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Ideas Matter

June 13, 2006 - 1 Comment

Acquisitions Aimed at Unified CommunicationsWhether companies are big or small, it’s their ideas that matter.Cisco certainly believes this maxim, and has announced the planned purchase of Metreos and Audium, two tiny software companies that could play an important role in the development of Cisco’s Unified Communications System.The additions represent a step toward enabling enterprises to further adopt and integrate data, voice, and video technology, says IDG News Service’s Stephen Lawson.Metreos and Audium offer application creation and integration environments that should enable in-house enterprise application developers use an interface to integrate their applications with the Unified Communications System.The middleware from these companies works with widely-used business applications from companies such as SAP, which will facilitate integration, says Lawson, citing IDC analyst Abner Germanow. The developers can do the integration work, which would suit both Cisco an enterprises which would like to move at their own pace.”They (enterprises) need to be able to try an application with a fairly low investment before they can figure out if it’s right for them,” Germanow said. Neither company has more than 30 employees but they provide key software, said Laurent Philonenko, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Contact Center Business.”They absolutely open the enterprise application world to unified communications,” Philonenko said.

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  1. The IDG story is a good summary. IDC subscribers can also read our take the aquisition and how it impacts Cisco’s position and the market.Cheers,Abner”