The Sametime Blog
One of the great things about a blog is you can quickly experiment with editorial calendars. A month ago I started the Friday Funnies postings, where I try to inject a little humor into the Unified Communications market. This newest series I'm calling Business Partner Tuesdays, where I would like to feature a specific member of our loyal and critically important business partner community. If any partners out there have some interesting things they're like to share about being a Sametime partner, from customer references, new integrations, new technologies, partner success stories, or more, just send me an e-mail (just click my name above).
This week I wanted to showcase an upcoming presentation by Epilio (sponsored by LotusUserGroup.org and Plantronics), a business partner who has written many interesting plug-ins for Sametime. Carl Tyler will present "Two tin cans and a piece of string? Sametime can do better than that!" virtual event, June 10 at noon ET (registration link here). The focus will be on features and capabilities that customers are using to make their employees lives easier. If you're confused when you hear Sametime, VoIP,TCSPI, SUT, and Lotus Foundations Reach in the same sentence, then this webcast is for you. Registrants are entered to win a Plantronics Plantronics Voyager PRO UC wireless Bluetooth headset (drawing void where prohibited, see rules for details).
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As I mentioned in a previous post, we've been working with AwesomeBobcatVideos to include Unified Communications videos in her ongoing series of short videos that cover Enterprise Collaboration as well as other topics.
The third video that I worked with her on as part of this series was just recently posted. Here I talk briefly about why Business Partners are so important to the IBM strategy for unified communications and collaboration. Take a look at the video on YouTube here.
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Two IBM business partners I wanted to highlight on this week's Business Partner Tuesdays post.
In the first, Bob Preston over at DiscussUC had an excellent post about Innovation - the Heart of the Matter in Unified Communications. In it, he discusses some of his thoughts coming out of a CIO virtual event hosted by Polycom. John Del Pizzo, our Program Director for Unified Communications Software, was one of attendees joining 60 CIOs from around the globe. Bob's key finding:
...my top take-away from today's event is that innovation is at the heart of the matter. Corporate leaders are beginning to radically rethink how to guide their companies into a new era of economic growth to maximize performance and stay ahead of the competition. Forward leaning executives with the passion to lead have a new opportunity to kick-start patterns of innovation within their organization to stimulate organizational transformation. Tapping the energy, enthusiasm, and power of human interaction to enable a culture of innovation is now THE business imperative for ALL organizations.
This very closely matches IBM's own findings in the 2010 CEO Study, where we found that CEOs of leading organizations are slowly but surely re-orienting their organizations towards growth, and that innovation driven by collaboration and closer customer relationships is core to many of their transformation efforts. As Bob quotes John from the event:
Secondly, my fellow blogger Marlon Machado has just published a joint whitepaper with Brad Herrington, Product Marketing Manager at Interactive Intelligence, Building Customer Centricity through Expertise-Based Interactions (free registration required). This paper discusses the emergence of customer centricity, driven by growing customer sophistication and empowerment across geographies and market segments. It also discusses the need for large and small businesses to embrace customer centricity and to take steps to internalize it as the driving force behind business processes and policies. Not surprisingly, it ties into the same innovation and customer-centric themes talked about at the CIO virtual event.
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Many of you are no doubt gearing up for what will be a very exciting Lotusphere 2011. There will be plenty of Sametime and Unified Communications activities and content filling up the week. Here's just a taste of the top activities:
For our Business Partners, there's also plenty of additional content and activity at the Business Development Day (BDD) on Sunday:
During the main Lotusphere event, in addition to all the sessions covering Sametime and UC, we'll also have:
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Following up from last week's post about Sametime going to the Super Bowl, here's a short video showing how Sametime and IBM Business Partner Unified Edge did it.
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What makes a successful solution ecosystem isn't just the vendor platform, of course, but the business partners that add value to that vendor's platform. In the case of IBM Unified Communications, we have over 400 business partners that make Sametime one of the leading unified communications platforms out there. Here's just a few of those business partners that happen to be exhibiting at Enterprise Connect this week. In addition to stopping by our own booth at 623, please stop by their booths to learn more about what they do, and how they work with IBM.
Aastra - 918
Acme Packet - 1123
Alcatel-Lucent and Genesys - 816
AudioCodes - 1223
Avistar Communications - 1031
AVST - 830
BlackBerry - 403
Carousel Industries - 517
ClearOne - 631
Interactive Intelligence - 1111
iscoord ag - 636
Jabra - 1323
NEC Corporation - 609
NET - 1117
Orange Business Services - 937
Plantronics - 1229
Polycom - 617
Psytechnics - 522
RADVISION - 311
Samsung - 931
ShoreTel - 909
Skype - 801b
Smoothstone IP Communications431
Spring - 417
VBrick Systems - 1323
Verizon - 923
Vidyo - 1209
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Our friends at Arkadin have just published a very nice video showing how nicely their audio conferencing platform integrates with IBM Sametime.
Arkadin's Hybrid audio brings Sametime voice and PSTN telephony into an integrated experience right from Sametime Connect and Sametime Meetings. If you're coming to IBM Connect 2014 next week make sure to stop by the Arkadin booth at the exhibit hall to take a peek.