Cisco is continuing its aggressive acquisition spree around unified communications and collaboration with the purchase of Worklife to boost Cisco Spark. Worklife marks the networking giant’s fourth UC&C acquisition within that past 18 months.
“Cisco is turning the [UC&C] market on its head by saying, ‘We know there’s companies out there in their particular field that do really phenomenal things, but it’s very niche.’ Cisco is now bringing those companies on board and making it native inside of Spark,” said Chris Bottger, chief technology officer at IVCi, a Hauppauge, N.Y.-based solution provider and Cisco Gold partner that’s ranked No. 234 on CRN’s Solution Provider 500. “This ultra-aggressive mode of acquisition specifically around the collaboration platforms is incredibly impressive.”