When Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) finally pulled Norwegian teleconferencing specialist Tandberg into its arms in an acquisitive embrace after months of false starts, it was easy to assume that the move would hurt Rule Breakers recommendation Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM). Two of the largest telepresence providers combined to form a gargantuan leader -- wouldn't this monster suck customers away from smaller players like Polycom?

Well, Polycom's first quarterly report since Cisco swallowed Tandberg is in the books, and the results tell a different story. Polycom has been busy signing distribution partnerships and creating cross-functional products with multinational giants like IBM (NYSE:IBM), Siemens (NYSE:SI), and Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR). According to CEO Robert Hagerty, we should expect to see more of these announcements in coming months, including more with illustrious names such as Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ).

The big, bad Cisco monster apparently isn't scaring customers away from Polycom at all.

The company saw 3% year-over-year revenue growth in the fourth quarter to $268 million, with a $68 million backlog of orders. Meanwhile, non-GAAP earnings fell from $0.42 per share a year ago to $0.33 per share this time around. The numbers hardly inspire confidence at the moment, but the stream of partnership and customer announcement does.

Depending on exactly how you define the telepresence market -- screen sizes, resolutions, and other technical details do make a difference here -- Polycom is either the top dog or top runner-up in this emerging field, a market that Cisco saw fit to spend $3.4 billion to take a stranglehold on. I think the evidence is clear: Cisco and Tandberg are not killing Polycom with their hook-up, and the market is big enough to support several cases of rapid growth.

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