Recently, K1 Investment Management announced that they had purchased Actiance, a global expert in communications archiving, compliance, and analytics systems. K1’s plan is to merge this company with Smarsh another brand known for their exceptional e-discovery, risk management, and compliance skills.

The goal behind the merger is to create a combined company that can serve up an end-to-end solution for managing the regulatory concerns of the year ahead, for more than 6,500 financial service firms, as well as countless other sectors. As specialists within the financial industry, the joined Smarsh and Actiance company will support the top 15 global banks, alongside many other organisations in regulated industries, and government agencies.

As the Unified Communications world becomes more concerned with things like privacy and security approaching 2018, this new merger could offer a range of fantastic solutions to brands in search of peace of mind and stability. We spoke to the CEO and President of Actiance, Kailash Ambwani and Steve Marsh, CEO of Smarsh to get their thoughts on the announcement.

How Will the Merger Serve the UC World?

While Actiance and Smarsh might specialise in strategies for the financial vertical, their combined business will also be serving anyone who might be impacted by upcoming regulations like MiFID II and GDPR. As Kailash told me: “When K1 Investment Management purchased our company, they did so with the aim to create an end-to-end platform that can be used by the largest group of customers anywhere, in various industries. Combined with Smarsh, we’ll be able to offer the most robust solution around for end-to-end compliance in communication.”

It’s safe to say that we’ve seen an age of rapid development and change in the UC world – driven not just by new technologies like collaboration platforms, AI, and IoT, but also in the way that companies respond to those new developments with privacy and security strategies. The combined Smarsh/Actiance brand should help organisations to stay ahead of the ever-evolving compliance standards in the industry, with deployment options on the cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid environments that are designed to capture and archive information.

For the two companies involved, the merger means that businesses around the world will now have more choice over the kinds of UC strategies they can introduce to their teams.


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