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Discover the Cisco Spark Depot

November 2, 2016 - 11 Comments

The rate at which innovation is happening is astounding. We are constantly challenging the status quo and finding new ways to make work and life easier for everyone. Among the many innovations revealed at Partner Summit, Rowan Trollope announced Cisco Spark Depot. This latest expansion of the Cisco Spark platform delivers an ever-growing catalog of integrations and bots for users and business of all sizes.Spark_Depot__HomeWork smarter while you work together
Connect your favorite tools to the Cisco Spark rooms you choose to receive notifications, such as when:

  • a file is updated
  • an account is created
  • a task is completed

We’ve simplified the configuration of integrations such as JIRA, Trello, Microsoft Office 365, Wunderlist, and even enterprise CRM tools such as Salesforce and ServiceNow.

What’s the difference between integrations and bots?

  • An integration provides basic notifications for a service, acting on behalf of a Cisco Spark user.
  • A bot can perform tasks for any of the users in the room, presenting itself as another user. In addition to sending messages, a bot can post files and respond to messages – even join calls.

Let’s run through an example. Imagine this: HR managers Maria and Joe use Spark to come together and get work done in rooms for onboarding, recruiting, benefits, and so on. Outside of Spark, they use Redbooth for task management and ServiceNow for incident response.

  • picWhen Joe updates a template in Redbooth with a task, an automated message describing the change appears in the Spark room, thanks to the Redbooth integration.
  • Maria sees the note and jumps on a Spark call with Joe and several other teammates to decide whether they need to make a system update. And they do.
  • Maria effortlessly integrates ServiceNow with the appropriate room. When she adds updates outside Spark, they instantly show up in the Spark room. Her teammates –including those who don’t use ServiceNow — learn about them instantly.

Thanks to the power of Spark integrations, Maria’s and Joe’s teamwork became more collaborative, transparent, and efficient.

Simple for users, simple for developers
Not only can you discover new apps in Cisco Spark Depot every week, it’s a place where you can publish your creations. And all Cisco Spark users can have access to them. If you’re a developer, partner, or ISV – submit your ideas through the Cisco Spark for Developers portal to help make Cisco Spark even better and join our ecosystem.

Given Cisco’s DNA in the enterprise, we also have the ability for organizations to publish integrations and bots that are available only to users on their own domain. You can write integrations and bots specific to your company’s systems — a powerful capability to unleash the power of Cisco Spark in your enterprise.

This is just the beginning of what you’ll see showcased in the Cisco Spark Depot. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Take a look at Cisco Spark Depot and use the comments below to tell me what you think.

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  1. This is exciting

  2. Very nice Jason!!

  3. i Love Cisco. my company is built around it…i just cant seem to wrap my head around SPARK….other than being less of a pain than Jabber 🙂 when it comes to connectivity and reliability, the application itself doesn’t seem to excite me….ill keep doing my own due diligence..Sorry for the less than positive post

    • Hi Arvind. Thanks for the feedback. For me, one of the big bonuses of Cisco Spark is the persistent messaging. No matter what device I’m on, I can access the same rooms and follow threads, whether or not I’ve been logged in or not. Check out this post from John Sayer for more about the benefits of Cisco Spark: Q&A with Our Cisco Spark Evangelist. – Kim

  4. The tool that will help improve your success as a group, team, and organization. Better with collab!

  5. Love the improvements to Spark!

  6. Good Stuff Jason!

  7. This is such an exciting announcement! Is Spark Depot to be used separate from Spark? Or will these new functionalities be integrated into Spark?

    • These functionalities will always be available through the Depot to be added to your rooms. These will not be standard features within Spark, as we will always have an open platform to enable these as integrations.

  8. Just found the Spark Depot, and I am SO excited to see the Box and Smartsheet integrations! Looking forward to more details on how to leverage these.

  9. Hi Jason, loved Cisco Spark Depot, very well organized, all the essential information in just one place … congrats!!!