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Novell has acquired SiteScape, an open source, Web 2.0-style team collaboration operation that started the ICEcore open source collaboration project and whose 12-year-old taproot goes back to that Google-that-might-have-been, AltaVista. Terms were not disclosed.

SAIC has funded SiteScape over the last few years and supplied its CEO. Hoover’s says the 35-man company did $3.4 million last year, an indication of why another open source concern has gone to the old guard.

Novell, who’s been distributing Sitescape’s software for the last year, says it’s getting team workspace and real-time collaboration capabilities, the makings of a unified communications and collaboration strategy.

According to Novell, the acquisition makes it the industry’s “clear leader in open, enterprise-strength collaboration and social networking offerings,” a way for customers to integrate new communications technologies into their environment and drive employee productivity and business innovation.

SiteScape supplies solutions for distributed teams across a range of business and government customers.

The stuff supports knowledge management, project management, communities of practice, telework, business and government continuity and provides blogs, wikis, IM, chat, VoIP and web conferencing, the core of unified communications

Novell, with its GroupWise enterprise e-mail, partnered with SiteScape and came up with Novell Teaming + Conferencing, a team workspace/real-time conferencing solution centered on the ICEcore open source technology.

It runs on Linux and Windows, and works with Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange as well as GroupWise.


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