BCS Global Provides the Missing Link with VirtuaLyncFebruary 11th, 2014 by mdouglas
New cloud-based service connects Microsoft Lync users with the video conference room
London, UK – 27 January 2014 – BCS Global Networks Ltd, the visual communication and collaboration specialist, continues to build on its Unified Communications portfolio with the launch of VirtuaLync, a new service to enable Microsoft Lync users to join in boardroom-style video meetings from their desktops or mobile devices
VirtuaLync is an internet-based service designed for businesses that have invested in both conventional, high-end video conferencing facilities and Microsoft Lync, but are unable to bring them together in a seamless environment. VirtuaLync combines these two separate worlds, with their different methods and terminology, in a joint cloud-based meeting place, enabling greater flexibility in planning meetings and improved communication and collaboration.
According to the analyst firm Ovum, last year 45% of European enterprises indicated that they would be extending deployment of Lync services. In the US, 70% of Fortune 500 companies say they are currently using Lync. However, many of these organisations have also invested in corporate video conferencing facilities. Says Dan Tanel, BCS Global chief technology officer (CTO): “Typically, each of these two platforms have been sold to a different parts of the same business, making it difficult for the customer to deliver a simple high quality user experience. The vendors have not helped the situation as they position costly solutions to connect the worlds together. This is where BCS can add value through a cost effective subscription based model connecting customers’ Lync deployments or Office 365 to traditional video conferencing endpoints.”
The launch of VirtuaLync follows extensive field testing with excellent feedback from clients. The initial release enables Lync users to ‘meet’ boardroom video conference participants in the cloud with future releases that will support point-to-point calling.
“Video conferencing technology continues to evolve to the desktop and mobile devices There is still a strong need for the more formal style of video conferencing and businesses must continue to draw value from their investments in these systems. However if individuals in disparate locations can also join the call on their own devices, then the result will be more productive meetings, faster decision-making and enhanced overall communication,” concludes Tanel.
About BCS Global
BCS Global Networks Ltd is a leading worldwide provider of managed videoconferencing, telepresence and visual collaboration services. BCS Global’s innovative video communications and telepresence solutions allow end-users to communicate on a reliable service; any time, any place, regardless of location, time, network or device.
Headquartered in the UK, with offices in New York, Toronto, Shanghai and Hong Kong, BCS Global has a range of customers in over 85 countries across the globe. All customers receive the best-in-class solutions that enable them to evolve their use of visual communications.