Verizon unleashes next generation BlueJeans for future collaboration

Tami Erwin, Chief Executive Officer at Verizon Business

Setting the new standard bar for flexible and spontaneous virtual collaboration, Verizon Business has introduced the redesigned BlueJeans platform for the hybrid workplace.

Centered around BlueJeans Spaces, a new integrated virtual office for creating engagement and alignment, this next-generation collaboration platform was developed to provide a seamless virtual environment for teams to do their best work regardless of their geographical location.  

“The pandemic has permanently changed what it means to be at work.”

“Work is no longer a place you go but what you do. This shift has been facilitated by inventing new ways of working fit for the digital age,” said Tami Erwin, CEO at Verizon Business.

“By taking our investment in BlueJeans to the next level and building innovative applications, we are one step closer to creating a truly unified digital workplace experience for companies of all sizes and their employees, whether working inside or outside the office walls.” 

Explore, hangout, chat, collaborate with BlueJeans Spaces

A recent global survey by Momentive of 5,000 respondents found spontaneous conversations with colleagues are the most missed aspect about the office, with 43.5% of respondents admitting that their efforts at maintaining team culture as a hybrid team have failed.  

With the launch of Spaces, BlueJeans is redefining how to collaborate virtually in a hybrid work environment. This immersive office experience allows for a more natural, individualistic and inclusive workflow for teams to ideate, activate and hang together in real time.  

Missing out on those spontaneous conversations or shoulder taps for casual catch ups? You’re not alone. 82.3% of respondents admit to having less frequent casual conversations.​​

Spaces provides users with a robust catalog of customisable office layouts to virtually replicate the physical sensation of being in a shared workspace. Colourful presence indicators reveal who in the space is open to chat, who is talking, and who does not want to be disturbed.

Further simulating the in-person experience, spatial audio offers a true sense of proximity.

This means that those people sitting closer together in the virtual space will naturally hear each other more clearly than someone who is seated across the room from them.

BlueJeans Spaces is paired with several different modes of communication, from messaging and audio to video chat, overhead-focused 2D and headset-free 3D. 

Users can personalize and switch between styles to spontaneously collaborate or communicate effortlessly without dealing with the monotony of back-to-back, scheduled video meetings.  

Unleash creativity with a collaboration board 

Employee productivity can sustain in a remote or hybrid work structure. Its become evident that driving effective collaboration can be challenging in a typical virtual meeting setting.

To emphasise this fact, almost 40% of hybrid workers respondents said that they are considering leaving their job because it feels like they are constantly doing the same thing. 

Going beyond the current solutions​, BlueJeans Collaboration Board fosters teamwork by bringing together ideas, thoughts and content into one single repository for ongoing ideation.

The Collaboration Board is designed to foster creativity, agility and engagement.

The Collaboration Board allows users to pick up right where they left off, whenever, wherever on any device, working seamlessly on a desktop, mobile, web or integrated room systems.​ 

The Collaboration Board can be used separately or from within Spaces.

Users can jump into a virtual office or persistent strategy war room and open a new Collaboration Board which allows teams to efficiently capture ideas, manage and save their work to better track progress, gain cross-functional alignment and effectively get work done.

With the addition of a live cursor to acknowledge real-time collaborators, users have access to a diverse palette of drawing tools and can add images, sticky notes or screenshots that can help visually explain thoughts and keep meeting notes and action items on track.

With the nature of hybrid work occurring at all hours of the day, this infinite canvas will provide ample room for the best ideas to evolve over time.    

Possibilities and flexibility with BlueJeans Meetings

For hybrid teams that need meeting flexibility, control and interactivity at scale, BlueJeans Meetings updates were designed to support expanded use cases for large audiences.

New BlueJeans Meetings features  

1,000-Person Meetings 

With expanded Meetings capacity, BlueJeans Meetings customers are now facilitated by the ability to host up to 1,000 fully active participants in a collaborative meeting.  

Audio Lock 

With the all new Audio Lock feature, meeting hosts can hard mute all participants to limit potential disruptions in the new BlueJeans Meetings platform. 

Open Breakout Sessions 

Attendees in large groups will be able to take advantage of BlueJeans’ new Open Breakouts feature to have the freedom to select which sessions they would like to attend.  

Verizon Business believes that providing flexibility to remote workers to define how and where they want to work is key to unlocking workplace productivity and happiness.

By creating a virtual space where distributed teams can come together to work—with all the necessary tools in one place to huddle, share files, brainstorm, organise and socialise.

BlueJeans is addressing a major hurdle in today’s hybrid work reality.