Sametime 7.5 launch event

September 14 2006

With the timezone difference and a nonstop schedule, I am behind in my blogging :-)  Tons of coverage coming out of Wednesday's Sametime 7.5 launch event.

First, check out the new Sametime 7.5 business partner showcase.  It lists all the partner offerings available and coming soon for Sametime.

Second, some great coverage out of the New York event...

CIO, IBM Taps Partners to Tout Revamped Sametime:

Instant messaging and real-time collaboration systems have traditionally been proprietary, so attempts to open up these systems to a broader IT universe are interesting, said Matt Brown, a Forrester Research analyst.

"IBM is certainly pushing this idea of interoperability and [making] real-time collaboration a platform component that can be consumed by other applications," Brown said.

Regarding IBM's plans, Sametime's Web conferencing would become less a place for users to meet online and more of an integrated part of the work they're involved in, Brown said.
CRN, IBM Claims Unified Communications Lead With Sametime Upgrade:
"What's exciting here is the partners -- Siemens, Radvision, Avistar, Facetime -- all lining up to support Sametime. There are nearly 100 business partners working with us on this," said Ken Bisconti, vice president of product management at Lotus Software, at the Sametime 7.5 launch event in New York.
An analysis article from eWeek, IBM Lotus Sametime Challenges Microsoft for New Market:
"This is not an incremental release, it's a reinvention of this space," said Ken Bisconti, vice president of Lotus Products at IBM.
More links later.

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