Cisco vs. Microsoft: Navigating Fast-Changing UC Roadmaps

The two largest strategic vendors—Cisco and Microsoft—have been busy making changes to their enterprise communications roadmaps, incorporating collaboration applications as fundamental components. Keeping up is a challenge and unanswered questions are causing confusion and skepticism amongst IT leadership. Before simply implementing the ‘shiny new toy’, it’s imperative to make data driven, informed decisions that avoid disrupting your workforce with an overload of communication systems.

In this webinar, industry analyst Brent Kelly will update his Enterprise Connect 2018 “Cisco vs. Microsoft” presentation to provide insights at a strategic level, incorporating the Cisco Webex rebranding and all the latest from Microsoft. This presentation will help strategic decision-makers understand the current state of both product roadmaps, while educating IT decision-makers on how to evaluate new and existing UCC systems from a business and technical perspective.

On Demand
0h 30min

You will learn:

  • How the recent Microsoft Skype-to-Teams and Cisco Spark-to-Webex transition announcements will affect your enterprise communications planning
  • Strategic directions that Cisco and Microsoft are taking across their portfolios, including voice, video, and messaging applications
  • How to evaluate new and existing UCC systems and make data driven decisions that protect legacy investments and streamline end-user communications

Featured Speakers

  • Brent Kelly
    Brent Kelly
    President & Principal Analyst
    KelCor, Inc

    As president and principal analyst at KelCor, Inc., Dr. Kelly provides strategy and counsel to CxOs, investment analysts, VCs, technology policy executives, sell side firms and technology buyers. His contributions deliver top and bottom line value because they have impact from concept through development and rollout. On the sell side, Brent provides strategic advice for marketing and product differentiation, competitive analysis, and thought leadership approaches; on the buy side, he engages in business process engineering to develop mid- and long-term technology roadmaps supported by TCO or ROI analysis. Dr. Kelly has made real-world measurable contributions resulting in significant revenue/profit increases, product/process improvements, and/or strategic redirection in multiple industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, electronics, oil field services, chemicals, and mining. He has been engaged in repeat consulting assignments for the largest tech companies in the world with comparable results. A Ph.D. in engineering coupled with strong business experience enables Dr. Kelly to identify emerging opportunities and to develop strategies and tactics to capitalize on them. He is an excellent writer and oral presenter, regularly speaking before large and small technical and business audiences in the US and Europe. Brent served his Utah community as an elected official for two four-year terms. With his wife, he owns a gourmet chocolates manufacturing company based in Utah.

  • Beth Schultz
    Beth Schultz
    Program Co-Chair of Enterprise Connect
    Editor in Chief of No Jitter

    Beth Schultz is Program Co-Chair of Enterprise Connect, the leading conference/exhibition and online events brand in the enterprise communications industry, and Editor in Chief of No Jitter, the Enterprise Connect community’s daily news and analysis media site. She has more than three decades of experience as an IT writer and editor, including as the founding editor in chief for UBM Tech's, an editorial site for analytics, IT, and business professionals, and longtime editor at Network World, where she oversaw multimedia content development, writing and editing for special feature packages focused on advanced IT technology and its impact on business users. Over the years, she has earned more than a dozen national and regional editorial excellence awards for special issues from American Business Media, American Society of Business Press Editors,, and others

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