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Polycom Expands Integration with IBM

Polycom recently announced the expansion of its integrated voice and visual communication solutions for customers deploying IBM Unified Communication and Collaboration environments with support for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes.

Polycom recently announced the expansion of its integrated voice and visual communication solutions for customers deploying IBM Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC2) environments with support for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. According to the company, the combined solution is intended to give users "one-click" access to on-demand voice and video collaboration tools from within Lotus software applications to enhance teamwork, reduce costs, and help accelerate enterprise decision making among colleagues, customers, and business partners.

"Polycom's integration with the IBM UC2 environment puts our collaboration tools just one click away within the applications that millions of people use every day to communication with others," said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions at Polycom, in a statement. "This allows customers to extend the value of their UC investment by adding scalable, standards-based telepresence, video, and voice collaboration capabilities that can further enhance efficiency and reduce costs."

Features will include Click-to-Call and Click-to-Conference telepresence video, voice, and unified conferencing with presence-enable contacts within IBM Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. Also, Lotus Sametime web conferencing users will be able to launch Instant Meetings with voice- and videoconferences or include a voice- or videoconference as part of a scheduled web conference, says the company.

The solution will also feature integration with the latest Sametime Release 8.5, IBM Lotus Sametime Server, and IBM Lotus Domino Server. It will offer call routing between the Lotus applications and Polycom telepresence systems and desktop and conference-room platforms for multisite voice, video, or unified conferences. Because the solution is standards-based, it should allow users to use existing investments in visual communication systems for a greater return on investment, according to Polycom.



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