BT today announced the release of Engage Meeting Manager 2.0, an advanced version of BT Conferencing’s powerful web-based scheduling and automation tool. New features are designed to make reservations faster and easier through an intuitive conference wizard, meeting templates, custom directories, B2B scheduling, iCal integration and user interface improvements.
“BT Conferencing understands that customers with limited CapEx need to make full use of existing equipment as they refresh older units,” says Bob Seidel, Vice President of Product Marketing & Sales Operations for BT Conferencing’s Video Business Unit.
“Engage Meeting Manager is the only single-interface tool in the industry that schedules and automates launch of Polycom, TANDBERG, LifeSize, Cisco TelePresence, and other systems together in the same call. It supports older systems, newer systems, IP, ISDN, standard definition and high definition and behind the scenes, the system has features like Least Cost Routing that address network savings. Customers are also offered dozens of performance and usage reports that can guide optimal video conferencing decisions. It really brings it all together and makes it easy to use.”
“In today’s economy, companies are considering video conferencing as an alternative to travel. They are also keeping close tabs on their expenditures so Engage Meeting Manager makes perfect sense. As a hosted web-based tool, there is no hardware or software licenses to purchase and support. Other enterprise management solutions can cost well over $10,000 before staffing and lifecycle costs,” notes Jeff Prestel, General Manager of BT Conferencing’s Video Business Unit. “And they don’t provide the flexibility and ease of use offered by Engage Meeting Manager.”
Engage Meeting Manager 2.0 is available to all BT Conferencing video customers, whether the customer utilizes BT multi-tenant bridges or their own managed bridging infrastructure. Multi-tenant customers can use Engage Meeting Manager without incurring additional fees and are able to utilize BT Conferencing’s multi-tenant bridging at rates that start as low as $0.25 per minute per site for calls scheduled and auto-launched with the tool.
Managed Services customers pay a low annual fee for Engage Meeting Manager and are able to schedule unlimited automated call launches.
Over the last three years, the percentage of BT Conferencing video calls scheduled via Engage Meeting Manager has increased from around 10% to approximately 25% of all calls, with several companies realizing dramatic cost savings that can be gained by using Engage.
About BT Conferencing
BT Conferencing was established more than 20 years ago and is now a leading global provider of audio, video and web conferencing and collaboration services with current reach in more than 75 countries. BT Conferencing is based in the USA, EMEA and Asia Pacific and specialises in the delivery of reliable, robust and innovative conferencing and collaborative solutions and product hardware to some of the largest companies in the world. The company offers tailor-made solutions to customers, whether they are major global businesses or small SMEs. With businesses now juggling to increase productivity, being more environmentally aware and at the same time looking to improve the work-life balance of its employees, conferencing and collaboration services provide a cost effective and time saving solution.
BT (bt.com) is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.
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