Cisco acquires business productivity software company Heroik Labs

US networking giant Cisco Systems Inc yesterday announced that it had acquired San Francisco-based privately held maker of business productivity software company Heroik Labs Inc.

Cisco did not reveal the financial terms of the deal, but said in a blog post that the Heroik Labs team of 10 people will report to the Cloud Collaboration Technology Business Unit under senior vice president and general manager Jens Meggers.

Heroik Labs makes software called Worklife that is used for scheduling meetings, taking notes, and keeping track of company events on calendars.

Worklife gives users more options to stay engaged before, during, and after meetings, from sharing agendas before the meeting, to taking notes during the meeting, and sharing those notes, as well as action items, after each meeting.

Cisco said that it can start offering additional tools, tightly integrated into Cisco Spark, to help users track calendars, create agenda templates, and collaborate on note-taking in real-time during a meeting.

''We are excited to welcome a team with a vision that is so complementary to Cisco's own collaboration strategy, namely, to provide the best collaboration experience across every touch point, every space, and for every employee,'' said Rob Salvagno, head of corporate development and investments at Cisco.

''With the Worklife team onboard, we see an opportunity to build on the virtual meeting experience that the Cisco Spark platform currently provides, and enhance meeting productivity across the board,'' he added.

Worklife's technology will build on Cisco's earlier collaboration software acquisitions such as Collaborate.com, Assemblage, Tropo, Acano and Synata.