Austin, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE). Cloud Room Hardware. The new interoperability feature builds on the success of Lifesize Connect to provide seamless multivendor meeting connectivity with Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex and Zoom while protecting existing Lifesize hardware investments.
“Hybrid meetings are an essential part of any workplace,” said Trent Waterhouse, CEO of Lifesize. “When companies meet with customers, partners, suppliers and employees, each target group usually prefers a different video conferencing provider. Lifesize makes it easy to collaborate across geographic and meeting provider boundaries, so employees can focus on the meeting topic and content—not the meeting room technology.”
Each meeting room must be a video conferencing room and support multi-vendor video conferencing. Lifesize Connect Plus+ software, added to an existing Lifesize hardware environment, enables organizations to deliver high-quality video experiences whether meeting participants are in the office or working from home. Hybrid work environments are here to stay as companies embrace flexible work options. Connect Plus+ technology makes it easy for people to collaborate anywhere, so they can focus on what’s important—caring for customers, collaborating with partners, managing suppliers, and engaging employees.
“Meeting solutions that support hybrid work arrangements have become a key focus for organizations looking to meet their productivity goals while offering flexible work location options,” according to Gartner Research Critical Capabilities for Meeting Solutions. “By 2022, 75% of midsize companies will be using a hybrid model, with employees working from both a defined corporate office and remote locations.”
62% of organizations use three or more video conferencing collaboration applications every day. While employees worldwide say they want the flexibility to work remotely and come into the office when needed, collaboration technology hasn’t kept pace with the demands of this complex work model. Connecting and collaborating with colleagues, customers, partners, and suppliers from anywhere can mean using a different app or cloud service for each interaction. Users cite network and technology issues as one of the top reasons to avoid video conferencing. Still, video conferencing remains the most efficient way for teams to communicate, brainstorm, and solve problems together when all participants can’t be in the same room.
Lifesize Connect Plus+ is designed for these times by allowing users to quickly jump from meeting to meeting without having to switch devices or setups. In-person collaboration over high-quality audio and video, regardless of the meeting provider’s application, is the next best thing to being on-site.
Lifesize Connect Plus+ is available now as a device software subscription upgrade for existing Lifesize Icon 300/500/700 cloud meeting room systems.
Lifesize is recognized for in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ meeting solutions . Lifesize is also recognized for in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrants Contact Center as a Service  and Workforce Engagement Management . Meeting solutions combine communication, collaboration, and content sharing to enable hybrid remote and face-to-face meeting scenarios in diverse business, education, government, and service provider environments. Now every meeting room must be video-enabled to support hybrid meetings.
 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions, Mike Fasciani, Tom Eagle, Brian Doherty, Christopher Trueman, October 7, 2021.
 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service, Drew Kraus, Pri Rathnayake, Steve Blood, August 9, 2021.
 Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Workforce Engagement Management,” Jim Davies, Jim Robinson, Kim Dans, Mark Dauigoy, April 26, 2021.
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