Oblong Industries’ Transformative Collaboration Tech Sets the Pace across EMEA region; Revenue Grows 50+% Year-On-Year For the Last 3 Years Running

Oblong’s Gesture-Enabled Visual Collaboration Software Makes the “Future of Work” a Reality Now; Through its Concept of Infopresence, Oblong’s Technology Enables Global Enterprise to Drive Data Visualization, Team Collaboration and Communication

London, 7th July, 2016 – Oblong Industries, pioneers of foundational technology for the new era of collaborative work, today announced 50+% growth in revenue year-on-year for the last three years and 50+% growth in worldwide headcount within the same timeframe. The company is driving its expansion in the EMEA region with prestigious new client wins and the launch of the Oblong Channel Advantage Program.

Steve Smith, Oblong Regional Sales Director comments:

“We are hugely encouraged by progress over the past year.  Achieving over 50% year on year growth in the region is no mean feat and we are delighted that more enterprising and innovative businesses are benefiting from Mezzanine’s transformative collaboration technology.”

Oblong CEO John Underkoffler adds:

“We’ve really just scratched the surface of how broadly this technology will be adopted -- though we’re moving toward critical mass. The way we interact with computers hasn’t changed for 30 years. Now it’s time for the world to step across the threshold of an entirely different way of working. We believe the concept of Infopresence is the core of this ‘future of the work’. It’s here today and deployed in some the world’s largest companies – but we’re also adding to those cutting-edge implementations with strong interest and adoption further down the enterprise scale spectrum.”

The company, founded by MIT Media Lab researcher and award-winning computer scientist John Underkoffler, was recently named a “Cool Vendor” in Gartner’s 2016 report on Human-Machine Interface[1], a further indicator of its unrivaled work in creating the next generation of computer interfaces and collaborative work environments. That work, along with Underkoffler’s vision, can be seen in this two-minute video.

Key Customer Wins

Driven by the need for a more advanced way to collaborate across teams and offices, companies like Accenture, NASA Aeronautics, IBM, PwC, and Dentsu Aegis Network now use Oblong’s technology – either as a custom solution or by way of its flagship product, Mezzanine™ -- to deliver Infopresence. The technology allows their teams to visualize data and link international teams, global assets, and content in a more visual, engaging, and collaborative way. Infopresence literally surrounds teams in information, creating a truly immersive workspace allowing better, more informed time-critical decisions.

Global auditing and consulting group PwC have created an intelligent workspace incorporating Oblong’s breakthrough Mezzanine technology to engage and creatively collaborate with clients. This new facility, the Delta Room, offers a unique immersive meeting space and supports the company’s commitment to anticipating business trends of the future.  

Bernard Gainnier, PwC France and Francophone Africa Chairman explains why collaboration is key to ensuring the group remains on top:  “Much more than just a high tech meeting room, PwC’s Delta Room contributes to offering to our clients a global service covering everything from strategy setting to implementation with a unique user experience.”

Oblong Channel Advantage Program

Oblong’s new Channel Advantage Program demonstrates the company’s strengthened commitment to reseller partners and creates a unique opportunity for a select group of channel partners to join Oblong in accelerating the growth of Mezzanine globally. Key elements include comprehensive sales and technical enablement and preferential access to Oblong resources.

A number of established resellers and systems integrators now have a full Mezzanine system on display in their demo centres across the EMEA region, creating a rich network for digital engagement teams, C-suite executives, consultants, and business owners to experience this truly immersive visual collaboration solution in person. The channel partners who now have the added benefit of a Mezzanine demo system, such as Babcock/LSC and SecureCloud+ in the UK, along with Davit (Germany), Tech Connect (India), and Ventura Global (Dubai), have already seen how a practical demo of the technology can meaningfully transform the sales process.

Earlier in 2016, Oblong recruited a Channel Director for EMEA to provide channel support, build partner relationships, and develop customer acquisition programs.

Steve Pryor, Oblong’s Director of EMEA Channel Sales, notes:

“The Oblong Partner Program offers our channel partners the opportunity to grow with us and benefit from the pioneering technology we offer. It’s an incredibly exciting time for our business as we continue to innovate and grow the brand globally.”

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[1]  Gartner “Cool Vendors in Human-Machine Interface, 2016” by Werner Goertz, Annette Zimmermann, Nick Ingelbrecht, April 21, 2016.

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About Oblong Industries

Oblong Industries’ innovative technologies change the way people work, create, and communicate. With roots in more than two decades of research at the MIT Media Lab, Oblong’s flagship product Mezzanine™ is an immersive visual collaboration solution that defines the next era of computing: multi-user, multi-screen, multi-device, multi-location. Mezzanine’s groundbreaking Infopresence™ capabilities multiply the effectiveness of distributed organisations and catalyze new, more effective, more collaborative workflows. Oblong is headquartered in Los Angeles and supplies Mezzanine systems to Fortune 500 enterprise customers and reseller partners.

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