Infotech Lead America: Polycom has announced that German Law Firm Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft has implemented Polycom RealPresence video solutions, integrated with IBM Sametime, across 17 locations around the world.
Each of Luther’s 700 employees are now able to connect and collaborate securely using high-definition Polycom video from anywhere on any device following the implementation of the joint IBM and Polycom solution. The Polycom video collaboration has now become Luther’s default choice of communication tool.
“We have given our employees freedom to connect and hold their meetings from anywhere using video, without having to worry about dial format, location, bandwidth, quality or security,” said Andreas Gaebisch, CIO at Luther.
As global business requirements demand hours of meetings and collaboration between offices, partners, and customers, Luther wanted a more effective and productive meeting experience.
For three months Gaebisch and his team found Polycom RealPresence video solutions to be an optimum video collaboration solution that integrated with Luther’s existing network and IBM’s social communications platform.
Employees at Luther were already familiar with IBM Sametime software as a social communications tool, and found Polycom RealPresence video solutions easy to use, efficient, and a great alternative to business travel. Together, the IBM and Polycom solution enabled every employee, simply by clicking on a name in their Sametime contact list, to initiate a secure, face-to-face HD video meeting, or join any meeting room.
“With video you see people’s reactions and misunderstandings are therefore much less frequent than in a simple phone conversation,” Gaebisch explained.
Video collaboration has improved team performance and Luther has noticed that people now choose to hold meetings using video, including through IBM Sametime and on Polycom HDX room systems. Luther is able to hold secure video meetings with customers, partners, and other law firms even if they use other providers’ products.
In October 2012, Polycom announced powerful enhancements to the RealPresence Platform, including the industry’s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding), with 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments.