Polycom Expands UC Capabilities With Sentri Acquisition
In addition to Microsoft unified communications expertise, Sentri has expertise in other areas, including networking, VOIP and security.Unified communications specialist Polycom agreed to acquire Sentri, a provider of UC, video collaboration, cloud services and networking services with expertise in Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Lync, SharePoint and Office 365. One of the major reasons behind the acquisition was Polycom's portfolio of more than 40 video and voice products that interoperate with Lync, which Sentri has helped integrate. The transaction, which is valued at less than $10 million, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013. "The acquisition of UC integrator and managed-services provider Sentri is a wise move for Polycom," Ira Weinstein, Wainhouse Research senior analyst and partner, said in a statement. "As enterprises seek to expand their video and UC footprint, they will need support from qualified partners with real-world experience installing and managing Microsoft Lync deployments." In addition to Microsoft and Polycom expertise, Sentri's service professionals are skilled on various other vendor solutions in the areas of networking, voice over IP (VOIP) and security, and the company is Gold-certified by Microsoft in communications, messaging, portals and collaboration and desktop technology.
"By adding Sentri's capabilities to its service organization, Polycom can empower its channel partners with the skills they need to plan, sell, and support joint Microsoft and Polycom installations," Weinstein stated. "This is both a differentiator for Polycom and a value-add for its partners and end-user customers."