Using the Sametime BlackBerry Client
Once a collaboration project starts, you can use the sametime 7.5 BlackBerry client from different locations. This is important for a groupware application that will involve users that do not stay in the same location. More than that, they may not have access to a PC. But if they have a BlackBerry mobile phone, then they don't have to miss a step. Here is what the Sametime app offers.
First of all, you have group chat sessions. You have the ability to view which contacts are online, offline, idle or busy. There is a Buddy List that’s synchronized with the Lotus Sametime instant messaging server. And you have alert notifications when team members become available.
You can communicate with Emoticons. There is presence management from the BlackBerry smartphone using the home screen. Voice integration is possible with ‘Click-to-Call’, and Sametime Buddy and Sametime Chat with ‘Convert-to-Call’; Group Chat sessions are possible with 3 or more participants.
Chat can take place in a point to point Voice-over-IP (VoIP) including video chat, timestamps, emoticons, and chat histories. Users also have the ability to view which contacts are online, offline, idle or busy, which makes collaborative work easy to accomplish. This is called location awareness meaning that the other workgroup members know where the participants are located. Which brings us to web conferencing is possible because of the interaction made possible from the server connection.
Interoperability is made possible with public networks using the IBM Lotus Sametime Gateway. This will feature AOL Instant Messenger, plus Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk and XMPP-based services.
Ups and Downs
Ups: This is a fully functioning collaboration client program that makes workgroup operations possible.
Downs: You must connect to a SameTime server for the collaboration to be possible.