Cisco, IBM team up on open standards communication platform

Cisco and IBM are planning to develop a platform based on open standards to allow unified communications and collaborations in their applications. IBM will offer a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) as a subset of its Lotus Sametime collaboration software and Cisco will offer communication APIs for accessing voice and video services.
Cisco and IBM also will roll out “specific client offerings” based on the new platform and a set of “plug-ins” to combine the collaboration and unified communications capabilities of both companies.

I had written about the adoption of a similar approach in the EDA industry (Why can’t we do it in EDA). Especially with DFM and other UDSM challenges (and not to mention the standards’ war!), it is to the advantage of the designer if he can get the best of all tools in a unified integrated design flow. Since no single vendor can handle this on its own, a collaborative approach looks to be the best bet.

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