August 22, 2007 13:40 ET
IBM Acquires WebDialogs to Expand Web Conferencing Capabilities in Industry-Leading Lotus Sametime
ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has acquired
WebDialogs, Inc., a Billerica, Massachusetts-based, privately held provider
of Web conferencing and communications services, with more than 500,000
users worldwide. Financial details were not disclosed.
WebDialogs offers online meeting and collaboration services that combine
web and audio conferencing into one, easy-to-use experience. Since it is
deployed as a service, WebDialogs technology does not require support from
an organization's IT department, making it easy to deploy anytime,
anywhere. The WebDialogs service is used by leading audio conferencing
providers to extend online meeting capabilities to their users.
With the acquisition of WebDialogs, IBM is adding a software-as-a-service
delivery model to the Lotus Sametime family of products, providing
customers with choice and flexibility in how they buy and operate their web
conferencing services. IBM will also integrate the service with its
industry-leading(1) collaboration portfolio, including IBM Lotus Notes and
IBM Lotus Sametime software.
The WebDialogs Unyte services will expand IBM's offerings in the Web
conferencing space, particularly for the small-to-medium-sized business
(SMB) segment and departments within larger organizations.
"We are aggressively pursuing new market opportunities across the board,"
said Michael Rhodin, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "Building on our
leadership in on-premise Web conferencing with Lotus Sametime software, the
acquisition of WebDialogs now allows us to reach the growing segment of the
market that prefers to buy this capability as a service. IBM now offers
unparalleled conferencing capabilities for companies of all sizes."
This acquisition also represents new opportunities for IBM Business
Partners. The WebDialogs services offer open application programming
interfaces (APIs) that will enable Business Partners to customize, brand
and integrate the service into applications, products and other services.
"To remain competitive, businesses are converging voice, video and data
systems into one unified communications and collaboration solution that
instantly connects employees to the information and resources they need,"
said Lou Guercia, CEO WebDialogs. "WebDialogs technology will strengthen
IBM's existing unified communication and collaboration portfolio with easy
to access and use web conferencing services."
WebDialogs will become part of the Lotus unit of IBM Software Group.
For more information www.ibm.com/sametime
IBM, Lotus, Lotus Notes, Notes and Sametime are trademarks of International
Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries or
both. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service
marks of others.
(1) Source: "IBM's Unified Communications and Collaboration Strategy."
Wainhouse Research, May 2007.