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I’m terrified of being on video.  But what if your very job depends on it? In my case, it was the promise of a job that hung in the balance.  My name is Virginette and I am a self-proclaimed video phobe.  This is the true story of how I conquered the video conference interview, and how you too can do the same.

I was thrilled to be offered an interview with my future boss, but scared to think I’d be on video with him.  I did some research and found a plethora of information online.  Here is the very best of it, coupled with my own experience.

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A friend sent you the On Mute Video and you laughed your head off. You heard the voicemail ad and winced, because it hit a little too close to home. You admired the billboard for a good 5 minutes while sitting in 15 mph morning rush hour traffic. We’re stoked that you love the #OnMute campaign and we bet you’re wondering how we hatched this idea.

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At Blue Jeans, we realize there’s a mountain of research, data and, yes, marketing hype about video conferencing. But what you need to know with certainty are the ins and outs of this space. With this insight, you can lean on your current technologies to easily and painlessly expand your company’s video conferencing capabilities, right now.

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What do FacebookFoursquare and Groupon have in common? Apart from utilizing Blue Jeans Network, it's skyrocket internet success. Each has spawned virtual communities, transformed the way we live, and have forced themselves as verbs into our vernacular. (You have 'Facebooked' someone within the hour, I'm sure.)  These three start-ups are re-writing the rules of what it means to run a successful business. Nowadays it's not enough to have an earth-shattering idea.  By touting the ideals of collaborationproductivity and culture at its hub, each of these companies has set themselves apart.  Through sharing and connecting through the power of Blue Jeans video conferencing, they continually foster these ideals to take their companies to the next level. 

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“Here we go again,” thought the Technology Leader as he read the email from yet another frustrated employee. It read: “Why can’t I just use my own smartphone to video conference with my client?” The email presented a compelling, yet futile, request and generated the standard response: “Our organization’s current video conferencing capability cannot support system interoperability.”  

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As promised, I am reporting back from the panel I participated in titled “Video in the Cloud, Video Everywhere” at Interop Las Vegas, moderated by Andy Howard, of Howard and Associates. Andy led an interesting discussion on the benefits and challenges of cloud based video services. 

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Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission - to make the world more open and connected. Fast forward eight years and that mission has been realized, with billions of people connecting around the globe, sharing life events, big and small and world history captured, and shared on FB for generations to come. It is for this reason why here at Blue Jeans Network we are so proud to see one of our customers have such great success. 

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Today, I’ll be participating in a panel “Video in the Cloud, Video Everywhere” at the Interop event in Las Vegas.

The session will address two challenging trends; “Is business grade video ready for the cloud?” and “Are enterprises ready to deal with the impact that video traffic will have on their networks?”

Below are my initial thoughts:
A lot has been said about how SaaS is becoming a common delivery model for most business applications. The value is clear - cost, start-up time, feature velocity etc. but is video conferencing ready for such a delivery model?

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Blue Jeans Network was honored last Thursday night at the Hilton San Francisco. The occasion being the 2012 Best Place to Work in the Bay Area award banquet from the folks at the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal. Alagu (CTO) and Tricia (HR) were in attendance to accept the award on stage for third place in the small company category.

 

 

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Five months ago, we announced the ability to connect Lync endpoints together into video conferences along with Skype users and with room based conferencing and TelePresence systems like Cisco and Polycom through the Blue Jeans cloud.   No one else can do all of this today. 

Since that announcement we’ve been overwhelmed by customer interest.  It is obvious that many enterprises have Lync migration in their roadmap for 2012-2013, as they look to upgrade their OCS deployment and move towards Lync on-premise, or move to the cloud and use Lync Online via Office 365. While both of these solutions provide excellent peer-to-peer presence and calling functionality without expensive hardware solutions, Blue Jeans adds tremendous value for secure, scalable, multiparty, interoperable video conferencing.

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