We are happy to see that our technology partners, StarLeaf and Lifesize, have been included in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions. The aim of the report is to assist organisations, which are looking to introduce digital workplace initiatives, to find a vendor best suited to their needs.
Gartner defines a meeting solution as one that enables richness of information and interaction by combining messaging, content and screen sharing, video and audio.
StarLeaf and Lifesize were the only new additions to this year’s report. Gartner highlighted StarLeaf’s ease-of-use, integration with its own conference room endpoints (as well as third-party devices), high availability, consistent uptime performance, and strong customer endorsements as the provider’s strengths.
Lifesize’s Icon series was highlighted as a strength by Gartner, as it provides native integration with Lifesize Cloud service platform, as well as interoperability with other manufacturers’ room video systems. Like StarLeaf, Lifesize’s customers cited the quality of the audio and video as a positive characteristic of its meeting solution.
Polycom, West, and ZTE were all excluded from this year’s report for various reasons. For Polycom, Gartner stated, “this vendor offers valuable and complementary audio/video components for conference room and desktop environments. It does not, however, have the full portfolio of meeting solutions capabilities as defined in the inclusion criteria for this Magic Quadrant.”