CISCO to Acquire Jabber to Enhance Enterprise Communication

Cisco announced its desire to acquire Jabber, provider of Messaging solution. The acquisition will help Cisco compete with Microsoft in communication market.  Jabber’s open source messaging solution enables enterprise communication system across different communication servers like  Microsoft Office and IBM Lotus Sametime. Jabber also integrates with online mail and IM services from AOL, Google, and Yahoo.

The acquisition will enable Cisco to offer presence and messaging services “in the network” and provide capabilities to users through both on-premise and on-demand solutions, across multiple platforms including Cisco WebEx Connect and Cisco Unified Communications. The Jabber technology also enables collaboration across different presence systems, such as Office Communications Server, IBM Sametime, AIM, Google and Yahoo.

“Enterprise organizations want an extensible presence and messaging platform that can integrate with business process applications and easily adapt to their changing needs,” said Doug Dennerline, Cisco senior vice president, Collaboration Software Group. “With the acquisition of Jabber, we will be able to extend the reach of our current instant messaging service and expand the capabilities of our collaboration platform. Our intention is to be the interoperability benchmark in the collaboration space.”

The acquisition is expected to be completed in Cisco’s first half of fiscal year 2009. The transaction is going to be carried out as per general accounting practices. Details of financial transactions has not been disclosed. Upon completion of the acquisition, Jabber employees will become part of the Cisco Collaboration Software Group (CSG).

Source: Network World

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