NetCraftsmen Achieves Cisco TelePresence Authorized Technology Provider

William Bell
Vice President, Solutions and Products

Some Light Background on “Why” We Did this ATP

NetCraftsmen has always provided network readiness and design services to our customers in support of deploying real time communication solutions. So, we have years of experience around integrating real-time interactive video solutions with enterprise networks. About a year ago we had the opportunity to expand our knowledge when we were asked to help a large healthcare organization to design an end-to-end telemedicine solution that leveraged the Cisco TelePresence solution portfolio.

One of the outcomes from this project was that my personal interest in pursuing video solutions was renewed. When you have the opportunity to see your solutions help people actually do their job better, especially when that job is improving the quality of another person’s life, you can’t help but be inspired.

In parallel with this project, I spent time speaking with Cisco and Tandberg folks about the direction of their technology and I believe that Cisco’s vision for the future of video in the enterprise is right on track.

Our belief in the value of the solution to our customers and in the Cisco TelePresence portfolio initiated our objective to pursue the Cisco TelePresence ATP. The NetCraftsmen Collaboration team is looking forward to helping our customers design, build, and deploy sustainable telepresence solutions.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.