SOURCE: Wainhouse

May 01, 2007 13:06 ET

New Wainhouse Research Report Analyzes IBM's Unified Communications Strategy

BROOKLINE, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- Wainhouse Research has published a new industry report, "IBM's Unified Communications and Collaboration Strategy: Big Blue's Big Bet on Eclipse and Sametime." This research report analyzes IBM's vision for presence-enabled enterprise communications, including IM, voice, video, and web collaboration.

The 238-page report analyzes IBM's Unified Communications and Collaboration Strategy, IBM Lotus Sametime as a Collaboration Platform, as well as the Sametime Partner Ecosystem. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of IBM Lotus' recently announced UC2 strategy focusing on Sametime as both an application and extensible platform for enterprise presence, instant messaging, voice and video over IP, and web conferencing. It identifies 21 strengths IBM Lotus and Sametime have in the unified communications marketplace, along with 10 weaknesses. The report also compares IBM and Microsoft in 17 market and product characteristics, noting for each whether IBM or Microsoft exhibit leadership or are at parity one with another, and the study concludes with Wainhouse Research's assessment of IBM's chances for success in the unified communications market.

"This report has been specifically written for enterprises who are crafting their unified communications and collaboration strategy right now," states report author, Dr. E. Brent Kelly, Senior Partner & Analyst at Wainhouse Research. "It is designed to help enterprises understand what unified communications is all about and provides independent, third party insights as to whether IBM Lotus Sametime will be an appropriate platform choice for an organization's unified communications and collaboration needs."

The report also analyzes the Sametime partner ecosystem and includes detailed descriptions of 33 Sametime partners including companies such as Cisco, 3Com, Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel, Siemens, Avistar, ilink, Polycom, Premiere Global Services, Research in Motion (BlackBerry), RADVISION, TANDBERG, Akonix, Symantec, and FaceTime.

"IBM's Unified Communications and Collaboration Strategy: Big Blue's Big Bet on Eclipse and Sametime" is available immediately for $2,495. For a detailed table of contents and the executive summary, see

For more information, contact Sara Fargo of Wainhouse Research client services at or +1.781.934.6165.

Wainhouse Research is an independent market research firm that focuses on critical issues in unified communications and real-time collaboration. The company conducts research studies, provides strategic consulting to vendors and enterprises, publishes industry reports, and delivers public and private seminars.

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