Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Social Communications (IBM Sametime) at IBM Connect

IBM Connect is almost done.. So, how did this IBM turn out ?
Key messages -> Social, Social, Social....

I have been very interesting by IBM Social Communications session this year as you can imagine.
I have followed some of them presented by former colleagues like John Delpizzo, Marlon Machado (Clevershutter), Julie Reed, Pat Galvin (@patgalvin)...

One sentence is the right illustration of what they have announced : "We have been listening", especially on the Video side...
They have addressed lots of challenges, listed just below:

Video Everywhere, Video Ubiquity..

Continuous Presence, instead of Voice activated switching Mode

Geographical Distribution of IBM Sametime Video Engine

Interoperability - A key element to ensure easy integration in heterogeneous environment

High Availability for the best SLA, because rich Communications are becoming critical
To achieve all of these challenges, IBM has redesigned their video engine.

  • One : They plan to implement a new video codec in their platform -> H264 SVC in addition of H264 AVC (for backward compatibility). That's a really good news. I have explained the SVC protocol and its advantage here.

  • Two: Audio-Video everywhere -> Rich client, Web Client, Mobile Client...
  • Three:  A soft MCU for SVC Media Relay and AVC Voice Activated switching mode

So, the conclusion is that I want to play with IBM Sametime Next !!!