November 14, 2007 - Nortel and IBM announced plans to offer a software-based foundation that brings together business applications and processes with the latest unified communications and collaboration tools such as click-to-connect, presence, location and voice over internet protocol.


This new foundation is built on the principles of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) so that businesses can communicate with colleagues, partners and customers in new ways without compromising service, security or existing technology investments.


Under the terms of the new agreement, the standards-based IBM WebSphere Application Server will be integrated into the Nortel Application Core, Nortel's new software-based SOA solution platform. Nortel is abstracting communication components from the underlying existing telecom infrastructure and making them available within this new Web services-based environment. This will allow companies to easily create SOA-based communications-enabled applications and business processes by linking together business systems and applications with communication systems and networks.


IBM and Nortel will market communications-enabled solutions comprised of IBM software and services, the Nortel software based foundation environment, and multiple hardware platforms including IBM servers. Together, Nortel and IBM are initially targeting companies in the healthcare, retail and other vertical markets.

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