Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), the largest computer-networking equipment manufacturer announced its decision to discontinue offering its home-grown WebEx Social service and will replace it with a more competitive product from Jive Software Inc (NASDAQ:JIVE).

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In a blog post, Peder Ulander, vice president of collaboration solutions marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) wrote, “Throughout the past decade, Cisco has continued to weave social into the fabric of our own collaboration portfolio.  At the same time, we continuously looked for opportunities to collaborate with other companies to integrate new technologies and improve what we can offer our customers – bringing the best of the best together to provide our customers with the ideal solution to fit their business needs.”

The maker of computer-networking equipment will continue to provide support for WebEx Social for its cloud customers for another two years. For customers who installed WebEx Social in their own servers, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) will provide support for another three years. The company said it will continue the WebEx online-meeting service although the project-based product will be terminated.

Jive partnership

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) partnered with Jive Software Inc (NASDAQ:JIVE) to offer businesses a better way to drive productivity.

Jive will combine its enterprise collaboration platform with Cisco’s industry leading technologies such as WebEx and Jabber to provide businesses with a complete communication and collaboration solution, which enables the deployment of a fully integrated, seamless experience for their customers, employees, and partners.

Cisco resells Jive’s solutions

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) and its partner network will resell Jive’s solutions as a fully integrated part of the Cisco collaboration family. Tony Zingale, chief executive officer of Jive Software Inc (NASDAQ:JIVE) said its partnership with Cisco is the biggest and it is first time that another company will become a full reseller of its solutions.

“Cisco is one of the most well-respected companies on the planet, with hundreds of thousands of companies leveraging their real-time communication and collaboration offerings. Together, we can bring Jive’s industry-leading collaboration platform to these customers, and help drive even deeper and more productive business outcomes across their employees, customers and partners,” said Zingale in a statement.

The result of the collaboration of the technologies of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Jive Software Inc (NASDAQ:JIVE) is already embraced by the employees of Thomson Reuters and it is driving massive productivity.

The power of Jive Software Inc (NASDAQ:JIVE) and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) platforms allows our 60,000 employees to bring these experts directly into conversations – all from the Jive interface with one single click. The result: we are never more than a click away from collaborating in real-time with our teammates using Cisco technologies. You simply can’t get this anywhere else,” according to Tim Wike, senior director of Communication Platforms, Thomson Reuters.