Jive partners with Cisco; shares jump

Cisco (CSCO -0.3%) will integrate Jive's (JIVE +7%) enterprise social networking platform with its widely-used WebEx (Web conferencing) and Jabber (corporate IM and IP voice/video) tools, and resell Jive's offerings both directly and through its partner network.

Thomson Reuters is an early adopter of the Cisco/Jive solution: It's 60K employees are able to join/launch WebEx meetings and Jabber chat sessions from Jive's platform.

The deal gives Jive, whose shares have slumped amid tough competition from IBM, Salesforce, SAP, and Microsoft's Yammer unit, a needed shot in the arm. Microsoft has been working to integrate Yammer with its Lync unified communications solution (competes against WebEx/Jabber) and SharePoint collaboration platform.

Cisco's collaboration revenue fell 7% Y/Y in the January quarter thanks in part to videoconferencing weakness, but WebEx (21% growth) was a strong point. The Jive deal suggests the company might not make its own acquisition in an enterprise social networking space that has seen consolidation.

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  • Esekla
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    Jabber does not not belong to Cisco. It is the common name for the open XMPP messaging protocol, and Cisco acquired one commercial software package that speaks this protocol. See http://www.jabber.org and http://bit.ly/1fwzmdd.


    Hopefully Cisco is not doing as woefully with maintaining that software as they have with other Open Source projects, like OpenSSL, which they've used. As per my article, the list of confirmed vulnerable Cisco devices there is still growing.
    1 May 2014, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • timbant
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    Esekla, Cisco acquired Jabber Inc in 2008, not the former Jabber protocol (jabber.org) now known as XMPP.


    2 May 2014, 10:16 AM Reply Like
  • Esekla
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    Yep, that's exactly what I said, except the name of the company they acquired is "Jabber XCP" whereas Jabber refers to the Open Source client which speaks XMPP. Documentation on both points was already linked. That's the same client behind Google Talk and many other chat services. My concern is that Cisco acquires and/or uses these projects but doesn't even have the wherewithal to track and maintain them properly.
    2 May 2014, 10:25 AM Reply Like
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