Plugging into Sametime - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
News
Commentary
9/14/2006
11:48 AM
Commentary
Commentary
Commentary
50%
50%

Plugging into Sametime

IBM shipped Lotus Sametime 7.5 this week.  The product itself is noteworthy for unifying instant messaging, Web conferencing, and voice communications as well as for its flexible Eclipse framework.  Its capability to support plug-ins means that Sametime users can tap into voice and video services or access data from other applications from within the Sametime client.

To celebrate the release, IBM held a customer event in New York.  On hand were ca. 30 IBM Business Partners displaying how they work with Sametime.  The message: integrating communications tools with business processes will make an organization more agile and more responsive in the marketplace.  Let's take a look at the highlights.
One interesting offering was GroupSystem's ThinkTank, a brainstorming platform, and its integration with Sametime.  Knowledge workers can move seamlessly from an instant messaging conversation to a ThinkTank innovation session.

Siemens demonstrated how its new Audio Conferencing for IBM Lotus Sametime can simplify the Web conferencing experience.  The system tightly integrates visual and audio components, making for a quick setup through Sametime.  As the conference is launched, conference participants get a "join the call" button to join the audio portion of the conference without requiring any other intervention.

A plug-in we will see more and more of allows for the display of phone presence in Lotus Sametime; Cisco Systems and IBM demonstrated this with Cisco's Unified Communications Technology during the keynote session.

Another keynote session demo was Radvision's plug-in, which allows knowledge workers to move from a Sametime IM session into a multi-party audio or video conference, and users can participate via video conferencing systems and 3G videophones if desired.

We will probably see more interesting plug-ins and use cases for Sametime down the road, so stay tuned.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll