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Latest Cisco Offering: 'Collaboration for Events' Features INXPO Virtual Platform

Companies mentioned in this article: InXpo

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 07/26/10 -- Cisco Systems has integrated several leading edge technologies to create "Collaboration for Events" to help their customers extend the reach and improve the experience of their events. With the offering, Cisco aims to transform the event industry, by leveraging web conferencing, TelePresence and online video sharing to dramatically improve event effectiveness.

Cisco outlines the future of events in a whitepaper titled "Cisco's Experience with Next-Generation Events," which describes how Cisco developed the "Collaboration for Events" offering based on their use of related technologies to enhance their own events. The INXPO virtual events and business platform is a key component and a major contributor to the positive results cited in Cisco's Next-Generation Events solution.

The Cisco "Strategic Event Management Framework" categorizes different event types using two dimensions: Audience Type and Complexity. Cisco's largest and most complex events, which include Cisco Global Sales Experience, Cisco Live (user conference) and the Cisco Virtual Partner Summit are all hosted on the INXPO platform.

With the most flexible and scalable platform in the industry, INXPO is able to support the widest range of events, from self-service turnkey events to significant global gatherings. For Cisco, INXPO supports a wide range of events from 500 attendee employee-only events to 5,000+ user conferences to 17,000+ global sales meetings to a 24/7/365 community with over 45,000 members.

In the Cisco Global Sales Experience (GSX) in 2009, George P. Johnson and INXPO helped Cisco achieve the following results:

  • 86% cost savings: (from $65 million to $9 million)
  • $19 million in productivity and time savings (reduced employee travel)
  • 46% increase in breakout sessions (from 37 to 54)
  • 34,000 tons of carbon emissions eliminated

INXPO is actively working with Cisco and George P. Johnson on Cisco GSX 2010, which promises to be another groundbreaking experience.

"We share Cisco's vision of next generation of events and are excited to be part of Cisco's Collaboration for Events offering. INXPO continues to innovate with Cisco to advance event experiences," said Chris Meyer, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, INXPO. "The flexibility and integration capabilities our platform provides have enabled many Cisco technologies, including WebEx, to create a seamless event experience to the end user," said Meyer.

"We are thrilled to be part of Cisco's next generation events vision. Companies like Cisco, TechTarget, UBM and Autodesk place their trust in the scalability, reliability and flexibility of INXPO's innovative platform and we look forward to advancing event experiences with all of our clients and partners," said Malcolm Lotzof, CEO INXPO.

About INXPO Inc.
INXPO is the leading provider of privately branded virtual events and virtual business environments that connect, engage and educate audiences. The InXpo Platform delivers a full suite of applications including Virtual Trade Shows, Virtual Career Fairs, Virtual Events & Conferences, and Virtual Communities as well as Audio and Video Webcasts. These virtual solutions are transforming the web by dramatically reducing travel time and related costs, in addition to making the world a greener place to live.

INXPO enables organizations to cost-effectively communicate with their worldwide communities for lead generation, peer-to-peer networking, training, internal and external communications, as well as generate new online revenue opportunities. INXPO has delivered more than 1,000 successful virtual events and experiences for global customers and publishers including AAA, Cisco, Forbes, HIMSS, GE Healthcare, PennWell, SAP, TechTarget, UBM and Ziff Davis Enterprises. The company is headquartered in Chicago. For more information, visit http://www.inxpo.com

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