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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.

With the launch of Cisco Spark, many people are excited about this unique, agile collaboration solution. Like Cisco WebEx, Spark is designed to deliver collaboration capabilities including voice, video, data sharing, and instant messaging. This had some Cisco WebEx users wondering why they would need two collaboration platforms.

The article “Comparing Cisco Collaboration Services: Spark vs. WebEx” states that both services focus on different needs and offers this explanation of how...

July 31, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

We’ve said it before and I will say it again: KBZ Partners are our top priority. The company has implemented numerous programs to help partners build their skills and grow their businesses, as well as to reward their efforts including Z90 Partner Enablement, ZCare Services, and ZBucks Rewards.

 

I have been working in the technology industry for most of my career, with 9 years at Cisco in several positions. While at Cisco I spent some time as KBZ’s account manager and I enjoyed...

July 23, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

At KBZ, teleworking has been part of our culture for employees located around the country. This year, we expanded our policy to include on-site employees in our head office as well. As an authorized Cisco distributor, we have access to the best Cisco video conferencing and collaboration technologies that enable us to communicate, interact, and get work done. If your company has a teleworking policy or are considering one, here are six tips for maximizing the productivity of remote workers....

July 16, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

Cisco Live 2015 was held in San Diego, California on June 8 to 10. There were more than 25,000 attendees on-site, with a reported 80,000 people participating online throughout the week. One of the highlights of the event was the keynote given by former Cisco CEO John Chambers, the 25th time he gave this address. It was an emotional speech as he presented his Cisco vision for the last time as he moves into the role of Chairman of the Board.

Chambers began his address by noting that at...

July 10, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

KBZ Highlights from InfoComm15

It was a hot and humid week in Orlando, Florida, and inside the Orange County Convention Center, InfoComm15 was sizzling! The show just continues to grow, with attendance reaching a reported record 39,105. Here are the KBZ highlights.

 

The KBZ kiosk was within the Cisco booth and we were thrilled to participate in InfoComm15 alongside Cisco. There was certainly a lot of traffic and interest as Cisco showcased a full complement of video and...

July 02, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

At KBZ, we recognize that the State and Local Government and Education (SLED) marketplace is constantly evolving. There are many opportunities to use telepresence, video conferencing, and collaboration technologies to deliver better services to more people. To help our Partners grow their SLED businesses, KBZ teamed up with Cisco and immixGroup to host a Public Sector Summit on June 2, 2015.

 

This exclusive, invitation-only event, featured speakers from Cisco and immixGroup....

June 25, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

The Cisco Social Rewards program was designed to recognize the most active and engaged readers of Cisco’s blog site. If you’re already a regular reader of Cisco’s many blogs and make comments or share the content with your social networks or on behalf of your company, be sure to join the program to be rewarded for your participation.

 

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June 16, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

On May 19, KBZ attended a charitable event in support of the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation that has been organized by N2Grate for the last two years. Along with KBZ, other N2Grate business partners were in attendance, including Cisco. Almost 100 people boarded a chartered boat on the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland for an evening cruise to salute this important organization.

About the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation

The Sentinels of Freedom...

June 09, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

The KBZ team is looking forward to the biggest Audio-Visual event of the year, InfoComm15, June 13-19, 2015. The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida will be the happiest place on earth for approximately 37,000 professionals, the best and brightest in the AV, Digital, Lighting and Technology industries.

 

Visit KBZ in Cisco Booth #2921

 

Once again, KBZ is pleased to be part of the Cisco booth, #2921. Cisco will be showcasing the latest...

May 26, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

Transform your meeting rooms and improve collaboration with the Cisco TelePresence MX700 and MX800 systems. These fully integrated room systems deliver high-quality Cisco collaboration tools for medium to large rooms. Whether teams are local, situated across the country, or dispersed around the globe, they will meet together as if they are in the same room, and even at the same boardroom table.

 

The Red Dot Award winning designs of these units not only look modern and sleek,...

May 22, 2015 by greg.peters@kbz.com

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