Collaboration services provider Arkadin today announced its acquisition of Microsoft (MSFT) partner and consulting and hosting service provider Implement, to strengthen its position in the unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) market. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Arkadin said it will leverage the Seattle-based company's hosted collaboration platform and expertise in UC to flex its muscles in cloud-based enterprise collaboration.

Arkadin said that UCaaS is the fastest growing collaboration business segment with a projected 38 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the next few years. That's why UCaaS is at the center of Akardin' collaboration strategy, the company said.

"This is a highly strategic acquisition that will dramatically accelerate Arkadin’s leadership in the UCaaS space," Arkadin founder and CEO Olivier de Puymorin said in a statement.

Implement CEO Steve Schwartz said in a statement that Arkadin's "phenomonal and influence in the collaboration market, along with their global footprint and technology infrastructure, give us new leverage to expand our client base."

"With a shared vision for UCaaS, we have unlimited potential to UC-enable businesses worldwide who seek greater communications efficiencies," he said.

Arkadin will offer the acquired multi-tenant UCaaS service bundles immediately to clients in North America under the Arkadin Total Connect brand name. These packages include voice, Microsoft Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint. 

The company said it will enhance these offerings with additional private cloud options in the next few months.

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