Welcome!

AJAX & REA Authors: Jaime Ryan, Matthew Lobas, RealWire News Distribution, Roger Strukhoff, Kevin Benedict

News Feed Item

Fuze Leading Consumerization of Video Collaboration for Work with Global Freemium Growth and Enterprise-Wide Adoption

High user engagement fuels leading companies to standardize on Fuze as a utility for all knowledge workers across devices, desktops and meeting rooms

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on accelerating adoption of its freemium video communication and collaboration service, FuzeBox today announced several significant developments that further its mission to make video collaboration a utility available to all knowledge workers across devices, desktops and meeting rooms. Under a bold new Fuze brand, the company introduced a new user experience designed to drive much higher adoption and user engagement than traditional video conferencing tools.

Fuze for iPad

Fuze also announced a strategic agreement with BT to bolster its global scale and accelerate availability of a full-featured Fuze freemium service worldwide. Since launching a freemium service in the U.S. just six months ago, Fuze monthly signup rates have nearly tripled with new users representing 25 percent of Fortune 500 companies.

"Use of video communications in our personal lives is growing rapidly through user-friendly, low-friction applications, yet workplace tools are not meeting user expectations in terms of experience or multi-platform support. As a result, people are bringing consumer-grade tools to work," said David Obrand, CEO of Fuze. "Fuze is leading the consumerization of enterprise video communications with applications users love that also have security and controls IT requires. This is resulting in adoption and user engagement rates unmatched by current tools and driving leading organizations to deliver Fuze as a utility for all of their knowledge workers."

"Video communication is integral to the way we work at Groupon and Fuze has helped us think very differently about this type of technology," said Tim Sheff, manager global multimedia technologies, Groupon. "After using Fuze for more than a year, we are deploying it across the organization to more than 11,000 employees in 48 countries. We've found Fuze is attractive for uses across a broad range of roles. We've seen strong adoption and are able to measure user engagement and understand the return we are getting using analytics in the Fuze platform."

Fuze is designed for the way people work today, across devices and connecting with the tools they already use. Fuze combines HD voice and video communication and content collaboration, allowing remote workers and virtual teams to stay better connected face-to-face, while also sharing and collaborating on dynamic content like images, animated presentations and videos in real time with consistent quality. Through integrations, users can schedule Fuze within Microsoft and Google calendars, click-to-call from enterprise instant messaging applications including Microsoft Lync, and will be able to share content from leading cloud-based file storage platforms.

The Fuze Telepresence Connect service allows customers to easily connect traditional video conferencing and telepresence systems from Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize and others to people using Fuze.

Fuze freemium service driving voluntary adoption and user engagement
The Fuze freemium subscription model allows individuals to self-discover Fuze applications and easily use among their internal and external teams across the leading mobile and desktop platforms at no cost and without complicated IT set up. The ability to measure adoption, user engagement and business value, allows organizations to make informed, confident decisions when investing in video collaboration for their employees.

BT extends Fuze scale and accelerates global freemium service
The Fuze platform is powered by global cloud infrastructure with regional data centers for optimized routing, reliability and quality. Users have flexibility in how they join Fuze meetings, including by phone. To enhance the quality and coverage of dial-in phone capabilities, Fuze signed a multi-year agreement with BT, in which BT will provide global toll and toll-free dial-in and dial-out (Call Me) phone capabilities as part of the Fuze service. In addition, Fuze will leverage BT's high-performance, global network infrastructure to further enhance quality and reliability.

The expanded dial-in phone coverage will accelerate delivery of the Fuze freemium service on a global scale, complete with local dial-in numbers for nearly all countries. This also provides enterprise customers truly global coverage through the IP-based voice and video capabilities of the Fuze platform, complemented by BT toll and toll-free phone services.

"In collaboration, creating a common context is everything! Many tools today require you to go to another tool to get an e-mail, and a different tool to get a document you want to use in the meeting. This requires the user to deal with new contexts in each case, which saps productivity and makes it a much less enjoyable experience. What I like about Fuze is that it has one common context for the meeting, and it is the same across all devices." said David Coleman, senior research analyst, GigaOm Research. "Fuze is building a video-enabled collaboration service that is simple enough for everyone to use on a more frequent, everyday basis."

Availability
The new Fuze for iPad is now available in the app store. New Fuze applications for iPhone, Mac, Windows, Android (phone and tablet), and web browsers (HTML5) are planned for availability over the next quarter (existing applications now available for these platforms).

About Fuze
Fuze is redefining video communication and collaboration in the workplace. Experience it for yourself at www.fuze.com.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140402/DE96295

SOURCE Fuze

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Cloud Expo Breaking News
Over the last few years the healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record (HER) based systems. This evolution has helped us achieve much desired interoperability. Now the focus is shifting to other equally important aspects – scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), i.e., the largest single medical system in the United States.
It’s time to face reality: "Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus," and in today’s increasingly connected world, understanding “inter-planetary” alignments and deviations is mission-critical for cloud. In her session at 15th Cloud Expo, Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems, will discuss cultural expectations of privacy based on new research across these elements.
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, will discuss the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data and analysis are providing the pull to meet customer expectations of a widely connected, multi-dimensional universe of people, things, and information.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Esri has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them. For more information, visit http://www.esri.com.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudian, Inc., the leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloudian is a Foster City, Calif.-based software company specializing in cloud storage. Cloudian HyperStore® is an S3-compatible cloud object storage platform that enables service providers and enterprises to build reliable, affordable and scalable hybrid cloud storage solutions. Cloudian actively partners with leading cloud computing environments including Amazon Web Services, Citrix Cloud Platform, Apache CloudStack, OpenStack and the vast ecosystem of S3 compatible tools and applications. Cloudian's customers include Vodafone, Nextel, NTT, Nifty, and LunaCloud. The company has additional offices in China and Japan.
There will be 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Today, every manufacturer has a propriety protocol and an app. How do we securely integrate these "things" into our lives and businesses in a way that we can easily control and manage? Even better, how do we integrate these "things" so that they control and manage each other so our lives become more convenient or our businesses become more profitable and/or safe? We have heard that the best interface is no interface. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Co-Founder & CTO at Octoblu, Inc., will discuss how these devices generate enough data to learn our behaviors and simplify/improve our lives. What if we could connect everything to everything? I'm not only talking about connecting things to things but also systems, cloud services, and people. Add in a little machine learning and artificial intelligence and now we have something interesting...
After a couple of false starts, cloud-based desktop solutions are picking up steam, driven by trends such as BYOD and pervasive high-speed connectivity. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Seth Bostock, CEO of IndependenceIT, cuts through the hype and the acronyms, and discusses the emergence of full-featured cloud workspaces that do for the desktop what cloud infrastructure did for the server. He’ll discuss VDI vs DaaS, implementation strategies and evaluation criteria.
Cloud computing started a technology revolution; now DevOps is driving that revolution forward. By enabling new approaches to service delivery, cloud and DevOps together are delivering even greater speed, agility, and efficiency. No wonder leading innovators are adopting DevOps and cloud together! In his session at DevOps Summit, Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, will explore the synergies in these two approaches, with practical tips, techniques, research data, war stories, case studies, and recommendations.
Cloud Computing is evolving into a Big Three of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Cloud 360: Multi-Cloud Bootcamp, being held Nov 4–5, 2014, in conjunction with 15th Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA, delivers a real-world demonstration of how to deploy and configure a scalable and available web application on all three platforms. The Cloud 360 Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, an analyst with Gigaom Research, is the first bootcamp that introduces the core concepts of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based on the workings of the Big Three platforms – Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine, and Azure VMs. Bootcamp attendees will get to see the big picture and also receive the knowledge needed to make the best cloud decisions for their business applications and entire enterprise IT organization.
“Distrix fits into the overall cloud and IoT model around software-defined networking. There’s a broad category around software-defined networking that’s focused on data center, and we focus on the WAN,” explained Jay Friedman, President of Distrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the Internet of @ThingsExpo, held June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City. Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley, November 4–6, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world.
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at 15th Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chad Jones, Vice President, Product Strategy of LogMeIn's Xively IoT Platform, will show you how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
“The Internet of Things is a wave that has arrived and it’s growing really fast. The concern at Aria Systems is making sure that people understand the ramifications of their attempts to monetize whatever it is they build on the Internet of Things," explained C Brendan O’Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect at Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the Internet of @ThingsExpo, held June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City. Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley, November 4–6, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world.
The Internet of Things is a natural complement to the cloud and related technologies such as Big Data, analytics, and mobility. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Joe Weinman will lay out four generic strategies – digital disciplines – to exploit emerging digital technologies for strategic advantage. Joe Weinman has held executive leadership positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Telx, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D.
SYS-CON Events announced today that DevOps.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's “DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo,” which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. DevOps.com is where the world meets DevOps. It is the largest collection of original content relating to DevOps on the web today Featuring up-to-the-minute news, feature stories, blogs, bylined articles and more, DevOps.com is where the thought leaders of the DevOps movement make their ideas known.