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Cisco to acquire mobile software developer

Posted: 30 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Pericom Semiconductor? Orative? Unified Communications?

Cisco Systems Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held company Orative Corp. for approximately $31 million. The acquisition will allow Cisco to extend its Unified Communications portfolio to mobile devices such as cell phones and smartphones.

"The Orative acquisition will allow Cisco to further deliver on its promise of extending the Unified Communications experience from the network services to mobile devices," said Don Proctor, senior VP of voice technology group at Cisco.

In March, Cisco announced its Unified Communications system based on its proprietary service-oriented network architecture (SONA), which enables businesses of all sizes to integrate their communications systems with their IT infrastructure, creating a single communications platform. The Unified Communications system of voice, video and IP communications products and applications enables organizations to communicate more effectively by leveraging all services located in the network from anywhere, with any device, anytime.

Orative develops mobile software solutions that extend the communications and collaboration capabilities of Cisco's Unified Communications system to business mobile phone users. Its Enterprise Software enables mobile phone users to coordinate conversations, collaborate with colleagues, view information on Unity voicemail messages, screen unwanted telephone calls and interruptions, and securely access personal and corporate phone books.

The pending acquisition is expected to transform the mobile phone into a true business device, using Cisco's Unified CallManager for call control, MeetingPlace for collaboration and Unity as the voicemail platform.

The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in Q2 of Cisco's fiscal year 2007. Upon closing the transaction, the Orative team and product portfolio will be integrated into Cisco's voice technology group, led by Proctor.

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