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.
Worklife is a San Francisco-based startup, also known as Heroik Labs, that provides software to improve meeting productivity that will be used to enhance Cisco's Spark platform.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rob Salvagno, vice president of corporate business development and head of Cisco's M&A team, said the Worklife application enabled people to be more productive in their jobs.
"We see an opportunity to build on the virtual meeting experience that the Cisco Spark platform currently provides, and enhance meeting productivity across the board," Salvagno wrote in a blog post.
"For example, we can start offering additional tools, tightly integrated into Cisco Spark, to help users track calendars, create agenda templates, and collaborate on note-taking in real-time during a meeting."
Worklife is the US networking leader's fourth acquisition around communications and collaboration since the purchase of Tropo in May 2015. Since then, Cisco also acquired Acano – a provider of collaboration infrastructure and conferencing software – as well as search-technology specialist Synata.
In June 2014, the networking giant acquired Assemblage, a provider of real-time collaboration apps for shared whiteboarding, presentation broadcasting and screen sharing. In December 2013, Cisco also acquired Collaborate.com, which built a mobile collaboration application that provides unified document sharing, task management and team communication capabilities.
Worklife's employees will report to Jens Meggers, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Cloud Collaboration Technology Business Unit. Cisco says it plans to keep Worklife's existing online meeting software offer free to customers.