At Lotusphere 2012, IBM will host a slew of its partners that have jumped into the social business market, supporting a burgeoning ecosystem around IBM's major social business play.
ORLANDO, Fla.-With IBM's Lotusphere 2012
conference kicking off with JumpStart sessions on Jan. 15, IBM partners are
gearing up to showcase their wares and show attendees how their products and
services run on or integrate with IBM's Lotus technology.
Lotusphere, IBM's social, collaboration
and community event that is being held here Jan. 15-19, is slated to be a
social business showcase for IBM and its partners. One such partner,
Perficient, an information technology consulting firm and an Associate-level sponsor
and a Social Business Makeover sponsor, will present on social Web experience
at the conference.
As social business gains momentum,
organizations must transform the way they approach integrating social media
into their business processes, analytics and communication tools while
maintaining a positive experience for the end user-employees, partners and
customers. Perficient experts Mike Porter, principal, Portal Solutions, and Glenn Kline, technical
director, Portal Solutions, will present a session titled "Practical
Approaches to Successful, Social Web Experience Solutions." In their
session, Porter and Kline will provide tips and real-world examples of delivering
exceptional Web experiences with the end user in mind, allowing for a greater
sense of community and more powerful collaboration.
"We're thrilled to again
contribute to Lotusphere-IBM's premier annual event for social business and
collaboration experiences," said John Jenkins, vice president of
Perficient's IBM Business Group, in a statement. "Social business is no
longer just a buzzword. As companies strive to improve worker productivity and
drive innovation, more are turning to social business as a way to offer
collaboration, communications and learning opportunities for their employees.
Perficient partners with organizations to help navigate the social landscape,
and design and implement the right technologies, whether it is CMS, portals or
e-commerce solutions, to foster social interactions and realize more
Additionally, Perficient partner and
client Premier, a health care performance improvement alliance serving more
than 2,500 hospitals and 80,000 additional health care sites, will discuss how
social business is impacting the health care industry. Premier's Chief
Technology Officer Denise Hatzidakis will present a session titled "Saving
Money and Lives: Social Business Turns Information Into Actionable Insight."
"Today's health care organizations
are challenged with immense amounts of data and the need to make it available,
insightful and actionable to the right people at the right time,"
Hatzidakis said in a statement. "We're pleased to have the opportunity to
discuss how, in partnership with Perficient and IBM, we've developed an
integrated performance platform, which leverages several IBM technologies to
help providers and patients collaborate to make faster, better decisions that
can save lives and reduce costs."
During Lotusphere, Perficient experts
will be on hand to discuss key technology solutions and services, including
portals, collaboration, content management, business process management (BPM), service-oriented
architecture (SOA)/integration, data warehouses, business analytics and enterprise
content management (ECM) for major industries such as health care, financial
services and retail. Visitors can also learn how Perficient's social business
solutions, which leverage IBM social and collaboration technology, help
companies increase productivity by giving employees quick and easy access to
the resources needed to do their jobs. In addition, Perficient will sponsor IBM's
Social Business Makeover, highlighting its innovative Social Business Bootcamp
offering in the Social Business Makeover Pavilion.
Also at Lotusphere, VSee is announcing
it will release a plug-in for IBM Sametime that allows for one-click Web video
calling. Unlike the Skype plug-in for Facebook, VSee is secure and includes HD
group video chat and application sharing features.
One of the themes of Lotusphere 2012 is
using collaboration solutions to make enterprises more agile and social. VSee
is a collaboration tool based on Stanford University human factors research
that creates a more social customer experience and accelerates relationship building
in the sales workflow. VSee is designed to convey and increase trust in teams
and with customers. Enterprises can embed a simple VSee Web plug-in on their Websites,
and VSee will then link with IBM Sametime on the back end.
Created by the co-author of the
Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) video standard, Milton Chen,
VSee is a managed, secure peer-to-peer group video chat and application sharing
software. It enables HD telepresence video to run over standard Windows and Mac
laptops even when the network is poor. This has allowed IBM to deploy VSee
globally to more than 50 countries and 5,000 users-VSee performs exceptionally
well in IBM China.
"Lotusphere 2012 is the perfect
venue to release VSee Web video calling. Enterprises are becoming more social,
and VSee brings a live face to the sales workflow," said Chen, who is CEO
of VSee, in a statement.
VSee is free for commercial and
government use without support. Supported VSee starts at $10 per user per month.
VSee customers include the U.S. Congress, Navy SEALs and NASA; investors
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