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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.

For the last couple of years, we have been reporting on Telework Week, usually celebrated in March. The goals of this annual event were to demonstrate the benefits of telework and mobility for companies and their employees, but also for transportation infrastructure and the environment. This year, when we visited the MobileWorkExchange website to find the 2015 dates for Telework Week, we found this message:

“Telework Week 2015

It's been five years since the Telework Enhancement...

April 21, 2015 by Veronica Culver

This year, the KBZ team is heading north to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for Cisco Partner Summit 2015, April 27 to 30. Participants will learn about Cisco technology and collaboration solutions, the vision for the future, receive an update on the Cisco Partner Ecosystem strategy introduced last year, and discover how partners can claim their share of the Internet of Everything (IoE). Voilà!

For the first time, Marketing Velocity will be held in tandem with Cisco Partner Summit, a great...

April 13, 2015 by Veronica Culver

The newly branded Cisco Spark was launched at Enterprise Connect 2015 last month. Originally introduced as Project Squared in November 2014, Cisco Spark is designed to make it easier for teams to connect, communicate and collaborate. Using the concept of a room, “Spark” brings together people and work into one place – this virtual room holds all the documents, messages, e-mails, notes, IM conversations in one place, everything a team needs to work better together. Plus, room participants can...

April 08, 2015 by Veronica Culver

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. Cisco has been a leader in the collaboration space, developing many of the products and services that make it easier for teams to...

February 09, 2015 by Veronica Culver