Polycom integrates RealPresence into IBM's Sametime, Connections

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Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM) says it's rolling out a native integration of its RealPresence video solutions with the most recent version of IBM Sametime and IBM Connections, a move it says will help companies tap into the power of social and web platforms.

Social media increasingly is becoming a primary method of sharing content and staying connected. As IT becomes more consumerized, especially with the preponderance of demand for BYOD solutions, more flexible videoconferencing and collaboration tools are coming to market.

"The ways companies are using video is rapidly evolving," said Sue Hayden, executive vice president Strategic Alliances, Polycom. "Polycom is committed to developing integrated solutions with leading companies like IBM to power a social video experience that helps our customers realize and maximize the inherent business value of social."

The move to integrate the RealPresence platform with IBM's social business applications, makes it possible for users to make video calls from within Sametime or Connections from any location.

The company said it has had significant customer momentum with the Sametime integration. The collaboration enables users to make HD video and voice calls from within the email and social business interfaces they are familiar with.

Through Sametime, Polycom integrates with Connections to allow users to launch video directly from the social media portal. Sametime users can find contacts, check their presence status, and begin typing or click to directly connect via video or voice with the ease of sending an IM. The also can use a browser-based client to join a video meeting hosted by the Polycom RealPresence Platform from anywhere on any computer, even on those without the Sametime client installed.

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