Novell has bought ‘developer of open source team collaboration technology’ SiteScape for an undisclosed sum, reported vnunet.com.
The acquisition is thought to be intended to bolster the company’s unified communications and collaboration strategy. Prior to the buy out the two firms had formed a partnership, in which SiteScape bolstered Novell’s ICEcore based real time conferencing products.
"Advances in web 2.0 technologies are driving new opportunities for unified communications and team collaboration," said Mark Levitt, a program vice president at analyst firm IDC.
"Enterprise and SMB customers are looking for solutions that combine real-time messaging, conferencing and IP voice calling along with online workspaces, social networking, blogs and wikis to improve productivity and innovation. Solutions that combine team collaboration and unified communications represent the next major step forward for business collaboration."