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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.

Companies of all sizes understand the benefits of communications and collaboration tools that will make it easier for employees to work together, provide better service to customers, and increase overall productivity. In the past, only large enterprise organizations could afford to implement unified communications solutions with voice, video, conferencing and more. That is, until the launch of Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6000) brought this functionality to the mid-market. If you haven’t...

March 31, 2015 by Veronica Culver

Enterprise Connect 2015 was held March 16-19 in Orlando, Florida. The KBZ team was pleased to attend and to be part of the Cisco booth. While I couldn’t attend in person, I was able to tune in virtually to watch Rowan Trollope, Cisco SVP/GM Collaboration Technology Group, give his keynote. We always look forward to this event for all the exciting product announcements. Here is news about three Cisco solutions.

Cisco Spark

Originally launched as Project Squared in November 2014...

March 20, 2015 by Veronica Culver

Innovation is at the core of everything Cisco does. Employees are encouraged to look for business challenges and opportunities that can be addressed, improved or developed through innovation. The Cisco Innovators video series features top Cisco engineers sharing their innovations and expertise. Here are the highlights from three videos in the series.

Cisco Innovation Academy

The Cisco Innovation Academy was created to formalize the innovation initiative throughout the company....

March 16, 2015 by Veronica Culver

The ever-increasing prevalence of the Internet of Everything (IoE) connecting more people, data, processes, and things, is making security a bigger priority than ever before. The data hacks of high-profile companies that have hit the headlines in recent months have forced organizations of all sizes to take an even closer look at their security programs and policies.

The Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report finds that it is not enough for companies to have security leadership....

March 11, 2015 by Veronica Culver

In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, we are shining the spotlight on women in technology. First, we discuss the Women of Impact Conference, a day devoted to women in the technology industry. Then we feature three of Cisco’s women in technology, Padmasree Warrior, Shraddha Chaplot and Ileana Rivera.

Cisco Women of Impact Conference – “Be Fearless”

On Thursday, March 19, The Women of Impact Conference will be held at multiple sites around the world and locally at Cisco...

March 03, 2015 by Veronica Culver

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