Death and Taxes? No. Death to (Video) Taxes

December 7, 2016 Garrett Ruiz

In a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy back in 1789, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Today, however, BlueJeans Network is doing something long called for yet seemingly impossible to accomplish-- we are ending the video tax in the enterprise once and for all.

Businesses commonly experience a range of video tax issues, such as the the “Where is that Feedback Coming from Tax?” and the “Where Does This Cord Go Tax?” Who hasn’t suffered through an experience where the screen freezes up at a key moment, the pure comedy that ensues while one person can’t get their audio on and another participant tries to help, or even the floating faces that pop in and out of the meeting? And then there is that humbling moment when you realize that even though you are a college-educated adult and a seasoned executive who can handle the art of the deal, you can’t figure out how to get audio and video to work simultaneously in a virtual room full of people.


We estimate that workers spend about 15 minutes of every meeting connecting cords, dialing in, and dealing with technical glitches. By the time they get into a meeting, they forget why they’re there or it’s almost time to wrap things up. With problems like this, it’s no wonder that live video adoption has occurred at a slow boil.


At BlueJeans, we’ve worked to eliminate the video tax since our inception, and we’ve done it without compromise across our solutions for large-scale meetings, events, and over social media. Today, we’re getting rid of the video tax everywhere else in the office, providing workers of all ranks a tremendous amount of freedom. We’re showing them what video can be and introducing a better way to communicate.


At BlueJeans, we see live video as the most powerful and transformational communications tool in business, and we operate with the firm belief that it doesn’t have to be complicated. To reach the point where interactive video reaches its potential, becomes part of the workplace culture. and businesses are built as video-first, video has to be as easy to use as a computer or mobile phone. It needs to be something that every single member of a company can utilize without questions or confusion. It simply needs to work.


With our latest cloud-connected video system, BlueJeans Huddle, joining a video meeting is just like turning on the lights. One touch and your meeting starts, the technology works, and you get things done. Any space can instantly and seamlessly come to life as a dynamic, interactive meeting room.


We’ve made things easy for IT departments as well. Every Huddle room can be managed through the BlueJeans Command Center-- a centralized console that monitors every room’s status, usage, network conditions, participants, scheduled meetings and more. And we are offering this to customers for a subscription that any company can afford.


Part of our excitement about BlueJeans Huddle comes from initial reactions to the experience it provides and its ability to live up to its promise. Just two months ago, we identified a short list of beta customers from around the world that could provide feedback about how they use it and how it could impact their operations. The response has been astounding as BlueJeans Huddle fills a vital gap for organizations.


We had covered everyday meetings on desktop, mobile and existing room systems with our onVideo solution. We took events and all-hands meetings to a whole new level with Primetime, and we even offered companies the means to develop an incredible social presence through Facebook Live with BlueJeans onSocial. Now we’re launching the everyday experience where ANYONE in the company can walk into a meeting room-- even the smallest room in the office -- and instantly connect with someone via live video. With BlueJeans Huddle, we provide the final piece of the puzzle to enable live video communications to truly take root across the enterprise by making every room a video-enabled room.


To see BlueJeans Huddle in action, learn more from our team and customers, as well as gather insights into a video-first world from Forrester Analyst, Nick Barber, join us for a special event today, December 8 at 10am PST. You can view the event online through our Facebook Live feed. Alternatively, please contact one of our team here and they will be happy to answer your questions.


We hope you’ll join us in eliminating the video tax with BlueJeans Huddle! Click the image below to view an interactive online demo and explore the innovative features and benefits:


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Garrett Ruiz

Garrett is the Head of Digital Content Marketing for BlueJeans.

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