This announcement hasn’t received much blog attention. The announcement is interesting because of the approach. This isn’t a direct integration with the IBM Sametime server but appears to be a web services based approach building on the SOA framework and integrating the Nortel telephony solutions with Websphere application server. Building the platform as an SOA platform should allow this solution to extend well within an enterprise application infrastructure enabling UC and presence not only within IBM’s collaboration products but further into line of business applications.
Under the terms of the new agreement, the standards-based IBM WebSphere Application Server will be integrated into Nortel’s new software-based solution foundation environment. Nortel is abstracting communication components from the underlying existing telecom infrastructure and making them available within this new web services-based environment. This will allow companies to easily create SOA-based communications-enabled applications and business processes by linking together business systems and applications with communication systems and networks.
As part of this announcement, the Nortel software based foundation environment will be integrated with IBM’s unified communications and collaboration platform, Lotus Sametime. Through this integration, businesses will be able to add advanced communication and collaboration offerings including capabilities like click to call, click to conference, telephony presence and shared directory services. For example, with Lotus Sametime and the Nortel software based foundation environment, a customer could see if a contact’s phone is in use without leaving the Lotus Sametime client.