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The Sametime Blog
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Our friends over at UCStrategies, following up from last week's excellent UC Summit 2011, published a podcast interview with IBM's Caleb Barlow, following his keynote presentation at UC Summit 2011, discussing market momentum for IBM's social business software and IBM's partners in the unified communications space. Money quote:
"... at the end of the day, the things you do in social whether that is updating somebody’s Facebook wall, a tweet, or the internal equivalent on Connections, these are forms of communications, just like what you would have with a audio conference or video conference or a chat."
The IBM keynote, along with other updates from the event, have also been published to their site. UC Summit 2011 was a great opportunity to meet with unified communications resellers, consultants and other channel participants. And La Estancia Resort in La Jolla is a beautiful mediterranean locale to host an event, I hope it's there next year again.
TeamPolycom 2011: IBM wins Open Collaboration Network Partner of the Year (NA) Award for Sametime Integration
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At TeamPolycom 2011 last week, it was announced that IBM had won the Polycom Open Collaboration Network Partner of the year - North America - award! This is in recognition of our work as one of their key business partners, and of course of the great work our business development and product development teams have done. This is great recognition that IBM Sametime can be a first class participant in meetings using a Polycom MCU or a Polycom end point. The award comes with a nice trophy that we've taken a picture of, above. You can read more about the awards on Polycom's website here.
This follows on the heels of the January announcement of Polycom's win of the 2011 Lotus Award in Enhancing Business Value Through UC2 Solutions category at Lotusphere 2011. Clearly good things are happening between our two companies, and we look forward to working with Polycom to deliver real client value.
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Cleaning up through some leftover actions from the excellent Enterprise Connect 2011 event a month ago, I found some videos taken by our irrepressibly upbeat Brent Wolfe, Worldwide Business Development Executive for Unified Communications. He had the wherewithal to bring his portable video camera and captured a few IBM Business Partners showcasing their technologies on the Expo Show Floor. I just posted them to YouTube and embedded them here, in no particular order.
Rob Romano from Radivision
Mark from Psytechnics
Rolf from Iscoord
John from Plantronics
Kurt Kruger from ShoreTel
Paul Davis and Matt from Polycom
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Not only am I catching up from Enterprise Connect 2011, but also from another excellent Unified Communications industry event that IBM attended recently, the UC Summit 2011. Much like Enterprise Connect and Lotusphere, we remembered to bring our video cameras to record some video of IBM Business Partners, and industry pundits, on what they were up to at the Summit, and what was on their minds when it came to IBM Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions and IBM Sametime. Here's a few videos for your viewing pleasure.
Brian Cuppett from Scan Source
Phil Salm from CDW
Jeff Stillings from Jabra
Rex Harris from Audiocodes
Tim Ross from Interactive Intelligence
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Following up to our earlier post from UC Summit 2011 linking to Caleb Barlow's podcast interview, the folks over at UC Strategies have now posted IBM's Tuesday Keynote Session. Caleb talks about some of the key trends that are impacting the Unified Communications marketplace, and how UC enables you to become a more social business. Your feedback is always appreciated.
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Constellation Research recently published a report, "Best Practices: Demystifying The Cost Structure for UC Solutions", by Elizabeth Herrell. This report identifies how leading vendors price their UC solutions and identifies what is included as core and optional for leading UC vendors. It also includes some positive comments about the IBM Unified Communications and Collaboration solution and our pricing model. We encourage you to take a look (subscription required).
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IBM Business Partners are invited to join IBM on April 20 at 11am ET for an upcoming IBM Collaboration Solution TechTalk, "IBM Lotus Sametime Integrated Solutions with Avistar and Interactive Intelligence" (IBM PartnerWorld membership required). For this session we'll present two more integrated Partner solutions for IBM Unified Communications and Collaboration:
Please visit the IBM PartnerWorld Event Finder to learn more. (IBM PartnerWorld membership required)