Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group – Rowan Trollope Takes The Helm

 

Today, Rowan Trollope took charge of the Cisco Collaboration Technology Group, being named SVP/GM, according to a blog posted by Marthin DeBeer (http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-welcomes-rowan-trollope-as-new-head-of-collaboration-technology-group/). Cisco has worked hard to demonstrate its commitment to the collaboration market over the past several years, and the current leader of the collaboration efforts at Cisco, OJ Winge, was a clear champion of the cause. OJ was famous for advocating for clear, easy-to-use collaboration solutions that helped information workers get their jobs done — famously quipping that he did not care about the devices, platforms, or delivery models, but only about the people. Rowan comes from Symantec where he was a leader in developing and delivering security solutions. He is a smart, well-educated executive who brings hard-core, real-world experience managing and growing software and cloud-based businesses. In addition to replacing Alan Cohen’s unrivaled ability to spin a fascinating tale (check out Rowan’s blog http://rowantrollope.com/), I expect that Rowan will help Cisco in many more business focused ways including the following:

·         A focus on the user. Rowan cut his teeth making Norton’s security products relevant to consumers — he cares about and understands end users.

·         A focus on the cloud. Rowan expanded Symantec’s cloud-based offerings to encompass the majority of its enterprise technology portfolio – he gets the value of “as-a-service” delivery.

·         A focus on growth. Rowan has taken new ideas from inception to business viability in a variety of domains ranging from creating the marketing campaign “Cybercrime is Real” to developing a SMB market-facing business unit.

These capabilities clearly demonstrate that Rowan is poised to help Cisco shore up and expand its collaboration footprint. Delivering profitable, user-centric, cloud-based collaboration capabilities to market is important, so Rowan’s challenge will be using his strengths to complement the networking-hardware-focused culture of Cisco HQ on Tasman Drive in San Jose. I, for one, will miss OJ’s unflappable commitment to user experience, but I believe that Rowan will be able to step into the role of champion for the information workers that rely on Cisco Collaboration capabilities.

Comments

Kudos to Cisco and Congrats

Kudos to Cisco and Congrats to Rowan - lots of opportunities for networking technologies to help build a best yet E Learning platform - much desired by
the 3.2 billion students in the world.

Shine on.

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