivity. Time spent on airplanes and in airports put strains on families. Environmentally conscious employees pointed out the CO2-intensive waste produced by frequent business trips. The client wanted to cut down on travel.

The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco delivers to the client a unique, in-person experience with:

The cost of ownership - Realize the potential of a telepresence solution

The telepresence meeting solution from IBM and Cisco is a new kind of collaborative application that offers several significant advantages. The solution:

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