Vemun Waksvik

Vemun Waksvik

Video Veteran

Recent posts by Vemun Waksvik

6 min read

Synergy SKY is now available on your Control Hub dashboard

By Vemun Waksvik on May 16, 2024 3:40:09 PM

Synergy SKY has already become one of the most used integrations in Control Hub.


Synergy SKY Press Release:

Topics: Cisco Webex Interoperability Synergy SKY CONNECT
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Live captions displayed on SIP devices in Teams meetings

By Vemun Waksvik on Apr 29, 2024 4:50:01 PM

Live captions enable people who are deaf or hard of hearing to follow along with the conversation, fostering inclusion and participation in meetings.

Even for those with normal hearing, captions can aid focus by providing a visual reinforcement of what's being said. This can be especially helpful in noisy environments or for meetings with heavy jargon or technical discussions.

Synergy SKY Press Release:

Topics: Interoperability Synergy SKY CONNECT Microsoft Teams
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Poly RealConnect Sunset. End of Life

By Vemun Waksvik on Apr 19, 2024 10:20:38 AM

Synergy SKY CONNECT: A Viable Alternative to the Sunsetting Poly RealConnect

Poly RealConnect, a video conferencing interoperability gateway for standards-based video systems to connect to Microsoft Teams and Skype meetings, is nearing its end of life. This leaves many businesses scrambling to find a suitable replacement.

Topics: Video Conferencing Cisco Interoperability SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT
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New Macro: Unleash the Power of Your Video Conferencing Device

By Vemun Waksvik on Mar 25, 2024 3:16:02 PM

Empowering VTCs for Active Participation in Video Meetings

Topics: Video Conferencing Interoperability SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT Microsoft Teams
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Unleash the power of your Cisco video endpoints

By Vemun Waksvik on Feb 14, 2024 12:36:00 PM

If there was ever a time to get your video conferencing technology and platforms optimized, this is it. Here's how you can make your video conferencing endpoints do the work for you. 

Topics: Synergy ANALYZE Synergy SKY CONNECT
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A standards-based and certified interop solution from Synergy SKY

By Vemun Waksvik on Feb 12, 2024 1:37:00 PM

Synergy CONNECT is a video conferencing interoperability gateway that connects SIP and WebRTC/HTML protocols together, allowing users to join web browser-based meetings from SIP devices. This interoperability is achieved through adherence to industry standards:


•    SIP: An open standard ratified by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), ensuring compatibility with various SIP-based video conferencing systems.


•    WebRTC: An open standard supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, enabling seamless web browser-based meeting participation.
 
 

Topics: Video Conferencing Microsoft Mixed Workflows Interoperability SIP
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3 factors that drive adoption of video conferencing

By Vemun Waksvik on Feb 5, 2024 3:14:00 PM

There are 3 crucial factors you need to have in order to achieve a frictionless meeting experience across technologies and generations of products: CompatibilityInteroperability,  and Consistency

Topics: Video Conferencing
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SIP to Web interop gateway now available in the Azure Marketplace

By Vemun Waksvik on Jan 24, 2024 2:01:00 PM

Synergy SKY CONNECT offers an award-winning interoperability gateway that connects Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, and Webex meetings to existing video conference devices such as Cisco and Poly.    

Topics: Video Conferencing Microsoft Mixed Workflows Interoperability SIP
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Cisco TelePresence Management Suite (TMS) replacement

By Vemun Waksvik on Jan 17, 2024 4:18:00 PM

Cisco TelePresence Management Suite and Cisco TelePresence Management Suite XE (Cisco TMS/ Cisco TMS XE ) is a portal for administering and monitoring your videoconferencing network from a single, organized interface. Both of them offer centralized control for on-site and remote video systems, as well as deployment and scheduling for the whole video network.

NEWS: End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Cisco Telepresence Management Suite (TMS) and Exchange Integration (XE) Subscriptions (https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/conferencing/telepresence-management-suite-tms/tele-manage-suite-eol.html

Topics: Cisco TMS
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The only Standards-based Interop Video Gateway

By Vemun Waksvik on Jan 9, 2024 9:37:00 AM

Synergy SKY CONNECT – the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to Web / WebRTC interoperability gateway - is a patented solution that connects these two standards for video, audio and data together.

Topics: Video Conferencing Microsoft Cisco Interoperability SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT
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One Organization, Six Conference Platforms

By Vemun Waksvik on Jan 8, 2024 12:56:00 PM

How do you schedule and start meetings when you have six platforms to choose from?

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Use Case
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Synergy SKY CONNECT empowers Lifesize customers

By Vemun Waksvik on Dec 12, 2023 3:29:45 PM

Synergy SKY CONNECT empowers Lifesize customers to expand their meeting capabilities beyond the CVI experience they have, encompassing:
  • Seamlessly join all Microsoft Teams, meetings
  • Engage in seamless application sharing (adding PowerPoint live and whiteboarding)
  • Connect effortlessly to all Zoom and Google Meetings
Synergy SKY CONNECT is an award winning patented interoperability gateway that can be used by all video conferencing SIP video devices.

Enghouse press release:


Partnership With Synergy SKY Advances Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Cisco, Vidyo

MARKHAM, ON, Dec. 12, 2023 /CNW/ - Enghouse Interactive, a leading provider of customer engagement solutions, today announced a strategic technology partnership with Synergy SKY, a leader in simplifying video communication across multiple platforms.

This important partnership marks a significant step in enhancing the interoperability and user experience in video conferencing. It focuses on Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco and Enghouse proprietary video products Vidyo, Qumu and Lifesize.

Under this partnership, Enghouse Interactive's latest acquisition, Lifesize, will fully integrate Synergy SKY CONNECT, a leading solution for seamless video meetings. This integration expands and improves the customer experience by extending support to a wide range of video meeting technologies.

Enghouse Lifesize room systems, known for its high-definition video conferencing solutions, will benefit significantly from Synergy SKY CONNECT's intuitive and user-friendly meeting experience. This collaboration aligns with Enghouse Interactive's focus on superior communication solutions that cater to the evolving needs of businesses and their customers.

"We are delighted to partner with Synergy SKY," said Vince Mifsud, President of Enghouse. "Their innovative approach to video conferencing aligns perfectly with our strategy of offering customers choice when delivering exceptional customer experiences through our technology. This move is timely, considering more companies are returning to their offices in a full or hybrid model increasing the importance of quality video conferencing and collaboration in the global business landscape."

Ståle Reitan, CEO of Synergy SKY, added: "Our collaboration with Enghouse Interactive represents a significant milestone for us. We are dedicated to making video meetings as straightforward and efficient as possible. Joining forces with Enghouse Interactive, a company that shares our mission, will allow us to take our customer service to higher levels."

For more information about the partnership and the integrated solutions, please visit https://www.enghouseinteractive.com and https://www.synergysky.com.

About Enghouse Interactive    

Enghouse Interactive (EI), a subsidiary of Enghouse Systems Limited, is a global leader in contact center software and video technology solutions offering its customers and partners the valuable advantage of choice. EI empowers businesses to transform contact centers from cost centers into powerful growth engines. EI simplifies complex integrations through open standards and supporting various telephony technologies to ensure seamless customer accessibility across channels and locations.

Information contact:
Balvinder Sandhu
balvinder.sandhu@enghouse.com 

Synergy SKY is bridging the gap between video meeting platforms, enabling seamless collaboration for individuals across diverse locations and devices. As an independent software development and sales company Synergy SKY is creating synergies between different meeting platforms and simplifies the user experience. Synergy SKY connects your video conference rooms to Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google meetings. https://www.synergysky.com/

Information contact:
Vemun Waksvik
vw@synergysky.com

SOURCE Enghouse Systems Limited

Topics: Interoperability Synergy SKY CONNECT Lifesize
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How does CVI compare to the Synergy SKY CONNECT interop?

By Vemun Waksvik on Dec 1, 2023 11:47:00 AM

Is Synergy SKY better than CVI? 
Synergy SKY has 3 solutions in 1: Interoperability, Meeting workflow & Management Suite

Topics: Video Conferencing FreeBSD Microsoft Cisco Mixed Workflows SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT Featured
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SIP video endpoint registration service

By Vemun Waksvik on Oct 27, 2023 10:04:19 AM

Register your video endpoints with Synergy SKY - it's the only service your video devices need

Topics: Video Conferencing SIP
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Announcing the multi-vendor gateway!

By Vemun Waksvik on Oct 18, 2023 10:46:00 AM

Connect to all Google, Zoom and Teams meetings from any Cisco / Poly video endpoint.

Topics: Google Microsoft Interoperability SIP
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SIP to Zoom interoperability is now available in Synergy SKY CONNECT

By Vemun Waksvik on Sep 26, 2023 10:02:09 PM

We are excited to announce the launch of SIP to Zoom interoperability support in Synergy SKY CONNECT! This new feature allows users to join Zoom meetings from any SIP video endpoint, without the need for any additional hardware or software.

Topics: Video Conferencing Mixed Workflows Interoperability SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT zoom
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Have you ever booked a fake meeting to appear busier at work?

By Vemun Waksvik on Sep 20, 2023 11:22:00 AM

Whether you want to admit it or not, throughout our working lives, many of us have bent the rules when it comes to business meetings.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing IoT Meeting No-show
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Make business video meetings easy: Simplified Scheduling, Joining & Content Sharing

By Vemun Waksvik on Aug 29, 2023 2:20:25 PM

Video meetings have become an essential part of our professional lives. However, they often come with their fair share of complexities and challenges. Sean Lessman from Synergy SKY discusses how to solve some of these problems with an easy-to-use, user-friendly, and cost-effective solution.

Topics: Video Conferencing Microsoft Mixed Workflows Interoperability SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT
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Synergy SKY featured in Cisco Webex blog

By Vemun Waksvik on Aug 25, 2023 4:00:00 PM

Synergy SKY was recently featured in a blog post on the Cisco Webex website. To learn how we together connected 120 Cisco video rooms to Zoom and Google - read the full blog here.

Topics: Video Conferencing Microsoft Cisco Interoperability SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT
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How to handle video meeting invitations - and connect rooms to all meetings

By Vemun Waksvik on Jul 10, 2023 5:30:00 PM

Video meeting invitations often present a challenge when it comes to figuring out how to join the meeting. This can lead to frustration and delays in starting the meetings or even people avoiding the use of video conferencing rooms altogether. 

This is how to take any meeting invitation and generate a green join button that will promptly connect video conference devices all meetings.

Topics: Video Conferencing Microsoft Mixed Workflows Interoperability SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT
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In-room booking of room and video with Cisco Webex touch controller

By Vemun Waksvik on Jun 8, 2023 1:30:00 PM

With Synergy SKY in-room booking, you can book both room and video meetings ad-hoc from your touch panel if the room is available. In addition, the 30.03 SW release has: Cisco Endpoint Phone Books, Room Issue Notifications.

Topics: Video Conferencing Release Notes Cisco
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How to connect your Cisco and Poly endpoints to ALL Microsoft Teams meetings

By Vemun Waksvik on Oct 20, 2022 12:47:24 PM

  • There is an alternative to buying new hardware. You can get interop software today! 

  • The number of meeting platforms that you need to adapt to is increasing. Interoperability is becoming more and more important

  • The major meeting platforms are changing every 3 years* 

Topics: Cisco SIP Synergy SKY CONNECT Microsoft Teams Featured
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How to ensure video communication interoperability in 3 steps

By Vemun Waksvik on Jan 5, 2022 3:32:27 PM

As the home office backdrop slowly loses its charm and the need for a professional meeting setting increases, people are beginning to travel into the office to make use of meeting rooms for their video meetings.  

Video conferencing utilization will increase even after we return to the office, which highlights the need for proper video conferencing equipment in all meeting rooms and a strategy for UC interoperability. 

Topics: Interoperability Synergy SKY CONNECT
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Are meetings the biggest wasted cost for businesses?

By Vemun Waksvik on Oct 16, 2021 4:30:00 PM

How often have you found yourself diving into an empty meeting room that is shown as being pre-booked? You say - “let’s grab this meeting room quickly, if someone comes along we’ll find another”. It’s all too common in office spaces, and there's a very real reason for this.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing IoT Meeting No-show
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How to connect Cisco IX Series to a Microsoft Teams or Zoom Meeting

By Vemun Waksvik on Aug 28, 2021 2:33:00 PM

Learn how to easily connect your Cisco IX Series immersive telepresence endpoints to a Microsoft Teams or Zoom meeting with one click, while scheduling natively in Outlook or Google Calendar.

Topics: Video Conferencing
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Certified or non-certified solutions? 3 factors to consider when deciding on a VC solution

By Vemun Waksvik on Jul 16, 2021 2:45:00 PM

When deciding on software to streamline your set-up and eliminate your challenges, it is important that this software gives you the needed features today, tomorrow, and for the future. 

Topics: Video Conferencing Cisco
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Putting the ‘human’ into virtual meetings

By Vemun Waksvik on Jul 9, 2021 2:36:00 PM



From Beijing to Boston and everywhere in between, events and meetings are being cancelled. Starbucks has cancelled the company’s annual shareholder meeting and is holding a virtual meeting instead. TED’s conference in Canada is not going ahead, postponed along with hundreds of other trade shows.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Synergy JOIN
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Benefits of adding Synergy SKY Suite to Cisco TMS XE

By Vemun Waksvik on Jan 23, 2021 2:31:00 PM

Experienced Videoconferencing and Collaboration/Workspace Technology teams have long understood the value of endpoint management tools such as Cisco TelePresence Management Suite (Cisco TMS).

Topics: Cisco TMS
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Synergy SKY is now an Official Cisco Solutions Plus Partner

By Vemun Waksvik on Jan 19, 2021 2:58:29 PM

As an offshoot from old Tandberg which was acquired by Cisco in 2010, Synergy SKY has now gone full circle by becoming a Cisco Solutions Plus Partner.

Topics: News & Press
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Multiplying market access with key Cisco agreement

By Vemun Waksvik on Dec 14, 2020 1:47:09 PM

With the recent acquisition of an IoT platform and a fresh certification from Cisco, Synergy SKY opens its doors to millions of new meeting rooms.

Topics: News & Press Cisco
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Technology Acquisition: IoT sensor & cloud solutions for the meeting room

By Vemun Waksvik on Dec 11, 2020 4:41:06 PM

Update: January 16th, 2024 - Product end of life

Synergy SKY is now increasing its reach to all meeting rooms by acquiring an existing IoT technology platform. The technology will make it possible to detect presence in meeting rooms without videoconferencing equipment, by using low-cost IoT sensors that are quick and easy to deploy.

Topics: IoT Sensors
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Bring Cisco WebEx Room Series into Microsoft Teams or Zoom Meetings

By Vemun Waksvik on Nov 11, 2020 12:55:00 PM

Learn how to easily connect your Cisco or Poly video conferencing endpoints into a Microsoft Teams, Skype, or any other VMR meeting with one click, while scheduling natively in Outlook or Google Calendar.

Topics: Video Conferencing Synergy JOIN
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'Tandberg offshoot doubles revenue'

By Vemun Waksvik on Jul 21, 2020 2:54:02 PM

Growth in the American video conferencing market doubled Synergy SKY’s results last year. And there’s more to come.  

Topics: News & Press
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Meet our new Regional Sales Manager for UK and Ireland

By Vemun Waksvik on Jul 2, 2020 11:45:51 AM

Having grown up in the collaboration field, there is no doubt Adele Thornton is a perfect addition to the Synergy SKY team. With more than 17 years of industry experience, she is now taking on the role of the new Regional Sales Manager in the UK and Ireland. 

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Izettle investor with $6.5 million USD boost to Synergy SKY

By Vemun Waksvik on May 11, 2020 1:49:59 PM

Synergy SKY receives $6.5 million USD backing as the Swedish investor Håkan Roos becomes major shareholder. This post is a translated version of a news article published by the Norwegian leading business news publication "Finansavisen".    

Topics: Board Investment
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Welcome Industry Legend Sean Lessman to the Team

By Vemun Waksvik on Dec 5, 2019 11:26:02 AM

He has been pulling strings in the industry since 1995. Learn how he sees the market evolving and where it's going from here.

First, a very warm welcome to the team Sean, we very much look forward to working closely with you and having fun together. Sean will take on the role of VP Business Development with a focus on new markets and developing relationships with Cisco and Microsoft. Read his own exciting and insightful words about the journey that lead him here and beyond: 

Topics: New Hire
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New Launch: Synergy of Things - Make ALL meetings efficient meetings

By Vemun Waksvik on Nov 12, 2019 12:27:54 PM

The Synergy of Things is our latest software solution that extracts data from meeting room sensors, attendee behavior, and calendar data to make all meetings more efficient.

Introducing Synergy of Things
We are leading the way in making all meetings more efficient to save time, space, and money.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Synergy JOIN Synergy ANALYZE News & Press
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30+ Fortune 500 are using Synergy SKY to make video meetings easier

By Vemun Waksvik on Jul 28, 2019 10:34:04 AM

                                                                                       
We have added more than 30 Fortune Global 500 companies and hundreds of others to our software solutions for easier video meetings.  Find out why...

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Use Case
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It takes five or ten minutes just to get connected - Tim Cook, Apple

By Vemun Waksvik on Jun 3, 2019 10:41:00 AM

"It's an incredible loss of productivity" he continued to mention during his keynote at Cisco Live. Tim was talking about the time wasted to just get a virtual meeting started.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Synergy JOIN
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NEW PRODUCT: Synergy CONTROL

By Vemun Waksvik on Jan 11, 2019 9:55:44 AM

Synergy CONTROL gives video administrators instant control over scheduled and active meetings. Flexible search methods put the admin on top of any situation faster. The right tool at the right time eliminates frustration and ensures successful meetings in real-time.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Synergy CONTROL
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2 major pains with video conferencing and how to eliminate them

By Vemun Waksvik on Nov 2, 2018 5:09:29 PM



Time is your and your organization’s most valuable asset. Make sure you don’t waste it on mundane routines such as planning and starting/joining video meetings.

Topics: Video Conferencing Synergy JOIN
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Halvorsen is back in videoconferencing

By Vemun Waksvik on Sep 6, 2018 3:36:00 PM

After a few years break from the collaboration industry, Halvorsen thinks the timing is perfect for a comeback...

Topics: New Hire Sales
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Synergy JOIN awarded Best Videoconference Software

By Vemun Waksvik on Jul 24, 2018 10:23:44 AM

With over 1,000 exhibitors, we're honoured to be one of few companies receiving an "BEST of InfoComm"-award by rAVE.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Events
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exTANDBERG team grows quadruply (...) - Dagens Næringsliv

By Vemun Waksvik on May 9, 2018 7:46:46 PM

Norway’s largest business newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv (DN), picks up Synergy SKY's hockey stick growth.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Events
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REC.VC + Synergy JOIN: Video meeting recording made easy

By Vemun Waksvik on Mar 21, 2018 2:57:17 PM

It has never been easier to schedule, join, record, and playback your meetings, across any collaboration platform.

Topics: Sales Partners Pexip Videonor News & Press REC.VC
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Synergy SKY CEO relocates to New York

By Vemun Waksvik on Mar 19, 2018 10:38:33 AM

Video-Valley is in Norway, but the market is in the US. 

Topics: Sales Partners News & Press
2 min read

Your plans for 2018 are...?

By Vemun Waksvik on Feb 2, 2018 3:55:30 PM

Do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of your life in a good way! 

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Synergy JOIN StarLeaf Partners Pexip Videonor
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Dan-Ove Hafstad ny salgssjef Norge, Danmark og Island

By Vemun Waksvik on Aug 11, 2017 3:23:12 PM

Synergy SKY ansetter Dan-Ove Hafstad som vår første salgssjef dedikert for Norge, Danmark og Island. Han er litt av en mann!  Les intervjuet med han her.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Telepresence New Hire Norway
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Join Teams, Skype for Business or Google Hangouts meetings with one click

By Vemun Waksvik on Jun 16, 2017 2:08:00 PM

The Synergy SKY Management Suite solves the most common problem users face when walking into a meeting room with a video conferencing system: "How to join the meeting?"

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Telepresence
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Office Management first mover on new technology from Synergy SKY

By Vemun Waksvik on May 19, 2017 2:01:00 PM

Leading Swedish collaboration experts brings national footprint and global customers to Synergy SKY certified partner network.

Topics: Collaboration Video Conferencing Telepresence

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