UC briefs: IBM and Box make collaboration partnership

In UC news, IBM and Box announce a collaboration partnership, while LogMeIn updates its join.me application for new video capabilities.

IBM and Box announced a collaboration partnership that will integrate Box capabilities with IBM Analytics and Social platforms, IBM Security technologies and IBM Cloud.

With the partnership, Box and IBM customers will have access to capabilities like enterprise content management for IBM platforms and mobile apps, Watson Analytics and social collaboration through IBM Verse and IBM Connections. Developers will be able to integrate Box APIs into their IBM enterprise applications and Web services.

The collaboration partnership will allow joint Box and IBM customers to store content on IBM Cloud and will have access to specialized IBM consultants to help them integrate Box capabilities.

Join.me enhances video capabilities

LogMeIn announced updates to its join.me Web conferencing application with new video capabilities. The join.me free offering will provide up to five video feeds per meeting with capabilities including screen sharing and VoIP calling. The premium paid versions will provide 10 video feeds per meeting and include capabilities like cloud-based recording and integration with Outlook and Google calendars.

Join.me will also use HTML5 and WebRTC to let users join meetings without needing to download software or plug-ins. This capability is currently available only on Google Chrome, but additional browser support is expected.

"As one of the more popular Web conferencing products, join.me becomes a more complete collaboration tool with the addition of video capabilities," said David Mario Smith, lead analyst at Aragon Research.

Jive Software rolls out product updates

Jive Software, a collaboration services provider, announced updates last week to Jive-n, a social collaboration software for employee communities, and Jive-x, a customer-centric offering.

The latest cloud release of Jive-n, an employee-centric social intranet, offers a self-help and peer-to-peer support center and search capabilities that promote content via specific search phrases. Jive-n also rolled out enhanced integrations with Google and Microsoft applications as well as augmented content management functionalities and a user interaction report to gauge employee collaboration.

Jive-x, deemed an external community service, now offers a new mobile admin app; enhanced search and browsing capabilities; new community engagement analytics; and integrations with Zendesk's ticket management system to automate support for unanswered customer questions. -- Luke O'Neill

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