During his keynote speech at VoiceCon today
, IBM Lotus boss Mike Rhodin announced the acquisition of white-label webconferencing service provider WebDialogs
. The WebDialogs service will be offered within the Lotus Sametime
unified communications client. Rhodin and Executive IT Architect Ron Sebastian also outlined new features of the Sametime 8 client and positioned Sametime at the core of their ever increasing unified communications and collaboration product footprint. Rhodin also announced a partnership with Siemens
to develop a middleware solution dubbed "Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony." The offering will provide the glue between Sametime and diverse PBX environments, provide users with control over incoming call routing and integrate voice into Sametime's presence capabilities.