Cloud-based Service Makes Video Conferencing as Accessible, Easy-to-Use as Audio
CHICAGO, April 16, 2012 – InterCall, a subsidiary of West Corporation and the world’s largest conferencing and collaboration services provider, and Blue Jeans Network, the leader in interoperable video conferencing services, announced a partnership today that will allow InterCall to offer the Blue Jeans serviceto its customers worldwide, supplementing InterCall’s leading portfolio of audio and web conferencing services with Blue Jeans’ robust multi-party video conferencing.
Through this partnership with Blue Jeans Network, InterCall allows users to connect to meetings via services such as Cisco, Google, Microsoft Lync, Polycom, and Skype, regardless of the hosting platform. The service is cloud-based, and customers familiar with InterCall’s Reservationless-Plus audio conferencing platform will find it just as accessible and easy to use.
“This new service eliminates the challenges that often make video conferencing difficult,” said Robert Bellmar, Senior Vice President of Conferencing and Collaboration for InterCall. “By allowing users to join a meeting from various devices and platforms, video conferencing is now a more viable meeting choice than ever before.”
The Blue Jeans conferencing service provides a cost-effective, scalable solution that enables workers to collaborate within the enterprise and beyond. The secure service extends the reach of video conferencing beyond specialized rooms so colleagues and clients can connect without worrying about location or device, including any video-enabled tool or a standard phone line. As a cloud-based offering, Blue Jeans lets customers avoid the high costs and complexities associated with traditional on-premises bridging solutions (commonly known as multipoint control units, or MCUs).
“Partnering with InterCall allows us to serve more customers who are in need of easy-to-use and accessible video conferencing solutions,” said Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO of Blue Jeans Network. “Since the Blue Jeans conferencing service is cloud-based, there is no new hardware to deploy or software to download. A few clicks is all it takes to schedule, host, join and run meetings.”
The partnership marks yet another significant business relationship for InterCall, which works with the top companies in the conferencing and collaboration field, including Adobe, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Polycom and Tandberg. These partnerships helped InterCall maintain industry leadership, evidenced by receipt of the 2011 North American Market Share Leadership Award from Frost and Sullivan.
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