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Cisco acquires Tropo cloud API platform, gets serious
about attracting developers to build for its UC&C apps.

Cisco announced this morning its intent to acquire cloud API platform provider Tropo. Together, Cisco and Tropo will provide a collaboration platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) aimed at letting enterprise and partner developers communications-enable applications with ease.

For all the success that Cisco has had in the collaboration market, the company has struggled in attracting developers to build UC-based applications. Cisco has talked the talk of being a “platform” vendor, but hasn’t been able to walk that walk yet. While the revamped DevNet program is much better than previous initiatives, Cisco is still in the early stages of building the community. This is particularly so in the collaboration space, which should be the low-hanging fruit for DevNet.

This video-centric startup continues pushing
the envelope on team collaboration.

Startup Biba yesterday announced Version 3.0 of its collaboration tool, including H.323/SIP connectivity for room video conference systems and a host of other features.

If you’re not familiar with Biba, you can think of it in comparison to next-generation collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark and Unify Circuit. Like those tools, Biba is aimed at changing the way people — particularly those who are highly mobile — work.

Market transitions will define Chambers’ tenure at Cisco.

In 2012, Cisco’s charismatic CEO John Chambers, announced that he would be retiring sometime in the next two to four years. This started the “Chambers watch,” and many of the other Cisco followers — including Wall St, industry analysts and press — started to speculate when he might step down.

John ChambersWell, this morning all questions were answered as we found out some details of the retirement of John Chambers. In case you missed it, those details are:

When: July 26th, 2015. John Chambers will retire as CEO of Cisco at the end of its 2015 fiscal year.

Who: Chuck Robbins, currently Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, will become the new CEO.

What next: John Chambers will become Executive Chairman of Cisco and remain Chairman of Cisco’s Board of Directors.

In the era of digitization, standing alone, selling products,
and being a traditional box pusher just isn’t going to cut it.

With thousands of its channel partners gathered in Montreal this week for Cisco Partner Summit 2015, Cisco is promoting a “Be Bold” theme, urging community members to think differently about their role as partners and the way they deliver solutions to customers.

The digital transformation, pervasive across all industries, is driving the need for boldness. In almost every presentation I’ve attended at the event, I’ve heard about digitization and its disruptive effect on legacy businesses. From my perspective, the impact of digital transformation has yet to really be felt but will be over the next decade. Organizations that can become natively digital will leapfrog their competition; those that can’t will struggle to survive.

Mobile apps can be so much more predictive and
responsive than their desktop counterparts — if
only developers design, not retrofit, for mobility.

If you’re a regular reader of No Jitter or really any tech site, surely you’ve noticed that mobile has been a red-hot theme over the past few years. Along with cloud, mobility dominated last month’s Enterprise Connect event, and I expect it to be at least as big a topic at the upcoming RSA and Interop shows. Mobile has definitely become the new black, and it seems every business is trying to figure out how to be more mobile.

From the conversations I’ve had with line-of-business managers, IT leaders, and application developers, I believe few really understand what being mobile really means. Most of what we call “mobile” today is actually just “mini.” What I mean by that is the majority of mobile applications are just small form factor versions of desktop applications.

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