Multiple core videoconferencing products from Huawei have been validated in IBM’s Sametime Unified Telephony (SUT) Lite Interoperability Testing Program. This means that Huawei has achieved a milestone in Unified Communications (UC) convergence. Interoperability between Huawei videoconferencing and IBM Lotus Sametime will bring users a more comprehensive communications experience and help enterprises implement more efficient collaboration services.
Integration of videoconferencing and UC systems is inevitable, and video communication technology is increasingly incorporated into collaboration. On one hand, enterprises hope to improve work efficiency and control cost by implementing interoperability and unified management across UC and room-based video communication systems. On the other hand, enterprise users are looking for ways to remove information barriers and achieve seamless integration of video communication and UC systems, so that the users can collaborate efficiently to deal with increasingly diverse real-world situations.
IBM Sametime delivers audio and video functions through an optimal user experience. It has gained massive popularity in the global UC market, especially in the mid- to large-sized enterprise segment. As businesses grow, clients urgently need interoperability between IBM Sametime and room-based videoconferencing systems. Huawei’s interoperability solution was developed to address this need. With this solution, Huawei videoconferencing endpoints and IBM Sametime clients can have point-to-point or, in conjunction with a Multipoint Control Unit (MCU), multipoint conferences. The conferences can contain both audio-only and video participants and allow participants to attend using whatever method at a time and place most convenient to them.
For enterprises, interoperability between Huawei’s videoconferencing system and IBM Sametime helps set up a more reliable and efficient communication mechanism to improve the interconnection between the enterprises’ core business and UC system, accelerate the response to customer needs, speed up marketing decision-making, and increase operational efficiency.
Meanwhile, Huawei and IBM Sametime integration solution protects enterprises’ existing investment and reduce their expenditure in video communication and UC systems. The interoperability solution is cost-effective in that it does not require any change to the IBM Sametime platform. The two systems can interconnect with each other directly over an IP network.