Why does Cisco Spark need a Pen!?



I’m sorry what do I need a pen for?


Rumors are everywhere on this one – but on Jan 24th, it looks like Cisco will be launching something big.    Sign up here

We know Cisco Spark has been growing over the last year

Apple Integrates Spark into iPhone in iOS 10

Integration with Spark and UCCE with Finesse

Salesforce and Cisco announce strategic alliance with native Spark integration

Tropo Integration with Spark

Along with all of that – Cisco Spark Telephony offering PSTN, and not to mention the SX10N integration complete with the ease of use of proximity.

So what now?

From what we can see is – it involves some kind of Pen, making my mark?   Maybe i’m way off and I am over reading into the marketing.   I’ve heard rumors – but I don’t do rumors.    We do know that Cisco is developing more and more for the Cisco Spark Platform with a strong API, including an entire site “Spark for Developers” – last time I checked, we don’t have “WebEx” for developers.

We already have a series of room systems we can run with Spark.

  • Cisco TelePresence SX10 Quick Set
  • Cisco TelePresence SX20 Quick Set
  • Cisco TelePresence SX80 Codec
  • Cisco TelePresence MX200 G2
  • Cisco TelePresence MX300 G2
  • Cisco TelePresence MX700
  • Cisco TelePresence MX800
  • Cisco DX70
  • Cisco DX80

Lots of phone options too..

  • 7800 Series: 7811,7821,7841,7861
  • 8800 Series: 8811 8841 8845 8851 8851NR 8861 8865

What is missing here?

Clearly the focus in Cisco Spark is collaboration – not collaboration technology, but actually collaborating, we have teams now, and we can do text, voice, video, calls, attaching files to messages.

The bottom line is something new is coming – and Cisco is talking all over town about how we all need to be there to watch.   They tell every customer, every partner and all the people on the street to sign up for this thing.

I’ll be there – and you will have my take on it as soon as I can get it posted because I am pretty excited to see what is next.






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