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Introduction

Atos, a Europe-based IT services firm with a global market presence, has acquired Unify, a Germany-based developer of unified communications solutions, for €340m.

Highlights

  • Being acquired by Atos will help Unify broaden its service portfolio, both in terms of the range of services offered and where they are available.
  • Acquiring Unify will add a communications and collaboration portfolio that Atos previously relied on partners to provide.
  • Acquiring Unify carries the danger of creating conflict between Atos and its current set of UC partners.

Features and Benefits

  • This report assesses Atos's acquisition of Unify and and its entry into the market for UC solutions and services.
  • This report examines Atos's partnerships and explains how the Unify acquisition will impact them.

Key questions answered

  • Why did Atos acquire Unify?
  • What role do IT services firms play in the UC market?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

UC and IT services firms: an unusual pairing

  • Background on Atos's Unify acquisition
  • UC market consolidation and Atos's Unify acquisition

Services that complement each other but challenge partners

  • Background on Atos and Unify's services

Atos–Unify product synergies center on social

  • United front to Slack and Jive

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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