IBMs Unified Communications and Collaboration Quest - Interoperability Lights The Way

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-03-13 Print this article Print

Currently, businesses toil in a walled-garden business model of siloed communications applications. This will gradually change as vendors forge interoperability standards that let employees collaborate across disparate business and public domains.


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


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