Cisco to Acquire Jabber

September 19th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Cisco announces its intent to purchase presence and messaging software maker Jabber.

Cisco will use Jabber software to enhance their Collaboration Portfolio which already includes Cisco WebEx® Connect and Cisco Unified Communications.  Jabber’s technology uses open source standards which enable the Jabber messaging platform to seamlessly work with other messaging platforms like Microsoft Live Messenger, AOL AIM, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger.

"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." [Press Release]

This acquisition is another example of Cisco’s  "build, buy and partner" strategy which allows them to quickly merge into new markets.  Other example of this strategy was seen in Cisco’s recent acquisitions of WebEx and Postpath.

No financial details of the acquisition have been disclosed and finalization of the transaction will come early in 2009.  Jabber employees will become part of the Cisco Collaboration Software Group (CSG). CSG is part of the recently established Software Group, consisting of Cisco’s major software businesses; including the IOS network operating system, network and service management, Unified Communications solutions, policy management, and SaaS offerings.