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Cisco Live 2016: Putting The Spark In Cisco Collaboration

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jul 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As we've discussed before, Cisco has been looking to radically expand their service offerings in recent years, and some have been better-received than others.  One area where Cisco has been facing a real uphill battle is in adoption of their Spark collaboration platform.

Simply put, the problem is that the market is pretty well flooded with cloud collaboration platforms, and Cisco has been having a hard time differentiating Spark.  Recent announcements regarding hardware integration and open standards embrace have helped, but there's still been a lot of skepticism, especially from companies who've already adopted a collaboration platform and aren't enthused about switching.

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Topics: Cisco Equipment

How the Meraki Dashboard Can Help With Multi Channel Retailing

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jul 26, 2016 6:00:00 AM


It's easy to talk about how an embrace of Meraki networking systems can enhance a business and make it simple to deploy a cutting-edge network with minimal expertise needed.  However, the benefits of Meraki and the Meraki Dashboard interface go well beyond internal matters.

Meraki can also be a major aid to multi channel retailing, by giving admins and CIOs a huge amount of information on customer behavior at their various retail outlets.  Any retailer utilizing Meraki systems and tied into your central network can make use of a vast variety of usage metrics on every shopper who passes by with a smartphone or tablet.  Which, at this point, is the vast majority of them.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Meraki

A Look Into the MC74 Meraki Dashboard

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jul 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

If you've been considering jumping onboard Meraki Communications with their new MC74 Meraki Phone, but were concerned about management issues, we're here to address those concerns!  

The Meraki Dashboard has recently been expanded to include Meraki Communications, and the good news is that it lives up to Meraki's previous claims:  The MC74 integrates directly into the Dashboard, and offers just as much oversight and functionality as any other Meraki device.  For those experienced in using the Meraki Dashboard, there should be little or no learning curve when adding a Meraki Communications  device to the mix.

Let's take a closer look...

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Topics: Meraki

Live From Las Vegas: Cisco Live 2016 Keynote Recap

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jul 19, 2016 7:25:09 AM

One certainly can't accuse Cisco of doing things halfway!  Their Cisco Live 2016 presentation outlining the future of the company was a truly star-studded event, featuring no less than Oscar-winning film and TV star Kevin Spacey speaking of how new interactive media is disrupting traditional entertainment formats.  And Spacey would know, having recently starred in the game Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare as a digital version of himself, in-between filming episodes of House Of Cards.

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Topics: Cisco Equipment

Polycom and Mitel Phone Acquisition Canceled, Siris Winning Buyer

Posted by Justine Shaffer on Jul 14, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The telecommunications industry received a surprising announcement last week when the Mitel-Polycom acquisition was canceled. Just a few months ago, Mitel announced they agreed to purchase Polycom for an estimated $1.96 billion  but Siris Capital came in with a better offer.

Unfortunately for Mitel, the Polycom board of directors determined that Siris’ proposal constituted a “Company Superior Proposal” and agreed to pay Mitel the $60 million termination fee. Siris Capital Group LLC, a private equity firm based in New York, offered an estimated $2 billion in all cash, including Polycom’s outstanding debt.

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Topics: Phone Systems

Hummingbird Networks Adds Affordable Cisco Refresh Products to Lineup

Posted by Justine Shaffer on Jul 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Remanufactured to Cisco's exact specifications, Cisco Refresh networking equipment carries same warranties as new, delivering peace of mind along with far lower TCO.

We are proud to now offer Cisco Refresh products on our site with available inventory being updated daily. Refurbished Cisco Products obtained under the Refresh program carry the same guarantees as brand-new Cisco networking equipment, while delivering discounts of up to 80% compared to standard pricing. As one of Cisco's certified Partners, we are ecstatic about the wealth of options this program opens up.  

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Topics: cisco refresh

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