Zoom yesterday introduced plans purchase cloud name heart service supplier Five9 in a $14.7 billion all-stock transaction. Topic to shareholder approval, the acquisition is anticipated to shut within the first half of 2022.

The acquisition might permit the to hedge its video bets after 18 months of unprecedented development as each corporations and particular person customers turned to the videoconferencing platform to remain in contact with co-workers, household, and associates. Whereas the necessity for videoconferencing is unlikely to go anyplace, even with places of work re-opening, Zoom seems to be seeking to capitalize on its rising buyer base by increasing companies.

Steve Blood, a VP Analyst at Gartner, raised questions in regards to the transfer, noting that Five9 and Zoom function in utterly totally different markets. He sees a “disconnect” between the 2 corporations and a probably dangerous acquisition.

“We acknowledge that part of the market that Zoom targets is an IT chief in a mid-size enterprise or smaller that has accountability for all communication,” Blood mentioned. “In that section, it is vitally possible that there will likely be a accountability for purchasing contact heart know-how.

“Nevertheless, once you have a look at Five9’s enterprise, they give attention to a smaller finish of the market and lots of their enterprise is dealing immediately with CX leaders who, from our expertise, don’t have anything to do with enterprise collaboration in anyway.,” Blood mentioned. “That is the place the disconnect is for us.”

Zoom CEO and founding father of Zoom Eric Yuan, in an announcement, pointed to the push for “hybrid” workplaces, and mentioned Five9 would place Zoom to develop.

“The development in direction of a hybrid workforce has accelerated during the last 12 months, advancing contact facilities’ shift to the cloud and growing demand by clients for personalized and personalised experiences,” Yuan mentioned. “Right now, enterprises not solely must allow clients to interact by way of their most well-liked channel, they should empower their groups to perform extra, and accomplish that with empathy, function, and connection. We really consider that collectively, we’ll allow clients to reimagine the way in which they do enterprise and ship distinctive outcomes.”

Five9 is slated to change into an working unit of Zoom after the deal closes.

Yuan mentioned earlier this 12 months that Zoom could be seeking to increase its vary of communications companies. Though videoconferencing has remained its mainstay, the corporate has additionally launched workplace collaboration merchandise together with Zoom Telephone, a cloud telephone system, and convention software program, Zoom Rooms.

In an interview earlier than the Five9 acquisition was introduced, Magnus Falk, CIO Advisor at Zoom, mentioned Zoom Telephone is changing into an more and more widespread providing, with the corporate promoting 500,000 items within the final quarter. By comparability, it took seven successive quarters to promote 1 million items.

Rowan Trollope, the CEO of Five9, put it this manner in an announcement: “Companies spend important sources yearly on their contact facilities, however nonetheless wrestle to ship a seamless expertise for his or her clients. It has at all times been Five9’s mission to make it straightforward for companies to repair that drawback and have interaction with their clients in a extra significant and environment friendly manner. Becoming a member of forces with Zoom will present Five9’s enterprise clients entry to best-of-breed options, notably Zoom Telephone, that can allow them to comprehend extra worth and ship actual outcomes for his or her enterprise.”

Blood mentioned he will likely be wanting carefully for a number of issues to see whether or not the acquisition in the end works to Five9’s profit.

“We will likely be in search of continuity of management, continuity of individuals within the product growth house, and seeing that they’ll proceed providing the issues that [Five9 has] been beforehand delivering,” Blood mentioned.

He argued {that a} identify change or a rebranding effort that strikes Five9 towards the collaboration house  could possibly be a flip off for purchasers. Five9 often scores extremely by way of buyer satisfaction, Blood mentioned, and has been rewarded with good rankings and stable development.

“If the entire Zoom factor turns into extra of an emphasis, and Rowen [Trollope] will get dragged off, that lack of momentum could possibly be the true turning level,” he mentioned.

The contact center-as-a-service house is rising, Blood mentioned; it’s up 38% a 12 months total, with some distributors rising greater than 100% — a stage of development he’s by no means seen in 30 years. 

“If the Five9 enterprise is ready to give attention to constructing out and strengthening its capabilities in buyer expertise, and the place there is a chance, construct one thing that might allow them to promote to small and mid-sized companies as effectively, that might be good. In the event that they lose that focus that’s gotten them to the place they’re right now with CX leaders, then it isn’t going to be a fantastic factor,” Blood mentioned.

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