Cisco and Jive Partner for Unified Communication and Collaboration Suite




Cisco and Jive Software have partnered to offer a complete communication and collaboration offering, combining Jive's enterprise collaboration platform with Cisco's real-time technologies such as WebEx for Web conferencing and Jabber for corporate instant messaging (IM) and voice/video over IP. The aim is to make it possible for companies to deploy an integrated and seamless experience for their employees (to communicate and collaborate), customers (to foster and broaden support), and partners (to drive business outcomes).
 
Enterprises can now easily go between real-time communications, such as instant messages, videoconferences, and online meetings, with persistent social collaboration, such as blogs, discussions, wikis, posts, and online groups.
 
Cisco and its partner network will be reselling Jive solutions as an integrated component of the Cisco collaboration family. Additionally, Cisco and Jive will conduct joint product engineering to deliver further innovations and integration on the solution to provide a complete offering for customers.
 
The deal gives Jive, whose once high-flying enterprise social network offering has been commoditized by tough competition from IBM, salesforce.com (Chatter), Oracle, SAP, TIBCO (Tibbr), Saba Software, and Microsoft (Yammer), a much needed shot in the arm. Microsoft has meanwhile been working to integrate Yammer with its Lync unified communications (UC) solution (which competes against WebEx and/or Jabber) and SharePoint collaboration platform. In an enterprise software space that has seen some consolidation (e.g., Jive’s once top competitor SocialText is now part of Peoplefluent), Cisco might consider making its own acquisition, whether of Jive or another social networking company.
 
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