Atos to acquire Unify


French IT services company Atos has agreed to acquire unified communications specialist Unify in a deal said to be worth €340 million ($373 million). The purchase would take the new company to the ‘next level’, it said.

Unify, founded in 2008 as Siemens Enterprise Communications, is a joint venture between The Gores Group (51 per cent) and Siemens (49 per cent) providing end-to-end communications software and services around social collaboration, digital transformation and business transformation. With the acquisition, Atos intends to create a unique, integrated proposition for UC and real-time capabilities.

Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos said: “The contemplated acquisition of Unify will increase our offerings for the digital transformation for our customers. They are looking for seamless services solutions for their entire digital portfolio and a reliable partner that can service their needs end-to-end. Unify portfolio and customer base is a perfect match that uniquely complements existing Atos digital capabilities”.

Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG, said: “I am convinced that Atos is the perfect solution for a sustainable future of Unify and its customers. Atos is a proven and a trustful partner and a specialist for successful integration of acquisitions. At the same time, we are diligently executing on our Vision 2020, focusing our business and position Siemens along the value chain of electrification, automation and digitalisation.”

With Unify, Atos aims to bridge the gap between communication and IT services. With over 3,000 patents, Unify would expand Atos’ digital transformation offerings.

Among Unify’s UC offerings is Circuit, a ‘single pane of glass’ UC tool enabled by Web RTC. It provides HD audio and video quality with seamless channel/device movement, contextual search, social collaboration, content storage, and contact integration with other platforms (e.g. LinkedIn, Outlook) from within a single application and interface.

Siemens became the first enterprise customer of Unify Circuit when it was launched in October last year.

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