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January 26, 2009

Skype and IBM Announce LotusLive Integration for the Enterprise

Skype, the M2M super nova that brings together family and friends from anywhere in the world is now going to be integrated with LotusLive.
The company has announced that it will integrate Skype (News - Alert) functionality with LotusLive, IBM’s new cloud services to help individuals build communities to work effectively and efficiently even beyond their own companies.

The integration will join LotusLive collaborative services with Skype Internet communications to create seamless communications for mutual customers. Employees of companies using LotusLive will be able to use Skype for voice and video calls by clicking on their contacts’ Skype names or phone numbers within LotusLive.
“Our relationship with IBM (News - Alert) demonstrates how serious Skype is about bringing the benefits of ‘anytime, anywhere, any mode’ Internet communications to the enterprise environment,” said Scott Durchslag, Skype’s Chief Operating Officer.
“During tough economic times, every business is seeking to cut costs while enhancing competitiveness and we look forward to broader, long-term cooperation between IBM and Skype to help businesses of all sizes around the globe save money, save time, and stay ahead."
Skype has more than 370 million registered users and generates revenue through offering calls made to and from landlines and mobiles, voicemail, call forwarding, and SMS.
“We recognize that communications is an integral component of collaboration in an Internet-enabled world and that many small businesses have already adopted Skype,” says Sean Poulley, vice president of online collaboration, IBM Lotus. “This integration will simplify and improve the way businesses interact with their customers and partners.”
Now, users can speak with family, friends, business partners, customers and associates.

Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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