IBM and Cisco team up on enterprise collaboration to stave off rivals like Slack and Microsoft

Earlier this month, IBM and Cisco announced they would work together to integrate IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology into edge routers from Cisco, and today the two IT giants are deepening their partnership again, as they aim for a bigger piece of the enterprise collaboration market being chased by the likes of fast-growing upstarts like Slack, large incumbents like Microsoft and more.

IBM and Cisco said they will now work together to build apps that integrate Watson and other IBM services with Cisco apps like collaboration platform Spark (aka Cisco’s competitor to Slack and Yammer) and conferencing service WebEx (aka Cisco’s rival to, Skype, and others).

The first products will integrate Spark and WebEx with IBM’s Verse (a business email…

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