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the buzz on video, telepresence, and collaboration featuring cisco technologies 

Follow our blog to be up-to-date on video communication news and perspectives. Entries might include current insights on all things Cisco, including the latest collaboration technology uses and success stories.

One of the highlights of Cisco Collaboration Summit last fall was the unveiling of the Cisco IX5000, a triple screen telepresence system that makes it faster and easier for companies to realize the benefits of immersive telepresence. The IX5000 features a sophisticated, sculpted design, and is the most technologically advanced system in world, built on the principle of “less is more”. Here are five of our favorite features of the IX5000:

1. Large yet Lightweight

At 14 feet in...

February 25, 2015 by Veronica Culver

As a Cisco Authorized Distributor, KBZ is proud to deliver the best Cisco video and web conferencing, voice, telepresence and unified communications technologies to our Partners. At KBZ, we value our Partners, and are committed to your business success by offering programs designed to help you grow your business and provide your customers with exceptional service. Here are eight great reasons to partner with KBZ.

1. ZCare Technology Support Services

KBZ offers support services...

February 09, 2015 by Veronica Culver

Remember “bookmobiles”? These libraries on wheels brought the joy of reading to people in rural areas who didn’t have access to library buildings, and are still in operation in some areas today.

How about the “Wienermobile”? Have you seen that fun vehicle shaped like a hot dog on a bun used to promote Oscar Mayer products? (Source: Wikipedia)

Today, when the United States is seeing a shortage of doctors just as the population is aging and people in rural areas have less access...

January 30, 2015 by Veronica Culver

Advances in collaboration and unified communications technologies are making telework a viable option for an increasing number of companies and employees. While some people find it easy to make the shift from the structure of a nine-to-five office environment, others may have a harder time adjusting.

Katie Shellenberger, Operations Manager for KBZ made this change about a year ago. “Transitioning from the corporate office to my home office was less of a challenge than I originally had...

January 27, 2015 by Veronica Culver

Since it was introduced back in 2011, Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6000) has been extremely popular, allowing mid-market organizations to take advantage of the best in Cisco collaboration capabilities, once only available at the enterprise level. It soon became apparent that smaller and enterprise companies have different needs. At Cisco Collaboration Summit, Cisco announced the launch of two new versions of BE6000 – Business Edition 6000S and Business Edition...

January 21, 2015 by Veronica Culver

In the past, collaboration within companies often consisted of big teams of employees working on large projects with long timelines. There were few collaboration tools – they mostly relied on the phone and email accessible from a desktop computer.Today that world is much different – there are smaller teams, often with remote employees, working on agile projects with shorter deadlines. There are many collaboration tools, all accessible from different devices – laptop computers, tablets,...

January 07, 2015 by Veronica Culver

At this time of year as we look forward to the new year about to begin, we also look back to reflect on the year that has passed. This year at KBZ there were some exciting new product announcements and updates, as well as new partnerships. In reviewing 2014, we also launched many new and improved programs to help our Partners grow their businesses – at KBZ we are always committed to the success of our Partners. Here are some highlights from 2014.

New ZBucks Rewards Program...
December 29, 2014 by Veronica Culver

Last week I arrived at the KBZ headquarters office in snowy Doylestown, Pennsylvania for our year-end meetings and holiday party. I was just a couple of hours too late to attend the annual KBZ Toys for Tots shopping spree! KBZ employees look forward to this special event every year and the freshly fallen snow made it especially festive.

If you’re not familiar with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, it was founded almost 70 years ago in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks....

December 15, 2014 by Veronica Culver

On December 3, 2014 KBZ and partner Media Network Services (MNS) hosted a webinar titled “Cold Potatoes are Better than Hot Potatoes” all about ZCloud REN (Roaming Enabled Network) Powered by MNS. This flexible, affordable, subscription solution delivers high quality video conferencing capabilities over long distances.

The use of business video continues to increase. In the past, video users could only talk to others with access to the internal corporate network. With the...

December 09, 2014 by Veronica Culver

The holiday season is here and as we gather with family and friends for large festive meals we reflect on how grateful we are for our good fortune. Our thoughts also turn to those who are less fortunate. According to statistics, there are 842 million people worldwide who do not have enough to eat (Source: World Food Programme). In the United States, there are nearly 15% of homes that struggle to access safe food each year (Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture).

For 11 years, Cisco...

December 01, 2014 by Veronica Culver