Beginning in the first half of 2023, Cisco announced native video support with Microsoft Teams, called Microsoft Teams Room (MTR). We touched on this briefly in our recent blog, “Webex Teams and Microsoft Teams Unite to Improve Collaboration.” The half dozen or so certified video units (with more coming) can now dually boot into either native Microsoft code or traditional Cisco Webex code, maintaining the high-quality video experience expected from Cisco in either mode.
It’s been almost 4.5 years since I first wrote about Cisco’s DNA Center. You can still read it here. By this point, everyone should have DNA-C deployed and running their networks, and if you haven’t, you’re late to the game, right? No, not quite.
In part 2 of our exploration of Teams Instant Messaging and Collaboration Tools (Read Part 1 here), we'll be comparing Microsoft Teams, Webex Teams, Slack, and briefly Zoom to determine which ones may offer the best solution. We’ll cover the initial draw to implementing Teams platforms, interoperability between platforms, and some drawbacks to third party integration (as a way of creating a standardized platform that fits with your existing tools). Let’s get to it.
In this overview, we’ll discuss the overarching considerations that affect organizations when making the switch to virtual collaboration technology. Stay tuned for the two follow-up articles that will compare popular solutions and highlight issues impacting each prospective option’s level of effectiveness for organizations. Let’s get started!
Update: Jaymes Krueger has recently posted an updated Cisco DNA Center blog: "Debunking the Top Cisco DNA Center Misconceptions." (March 2022). Read it here. ___ The events of 2020 have already presented challenges to organizations across the globe. As businesses have rushed to implement work-from-home models, IT professionals have felt the sudden and expansive demands of maintaining secure network connectivity for a large number of people housed in various locations. Simplicity and efficiency have been key for ensuring smooth business continuity in this new, remote environment. With that in mind, is this the year to seriously consider implementing a Digital Network Architecture (DNA)? In fact, should you even care about Cisco DNA? There are many factors to consider when deciding whether Cisco DNA is the right solution for your business. A few questions to explore are: