Cisco Buys Orative

by Bruce Stewart

Word is coming out that Cisco is purchasing the mobile software company Orative for $31 million. Orative's software allows tighter integration between Cisco's VoIP business systems and cell phones. Orative's Enterprise Server sits inside of a customer's firewall connected to Cisco's Unified CallManager IP-PBX, and works with Orative's cell phone client software that can run on Blackbery, BREW, J2ME and Symbian OS devices (with Windows Mobile in the works). Not surprisingly, Ken Camp is already on the story. Seems like a logical move for Cisco that should help extend the range and use of their products.