With the holidays behind us and the new year in full swing, it’s time to get back into a business-ready mindset and get excited about what 2022 has in store!

At BlueJeans, we’re always exploring ways to improve upon the work experience–in whatever form that takes. Remote work success comes through making virtual connections. But those connections have to feel natural.

Virtual collaboration has evolved rapidly over the past couple of years for this need and desire for interconnectedness. With workers now spread across the world, it’s become the hallmark of organizations that have successfully navigated the digital workplace transformation.

So what’s next? In speaking with the BlueJeans co-founders:

The meaning of the workplace has evolved beyond the office in a physical sense to where the ‘office’ is no longer directly linked to the concept of ‘work’. We can work and still be productive from anywhere. These past two years have proven that. Now the challenge is to take those tangible office experiences and replicate them virtually in a way that will allow us to redefine and realign on what we expect from the workplace experience. And to focus on creating workplace equity. We recently introduced BlueJeans Spaces—a 2D/3D virtual space where distributed teams can come together to work, with all the necessary tools in one place to huddle, share files, brainstorm, organize and socialize—to do just that. 

More 3D/gamification-like capabilities for the workplace, or the "metaverse" we're hearing so much about, are expected to continue gaining traction over the next year, and our colleagues at Verizon are primed to help make that happen with Verizon's rollout of 5G Ultra Wideband

5G optimized video and audio in HD will be crucial to support productivity and collaboration while working from home, on the road or in a hybrid environment. With this latest 5G Ultra Wideband expansion, organizations and people around the U.S. will have access to the network’s massive capacity and low latency, which allow for connected devices to operate with low lag time.

To clarify further, 5G enables mobile edge compute where the computation comes to the edge of the network to where the application is rather than over the internet, so it reduces the response times needed. Whether you're gaming, on a BlueJeans call with your colleagues, or streaming a live event, 5G will allow you to do it faster. The implications for business are even bigger. 

*BlueJeans cofounders Alagu Periyannan and Krish Ramakrishnan recently participated in a fireside chat on 5G and the future of Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) technology, plus the ever-growing role of technology in healthcare, education and the hybrid workplace. Watch the Webinar Recording to gain valuable insight into these topics and many more.

*Updated 1/25/22