Walking the Walk

by Julie Zellman, Marketing Communications Coordinator, LifeSize

At LifeSize, we spend a lot of time talking about how video conferencing can revolutionize the way companies do business. It is not just a lot of marketing speak, we truly believe it – and we aren’t the only ones drinking the Kool-Aid. Our parent company Logitech also uses LifeSize to connect teams across the globe. The proof is in the pudding, folks – LifeSize and Logitech don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk.

I recently spoke to George Borden of Logitech about his experience with LifeSize. He, Ernie Burghardt and Mourad Souag are working with two teams on Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) version 8.1, the latest software update for G-Series devices. This new project will give users a single configuration interface for their Logitech gaming devices, making set-up much easier so you can get to gaming faster. Unfortunately, the two teams are spread across states – one team is located in Fremont, California (home of Logitech US HQ) and the other is in Camas, Washington, near Portland, Oregon. Though the teams were in the same time-zone, they were separated by nearly 700 miles.

Like many of our customers, Logitech faced challenges while working with a remote team. So much was missing: monitoring the work that was being done, diffusing conflicts among coworkers and even just plain ol’ socializing. George, Ernie and Mourad were desperate to find a way to connect the teams in a more meaningful way than audio calls and piles of email messages. They didn’t have to look far – LifeSize solutions were right around the corner.

The guys decided to set up a live stream of the Camas office via LifeSize® Room 220™ and LifeSize® Desktop™. The workspaces were positioned ”"around the camera and a mobile whiteboard was set up within view, perfect for doodling new ideas or brainstorming together. Almost instantly, the teams were not only interacting on a business level, they were socializing, sharing jokes and truly getting to know one another. Through LifeSize, the teams felt as if they were in the same room. The 700 miles between them suddenly vanished.

Not only did LifeSize technology bring the teams closer, it led to a significant reduction in travel costs. Before the endpoints were deployed, Ernie traveled to and from the sites once every two weeks. After all of the transportation, hotel, food and car rental bills were totaled up, expenses were sky high. Now with LifeSize, there has been zero travel during the entire six-month development effort. That’s right, zero.

Enabling genuine interaction, reducing travel and making the world a greener, more connected place is what we are all about. We truly believe that every company can benefit from HD video conferencing and we were so pleased to hear about Logitech’s positive experience with our solutions. Now, they are not only our parent company, they are satisfied customers too!

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Check out the photos below to see how Logitech implemented LifeSize technology:

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