Jabber Web Tool Kit In Use
The possibilities for embedding Cisco Unified Communications capabilities within a web application are far-reaching.
Feed your imagination by taking a look at some use cases below. We've divided them into Productized Integrations and Proof-of-Concepts.
We're adding to them all the time, so if you've developed a web application incorporating Jabber unified communication capabilities, please do let us know.
VMware's Zimbra 8.0 Integration
VMWare have incorporated Jabber unified communication capabilities within the latest version (version 8.0) of Zimbra, their cloud email solution. The deep integration capabilities allow users to connect their voice and message systems in a unified inbox, enabling Click2Call, voicemail, presence, and chat all from within the Zimbra Web app.
Take a look at the pdf on the right of this text to see how the functionality appears to the end-user..
The Cisco Jabber features include:
- Click-to-Call any phone number with call routing to device or soft phone
- Visual Voicemail with inline playback, management, and MWI status update
- Presence indication and launch of Click-to-Chat
- Cisco WebEx integration to schedule and launch Cisco WebEx sessions directly from Zimbra
- Call history with placed, received, and missed calls visible within Zimbra
- Ability to extend or integrate other 3rd party UC solutions
To learn more about Zimbra 8.0 and the Cisco Jabber integration, visit http://www.zimbra.com/about/zimbra_pr_2012-07-11.html
PSTech's integration of IM and Presence through Microsoft's Outlook Web Application (OWA)
This integration allows users to use Cisco Jabber Instant Messaging and Presence services directly from the OWA interface in a seamless and secure way. Once the integration is installed on the OWA server (IIS), no plug-in download or installation is required on the client side.
Users can login to Cisco Unified Presence (CUP) services separately from OWA login or it can be setup to login automatically through OWA credentials.
A presence icon next to each email participant indicates user availability status. It also nicely integrates to OWA LDAP search results, which enables you to check availability and establish IM with a user even if they are not in your contact list.
A flexible and user friendly IM window can facilitate multiple simultaneous chat sessions and a "Group Chat" feature will be coming soon.
Supporting all the main web browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari), this integration is supported on both Windows and Mac operating systems.
This integration could be especially useful in the following situations:
- For mobile workers or employees who are away from their regular computers
- For companies and organizations who have no Outlook desktop clients deployed
- For Mac OS X users who generally lack support of plug-ins in desktop email clients (Jabber Outlook plug-in is not available on Mac OS X)
Version 1.0 is targeted for release in May 2013 with plans to add voice/video call support and WebEx meetings integration in subsequent versions.
WebEx Social (previously called QUAD)
At Cisco, the pervasive UC capabilities you'll find in our own Enterprise Social software tool - WebEx Social - have been incorporated using the Jabber web tool kit. (Please note, the video is in the process of being updated, so please ignore the reference to Quad).
We used the tool kit in exactly the same way you would: we didn't change anything or do anything different.
Take a look at this video to see WebEx Social users take advantage of the Jabber technology to see who's available and simply click to IM, call, or launch a WebEx session anytime, from anywhere, all from within the browser with no need for an installed desktop client.
Esna Google Apps Integration Solution – Cloudlink for Cisco
Esna Cloudlink seamlessly integrates Cisco Collaboration solutions with cloud-based productivity applications such as Google™ Apps. Cloudlink uses the Jabber web tool kit to offer rich integration of enterprise IPT and WebEx into Gmail and Google Apps, elegantly enabling Cisco customers to bring together disparate IPT vendor components and WebEx into Gmail for a seamless user experience. With Cloudlink, users can schedule WebEx meetings, check other's availability, make phone calls, and manage voicemail and faxes right from their inbox.
- Unified Messaging: Voice messages in Unity Connection are transcribed, converted to a MP3 and delivered to your email inbox. You can access and manage your messages on a desktop or mobile device. Cloudlink's bi-directional synchronization turns off the message waiting indicator (MWI) on the deskphone.
- Rich Presence: Cloudlink integrates with Cisco Unified Communications Manager and calendar to publish status and availability. With Cloudlink you can see if your peers are on or off the phone, as well as if they free or busy.
- Click-to-Dial: Cloudlink recognizes phone numbers and extensions and allows you to "click" on any number and place calls right from any web application or website. Calls can be sent to any phone or mobile device.
- WebEx Integration: Easily book WebEx meetings right from Google Apps. With Cloudlink you can schedule and start WebEx meetings from Google Calendar, Google Contact Card, Google People Widget, Google Hangout and Chrome browser.
- Security: Secure and private message controls are supported in Gmail.
Esna Cloudlink uses overlays wherever possible keeping the user in the application rather than just having a sidebar widget or desktop application for a richer user experience.
The solution offers rich contextual content overlays into Gmail by dipping into the content (documents, messages) for click-to-dial and enhanced services. For example providing voicemail into Gmail, they've used overlay buttons for outdial, reply and forward.
Esna leveraged the Unity Connection Voice Mail API and User Provisioning API to make integrating a Connection server to their product's server, Cloudlink, fully automated. The Cloudlink server pulls all relevant user data and makes any needed changes to subscriber settings via the CUPI API.
Take a look at the Esnatech site for more information.
We've put together a 5 minute proof-of-concept demo showing how you could incorporate Jabber within a CRM application – in this example, salesforce.com.
Take a look and see how call control, presence and IM can be integrated within the application to provide a seamless operation.
A video call is enabled as a result of the voice call, using the new version of the Voice & Video SDK.
Also, we've created a 'how to' tutorial: how to deply the Jabber demo in salesforce.com.
Learn how to install the Jabber SDK into your browser and, through using the salesforce.com development sandbox, enable the salesforce.com site to display Presence status and also allow for Click to Call and Click to Chat from within the Browser.
Here's an example of how we've combined the APIs available from SAP StreamWorks - an open- social based container - with the Jabber web tool kit APIs, to integrate real-time communications within the StreamWorks project management tool.
The user can look at a project and filter information by open action items and their owner. With functionality enabled by the Jabber web tool kit, they can now also search for an available action owner by their presence status, and can initiate click-to-communicate capabilities: all-in-all, they can find the action item owners, see if any are available, initiate a discussion with one or more of them, hold a video call and resolve the issue, all from the web browser!
"The market for cloud-based business applications is growing rapidly. At Esnatech, we see tremendous demand to enhance web applications, like Google Apps and Gmail, by integrating communications directly into the user experience. The Cisco Jabber SDK removes all roadblocks and allows us to transform Google apps and the Google framework into a live communication and collaboration for Cisco's enterprise customers."
Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Esnatech
"As an early adopter development partner using Cisco's Jabber SDK, we found it to be an easy interface to implement call control functionalities on enterprise, web-based applications. A developer with basic telephony knowledge can implement the features using the SDK." Nov. 2011
Head Products, Parsec Telesystems Pvt. Ltd.