IBMs Unified Communications and Collaboration Quest - UCC Good for You, Me and IBMs Wallet
IBM on March 10 pledged to spend $1 billion on UCC (unified communications and collaboration) technologies, which to this point for Big Blue includes splicing corporate instant messaging software with VOIP (voice over IP) software to get Lotus Sametime. The investment will be in technology, products and services to help IBM fortify its position in the market versus Microsoft, Cisco, Nortel and others. eWEEK attended a small press briefing in Somers, N.Y., and found the following. By Clint Boulton
Citing IDC figures, IBM claims UCC will top $17 billion by 2011. IBM plans to capitalize on the growth potential with products such as Sametime Advanced, a product that adds social networking tools and persistent chat to IBM's Sametime Web conferencing and instant messaging software.