This week, the BlueJeans team was at Enterprise Connect 2019 in Orlando, and what a week it was! As we look back on our #EC19 education journey, we’re in awe of all the effort that went into this year’s amazing keynotes and general sessions, booth displays and social events.
With an emphasis on such topics as cloud-based communications and team collaboration, AI and speech technologies, embedded communications & APIs, management and security, strategic leadership and unified communications, this year’s conference was chalk full of vendor announcements and demos showcasing how artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies can transform business productivity.
Kicking off the keynotes on Tuesday, Microsoft 365 general manager (and former BlueJeans CMO) Lori Wright talked through some major updates to Microsoft Teams and the company’s vision of modern teamwork in the modern, intelligent workplace to foster a culture of engagement and inclusion.
As Lori pointed out, a recent Gallup survey found that only 15 percent of people feel engaged at work. However, at the highest performing companies globally, 70 percent of employees feel engaged—resulting in 21 percent higher profits for those companies. She also announced that over 500,000 companies worldwide are now using Microsoft Teams.
At BlueJeans, we’re also banking on Teams, which is why we announced the BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams in the Fall of 2018. We are the only cloud-native meeting platform to be Microsoft certified. Showcased at the BlueJeans booth this year at EC19, the BlueJeans Gateway seamlessly connects traditional room systems into Teams meetings to dramatically enhance productivity and collaboration.
Besides our strong booth presence, BlueJeans also participated the conference’s general sessions, starting with Monday’s “Video Conferencing in the Cloud: The Real Story” speaking panel. In the session, moderator Andrew Davis of Recon Research led a lively discussion with senior executives from all of the top VCaaS companies—including our very own chief product officer Guillaume “G” Vives—that centered around moving your video conferencing to the cloud. This “tell it like it is” session heated up quickly, and had everyone in the packed room on the edge of their seats.
The takeaway? Out with the old (more expensive) systems and in with the newer as-a-service model, as it’s more economical and easier to manage. Quickly shooting off facts that correlate with the sharp growth in the industry and the ease of migrating from legacy on-premise solutions, the panelists all chimed in about what makes their platform different.
On the BlueJeans side it’s all about being simple, trusted and open. As G highlighted, “We’re focused on the enterprise. We give complete control of all the rooms on the network directly to IT.” Furthermore, BlueJeans is focused on the end user experience, and having Dolby’s award-winning audio on the backend of the BlueJeans platform makes all the difference.
Panelists also agreed on the importance of driving adoption through WebRTC workflows in the stack, which happens to be another key differentiator for BlueJeans—something that was backed by us receiving the 2018 WebRTC Product of the Year award.
Finally, panelists broached the topic of huddle spaces, zeroing in on the no-NUC experience and making it even easier for users (table stakes to all).
This takes us to our next conference update…our big announcement Tuesday of BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room. Building on our already strong relationship with Dolby, Rooms-as-a-Service (Raas) featuring Dolby Voice Room will provide organizations with best-in-class collaboration technology for their meeting rooms and huddle spaces without having to incur large capital expenditures and go through slow approval processes.
By providing IT decision makers with the benefits of predictable pricing, a simplified approval process, and the convenience of adding more rooms as needed—all from a single vendor—the RaaS model disrupts the traditional purchasing model for easier adoption and makes it easier than ever to leverage Dolby’s expertise by combining the world’s best immersive audio with intelligent video.
But don’t take our word for it! According to Ira M. Weinstein, founder and managing partner at Recon Research, “BlueJeans and Dolby have clearly uncovered an area of unmet pent-up demand within the collaboration marketplace.”
With plans to sell RaaS directly and through the channel, we got a ton of interest in our booth about the news and can’t wait to start selling and deploying this solution for our customers!
That’s all for Part 1 of our Enterprise Connect recap, but stay tuned to hear more about the rest our time at the show in Part 2 coming next week!