We are in the process of setting up OpenFire as a Jabber/XMPP based IM client for our company. It's connected to our Active Directory server so that everyone automatically has a user account and so that the contact lists are automatically populated.
It works pretty good. We're using Pidgin for the desktops, and Xabber for the Android phones. I'm sure I'll find something for iPhone.
Is there a way to set up some kind of structured "group chat" using OpenFire or some XMPP server? Does XMPP support that?
I know that I can create a conference with serveral people in Pidgin on an ad-hoc basis, but what I'm looking for is more of a "managed" group chat, persistent conversations that I can set up and people are members of to participate in company-wide chatting
If OpenFire is not appropriate, could you recommend some other on-premises chatting/IM system that integrates with Active Directory and ISN'T Microsoft Lync (it's too expensive and too complicated to deploy at this time)