Jun 28, 2017 Cisco Sparks Machine Learning at Cisco Live
As I write this I’m on my way back from attending Cisco’s annual “Cisco Live” customer event in Las Vegas, and the corresponding “C-Scape” analyst conference. While most of the big announcements focused on Cisco’s new intent-based networking initiative, dubbed “The Network Intuitive,” Cisco did take some time to update analysts on its recently introduced Spark Board digital whiteboard / immersive collaboration device, and its plans for leveraging its recent acquisition of Mindmeld to leverage machine learning to bring intelligent virtual assistants into its collaboration portfolio.
On the Spark Board front, we had the opportunity to meet with several Cisco customers who have brought the device into their organizations to improve virtual team collaboration, especially for sharing content and for ideation sessions across multiple locations. Both customers noted early successes in using the devices, especially for product design and engineering teams who use them to collectively develop plans and designs. These use cases reflect what we saw in our 2016/17 Unified Communications and Collaboration Benchmark in that early adopters are finding the most value in providing immersive group collaboration devices to creative groups, and are not yet seeing a use case for deployment of these kinds of devices across all conference rooms.