I’m pleased to say that Telligent, a market leader in enterprise social software, today announced that it has acquired from VMware the global assets of Zimbra. Telligent and Zimbra will merge under the Zimbra brand to form an enterprise software company offering a unified social collaboration suite built for the post-PC era.
Why the combination? Zimbra and Telligent solutions are both designed for collaboration and have complementary capabilities. Telligent offers enterprise social collaboration including real-time communication, social networking, instant messaging and online communities. Paired with Zimbra for enterprise-class email, calendar and collaboration, the combined offering will cover the entire collaboration spectrum.
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 also maintain its worldwide presence, with offices in Dallas, Palo Alto, Tokyo, London and Pune, India. Zimbra will be led by an integrated management team under the leadership of Patrick Brandt, CEO of Telligent. Zimbra will receive investments from VMware along with other investors, and VMware will be a strategic partner of the new Zimbra, helping to ensure long-term continuity for customers and partners.
“Our goal is to return Zimbra to its roots as an independent collaboration software leader with a vibrant open source community,” says Patrick Brandt, CEO of Telligent. “This merger is a reflection of how people collaborate today – it’s about innovation in social, mobile and cloud technology. We are committed to delivering innovative products to our customers and partners, and we are committed to being open.”
The acquisition is not expected to impact the next major release of Zimbra (JudasPriest), scheduled for early next year. In fact, new social capabilities for Zimbra, along with already-planned projects such as the HTML5 Offline Web App, HTML5 Touch Web App, Exchange Web Services and “Always ON” Carrier Grade Architecture, will be on display at the combined company’s user group conference, The Big Social, September 23-25, 2013 in Dallas, TX. More information about the user group conference, including Zimbra sessions and speakers, will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Read the press release to learn more about the acquisition of Zimbra by Telligent.
Read the VMware company blog for the VMware perspective on the acquisition and merger of Zimbra and Telligent.