Browse Prior Art Database

A Mechanism for Automating the Management of Team Information in Instant Messaging Clients. Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131131D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue



This publication describes a means by which messaging clients automatically create and manage groups with team information retrieved from employee databases. Instant messaging clients, for example, Sametime Connect, currently have no convenient way to maintain team membership information. A typical team is an employee, who has a manager, and who is a member of the team of that manager's employees. A user of a messaging client must manually create a peer employee group, must manually find the members of that group, and must manually add the members to the group. The mechanism uses a pluggable module to access team information, and uses code which is run within an instant messaging client to retrieve team information through the module, and to create and update a client group for that team information.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 67% of the total text.

Page 1 of 1

A Mechanism for Automating the Management of Team Information in Instant Messaging Clients.

An employee's instant messaging client, at selected intervals, accesses employee information from the company or corporate databases, locating employee information, including manager and peer employee lists, and updates a predefined group with that information. Updates are configured to be performed whenever the messaging client is started, or may be configured to be performed after a set interval. Updates may be triggered manually. Updates may be configured to be applied automatically, or may be configured to be applied after receiving confirmation from the user.

For example, Sametime Connect uses a client's ID to perform a daily look-up of the client's employee information from IBM Blue Pages. That information contains the client ID, contains managed by information, and contains manages information (for managers). If necessary, manager and peer lists are created. Those lists are compared to the current peer employee group. Changes are noted, and the employee is presented with each specific change. The user selects the changes which are to be applied. These changes are applied to their peer employee group.

The invention is enabled by adding a configurable employee information module. The module is responsible for:

* Accepting configuration information used to access the employee information in company or corporate databases. The configuration information may or may not in...