Yammer has announced the addition of file sharing and document collaboration capabilities to its enterprise social network with the acquisition of UK-based start-up oneDrum.
Until now Yammer has focused its efforts on providing businesses with sophisticated enterprise news feed capabilities that also allow customers to post documents and instant message each other.
Yammer's first acquisition will allow the firm to expand in a new direction, and give it the leverage to compete with more extensive enterprise social network offerings provided by the likes of Jive, Moxie Software and Huddle.
"Yammer is making its first acquisition and this is an important turning point for us," said Georg Ell, Yammer's European general manager, in an interview with V3.
"This is where we have intended to go for quite some time, as we have always wanted to get into more advanced capabilities around content.
"oneDrum helps us to do this. This acquisition is a both a technology and people acquisition because there are a number of very talented engineers oneDrum will bring to Yammer."
The oneDrum platform carries a Microsoft Office app that allows users to edit Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents with colleagues in real time.
The firm has received up to £1m of seed funding from Amadeus Capital Partners, as well as capital from a number of angel investors.
Amadeus partner, Alex van Someren told V3 the platform is also capable of allowing Google Document users and Microsoft Word users to collaborate on documents, although this application is not available to the market yet.
"It's a very clever piece of technology as it is capable of allowing people to work across different systems," said Someren.
Meanwhile Yammer's Ell added that the firm's UK headquarters in Tech City now had 50 staff and would expand to 150 this year.
Ell said this number did not include an increase in software engineers Yammer plans to recruit, with the firm gathering a team in the UK this week specifically to try and recruit new software engineers.
"We are licensed to hire up to 40 software engineers in London. We are incredibly passionate about supporting Tech City."
The recruitment drive comes as a new report claims that the role of software engineer is the world's best profession due to the high-demand in the market and strong pay conditions.
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