Siemens Unveils Project Ansible for Improved UC
The platform, which will start trials later this year, is designed to bring the disparate collaboration tools under a single, customizable space.Siemens Enterprise Communication officials are working on a platform called Project Ansible that they say will make unified communications much more unified. Company executives began talking about Ansible last month during a meeting with analysts, and on July 16 gave the first public glimpse of the platform that is designed to enable organizations to more seamlessly unify voice, video, social communication, search and business applications. Ansible will make it easier and less time-consuming for users to do everything from looking for information in multiple sources to conducting live and virtual meetings to generating transcripts. The platform is an answer to a unified communications (UC) market that offers multiple ways to collaborate, but makes it difficult to manage, integrate and leverage those collaboration tools, according to Torsten Raak, head of corporate marketing at Siemens. “The promise of unified communications has been greatly unfulfilled," Raak told eWEEK. "The collaboration [market] is fragmented and has become a complex mess."
Ansible will give organizations a central place through which to view and manage their collaboration tools—from video and audio to content, applications and social media—across a company, with workgroups and in the cloud, and to improve the overall user experience, according to officials. Right now, even though there are a lot of collaboration, conferencing, social and content management tools and communications applications, they tend to be segmented and force users to do as much integration as possible on their own.