Polycom, Inc. has announced the availability of the Polycom Unified Collaboration Solution for IBM Lotus Sametime, a new integrated telepresence and desktop video collaboration solution for IBM Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC2) environments that enables users to easily connect and collaborate. This enhanced collaboration aims to help organisations improve productivity, accelerate decision making and lower costs by reducing the need to travel.
The end-to-end system combines IBM’s Lotus Sametime platform with the Polycom UC Intelligent Core visual communication platform and Polycom personal and room telepresence solutions. Polycom, and its certified partners and integrators, including IBM Global Services, offer supporting services to help customers plan for, deploy and manage the integrated offering.
The Polycom Unified Collaboration Solution for IBM Lotus Sametime allows users to “Click-to-Call” and “Click-to-Conference” telepresence, video, voice and unified (combined voice and video) conferencing from presence-enabled contacts within IBM Lotus Sametime. In addition, Lotus Sametime Web conferencing users can launch Instant Meetings with voice and video conferences, or include a voice or video conference as part of scheduled web conference.
Polycom Unified Collaboration Solution for IBM Lotus Sametime supports Lotus Sametime Release 8.5.1, and provides seamless call routing between the Lotus applications and Polycom room and personal telepresence systems and desktop and conference room video conferencing systems for video calls and unified (voice and video) conferences. To extend collaboration opportunities and help customers drive a fast return on investment (ROI), the solution is interoperable with the broad ecosystem of standards-based telepresence and video conferencing systems in use today.
Polycom’s integration with the Lotus Sametime server does not change the user interface, which results in minimal user training requirements, says the company. The Polycom Converged Management Application (CMA) allows IT administrators to centrally provision and manage Polycom video networks and systems within their UC network.
IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) provides services for converged communications worldwide, including service offerings for Lotus products and the integration of Lotus products with Polycom solutions. IBM Converged Communications Services for desktop video enable the integration and deployment of complex UC solutions, including providing support for the Polycom solutions' integration to Lotus Sametime 8.5.1. In addition, IBM GTS provides strategy, network assessments, design and implementation services which can be utilized to plan and deploy UC and Polycom-based collaboration solutions.