You are a great boss. You want to enable your team with the best tools to collaborate with so, in your infinite benevolence, you purchased a Cisco Webex Endpoint or maybe even a few of them. Your team is thrilled with the experience and ease of use.
If you haven’t heard, Cisco is redesigning their certification programs. Starting February 24, 2020 this new design will be in place. Let’s take a look at the upcoming changes.
Last week was the long-awaited Cisco Live 2019! And two of our wonderful engineers wrote up their thoughts on the week. For a quick recap check out Dominic Zeni's overview of the week below and if you want a more in-depth recap check out Trevor Butler's deep dive into the Cisco Live 2019 World.
For the Short Attention Span Readers:
Another year, another Live! Building Bridges was one of the themes of this years’ Cisco Live and you can see it ringing true across the portfolio. Take Cisco Umbrella for example. It is no longer just a DNS layer security tool. Using the cloud-native Umbrella application, Cisco has built integrations to CloudLock, SDWAN, and soon ThreatGrid. With just the click of a button from your vManage, you can build tunnels (bridges??) from your SDWAN to your Umbrella and begin leveraging the full featured Umbrella Secure Internet Gateway. Or how about Cognitive Collaboration, building bridges to well…everywhere! Taking in contextual information from the Internet in all forms, Cognitive Collaboration promises to make us more prepared, more productive, and more successful in the meetings we attend. The new SVP of Collab, Amy Chang, came to Cisco through an acquisition of Accompany (the technology at the heart of Cognitive Collab). I’m very excited for the things to come from Amy’s team and Cognitive Collaboration. At the heart of all of these technological bridges are API’s. So, where’s the bridge for me as a traditional systems or network engineer that takes me from the CLI or the GUI to the API? Enter the new DevNet certifications announced at Cisco Live. A path (bridge??) for learning is very helpful when approaching an ocean of new technology and I’m excited to see what it’s all about! - Dominic Zeni
For The Insatiable Readers:
This year Cisco Live was held in sunny San Diego. Between the breakout sessions, the walk-in labs, and an amazing performance by Weezer and the Foo Fighters, Cisco announced some new products and new certifications.
As IT consultants in the Bay Area, we see a lot of startups. Small businesses with bold ideas filled with hard working people focused on achieving a specific goal. Usually in their infancy, these businesses focus all their time and money on the goal they are trying to achieve and usually don’t have the dedicated staff needed to support enterprise IT solutions. The employees are extremely sharp and very tech savvy, able to quickly piece together solutions to fit their needs that actually work pretty well. Ran out of ports on a switch? Order an inexpensive PoE switch and start daisy chaining them! More ports = problem solved. Same goes for wireless, if you have a dead spot, just get another AP. If you want video in a conference room, get some 3rd party camera to work with Google Hangouts.
Cisco VP of Collaboration, Amy Chang, just gave her keynote at Enterprise Connect 2019 and we’re excited for the amazing new features and integrations Cisco has lined up for their collaboration platforms.
Technology is constantly innovating and advancing and has become and integral part of any business’ success. Today’s workforce is becoming more mobile, and that makes simple, effective collaboration more important for today’s business than ever before. At LookingPoint we have almost a decade of experience designing and deploying different collaboration rooms. Our experience has taught us that every room is different and can fill different business needs. We have multiple collaboration rooms throughout our office and in this blog are sharing our experience upgrading one of those spaces. We decided to upgrade the room because new technology has evolved to provide additional features and capabilities since we originally deployed this particular collaboration room.
How many times have you entered a conference room and walked out again because you KNOW that the meeting isn’t going to start for at least another 15 minutes, killing your day’s productivity? Maybe you saw:
Simple, effective collaboration is more important to today’s business than ever before. Today's workforce is becoming more mobile and video conferencing is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity. Whether you’re hosting an all-hands meeting, collaborating with remote employees, or connecting with customers having the right space and solutions is essential for your business.
There are many video solutions in the industry. When deciding on a solution it’s important to understand the primary needs for a Collaboration Conference Room. This includes whether the room will be used purely for video and content sharing or if it’s more of a multi-purpose room with movable tables. Conference rooms where everyone sits around a table are quite different than a classroom style room where there is a speaker at the front of the room. It’s also important to review the user experience with any video / collaboration solution. Many technologies look good on paper, however successful video room deployments are directly tied to the user experience. This includes how easy is it to schedule a meeting, start the meeting, and join the meeting. I’ve seen this be a complicated process that involves IT for the entire process and I’ve seen it as easy as placing a FaceTime call from an iPhone. When video rooms have been designed with usability at the top of the list, you will see an increase of collaboration.
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