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What is Microsoft Visio and How Can I Use It?

February 09, 2010

Many of our customers use Microsoft Visio software for equipment layouts. To assist our customers, we provide complimentary Visio shapes  (login required) of many of our more popular products. But there may be those of you who do not use Visio and would like to know more.

No one says it better than Microsoft themselves. “Microsoft Office Visio 2007 makes it easy for IT and business professionals to visualize, explore, and communicate complex information. Go from complicated text and tables that are hard to understand to Visio diagrams that communicate information at a glance. Instead of static pictures, create data-connected Visio diagrams that display data, are easy to refresh, and dramatically increase your productivity. Use the wide variety of diagrams in Office Visio 2007 to understand, act on, and share information about organizational systems, resources, and processes throughout your enterprise.” 

What does that mean for you?


1. Well for starters, Visio provides you the ability to visualize complex information, allowing you a better understanding of the information.


Blog-visio-graph2.jpg 2. It also allows you to analyze information and identify trends and issues.



3. But maybe the most important benefit is the ease of communication by using diagrams that can be shared and understood with a broad audience. As we all know, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Use Microsoft Visio for simple tasks like brainstorming ideas or maximize the software's capabilities by using it to design your next complex data center rack layout. Templates are available for easy set up and there are thousands of Visio shapes offered by various product manufacturers to use within your design.


Companies like NetZoom, Inc. offer software with a comprehensive library of Visio Stencils that represent the entire IT Infrastructure and Audio/Video industry.

A link to Visio shapes for CPI products can be found on our website at Download your FREE stencil today! Sarah Gaskins, eMarketing Specialist

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