IBM® Lotus® Sametime® Connect is a market-leading product and platform for real-time collaboration. Lotus Sametime provides instant messaging and presence and Web conferencing features that enable people to collaborate in real time, regardless of their physical location.
Why extend IBM Lotus Sametime Connect?
Lotus Sametime Connect 8.0.1 offers more than simple instant messaging and presence features. Because it is built on Eclipse, a variety of plug-ins that expand the functionality of Lotus Sametime Connect are shipped with the product, and third parties can build additional plug-ins. Some examples of plug-in capabilities that could be added by third parties are enhanced audiovisual conferencing; instant polls of a user community; or the ability to capture, store, and search instant message conversations or meetings.
The ability to create plug-ins to meet the growing needs of the instant messaging community, combined with its already proven security model and numerous user interface enhancements, makes Lotus Sametime Connect a powerful tool to help companies harness the potential of their employees.
In addition, and perhaps most important, the instant messaging and presence features in Lotus Sametime Connect 8.0.1 are used by IBM managed client products, including future releases of IBM Lotus Notes® 8. This means that the plug-ins you build for Lotus Sametime Connect 8.0.1 will work with the managed client products, as long as you adhere to the public interfaces documented in this guide. Your investment in developing plug-ins for Lotus Sametime Connect 8.0.1 gives you access to a market that goes beyond Lotus Sametime Connect users.
For more help understanding Lotus Sametime application development, please refer to the Lotus Sametime Software Developer's Kit, Integration Guide
which is available as part of the Lotus Sametime Software Development Kit. This can be found at the IBM developerWorks®
Parent topic: Developing Lotus Sametime applications: XPD622