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Better than CVI? 
3 solutions in 1: Interoperability, Meeting workflow, Management suite

1. Interoperability
Synergy SKY CONNECT connects any SIP video endpoint to all Microsoft Teams meetings. This award-winning tool is not another collaboration platform but is the glue between platforms and different vendors that make all meetings start on time. Synergy SKY is the only independent vendor focused on meeting interoperability and multi-vendor support.  

2. Meeting workflow
CONNECT enables your SIP video devices to connect with one click to all major meeting platforms thereby optimizing workflow and saving costs for businesses. It supports Cisco Webex OBTP and Poly CTJ into Webex, Teams, Zoom, Cisco CMS, Pexip, Google Meet, BlueJeans, Zoom with CRC, and more. While we do not introduce any new plugins or workflows, we do work with your existing ones.

3. Management suite
CONNECT contains a web and video meeting management suite that provides admins the tools needed to run a modern hybrid collaboration environment. Some of its key features include check-in functionality, no-show warnings, platform incompatibility pre-call notice, phonebooks, meeting reports, de-booking of no-show rooms, and more

 

CONNECT Diagram 3-1


How Synergy SKY CONNECT works
 

The Synergy SKY management suite is a straightforward implementation on your own network with a VM image that can be hosted within most virtualized environments. The benefit of the self-hosted management server is that all CDR and booking data remain safe within your premises. The SIP to Microsoft Teams call interoperability is done by the Synergy SKY CONNECT Service in Azure which handles the real-time media. This “dual implementation” ensures data privacy while providing the scale and flexibility of a cloud service. Please note that our Government solution has a different set-up. 

CONNECT Diagram-1

User-friendly

The users can continue using Outlook or Google calendar for all meeting scheduling, forwarding, editing, or cancellation of meetings, instead of being introduced to new tools and workflows. It’s as easy as in-person meetings. No training needed. 

Presentation sharing

In Teams meetings with SIP devices, the new presenting experience with PowerPoint Live, Whiteboarding, and Raise hand introduces interactivity beyond traditional static presentation sharing (BFCP). Watch this demo to see how it works.

Pricing 

CONNECT has a flat per room / SIP device pricing. Have as many concurrent calls as you like with no additional costs or overage charges.

 

How CVI compares to Synergy SKY CONNECT  

CVI 

"Cloud Video Interop [CVI] provides an intermediate service while you transition to a full native Microsoft Teams Solution, using Teams endpoints." (Source: Microsoft)   

Synergy SKY CONNECT 

Synergy SKY CONNECT enables multi-platform collaboration and creates seamless meeting experiences by synergizing your existing setup. 

Temporary solutions become permanent problems

There are four CVI vendors: Webex, Pexip, Poly, and BlueJeans. Their capabilities are somewhat different when it comes to feature parity.

Synergy SKY CONNECT is a new method for connecting SIP devices to Teams meetings, it is not CVI. It is the only solution that provides the same native Teams Experience on SIP devices and clients. The user will have the same experience from any client.

Feature CVI Synergy SKY CONNECT

SIP to Teams, internal

Green tick

Green tick

SIP to Teams, received invitation (without SIP info)

Red cross

Green tick

BFCP Content Share (from SIP video device)

Green tick

PowerPoint Live

Red cross

Green tick

Whiteboarding

Red cross

Green tick

Dual Screen

Green tick

Red cross

Microsoft Exchange, on-prem

!

Green tick

One-click-to-join via Cisco Webex, Poly endpoints

Red cross

Green tick

Poly, Click-to-Join

!

Green tick

Microsoft Teams Meetings supported: O365, GCC-moderate, GCC-high 

!

Green tick

Microsoft Teams Meetings supported: GCC-DoD

Red cross

Green tick

Fully Private Cloud (IL 2, 4, 5. GCC-High, DoD) with no cloud dependencies

Red cross

Green tick

Native Microsoft Teams experience on SIP devices

Red cross

Green tick


       
Coming Q3 2022
 
         !    Not supported by all CVI vendors

Result

CVI is a partial solution where SIP video devices are unable to join all MS Teams meetings. They also cannot take part in advanced collaborative features such as PowerPoint Live and Whiteboard sharing. CVI is a one-way road into the Microsoft Teams silo.

Synergy SKY gives you the flexibility to join all Microsoft Teams meetings and to use both legacy and new endpoints as well as platforms from any vendor, today and into the future.  

Feature comparison charts can easily be favored by the author. You need to make the decision yourself and we encourage you to get a demo done today. Then you can make a fact-based decision – including the cost/benefit of your choices. 

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Vemun Waksvik

Written by Vemun Waksvik

Video veteran

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