The deal, which was closed on Friday, had been in the works for several months, so Telligent has been in communication with Zimbra employees, partners and customers already, Howard said.
Constellation Research analyst Alan Lepofsky said he was surprised that the new company will be called Zimbra, since the email and calendaring suite lags in market share behind rivals like IBM's Notes/Domino, Microsoft's Outlook/Exchange, and Google's Gmail/Apps. Telligent, on the other hand, has become a successful enterprise social collaboration software provider.
Despite his misgivings about the brand name choice, Lepofsky thinks the fusion makes sense. "I think Zimbra fits better with Telligent than it did with VMWare, as Telligent's primary focus is communication and collaboration, where that was never VMWare's focus," he said via email.
Matthew Cain, a Gartner analyst, is skeptical about the chances of success of a Telligent-Zimbra software integration, since it didn't happen between Zimbra and VMware's enterprise social networking product Socialcast.
"The Telligent idea of merging email with social, of course, is spot on -- but if VMware could not make a go of it with Socialcast, one wonders how Telligent will do any better," Cain said via email.
He also noted that Zimbra's saga -- from independent company to Yahoo acquisition, and then to VMware and now Telligent -- shows just how difficult it can be to get traction in the enterprise email market.
"Despite popular open source underpinnings and a visionary Web client, Zimbra never was able to build momentum in the corporate market," Cain said.
Financial details of the deal aren't being disclosed.
Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.