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BlueJeans enhances Microsoft Teams with new solution

27 Sep 2018

BlueJeans Network has collaborated with Microsoft to enhance its integration with Teams using BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams.

Designed to allow users to easily access Teams video meetings on any existing room system, the cloud-native infrastructure of BlueJeans Gateway turns all rooms into Teams meeting rooms.

“Microsoft Teams has an important role to play when it comes to an organisation’s digital transformation strategy,” says Microsoft Teams general manager Bhrighu Sareen.

“BlueJeans Gateway, combined with Teams, helps ensure users can have great meetings in every conference room.”

The workplace is going through a period of exponential change driven by the need to improve business outcomes regardless of where talent resides.

As more teams become a mix of non-traditional “gig economy” workers and full-time employees, organisations must have the right tools in place for every type of meeting.

“Microsoft continues to invest significant development resources into its Teams platform as it prepares to fully transition communications and collaboration to the cloud,” says KelCor president and principal analyst Dr Brent Kelly.

“Adding the BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams to Office 365 subscriptions gives organisations a simple way to integrate third-party room and personal video endpoints into Teams meetings, which extends the value of those assets and maintains customer choice in the future.”

The blending of the physical and virtual workspace is accelerating the adoption of huddle spaces, with teams expecting messaging, mobility and business apps that will allow them to work more productively and collaborate from anywhere.

“The collision of cloud, mobile and AI is creating new business models and revenue streams, with organisations capitalising on these technologies to accelerate their digital transformation journeys and gain a competitive advantage,” says BlueJeans chief product officer Mark Strassman.

“As a Microsoft Cloud Video Interop partner, we’re working together with Microsoft to further inspire and empower the modern workforce by ensuring everyone can use Microsoft Teams to work productively—regardless of their location.”

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ANZ Bank named winner of Red Hat awards for APAC region
ANZ Bank has been named the winner for the A/NZ region in the digital transformation and cloud-native development categories at the Red Hat APAC Innovation Awards 2020. The winners of each category were selected based on their Red Hat deployments and how open-source platforms improved their productivity and business outlook. ANZ deployed multiple Red Hat solutions this year to be the foundation of their internet banking platform after its previous core banking application passed its end of life date. Subsequently, the company adopted a containerised platform to remain architecturally aligned with the core banking platform upgrade path. With Red Hat’s solutions, ANZ was able to process A$2.9 billion of scheduled payments within the first hour if implementing Red Hat OpenShift. During the peak hour of the first day of deployment, the company saw an increase in the number of internet banking users, and was running 30% of its customer traffic on the new platform within four months. “The improved internet banking technology capabilities ensure our customers have the tools they need to easily complete their online banking so they can spend more time running their business or enjoying life,” says ANZ tech area lead - digital Raghavendra Bhat. “Collaborating with Red Hat to use its open-source solutions means we can meet the scalability, reliability, supportability and security requirements to host our internet banking platform. “Together we were able to build deployment pipelines that enable us to reuse code, rapidly test and retest deployment, as well as meet the stringent performance and volume testing criteria.” The OpenShift solution enables the bank to run faster across multiple channels, serving its 2.4 million active internet banking customers. Regulatory compliance surrounding continued availability of critical customer-facing systems is achieved, with an 80% reduction in unplanned outage time for internet banking after implementation of Red Hat solutions. “2020 has been a year of uncertainties – but also possibilities,” says Red Hat senior vice president and general manager Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen. “It’s inspiring to see how organisations in Asia Pacific are using open source to quickly and effectively meet changing market landscapes and consumer demands. “Congratulations to this year’s winners, who we believe will become role models to other organisations looking for ideas to transform their business. “We look forward to working with our customers to help them address the many real challenges our customers face today, and unlock the unlimited possibilities of taking the business forward.”More