Barco has announced that leading meeting room players Logitech, Jabra, Vaddio and Yamaha have joined its brand new ClickShare Alliance Program. Together with key partners Barco aims to bring better hybrid meetings, powered by the ClickShare portfolio and peripherals from alliance partners. As a result, customers can enjoy one simple, one-click wireless conferencing solutions with guaranteed compatibility for their workplace.
A perfect match for hybrid working
Dealing with the challenges that the pandemic brought on, a much needed new balance between home office and workplace resulted in hybrid ways of working and meeting (i.e. employees are partly remote and partly in-office), where video has been accepted as a natural way of collaboration. Now, as businesses embrace this new normal of hybrid ways and step-by-step return to the office, it has become clear that connecting in-room and remote participants in meetings is still far from an engaging experience. That’s why Barco developed ClickShare Conference, an intuitive wireless conferencing solution.
Building a collaboration and conferencing ecosystem where customers win
Combining complementary strengths with partners that have great expertise in productivity, control, peripherals or unified communications, Barco wants to build a solid ecosystem for meeting and collaboration experiences.
“At Barco we believe solid and long-lasting partnerships are key for growing businesses effectively. Having these best of breed partners onboard in our Alliance Program only underlines the market attractiveness of our ClickShare proposition. And more importantly, we are able to offer customers tested, validated and certified solutions for better hybrid meetings. Because great things happen, when partners click,” says David Fitzgerald, VP Global Alliances at Barco.
Barco’s ClickShare alliance partner program features three different partnership levels, from Compatible to Strategic. The first partnership level, Compatible, brings customers meeting room solutions that have been verified for technical compatibility. The second level, Certified, brings customers even more peace of mind, as products are tested and validated every quarter for compatibility. And at the third level, Strategic, product functionalities can be integrated between Barco and the partner, for a superior user experience.
Starring the new certified partners
A customer-first approach and a high esteem for innovation are the starting points of Barco’s new joint partnerships with Logitech, Jabra, Vaddio and Yamaha. Their “best in class” selection of products have been certified to work seamlessly together with Barco’s ClickShare Conference portfolio, offering total solutions for customers that are crucial for the new ways of collaboration in the hybrid workplace.
“Employees and business decision makers expect a superior conferencing experience for local and remote participants to stay engaged and productive. With Jabra conference solutions and ClickShare Conference, we are solving a critical need in the changing workplace. Everyone in the meeting – remote or present – is seen and heard, with a truly plug and play approach.”
Aurangzeb Khan, Senior Vice President, Intelligent Vision Systems at Jabra
“We are excited to work with Barco and pleased to offer products that are certified to work seamlessly with ClickShare Conference. Together, we are solving an important need for business users to simply start a high-quality video call when bringing their own device to the conference room and flexibly deploy any cloud video service they want without wires.”
Sudeep Trivedi, Head of Global Alliances and go-to-market, Logitech Video Collaboration
“Our partnership with Barco brings customers ease-of-mind knowing our products have been tested and confirmed to work seamlessly together to bring a high-quality collaboration solution from two trusted manufacturers. We are proud to work together with Barco to provide easy-to-use, software agnostic solutions for today’s communication spaces.”
Michael Fitch, VP of Sales and Marketing at Yamaha Unified Communications
“At Vaddio and Legrand AV, we know having strong partnerships within our industry benefits not just our dealer and integrator networks but improves the user experience through thoughtful planning and cooperation. As an Alliance Partner, we have been able to identify even more ways that our combined solutions can make meetings and collaboration easier. The ClickShare program ensures that we can stand behind the solutions we introduce, and also uncover more opportunities to better serve customers moving forward.”
Beth Peterson, Marketing Manager at Vaddio