Cisco Systems Inc. has been making some noise – and news – with its collaboration products and services of late. Now it looks like they may be doing a little housecleaning as well.
O.J. Winge, senior vice president of Cisco’s collaboration technology group, who just a few weeks ago was touting broad enhancements to the networking vendor’s telepresence, Web conferencing, unified communications and contact center solutions portfolio, is leaving the company, according to Cisco officials.
Taking Winge’s place is Rowan Trollope, most recently president Symantec Corp.’s SMB and .Cloud business unit.
Trollope will report to Marthin De Beer, SVP of Cisco’s video and collaboration group, who announced the changes in a company blog post late Wednesday. “Rowan brings to Cisco an excellent track record in the software-as-a-service market, vital experience of end-user product development expertise, and a proven background in security and category leadership,” De Beer wrote. “Rowan is an engineer at heart, and he has consistently demonstrated a passion for technology and user experience throughout his long and distinguished career at Symantec.”
While at Symantec, Trollope oversaw product development, strategy, product sales, and marketing teams and was “instrumental in the turnaround of the Norton brand and for growing it into a recognized global leader with over 80 percent market share,” De Beer added.
De Beer would only say that Winge “decided to leave Cisco for personal reasons.” What is clear is that the underperforming collaborations group at the San Jose, Calif., company has been in a state of some transition for much of 2012. Despite double-digit increases in Web-Ex users over the past year, overall collaboration sales have been in decline. To jumpstart the unit, Cisco has made significant efforts in the latter half of this year to develop a broader and more cloud-centric approach across its collaboration portfolio.
The expansion is designed to give end-users broad choices for the way their collaboration tools are ultimately deployed, depending on business needs and individual preferences, officials said in October. The bolstered lineup also gives the service providers, systems integrators, wholesalers and resellers tasked with delivering such services more appealing options and additional as-a-service revenue opportunities, they added.
Chief among the new offerings is a broad expansion of the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) platform, and the release of Cisco WebEx Meetings Server that corrals the online collaboration tool in an enterprise data center for businesses that prefer a conferencing solution maintained in house.
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