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Leading Analyst Firm, Kelcor, Reviews BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams

Many organizations have invested heavily in group video communications equipment and meeting rooms. It’s a safe bet that a large number of these organizations have also invested heavily in Microsoft’s Office 365 as their preferred workplace collaboration platform. And, for many, Microsoft Teams has an important role to play as the hub of teamwork for Office 365. But, what happens when these users need to join collaborative Microsoft Teams sessions from a traditional meeting room? This is exactly the type of scenario that the BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams was built to resolve. 

Read on to learn why KelCor Principal Analyst, Brent Kelly, concludes, “Once BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams was fully instantiated for KelCor’s Office 365 subscription, joining group video endpoints to Teams meetings was easy and straightforward. Teams meeting joins from video endpoints worked the first time and every time. Video quality is excellent.”

The BlueJeans Gateway is the cloud video interop solution that lets Microsoft customers unleash the full power of Teams by connecting people in productive meetings – in the board rooms, conference rooms and huddle spaces they use every day, connecting SIP and H.323 video conferencing hardware endpoints to Microsoft Teams meetings. With support for more than 4,000 room system configurations, BlueJeans provides unmatched coverage for today’s room system configurations, allowing organizations to derive more value out of the meeting room systems and devices they already have. The BlueJeans Gateway does this by providing simplified dialing numbers so connecting group video endpoints to a Teams meeting is easy, every time. This kind of plug and play adaptability offers single-touch join experience from tablets or Cisco and Polycom touch screens so that end users can always join without having to juggle a remote.

This is the Microsoft Teams lobby screen as seen on the group video endpoint. A video endpoint is placed into this lobby until a participant in the Teams meeting lets this endpoint into the meeting. Any participant can let the endpoint in.

The Teams interface running on a Windows PC. A popup is displayed notifying Team meeting participants that a group video endpoint is waiting in the lobby. To admit the endpoint, any meeting participant using the Teams client can click on the“Admit” button. If desired, Teams can be configured to admit guests automatically.

To showcase the possibilities of this expanded experience, BlueJeans commissioned KelCor, a specialized technology consulting and analyst firm, to install the gateway, use it for multipoint video conferencing, in which both Microsoft Teams clients and SIP or H.323 group video conferencing endpoints joined the meeting, and to describe their experience. Ensuring the test would be as thorough as possible, BlueJeans asked KelCor to go through the entire process for deploying BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams. Get the full report here.

The blending of physical and virtual workspaces is accelerating the adoption of huddle rooms, with teams desiring messaging, mobility and business apps that allow them to work where and how they want. Now, every Microsoft Teams user can make the most out of their organization’s video rooms while safeguarding conversations and maximizing room system investments.

For a detailed account of what it looks like to set up BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams, we’re sharing KelCor’s entire evaluation and test case for BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams. The report contains step-by-step setup, use cases, helpful shortcuts, and benefits to consider when optimizing legacy meeting rooms across your Microsoft Teams ecosystem.

Download Deploying BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams: An Easy Way to Enable Group Video Endpoint Interoperability with Microsoft Teams.