Cisco Pulse consists of these components:
•Pulse Vocabulary—This vocabulary includes terms that are integral to the organization in which Cisco Pulse is used.
•Pulse Collect Engine—An engine that runs on a Pulse Collect Appliance and analyzes content shared across the network for terms in the Pulse Vocabulary, attaches the terms to their associated users, documents, and videos, a practice known as tagging, and sends this information to the Pulse Connect Engine for further analysis. This engine stores metadata for the content for approximately 6 months.
•Pulse Connect Engine—An engine that runs on a Pulse Connect Appliance and analyzes the content discovered by the Pulse Collect Engine, which is stored in the Pulse Index, as well as user-supplied content, and presents the dynamic information via the Pulse Apps such as the Tag Navigator gadget and Pulse Locator search results.
•Pulse Apps—End user applications built by Cisco Systems, Inc., that enable users to perform these types of tasks:
–Add background information to their public profiles.
–Attach terms to themselves by adding profile tags to their public profiles.
–View popular Pulse and profile tags in My Top Tags, and Pulse tags in All Top Tags, and potentially add the Pulse tags to their profile.
Each of these components serves as building blocks that contribute to a more robust Pulse Locator. This feature allows users, also known as expertise seekers, to enter a term in the Pulse Locator search interface, which appears on each page in the Cisco Pulse graphical user interface (GUI). The Pulse Locator searches the Pulse Index and public profiles and returns a list of people with the most recent experience with the term, also known as expertise providers.
These features enhance the search results:
•Availability status of the expertise providers, which enables you to determine who you can collaborate with now.
•Search result filters, which enable you to narrow the list of expertise providers by corporate role, geographic locations, and so on.
•Full and mini profiles of the expertise providers that you can access from the search results page.
•Relevant videos and documents, which you can view from the search results page.
And finally, you can click icons in the full and mini public profile to quickly collaborate with an expertise provider using these methods:
•Email (corporate email system)
•Phone (corporate land line or mobile)
•Cisco WebEx meeting software
You can also schedule a Microsoft Outlook meeting by selecting expertise providers, then clicking the Schedule a Meeting button in the Pulse Locator search results.