IBM has announced the availability of Lotus Sametime 7.5, which helps businesses to extend collaboration beyond instant messaging and web conferencing to unified business collaboration.
IBM says that as instant messaging evolves from a person-to-person communication tool to the collaboration hub of an organisation, the demand for secure, flexible and customisable solutions increases.
The ability to “plug in” new functionality for instant messaging using the Lotus Sametime client means a customer could tap into voice, video and access data from other applications, to speed productivity and work more efficiently.
“Lotus Sametime 7.5 is the first product to deliver a unified collaboration platform that includes instant messaging, web conferencing and voice capabilities,”
said Michael Rhodin, general manager for IBM Lotus Software.
“Today, customers can take advantage of a unified approach to communications that can be easily extended based on open standards, not proprietary code – putting customers in control of their collaborative environment.”
With its open and flexible Eclipse-based framework, Lotus Sametime 7.5 enables customers and third-party vendors to build and deploy plug-ins quickly.
Cisco Systems and Dassault Systemes are among the first third-party developers to produce new Sametime plug-ins for their products.
Lotus Sametime 7.5 is currently available for £30 per user for a perpetual software licence.
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