Polycom, IBM collaborate on UC

Polycom, IBM collaborate on UC

Partnership stretches telepresence capabilities for better collaboration

At a time when companies are getting more creative in bringing the cost down while improving productivity, solutions companies are collaborating to address their customers' needs.

Thus, Polycom Video and IBM Lotus have announced their partnership to ensure that their technologies can help companies tap unified communications (UC) at lesser cost while producing the required results.

The collaboration involves Polycom's UC Intelligent Core video platform and IBM's Lotus Sametime client, server and middleware platform. The combined solution -- dubbed Polycom Unified Collaboration Solution for IBM Lotus Sametime -- takes unified communications to a visual level as it enables workers in the network to collaborate in video, aside from voice, right from their workplace.

"Video conferencing has long been a core element of any unified communications and collaboration solution," said Sandesh Bhat, vice president of Web and collaboration development, IBM. "As video moves beyond the executive suite, Polycom's new integration with IBM Sametime will make it easy for organisations to leverage these capabilities to eliminate travel, protect the environment and drive significant cost savings for their enterprises."

Easy collaboration

Joseph Burton, chief strategy and technology officer, Polycom, said the solutions enable workers to easily collaborate by simply clicking on the application with the 'Click-to-Call' and 'Click-to-Conference' features.

He added: "Polycom's integration with the IBM UC2 (Unified Communication and Collaboration) environment puts our powerful, productivity enhancing video collaboration tools just one-click away within the Lotus applications that millions of people use every day. This extends the value of customers' UC investments and drives greater return on investment (ROI)."

Users of Lotus Sametime's Web conferencing can also initiate instant meetings with voice and video, or include voice or video conference in the Web conference.

"Integrating voice and video communications within the IBM UC environment will help customers drive a more collaborative culture by enhancing the interaction between locations while also reducing travel costs," said Cindy Borovick, vice president of enterprise communications, IDC. "Customers will benefit by Polycom and IBM working together because it will provide a more seamless experience for end-users and IT managers, along with better investment protection."

ROI is further reduced as the solution can work with other standards-based telepresence and video conferencing solutions, and by retaining the same user interface with the Lotus Sametime server interface. This feature means users will require minimal training in using the next solution.

Polycom said the Polycom-IBM solution is now available through certified Polycom channel partners.

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