Cisco retires WebEx Social, partners with Jive instead

The companies will market a suite that includes WebEx Meetings, Jabber and Jive enterprise social networking software

By , IDG News Service |  Unified Communications, Cisco, Jabber

Instead, Cisco wants to double-down on WebEx Meetings and Jabber, and also on its UC products, with a particular emphasis on video conferencing, a segment of the market where it sees a ripe opportunity to outfit meeting rooms of all sizes with video collaboration systems.

"We're not going to rest until every single room in every single business all over the world has extraordinary video conferencing and collaboration equipment. That's our mission," Rowan Trollope, senior vice president of Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group, said in March when the company announced an array of new and improved video conferencing products.

The way Cisco sees it, most conference rooms either don't have conferencing equipment or, if they do, the systems don't work properly, so it's zeroing in on that underserved market. Developing WebEx Social further doesn't fit in with this strategy.

Cisco also faces stiff competition in this UC market -- especially from Microsoft and its Lync UC server, IBM, Avaya, Siemens' Unify, Alcatel-Lucent, Mitel and ShoreTel -- so it has its hands full battling these and other rivals.

Implicit in this shift in strategy is an acknowledgement by Cisco that despite being a big player in video conferencing for years -- excelling in the low-end of the market with its WebEx line of desktop products and in the high-end with its whole-room Tandberg systems -- it has left a lot of money on the table by not also targeting small offices and meeting rooms.

Although it will no longer sell WebEx Social, Cisco will continue to support the product until mid-2017.

This is the second high-profile partnership Cisco has struck in the enterprise collaboration market recently. In March, it announced a deal with Google to bundle WebEx Meetings with Chromebooks and also integrate it with Google Apps.

The partnership with Jive isn't exclusive, so Cisco is free to pursue similar deals with other providers of ESN software.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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