It's nice to see we're still getting coverage for the Sametime Virtual Collaboration Services
(a.k.a. Sametime 3D). A November 9 article on CNN.com, "Going to the virtual office in Second Life
", specifically mentioned our offering by name:
IBM sells its own virtual meeting tool, Sametime 3D, which allows
businesses to share ideas and collaborate in a 3D world, and the
company is currently testing a more advanced version of the product.
[IBM CTO, Northeast Europe] told CNN that he recently held a meeting with 12 technical leaders from
across Europe and Asia. While that would typically involve flying
everyone to a central location, he said the meeting was held using the
new Sametime 3D.
"Not only did we save travel time, but because the environment was so engaging, a lot more ideas came through," he said.
Not everyone of course will want a full virtual world environment for realtime collaboration, but it's good to know the option it there, and the business value tangible, for those situations that warrant a richer visual environment than traditional online meetings or rich text / audio / video chat. And it further shows the power of Sametime as a collaborative platform.
I almost forgot to report on my panel at VoiceCon but better late than never.
So, the two positions were more or less as follows:
- Voxeo's environment allows you to create voice applications really quickly using scripting languages. The application mashes up data from one or more sources and it presents a voice interface to the user. Dan York showed a telephone-call interface for an application that gives you the weather for a given ZIP code and nothing else.
- The Sametime platform provides a general-purpose environment that acts as the context for whatever data and voice you may want to mash up at a given time. I showed the Sametime Meetings client and Sametime Unified Telephony working in tandem to build an ad-hoc aggregation of data and voice from various sources. We provide APIs for you to extend the general-purpose environment to fit your needs. You may even include one of Voxeo's applications in it if you want to.
The reaction to the two approaches was positive. There was one person, however, who said to me he didn't "see it" as clearly as he did when Dan built the weather application on the fly. I explained the difference and even Dan agreed that the Sametime approach to building voice mashups is based on providing context first and that functionality is implemented as attributes while the Voxeo approach is based on building functionality first while leaving the context to the user.
There were analysts in the audience and, strangely, they left as soon as we were both done with our presentations. I found it strange that they didn't stay for the questions-and-answers bit of the session. Overall it was a good session, good interaction and a good audience. I would do it again any time.
In communication circles, collaboration is apparently the word of the day. But for IBM customers, collaboration has long been an integral part of their UC environment. If you'd like to understand how IBM Unified Communications and Collaboration Solutions can help your business, I invite you to visit the new IBM UC2 Website
and download a copy of the white paper, "The Power of Unifying Communications and Collaboration
." You'll also find useful demos, webcasts, podcasts, 3rd party analysis and the new UCC Business Value Builder, which helps you quantify the value of UC2.
If you're not familiar with Greenhouse
, it's a live community where you can use Lotus Collaboration products for free. And now it features the first public beta of Sametime 8.5 Online Meetings. You've seen the tweets from members of the private beta... and now you can see what all the buzz is about!
"Sametime 8.5 Meetings are an entirely new way to collaborate with others online. They are incredibly easy to use. Fully integrated into the Connect client you already use for chat, they make it simple to join a meeting with a single click; invite others by dragging their names from the contact list; upload materials via drag and drop; even share your screen from the Macintosh operating system. Of course, not everyone can participate via a Sametime Connect client, so 8.5 includes a zero-download, firewall friendly browser client as well.
Sametime Meetings are different. Meeting rooms are reservationless and don't need to be scheduled. They can be instantly created and linked to calendar invitations from Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook. Sametime Meeting Rooms can also be persistent. You can use the same room over and over for regular meetings and keep frequently used materials on hand during the course of the project...."
Greenhouse will be updated with additional capabilities that are part of the 8.5 release over the next month or so. Come on over
and tell us what you think!
The IBM Support team is hosting a Webcast on Sametime Advanced installation, deployment and troubleshooting on November 12th at 10am Eastern.
"This Webcast presentation will consist of a brief overview of
installation, deployment, and troubleshooting of the Lotus Sametime
Advanced Server and its clients. Our goal is to explain and highlight
the details of the various steps of product installation, deployment,
and troubleshooting. The presentation will bring the attendee through a
basic introduction of Sametime Advanced, Sametime client requirements,
installation, and culminate with troubleshooting."
Sametime Advanced continues to be a hot seller, so there should be a lot of interest in this session.To learn more, visit this link
The main reason I'm going to VoiceCon San Francisco is to be part of a panel titled Developing Voice Applications Using Mashups and SOA.
I'll be sharing the panel with the folks from Voxeo. We had this very discussion last March at VoiceCon Orlando. My argument for this is very simple: A mashup is an aggregation of data from different sources presented in a common context. A voice mashup is a mashup that aggregates voice as well as well as other type of data from various sources in a single context (we call this "a unified experience" in Sametimeland). I'm planning to show our implementation of this pattern on Sametime 8.5 Meetings and Sametime Unified Telephony. I'm also planning on discussing our new APIs and how they can be used for this purpose.
If you're attending VoiceCon and are interested in discussing this topic make sure to stop by on Wednesday, November 4 at 3:15 PM.
Not to long ago, we posted about a new offering from Lotus Education called the Sametime Multimedia Library.
This library contains more than 240 short video clips that outline how to use Sametime 8.0.2. I also want to point out a free resource called the Media Gallery on the IBM Sametime Wiki.
The Gallery contains "media resources including demonstrations, videos, tutorials, reference cards, and web seminars to help users get started with Lotus Sametime." Free or for fee, learning options abound for Sametime.
In the event that you just can't wait the weekend to see what IBM will be unveiling at VoiceCon / E2.0, UC Strategies
has posted a podcast
featuring Bruce Morse.
"Bruce Morse, Vice President of IBM’s Unified Communications Software Group, has a conversation with Jim Burton about what's new with IBM in the unified communications market and research that showed many are CEOs thinking about UC. They also discuss the key challenges customers face and the key capabilities an enterprise should be considering. Bruce talks about IBM’s role in the UC market as the industry goes through consolidation and a lot of M&A activity. He also shares what he will present during his keynote at VoiceCon on November 3rd in San Francisco."
Next week, IBM will have a significant presence at the VoiceCon / E2.0 event in San Francisco. To learn more about what we offer for unified communications and social networking, stop by both 609 in the exhibit hall.
We also invite you to attend any of many sessions where IBM'ers will be presenting:
- Nov 2, 11-12, Pat Galvin, CTO IBM UC2 Software, CTO Roundtable on Next Generation Architectures
- Nov 2, 3:15-4:15, Marisa Viveros, IBM VP Converged Communication Services, Managed & Hosted Offerings for UC
- Nov 2, 3:14-4:15, David Marshak, Senior Product Manager, UC2 Software, Presence, Progress of Federation
- Nov 3, 11:15-12:00. Bruce Morse, VP UC2 Software, Keynote
- Nov 3, 11:15-12:00, Wim Hofland, Manager, Inspiration & Innovation, Sogeti, Case Studies in Enterprise Micro-Blogging
- Nov 3, 2:00-3:00, Akiba Saeedi, Director UC2 Software, UC Leadership Roundtable
- Nov 3, 2:00-5:00, David Marshak, Comparing UC Options and Vendors
- Nov 3, 4:15-5:00, Akiba Saeedi, Future of Social Messaging in the Enterprise
- Nov 3, 4:15-5:00, Jeff Schick and Wim Hofland, Customer Perspective on IBM Enterprise Social Software
- Nov 4, 8:00-10:00, Robert Ingram, Senior Product Manager, UC2 Software, Integrating Mobility with UC
- Nov 4, 10:15-11:00, Jeff Schick, VP IBM Social Software, Social Software, Creating Value Today and Opportunities Tomorrow
- Nov 4, 1:00-1:45, Marisa Viveros, VoiceCon Summit: The Evolution of UC
- Nov 4, 3:15-4:15, Marlon Machado, Product Manager Sametime Platform, Developing Voice Apps using Mashups ans SOA
If you've been having difficulty connecting to Google with the Sametime Gateway, please see this notice from IBM Support. Apparently, Google changed something in their underlying infrastructure and that broke the handshake sequence. A fix is available for Sametime Gateway 8.0.2 and the fix for 8.0.1 is being tested. You can learn more here
Welcome to the new home of the Sametime Blog. This is the
place to learn about Sametime, IBM's Unified Communication & Collaboration software platform. Our contributors include:
- John Del Pizzo, Senior Offering Manager
- Rob Ingram, Senior Product Manager
- Marlon Machado, Product Manager, Sametime Platform and Solutions
- Jacques Pavlenyi, Market Segment Manager
We'll point out capabilities of Sametime you may not be familiar with in our Quick Tip series, the latest in partner innovations, insightful news and analysis we see around the web and provide you with materials you can use to educate your colleagues on the benefits of unified communications. Come often and be sure to add us to your RSS reader. (If you're joining us from the old blog, don't forget to change your RSS Reader feed to the new ibm.com feed URL.)
And don't worry, the old Sametime Blog will be available for a few months as we transitions folks to this site.
Welcome to the soon-to-be-new home of The Sametime Blog
. In the meantime, as we continue to transition to this new platform, the IBM Lotus Sametime product management team will continue to blog through the current The Sametime Blog. There will be plenty of notification leading up to the switchover, on both the current (old) blog
and this (new) blog.