Networking giant Cisco has announced the acquisition of realtime communications startup Tropo, which previously made headlines as providing the basis for collaboration platform Slack.
“Combining Tropo with the technology and power of a giant like Cisco makes all kinds of sense. Opening Cisco’s suite of collaboration tools with simple APIs is precisely what Tropo was made for,” said John Higgins III, better known as Johnny Diggz in the tech world.
Cisco’s key drive is to help people connect and innovate on any device, be it a desktop computer or a smartphone. Through Tropo’s acquisition, Cisco aims to provide a user-friendly collaboration platform, which will allow its customers and developers to create new communications services with minimal development effort. Cisco hopes that this will increase the amount of applications that have real-time voice and SMS capabilities on all platforms.
Tropo makes it simple for developers to use the web technology they already know to build voice and SMS capabilities within applications, creating new experiences as well as new revenue opportunities. By allowing developers to create in-call applications, be it on mobile, legacy TDM, or VOIP networks, Tropo’s technology enables unique functionality for applications that other platforms are unable to match.
“From our very first sign-up in 2009, to powering thousands of mobile and voice applications, our mission has been the same: to make real-time communications more accessible and productive through great APIs,” said Team Tropo following the acquisition, adding that they are not going anywhere and that Tropo will still pursue the same mission. Tropo published a statement earlier today.
Tropo will remain intact following the acquisition, with everyone in their existing roles, with Higgins being Tropo’s Chief Evangelist, for the foreseeable future. “Cisco wants to keep us operational and the existing team intact. Our CEO will report to Rowan Trollope,” said Higgins. Trollope is Senior Vice President & General Manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group.
Cisco‘s Head of Development Hilton Romanski had the following to say:
Cisco has been on a mission to make collaboration super-simple. From our video devices that require no user’s manual, to our cameras that sense and automatically adjust when the speaker suddenly stands and walks to the white board, we’re paying attention to the details; we’re making collaborating less frustrating and providing a better user experience—so we can all get great work done.
Romanski’s full statement can be found here.