Cohesion Platform Simplifies Videoconferencing Scheduling and Management by Adding One-Click Outlook(R) Integration for Pexip(R) Infinity
OSLO, Norway -- Dec. 4, 2014 -- Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that technology partner Covene, a Midwest-based unified communications and collaboration (UCC) consulting firm, has launched the Covene Cohesion Platform, which introduces Microsoft(R) Outlook(R) integration. Available as an optional extension to Pexip Infinity, the Cohesion Platform further simplifies the market's most comprehensive face-to-face communications solution by bringing users incredibly easy meeting scheduling capabilities within Outlook at a minimal cost.
"The release of our Cohesion Platform is an extremely exciting evolution for collaboration technology," said Mark Turpin, principal consultant at Covene. "Sustaining Pexip's commitment to provide a simple and efficient method for making video available to everyone, this innovation maintains the ability to significantly lower cost of ownership in comparison to traditional solutions. Developed in response to customer demand, the addition of Outlook integration further simplifies the way users seamlessly book, meet, and manage their Pexip Infinity meetings."
Communicating with Pexip Infinity through an extensive API, the solution's Active Directory native plug-in for Outlook 2010 and 2013 allows organizations to provide employees with a branded button within the Outlook ribbon. By simply clicking "schedule meeting," preconfigured meeting information is embedded within the meeting invite -- eliminating the need to copy and paste both meeting details and instructions. All meeting invitation information is also fully customizable to meet organizational standards and deployment models, including local audio dial-in information, PIN codes if required, virtual and physical meeting rooms, and more.
"We selected Pexip Infinity due to its scalability, affordability, and incredible ease of use," said Dave Medley, director of IS Infrastructure Services and Security at Bryan Cave, a Covene customer. "Now combined with Covene's Cohesion Platform, our Pexip video meeting creation and management process becomes fully automated -- allowing dynamic meeting creation, auto scheduling and notification, endpoint management, and more. As a result, the deployment of videoconferencing within our organization has been greatly enhanced."
As an added feature, the solution allows users to include direct soft client links for WebRTC, Microsoft Lync(R), and other vendor platforms, while administrators retain the ability to determine the information included in meeting invites at the systemwide level through an intuitive Web-based interface. Administrators can also populate employee-specific invite information if different meeting specifics are required. After meetings are scheduled and invites are sent, the Covene Cohesion Platform tracks the start and end times of meetings while dynamically creating virtual meeting rooms with correct configurations without any administrative interventions.
Offering both time-saving and convenience-based features, the Covene Cohesion Platform uniquely enables a delegate to schedule or reschedule meetings on behalf of principal organizers. To further optimize scheduling, a Web Scheduler browser-based tool lets users quickly book a Pexip meeting or conference call without the need to open Microsoft Outlook. The Covene Cohesion Platform also features a Conference Control Module, allowing users to actively monitor participants that join or leave meetings in addition to providing secure information-sharing capabilities. Application settings include a wide range of healthcare environments. With Cohesion, organizations can enable dynamic controls for meeting security to help address compliancy requirements such as those of HIPAA.
"By releasing Cohesion, Covene is adding even more convenience and flexibility to our Pexip Infinity platform," said Simen Teigre, Pexip CEO. "Developed by popular demand, Covene's Outlook module lets users schedule meetings at the click of a button, facilitating virtual collaboration with an incredibly simple tool that is both easy to set up and administer for users familiar with today's Outlook environment."
Pexip Infinity enhances and simplifies the user experience for face-to-face communications in conferences that include Microsoft Lync, legacy video, and WebRTC-connected users -- radically reinventing the way organizations can meet on any device -- without enormous video infrastructure investments. Covene is a leading UCC provider whose dedication to innovation directly aligns with Pexip's scalable, virtualized, software-driven approach.
More information on the new Covene Cohesion platform is available at www.covene.com/covene-cohesion.
For a free test drive of Pexip Infinity, please visit www.pexip.com.
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Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly enables everyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.
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Caption: The Covene Cohesion Scheduling Module offers native integration within the Microsoft Outlook(R) Ribbon to offer a familiar button for simple meeting scheduling. The customizable icon gives organizations the opportunity to brand their video with their corporate image seamlessly. Cohesion supports Outlook 2010, 2013.