What impresses me most about IBM’s UC2 solutions are the breadth and depth of the product offerings. Most of IBM’s UC products have evolved over 10 years, with continual added functionality. Many of the demos at Lotusphere showed how easy it is to add functionality to an application...To read more, see the entire article on UCStrategies.
While waiting for the Sametime 8.5 demo I assumed that it couldn’t be a big deal – not with a .5 release. Well, I was wrong. IBM Lotus really beefed up the collaboration capabilities with a new online meeting experience, new mobility support, and a social views capability that makes it easier to find people you collaborate with the most. Another surprise was the improved integration with Microsoft Outlook and Office.
IBM Lotus also made it easier for partners to integrate with its UCC platform. Of special interest to me is the SIP-based audio/video interoperability, which brings me to Sametime Unified Telephony (SUT).... Several customers had integrated Sametime into a multi-vendor PBX environment using SUT. This is a really big deal. Customers told me that they were able to combine the value of Sametime with telephony and video capabilities without replacing their existing phone systems.
What made the biggest impression on me from Lotusphere is the large number of customers who got on stage to talk about their Lotus implementations and applications. Almost every announcement and product introduction included customer testimonials. What’s more, many of these customers were or are Microsoft shops using Exchange and SharePoint. IBM went out of its way to explain its desire to provide customers with choices – even when it means supporting a competitive product... I know that based on what I witnessed at Lotusphere, IBM Lotus continues to have a great vision for UC and collaboration – as well as lots of passionate and loyal customers.
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Jim Burton wrote an excellent article outlining what Lotusphere 2010 meant for Unified Communications.