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Collaboration services provider Arkadin, which now is fully owned by Japan's NTT Com, plans to buy implement.com, a consulting and hosting firm based in Seattle.
implement.com specializes in project consulting for Microsoft technologies, delivering UCaaS through its Chinook Communications division. Arkadin said the purchase, the value of which was not disclosed, will allow it to accelerate its growth in cloud enterprise collaboration.
Arkadin already offers premises-based audio, web, video and UC but now it gets access to UCaaS through implement.com.
"implement.com has a stellar track record in enabling service providers to leverage hosted voice and Microsoft technologies – especially Lync and Exchange," said Olivier de Puymorin, CEO and founder of Arkadin, in a press release.
Arkadin immediately will offer Chinook Communications’ multitenant UCaaS service bundles to clients in North America under the Arkadin Total Connect brand name. The packages include voice, Microsoft Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint. Availability will follow in a phased rollout in other regions and will come with private cloud options.
Channel Partners has asked for details about what the implement.com purchase means for Arkadin partners.
Finally, Arkadin also said on Wednesday that the NTT Com deal, announced last year, closed on Jan. 21.