West Corporation's InterCall (News - Alert) and Blue Jeans Network just announced their newly formed partnership, along with plans of integrating the Blue Jeans video conferencing platform to InterCall's already popular collaboration and conferencing suit.
What sets this service apart from the plethora of other video-chat applications, is the extent of mobility and platform-independence it offers. Businesses need a reliable and readily available means of communication within the company, and if some of its employees don't have allowing hardware, that task could prove difficult. When it rolls out the Blue Jeans-integrated video conferencing service, however, the hardware requirements will be as broad as simply owning a smartphone, tablet or PC.
“This new service eliminates the challenges that often make video conferencing difficult. By allowing users to join a meeting from various devices and platforms, video conferencing is now a more viable meeting choice than ever before,” said Robert Bellmar, senior vice president of Conferencing and Collaboration at InterCall.
Blue Jeans Network is actually a pretty powerful communications tool – it's comprised of a handful of some of the most popular services out there, like Skype and Google Talk, along with other similar technology from Polycom (News - Alert), Lifesize and Cisco. So aside from being easily accessible on such a broad range of devices, this new toolkit allows for a pretty stable means of enterprise video-chat.
InterCall has received a lot of praise for its services in the past – it's already a well respected company, and along with Blue Jeans' cloud-based solutions, it's likely that its reputation and quality of service will be taken up a few notches. At the same time though, there are so many video-conferencing services already out there that it'll take a lot to actually come out completely on top. Either way – this is a huge step forward for both Blue Jeans Network and InterCall alike.
Edited by Jennifer Russell