Cisco Acquires Collaboration Software Maker Versly
Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) yesterday announced that it has acquired privately-held Versly (San Francisco, CA, USA). Versly integrates collaboration capabilities via a plug-in into Microsoft Office applications, simplifying the way people work by enabling more effective collaboration around content in documents, spreadsheets, presentations and email.
“Collaboration is a top priority at Cisco. With this acquisition we’re enhancing our collaboration offerings and improving the user experience by integrating social technologies within the business applications individuals and teams use at work,” said Murali Sitaram, vice president and general manager, Collaboration Software Group (CSG), Cisco. “Furthermore, the integration with Versly will drive productivity improvements for organizations and their knowledge workers, many of whom are among the 600 million Microsoft Office users.”
Collaboration is one of Cisco’s five company priorities and represents what Cisco believes to be a total addressable market of $45 billion. The acquisition will provide more opportunity for Cisco partners to provide enhanced collaboration solutions to customers. Versly’s software will be integrated into a variety of Cisco’s collaboration offerings including Cisco Quad, Cisco Jabber and Cisco WebEx. For example, users will be able to receive automatic notifications within Cisco Quad when the content of a document has changed, escalate from simply reviewing a document to an instant messaging session through Cisco Jabber, or initiate a web conferencing session from a presentation through Cisco WebEx.
“With this acquisition we are gaining strong talent and innovative technology that builds on Cisco’s successful collaboration platform,” said Ned Hooper, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco. “We continue to expand our collaboration architecture to change the way businesses work.”
Upon the close of the acquisition, Versly employees will be integrated into Cisco CSG. Financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed.