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Zoom vs. BlueJeans

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Author: Mike Walsh | CEO
Zoom vs. BlueJeans

Without the right communication platform, your business is at a disadvantage in the global marketplace. With so many available options, choosing a video conferencing software for your unique business needs can be daunting. We’ve broken down the basics of Zoom and BlueJeans to help streamline your decision process.

What is BlueJeans?

BlueJeans is a web-based video conferencing tool offering three small business and enterprise packages to suit a broad range of video conferencing needs. Companies such as Intuit, Facebook and Grubhub choose BlueJeans for teleconferencing and remote communication.

BlueJeans’ ME plan, at $12.49 per month per user, accommodates up to 50 participants online and via desktop, Android and iOS mobile apps. With the ME plan, you can schedule your meetings with Office 365, Google Calendar or Outlook, and once you’re in a meeting, share a single application or the entire desktop. BlueJeans also offers language support for English, German, Spanish and French-speaking users.

At the TEAM level, BlueJeans can host up to 75 participants and integrates with popular productivity apps like Slack, Skype and HipChat. Additionally, TEAM comes with limited cloud meeting recording, command center dashboard and historical meeting analytics. Even more, the MY TEAM plan is equipped with travel and emission-based savings measurement video conferencing tools.

BlueJeans’ MY COMPANY plan contains all the features of the MY TEAM plan and can hold up to 100 participants. With this plan, users can connect to H.323 or SIP room systems and benefit from unlimited cloud recording. Other features of MY COMPANY plan include room system-based calendar support, customized interface branding, live meeting monitoring/ control, SIP trunking, as well as a private cloud and peering.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a simple, powerful, cloud-based video conferencing platform designed for webinars, online training, demonstrations and remote meetings. The University of Washington, UBER and Zendesk all use Zoom because of its quality video, screen-sharing capabilities and flexible pricing.

With a range of optional extras — including improved storage, toll-free dialing and webinars, integrations with numerous services and apps (including but not limited to Slack, HipChat, Salesforce, Blackboard, Google Chrome, Microsoft Outlook and Dropbox) — Zoom is packed with features to streamline remote communications.

Zoom’s clean visuals and active voice detection — paired with a well-organized main video screen featuring simple, mouse-over controls — make communication fast, efficient and smooth.

Zoom offers four plans, as well as a la carte add-ons to customize your experience.

  • The Zoom Basic plan is free and can host a maximum of 100 participants. Zoom Basic offers unlimited one-on-one and group meetings for up to 40 minutes.
  • The Zoom Pro plan, at $14 per host, per month, is ideal for smaller teams. Zoom Pro contains all the features of the basic plan, plus an admin control feature and custom personal meeting ID. Zoom Pro accommodates up to 100 participants with unlimited meeting durations and 1 GB of either MP4 or M4A cloud recording capacity. Zoom Pro boasts Skype for business interoperability, a user management system, REST API and an assigned scheduler.
  • The Zoom Business plan for both small or medium businesses runs $19.99 per month, per host. The plan supports a minimum of 10 hosts and comes with all the features of the Pro plan. Zoom Business comes with workplace-focused features such as phone support, optional vanity URL, single sign-on, custom emails and company branding. Other features of the Zoom Business plan include an admin dashboard, on-premise deployment option, managed domains and LTI integration.
  • The Zoom Enterprise plan, also for $19.99 per month per host, is ideal for large companies and supports a minimum of 100 hosts. Zoom Enterprise includes all the features of the Business plan, and can accommodate up to 200 participants. Zoom Enterprise offers unlimited cloud storage and a devoted customer success manager, as well as executive business reviews and bundle discounts on additional features.
  • Optional Add-ons: Zoom offers the following optional paid add-ons:
    • Extra cloud recording storage for about $40 per month
    • 323/SIP Room Connector starting at $49 per month
    • Join by Zoom Rooms which starts at $49 per month
    • Call Me which starts at $100 per month
    • Add Video Webinars starting at $40 per month

Both BlueJeans and Zoom have a lot to offer your business. DGI is ready to help your business find the video conferencing service that best suits your needs and budget.

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Mike Walsh | CEO

Mike Walsh is a 15+ year veteran in the audio visual industry, bringing extensive knowledge of AV design, implementation, service and sales to DGI. Mike is high energy, providing leadership and driving innovation for the diverse divisions that make up our company. He’s also led a team that was recognized as the top integration firm serving educational markets in the country two years running.

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