The easy way, I suppose, would just to embed SparkWeb as a "side-by-side" pod, with some type of real or faked single sign on scheme, but it sure would be nice to have support for a native XMPP/Jabber-based IM client in AFCS...or XMPP/RTMP interoperability.
Can anyone at Adobe speak to concrete plans on this front? We're looking at Jive SBS right now for some of these reasons, plus support for VOIP integration via Asterisk, Red5, and others.
To that end, any plans for SIP/VOIP integration in AFCS (beyond the Audio support currently available)?
As you well know, there is already a proliferation of occasionally convergent, but generally divergent, collaboration technologies, applications, platforms, and providers out there today. In an "always connected" world, the typical actor will find his/herself needing to jump between/across their multiple "communities" using, quite often, different modalities and devices (voice, video, text, e-mail, blog entry, activity stream via phone, netbook, handset, etc.). To "find someone" and to initiate real-time collaboration with them is thus quite difficult in the abstract. Providing interop, starting with areas such as presence and authentication, list management, connection initiation, and routing, would be a really good place to start. Many vendors are exploring this within their own technology stack or in "like stacks", but there still doesn't seem to be a clean way to achieve it in a hetergeneous environment today.
Starting with something relatively easy and somewhat standardized, such as XMPP-based services (specifically chat and presence) is a logical place to begin.
I simply want a "push to collaborate" button, so to speak, that can find the people/person/(devices?) I want to interact with and initiate the relevant mode of collaboration across whatever boundaries may need to be crossed. Not too much to ask, is it? 😉
But back to the initial question, is this something that could be implemented via some type of server plug-in in AFCS at some point?