What is Microsoft CVI and how does it benefit your business?

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Collaboration and communication tools have made remote working much more accessible and easier, with virtual meeting rooms able to bring people together from all over the world in order to get the job done.

However, with so many different tools available, it’s inevitable that companies and individuals will be using diverse systems that differ from each other. Typically, opposing systems aren’t compatible with each other, which can create an inconvenience for businesses and customers trying to collaborate.

To solve this problem, Cloud Video Interoperability has become a more commonly used term to enable video endpoints to participate in meetings with other platforms. CVI essentially enables third party meeting rooms and personal video devices to join Microsoft Teams meetings.

Many customers have already invested in video teleconferencing and personal video communication devices and don’t wish to upgrade, or wish to amortise their current system before upgrading. Cloud Video Interoperability provides a solution to bridge the gap.

Who is CVI suitable for?

Cloud Video Interoperability is an intermediate service, for those who are still transitioning to a full native Microsoft Teams solution. It’s intended for customers who have a large deployment of meeting room devices and personal devices that are not qualified for direct integration with Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Cloud Video Interoperability is still a relatively new technology in the Microsoft Cloud, specifically engineered to allow participants to join a Microsoft Teams meeting.

CVI is also suitable for those who wish to retain the value of their investment in their current devices and solutions, while migrating to a native Microsoft Teams solution.

How could CVI benefit your business?

Microsoft Cloud Video Interoperability has a number of benefits if you use video communication and collaboration tools. CVI can allow you to keep your current system until you are ready to upgrade, meaning you can still communicate effectively with colleagues, partners and clients. So, if you’re still trying to get the most out of your current system before switching, CVI can bridge the gap.

Interoperability is a huge part of any communication tool. Different systems and technology platforms use different protocols, and cannot talk directly to each other. CVI provides the necessary interoperability to facilitate productive meeting environments.

Using Microsoft CVI can provide a full experience with video, audio and content sharing, as well as workflows for Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business. This seamless integration can be critical for keeping business running smoothly and keeping everyone on the same page.

How to get CVI?

Cloud Video Interoperability isn’t available from Microsoft directly, and must be bought through an integrator like Kinly. There are currently four vendors offering CVI, including Pexip, Poly, Bluejeans and Cisco.

Kinly can help you configure the service in your infrastructure to enable the integration.