Avaya and IBM work on integrating Aura and Lotus Sametime


Another big buzz word that has been cropping up with the rise of unified communications (UC) platforms is 'multi-vendor.' Companies making IP communications purchases want to be able to shop around and they want to have the choice to mix and match the best solutions to fit their needs. Avaya and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have something in store for those looking for a multi-vendor solution.

Avaya and IBM are teaming up to combine Avaya Aura with Lotus Sametime to create a collaborative user experience based on a solid communications infrastructure. The Avaya Aura system was designed to be mulit-vendor and open to work with other companies' communication applications. With IBM Lotus Sametime, the companies will integrate IBM's user experience and Aura's core communications platform. The collaboration also extends to integrating Sametime with Avaya's Flare tablet based communications tools.

Avaya also recently updated its Agile Communications Environment 2.3 which allows employees to click-to-call and see telephony presence from within Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 while using deskphones from Avaya or other vendors. Avaya Aura Application Enablement Services, Avaya Aura Conferencing and Avaya Meeting Exchange also integrate with the latest version of Lotus Sametime. The companies have been working on collaborations since 2001.

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