Nice pickup of some of the key messages around Sametime Unified Telephony from last week...

The larger issue that John Beck and his Lotus colleagues discussed was the idea, which underlies Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony, that Unified Communications means people contact (or try to contact) you, not a device that you're sitting next to or absent from. I think the scenarios about boundary-crossing are less illustrative of specific situations you're likely to encounter, and are more about demonstrating what it means to live in this world where you, not your device, are the communications endpoint. I mean, that's what you want, right: If you're mobile, you want to come and go as you please, and do whatever kind of work you need to do at the given moment.

The question isn't whether this is a good idea, or even whether it's a bad idea because you want to be able to escape scrutiny. The question is how much the enterprise should be willing to pay to make it happen. If we're not there yet, we're moving closer to a new environment, one where enterprise decision-makers have to look at their end users and say: I'm not going to give these people every conceivable device and means of connectivity - what does this person or class of worker need?
Link: Information Week Unified Communications Blog: Incremental Improvements >

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