Category Archives: Cloud


April 21, 2018
Author: Jeremiah Plaskett

Cisco Live 2018 Band Announcements!

Cisco Live 2018 Band Announcements!

Are you attending Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando?  Have you been wondering what bands will be performing at this year’s Customer Appreciation Event?  Well, look no further, we’ve got the information you’re looking for!  Here is the Band Line-Up for 2018: Some additional Cisco Live updates: Social Media Hub and Contests: Tweetups: Located in Hall C Atrium area: Arrival Tweetup – Sunday 5:45- 7:15 with the photo at 6:10 Farewell Tweetup – Thursday 4:30 – 5:30 following the Guest Keynote with the photo at 4:40 at the Cisco…


April 21, 2018
Author: Jeremiah Plaskett

Bon Voyage Cisco Spark!

Bon Voyage Cisco Spark!

We just got back from Cisco’s Collaboration Summit 2018 in beautiful Phoenix Arizona, and well, there’s a lot of new and exciting news in the Cisco Collaboration story!  First, a shout out to Cisco for putting together what was easily the best Cisco Conference we’ve been to, including numerous Cisco Lives. Sure, there was no concert or anything crazy like a typical Cisco Live experience, but it was intimate (about 1000 attendees) and a beautiful venue, and Cisco just went all out to make sure participants were comfortable,…


March 6, 2018
Author: Jeremiah Plaskett

Byteworks’ Collaboration Updates: Cisco Spark Hybrid, Cisco Live 2018 Scoops, Cisco Champions 2018

Byteworks' Collaboration Updates: Cisco Spark Hybrid, Cisco Live 2018 Scoops, Cisco Champions 2018

Cisco Spark Hybrid Calling Improvements: Hello fellow Collaboration enthusiasts, if you landed here looking for Cisco Live 2018 scoops, please skip ahead to the sections below, we’re starting this blog with an update on Cisco Spark Hybrid Calling! Was your first experience with Cisco Spark Hybrid Calling not so great?  Like many new and trend-setting products, when Cisco Spark Hybrid Call Services became available a couple of years ago now, it had an inauspicious start.  There were several issues at play.  Let’s be fair though, the complications of…


June 15, 2016
Author: Jeremiah Plaskett

Cisco Collaboration Update: Spark, Meraki Voice, Acano, UC in the Cloud? What to make of it all?

Cisco Collaboration Update: Spark, Meraki Voice, Acano, UC in the Cloud? What to make of it all?

Cisco has been going full steam ahead in the Collaboration market lately.  It started late last year by making big news with the purchase of UK’s Acano, which was lead by former Cisco folks and sold for 700 Million.  Combine this with Rowan Trollope’s complete redo and streamlining of the video product line; taking the overall product set to fewer skus, but much higher quality and interoperability..  Speaking of Trollope, what a start he has had at Cisco.  Mr. Trollope has been the leader of the Collaboration unit…


March 3, 2014
Author: James Willard

Converting Office 365 Domain from Federated (SSO) to Standard

Converting Office 365 Domain from Federated (SSO) to Standard

Being a person who has had a long love/hate relationship with Microsoft products, I have to say that I have been very pleased with what Microsoft has done with the Office 365 suite – particularly with Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, the hosted versions of their popular messaging and collaboration products. What has not been great, however, is the implementation of Active Directory Federation Services with the Office 365 infrastructure when attempting to use Single Sign-On (SSO) to transparently authenticate local AD domain users to Office 365 services….