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May 24, 2011

Hosted Exchange: Jive Software Acquires OffiSync

By Anshu Shrivastava
TMCnet Contributor

Independent social business software company Jive Software has acquired OffiSync Corp., a provider of social solutions to the Microsoft environment, including Microsoft (News - Alert) Outlook, Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint.

This acquisition is expected to combine Jive’s Social Business platform with OffiSync’s Microsoft integration products. Company officials said that this combination will deliver a “breakthrough” in how companies embrace social to transform the way they work.

Thanks to OffiSync’s products, Microsoft users can seamlessly integrate with Jive's Social Business platform directly from the Microsoft environment. With the help of OffiSync, companies can liberate and “socialize” the content trapped in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint.

Company officials said that Jive will then seamlessly integrate it within the larger enterprise social graph in its platform. This will bring the right information to the right person at the right time.

In the Jive Social Business platform, OffiSync is expected to extend advantages such as shift from personal productivity to group collaboration; sharing and updating documents using Microsoft applications is inefficient and confusing; bringing the social Web to Microsoft Outlook; and more.

Company officials said that leveraging Microsoft applications, users can create content while also sharing, annotating and collaborating on the resulting documents using Jive's advanced social capabilities.

Calling this acquisition a “game-changing” one for the company, Tony Zingale, CEO at Jive, said that with OffiSync, Jive has the opportunity to become the most widely adopted social business platform for over 600 million Microsoft users, giving them the ability to bring social to the way they work.

Most of the OffiSync team is currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel. They are expected to join Jive’s engineering organization. Jive indicated that it plans to build upon OffiSync's engineering presence in Tel Aviv to launch a new R&D center.

The team in Israel will be lead by Roy Antebi, co-founder and CTO of OffiSync. He is expected to join Jive as vice president of engineering, while Oudi Antebi, co-founder and CEO of OffiSync, will join Jive as senior vice President of enterprise solutions. 

Earlier in April, Jive acquired data company Proximal Labs, and last year in January, the company announced the acquisition of FiltrBox, a social media monitoring company.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf


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