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IBM to push unified communications to mobile

Lotus family of UC and collaboration tools to focus on smartphones and cloud


Published: 9 August, 2010

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IBM recently set out a dramatically broadened mobile enterprise strategy and now it is outlining its plans for bringing its unified communications platform to the mobile world. Its aim is to become the primary mobile collaboration vendor, outflanking Cisco, Microsoft and Avaya.

It will start fairly modestly, unveiling tools to expand calling features such as defaulting to the least expensive connection. But then it will expand its efforts to bring the full range of IBM collaboration and conferencing features to smartphones and other devices, Alistair Rennie, general manager of IBM Lotus, told NetworkWorld.

Lotus SameTime Unified Communications was recently released, supporting BlackBerry 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6.5 clients. It plans to support a broad range of mobile platforms and treat collaboration features as services - "not a stack of available features but an always-available set of tools", as Rennie told the newspaper. In particular, the mobile implementations of SameTime will work with IBM's cloud-based collaboration suite, LotusLive, starting with a core set of elements - instant messaging, presence, web meetings and some video. Next will come voice integration with corporate directories and full video services.

The main features of IBM's UC range include Notes/Domino for messaging and calendaring; Lotus Connections for social collaboration; Lotus Quickr for team collaboration; SameTime for unified telephony; Lotus Live for cloud collaboration.

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