Telligent Acquires Zimbra from VMware
Telligent will combine with Zimbra to form a new software company offering a
unified social collaboration suite built for the post-PC era
DALLAS, July 15, 2013
DALLAS, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Telligent, a market leader in enterprise
social software, today announced that it has acquired from VMware the assets
of Zimbra, a leading messaging and collaboration solution. Upon closing,
Telligent and Zimbra will merge to form Zimbra, a new software company
offering a unified social collaboration suite. Terms of the acquisition were
Zimbra, which will receive investments from Intel Capital, NXT Capital Venture
Finance, BDCA, Hall Financial Group and VMware, will offer the first, unified
social collaboration suite built for the post-PC era. By combining Zimbra's
comprehensive messaging and collaboration solutions with Telligent's social
community, collaboration and analytics software, the new company will enable
customers to maximize productivity, innovation and customer experience.
The acquisition will accelerate the growth and leadership of the combined
company, enhancing the value proposition for customers and partners of both
Zimbra and Telligent. The company will be led by an integrated management team
under the leadership of Patrick Brandt, chief executive officer of Telligent.
"This acquisition is a reflection of how people collaborate in today's post-PC
era," said Patrick Brandt, chief executive officer, Telligent. "Zimbra enables
traditional collaboration through features such as email, calendar sharing and
address books, while Telligent supports real-time collaboration via chat,
social networking, online communities and more. The combination of the two
will enable companies to easily share documents and ideas instantly, providing
true unified collaboration."
The dramatic increase in business and consumer use of mobile and tablet
devices, along with the increased use of social technologies, is causing an
evolution in how businesses operate and how employees interact. Gartner
estimates that "by 2016, 50% of large organizations will have internal
Facebook-like social networks – 30% of these will be considered as essential
as email/telephones are today." (1) And, according to Gartner, "already, over
60% of workers report using a personal device at least once a day in their
work; 44% use a personal smartphone in their job." [ ](2)
Brandt says the acquisition presents an opportunity to return Zimbra to its
roots as an independent collaboration software leader with a vibrant open
"Our innovative heritage, vibrant partner programs and commitment to being
open make Zimbra and Telligent a great fit," explained Brandt. "We are both
highly committed to helping our customers collaborate. For organizations of
all types, the combination of Telligent and Zimbra will satisfy the need for
an affordable, integrated and easy-to-deploy solution that embeds social into
employee and customer communication."
"As we focus on the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user
computing opportunities ahead, it was important for us to find a great fit for
Zimbra's people, customers and partners, and we found it with Telligent," said
Carl Eschenbach, president and chief operating officer, VMware. "Given its
focus and complementary technology, Telligent is ideally suited to enable
continued growth for Zimbra. We are confident that we will provide a smooth
transition for customers and partners and that they will be in good hands with
seamless product support, further technology innovation and additional
go-to-market investments. We also look forward to a strategic partnership with
the new Zimbra to help ensure long-term continuity for our customers and
Zimbra is an enterprise-class email, calendar and collaboration solution,
built for the cloud – public, private and hybrid. Telligent is a leader in
enterprise social software for customer support, digital marketing and
employee collaboration. Under the Zimbra brand, Zimbra software will continue
to be made available on premise and in the cloud through the company and its
partners. The combined company will have a global base of more than 5,000
customers and 400 partners; it will maintain its worldwide presence, with
offices in Dallas, Palo Alto, Tokyo, London and Pune, India.
(1) Gartner "Predicts 2013: Social and Collaboration Go Deeper and Wider" by
Jeffrey Mann, Tom Austin, Nikos Drakos Carol Rozwell, Andrew Walls, November
(2) Gartner "Bring Your Own Device: The Facts and the Future" by David A.
Willis, April 11, 2013.
Telligent powers online communities and enterprise social networks that are
essential to business. Global brands, including Cadbury, Dell, Investec,
Microsoft, Oxfam, Rackspace, Sitecore and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure,
trust Telligent to transform their business with social. Telligent software
helps companies empower their customers, employees and partners with social
collaboration tools that drive real business value: higher sales, lower costs
and bigger ideas. The commitment to customer excellence is matched only by a
dedication to community service and a people-first philosophy that defines
Telligent's brand promise. For more information, visit www.Telligent.com or
connect with the company on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
VMware Zimbra is a robust messaging and collaboration solution designed for
the post-PC era. Built on the power of VMware's virtualization and cloud
expertise, Zimbra simplifies IT and sets the standard for web and cloud-based
collaboration with a smarter mailbox that enables users to connect to their
personal clouds. Simplified management, advanced mobility and private and
public cloud options make Zimbra, with more than 85 million paid mailboxes,
the preferred solution for large and small businesses, service providers,
government and educational institutions worldwide.
VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc .in the United States and
other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not
imply a legal partnership between VMware and any other company.
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