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Rumors on Yahoo Trying to Unload Zimbra

Why Technology Matters (Sometimes)

I just read rumors on All Things Digital that Yahoo is trying to unload Zimbra, which it acquired 2 years ago for a whopping $350m. Why does it? Because sometimes more that just a pretty face is required.

"..Yahoo bought the company to goose that business, whose main rival has been Google (GOOG)–along with using Zimbra technology to improve its massive consumer email offering, also under siege from Google. That integration has gone slowly and Yahoo now has less interest in selling email products to others..."

Oh, so the integration did not go well, eh? That may be the same reason why the launch of the Zimbra based Web Mailer at Comcast took so long - and why it then looked completely different from the Zimbra product.

A single code stream (easy to update), a modular system (easy to integrate and update) and the ability to use the existing mail systems from providers makes integration easy and migration something that is not required. This is why our partners can update their 10m+ users every quarter to the latest and greatest version of the product.

The SaaS world spins much much faster than the traditional on-premises application world. SaaS apps must be built for this velocity. If you fail you fall behind, like Yahoo did on mail.

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Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.