November 14, 2007, 2:58 PM — Nortel
this week announced a relationship with IBM
to plot a service-oriented architecture and Web services framework for the development
of communications-enabled applications and business processes.
Called Nortel's Communication Enablement strategy, the framework is intended
to allow customers to integrate communications services into business applications
through a tool kit or acquire communications-enabled applications directly from
Nortel. Such applications will embed presence, location, identity, conferencing
and other capabilities.
The framework is built on IBM's WebSphere Application Server, which Nortel
will resell under an OEM arrangement.
Communications Enablement will be targeted at both enterprise and carrier customers.
Nortel will also offer global integration services to support Communication
Enablement-based SOA applications and environments.
Nortel plans to make several existing products available as Web services in
addition to rolling out new products based on its SOA environment. Nortel recently
unveiled Web services enablement on its SIP-based Application Server 5200 and
Communication Server 2000 IP Multimedia Softswitch, which allow service providers
to offer their enterprise customers multimedia communications tools for their
Web sites, such as instant messaging, videoconferencing and presence. Nortel
says it has also rolled out Web services capabilities on its contact center
and advanced speech platforms.
Nortel is also developing a software platform to enable networked applications
to run across a multivendor network. This product, which is slated for the first
quarter of 2008, is designed to provide orchestration of real-time services
in a multivendor environment across multiple domains -- enterprise, carrier,
wired and wireless -- and allow for the development and integration of communications-enabled
applications into customers' business processes.
In addition to IBM, Nortel says it will also line up other partners to support
its Communications Enablement framework. Those partners are not necessarily
resellers or developers for IBM's WebSphere Applications Server, said Richard
Tworek, general manager of SOA and Next Generation Platforms at Nortel.