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World Wide Technology

January 31, 2017


World Wide Technology (WWT), a leading integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations, is testing new solutions that integrate Cisco Spark™ Board, an all-in-one cloud-based meeting room product.

“New advancements in persistent, chat-based collaboration applications like Cisco Spark is redefining what can be done with conferencing technology,” says Joe Berger, director of WWT’s Collaboration Practice. “Based on our initial tests we believe Cisco Spark Board is an intuitive, powerful approach to collaboration that will produce huge gains in workforce productivity and learning. We installed Cisco Spark Board in our own conference rooms and without any promotion or training, our teams found it to be an irreplaceable tool in how we brainstorm ideas with a large, remote group.”

Through early beta testing of Cisco Spark Board, WWT Asynchrony Labs is developing a proof of concept for the education market to show how it can specifically enhance teacher/student collaboration.

The proposed solution will integrate Cisco Spark Board, Cisco Spark Services, and the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) which offers digital learning tools for K-12 teachers and students. A teacher can create a full course in Canvas with lectures and assignments and share that information with students for remote conferencing in a Cisco Spark room. Cisco Spark Board serves as a unified interface allowing anyone in a Cisco Spark room through the device of their choice to experience full video conferencing, audio, file sharing, group chat with bot controls, screen sharing, and physical white boarding. All interactions are done in real time and subsequently archived as recorded sessions that absent attendees or students can access. Teachers can send updates concerning homework assignments, discussion forum postings, reminders, and test grades through the platform.

WWT is one of Cisco’s largest global partners and has a track record of integrating on Cisco Spark, unlocking new efficiencies for end-users and project managers. WWT is dedicating the full resources of its Advanced Technology Center and WWT Asynchrony Labs to explore all the innovative ways Cisco Spark Board can be used to achieve business outcomes across a number of industries.

A WWT video unpacking Cisco Spark Board can be viewed here. A blog post outlining the new advancements in digital whiteboards can be found here.

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