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The Importance of Interoperability: Utilizing the Past, Preparing for the Future

Interoperability in Conference Rooms

Imagine a scenario where your iPhone couldn’t call your friend with an Android phone,  or you couldn’t send email from your desktop computer to your mobile device. Thankfully, this isn’t something we need to worry about—the technology we use for calling, texting, and emailing others can be used from any device. But, this is not always the case when it comes to video conferencing.

Interoperability—the ability for different systems to communicate with each other—has been a pain point in the video conferencing industry and remains an issue for companies trying to find software that works well across any hardware solution. As video rooms outfitted with hardware from companies like Cisco, Polycom, Dolby, and Lifesize continue to grow, it remains vital that these endpoints work together to enable one easy and consistent user experience.

Accommodating Mixed Environments

Organizations worldwide have video rooms comprised of various equipment. Some rooms contain Polycom equipment while others have Cisco hardware, and there are a host of other room system endpoint and video peripherals providers out there to accommodate varying budgets and needs. Standardization on a single hardware provider isn’t necessarily the best route, especially as vendors roll out new and improved options. 

This is where interoperability becomes critical. With a meetings platform that works across all hardware types, organizations can put their existing equipment to use. There is no need to rip and replace—simply set up the equipment you have and enable it to work with the meeting software you’ve chosen. With the right platform, it no longer matters which hardware is in the room, or which remote devices need to connect. Simply deploy and watch as it becomes easy for people to join with one-touch, whether they are in a huddle room, on a mobile device, or on their desktop computer.

Enable Future Flexibility

With such a large range of video conferencing hardware providers, organizations need the flexibility to purchase various models based on room type, employee needs, and budget.  IT teams should have the ability to purchase industry-leading equipment—regardless of manufacturer. Without interoperability, organizations would be locked into purchasing the same brand for every scenario, or into ripping and replacing all their conference rooms at once. Additionally, many teams struggle to find a solution that will allow those in video-enabled rooms to meet with colleagues on desktops and mobile devices, making it difficult for those people to work remotely.

And this is only one example. Without a video conferencing system that works with every device, it can be problematic to interact with external partners, potential customers, prospective employees, and more. A meetings platform that is interoperable with all types of room hardware, computers, and mobile devices will help employees do their best work—no matter where they are meeting. Choosing software that enables these types of easy interactions makes it possible to prepare for the future and rapidly expand with continued flexibility.

Experience Interoperability with BlueJeans

Interoperability has been a key component for BlueJeans since the company was founded. In fact, BlueJeans started as a way for customers to connect Skype for Business with room systems—something that was nearly impossible until 2009. 

Since that time, we’ve expanded to become a meetings platform for the modern workplace. As a cloud-based service, BlueJeans enables people to connect with each other at any time, from any place, on any device. There is no longer a need to worry about which room system is installed in a particular room—simply connect it to BlueJeans and get started with more productive meetings.

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