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TPG Capital and Silver Lake, launched a stand-alone cloud-based communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) called Zang, which allows users to easily and quickly create voice and SMS applications – whether for a mobile device, computer or integrated into traditional phone systems. The move comes a day after New York-based private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) agreed to acquire Intuit Inc.’s (NASDAQ: INTU) QuickBase, a low-code cloud-based business app development platform. QuickBase has been a pioneer in the low-code platform space since 1999, enabling in-house developers to create and deploy business applications. “Our vision is of Avaya Everywhere: embedding communications capabilities into as many apps and mobile devices as we can,” said Gary E. Barnett, SVP and GM, Avaya Engagement Solutions. “We are truly excited to unveil Zang today in front of thousands at the Enterprise Connect event,” he added. The announcement was made at Enterprise Connect EC16 in Orlando, Fla. “Similar to how WordPress made it easy to design a website, Zang enables anyone to build and deploy a communications app without needing technical expertise,” said Mohammad Nezarati, GM, Zang, Inc. “For instance, with Zang’s drag-and-drop functionality, an office manager at the dentist can create a personalized mobile app for patients to automate reminders. The possibilities are limited only to the imaginations of end-users.” Smart apps built on Zang allow people to define how they want to work and connect. Zang enables easy “click-to-connect” communications with high quality video, chat, voice, SMS and document sharing from mobile, web or desktop environments. Unlike other solutions today that offer rudimentary APIs, Zang’s highly interoperable platform provides complete workflow automation and sophisticated application development capabilities, says Avaya. This means developers and end-users can use Zang apps with other communications apps like Cisco Spark, Skype for Business, and Google Hangouts to enable every day work applications and customers’ favorite touch-points. Thousands of developers have been using Zang’s communications services, including TelTech Corporation, whose TapeACall app is currently the #4 top grossing app in the business category of the iTunes app store. 100% cloud-based Zang offers easy to use drag and drop tools, pre-built applications and robust APIs that make it possible for anyone to leverage the best of the web to quickly build and deploy applications that communications-enable consumer or enterprise applications and services, says Avaya. Avaya Inc. is a multinational technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., that provides business communication solutions for customer and team engagement. Avaya employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, and its support services are backed by experts in 28 support centers around the world, handling more than two million service requests annually in 16 languages in 42 countries. The company has 5,400 patents and pending patent applications. In 1995, Avaya’s business was part of Lucent Technologies, which in turn became Alcatel Lucent (NYSE: ALU) as a result of its merger with French global telecom giant Alcatel in 2006. Before Lucent, Avaya had been part of AT&T. In 2000, Avaya was spun off by Lucent as an independent public company trading on the NYSE under the symbol AV. In 2007 Avaya, was acquired by private equity firms TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners, for $8.2 billion. Since 2011, TPG and Silver Lake have tried from time to time to unload Avaya through an IPO or an M&A deal, but their efforts have been elusive so far. Since 2001, Avaya has sold and acquired several companies, including VPNet Technologies, Inc., VISTA Information Technologies Inc., RouteScience, Tenovis, Spectel, NimCat Networks, Traverse Networks, Ubiquity Software Corporation, Agile Software NZ Limited, Konftel, Sipera, Aurix, Radvision and Esnatech.]]>