Sametime Unified Telephony Lite announced

One definition of ‘Lite’ = ‘a simplified or less challenging version’

IBM Sametime Unified Telephony Lite Client 8.5.2 simplifies telephony integration into a social business environment

IBM Sametime Unified Telephony Lite Client 8.5.2 simplifies telephony integration into a social business environment as an excellent entry point to step into a full unified communications solution:

  • A new licensing option that enables telephony and video calls from the Sametime software already installed on your desktop with minimal infrastructure requirements.
  • Users can make and receive calls to phone numbers, video conferencing systems or video conferencing end points right from their desktop. Instantly boost your ROI on tele-presence systems, by promoting the utilization of existing video conferencing systems with an easy way to dial into a system and engage in a compelling video conference.
  • Helps reduce telephony costs with IP Telephony, by eliminating the need for desk phone expenditures, home office lines, land line long distance and cellular long distance and domestic and international roaming charges. As adoption spreads, costs continue to decline, allowing you to redirect budget to other projects.
  • Leverages Sametime’s new intelligent name and number recognition inside the text chat window to make it easier to reach out to others with just a click.

Announced and available today, this is a brand new lower-infrastructure variant of Sametime Unified Telephony (SUT).

The details on the web are still a little sketchy – there is this announcement letter, a product page and detailed system requirements. Also a wiki page listing the telecomms partner solutions that are certified to work with SUT Lite.

There seems to be some confusion (at least in my mind) as to whether the full SUT infrastructure is required – the announcement letter mentions it as a licensed part, but the other resources do not.  If SUT Lite indeed gives fully integrated telephony within Sametime Connect using just SIP with VOIP solutions, then this could be a very big deal.  I know a lot of customers who want Unified Comms but could never stretch to SUT.  This might be the answer.

if you know more about SUT Lite and can fill in the gaps, please add let us know in a comment!

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!