In 2017, development of the EMS Platform has been guided by three areas of focus: architecture, integrations, and user experience. As the first major release of EMS this year, the Spring 2017 Release establishes EMS as the only true enterprise-class scheduling software platform available to the modern enterprise and evolving campus.

The Spring 2017 Release expands how you can make reservations, create video conference meetings, and integrate new or custom software and hardware with EMS. Key features include the ability to:

  • Book technologies such as Cisco and Polycom through Microsoft Exchange Resource Mailboxes.
  • Deliver easy, self-service video conferencing for your everyday users with Skype for Business.
  • Book rooms and view more information in the redesigned EMS Room Sign App.
  • Create faster and more flexible software and hardware integrations through the new EMS Platform Services.

READ THE BLOG: Introducing the Spring 2017 Release

Self-service video conferencing

Video conferencing (VC) should be easy to enable and convenient to access. In addition to the existing managed VC process, EMS now offers two options that give your everyday users the ability to book video conferences themselves – and not worry about connecting to the backend technology:

  • Skype for Business Integration: a new, one-click feature to add a Skype meeting to an EMS room reservation and allow users to join the Skype meeting from the reservation on any Skype-enabled device.
  • Exchange Room Integration (ERI): an add-on method that automatically detects and invites video conferencing tools to an EMS meeting through an integration with Exchange resource mailboxes.

The modern room sign

Your users want real-time information and at-a-glance availability for their meeting, learning, and working spaces. The new, redesigned EMS Room Sign App (formerly Glance) streamlines the user experience, offering:

  • A clean, color-coded interface that’s easy to scan for information.
  • Simplified buttons and options, with fewer steps to make or edit reservations.
  • Landscape and portrait orientations, including an Agenda View of the day’s events.
  • Easier customization for your organization’s branding.

Integrations with the EMS Platform

Introducing EMS Platform Services, the new add-on, middle-tier component and RESTful API that provides a modern, scalable way for partners and customers to integrate with the EMS Platform. With Platform Services:

  • EMS customers can more easily connect EMS to custom access points such as a kiosk or a simple mobile app.
  • EMS partners can develop marketable connectors for software such as online payment portals more quickly and with less complexity.
  • EMS can speed the development of updates and new features like the Skype for Business Integration.

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