Jive partners with Cisco; shares jump

|About: Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)|By:, SA News Editor

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.