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Rowan Trollope

Senior Vice President and General Manager

IoT and Collaboration Technology Group

Rowan Trollope is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Collaboration Technology Group. Trollope joined Cisco in 2012 to lead a dramatic leap forward in the way people connect and collaborate at work. Since then, he has reinvented Cisco’s collaboration business and made design, simplicity, and exponential improvement the guiding principles of product development. Most recently, Trollope was appointed to also lead Cisco’s IoT efforts as the company focuses on helping its customers and partners create value in a highly connected, digital world. In this role, he leads a worldwide organization responsible for technology solutions across IoT market segments, including manufacturing, industrial, transportation, public sector, and many others.

Under Trollope’s leadership, the Collaboration Technology Group has refreshed the entire collaboration technology portfolio, simplifying the product line and winning eight Red Dot awards for outstanding product design. To capitalize on mobile and cloud opportunities, Trollope also built a next-generation cloud platform and its first application, the business messaging service Cisco Spark. As a result, Collaboration has taken a huge step forward to lead Cisco’s large businesses in growth, at 14 percent in its most recent quarter.

Prior to joining Cisco, Trollope led Symantec’s sales, marketing, and product development teams as the Group President, responsible for its cloud security business and the SMB segment. He was responsible for growing the company’s software-as-a-service strategy and expanding cloud-based delivery and customer support models. Prior to that, Trollope led product development and marketing for the Norton consumer business and previously Symantec’s high-end Enterprise Security division.

Trollope holds a variety of patents in computer security and operating systems.

Rowan Trollope can also be followed on Cisco's The Network.

Articles

May 19, 2016

COLLABORATION

Roomba for Improvement

Building products that delight over and over again is what I came to Cisco to do. How did we go from flat revenue to 6 consecutive quarters of incredible growth? Simple: by making sure we delight not just at first sight but over and over again. We are fully focused on continuous improvement.

March 25, 2016

COLLABORATION

Interoperability is Table Stakes

I have never shied away from talking about Cisco’s commitment to interoperability, and here we are in 2016 and we are still talking about it? Haven’t we learned anything from the mobile phone industry? I don’t ever hear Samsung and Apple talk about how their phones can call one another. That’s table stakes. No one […]

Cisco and Jasper – Accelerating Enterprise IoT Success Worldwide

Today, Cisco announced the close of our acquisition of Jasper, a leading IoT service platform provider that powers the IoT initiatives of more than 3,500 enterprises worldwide. With Jasper’s cloud-based platform, companies of all sizes – and in any industry – can rapidly and cost-effectively launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale. […]

March 8, 2016

COLLABORATION

Cisco Acquires Synata to Solve a Tricky Problem: How Do You Search What You Can’t See?

I recently bought a new home and even before I’d signed the papers I was mentally making a punch-list of things I wanted to change and improve. The Cisco Spark team loves punch lists, too. From the beginning, two things have been at the top of our list: world-class security and incredible search. Just like […]

February 8, 2016

COLLABORATION

Machine Intelligence In The Workplace: The Next Big Thing

It isn’t every day that I publicly disagree with a man who won the Turing Award and was on a first-name basis with Albert Einstein. But today I respectfully will. On January 24, an incredible man named Marvin Minsky died. He was one of the fathers of computer science in general and artificial intelligence in […]

February 4, 2016

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

From Connected Devices to Smart Services: The Real Value of IoT

If you follow me on Twitter (@rowantrollope) you might have followed along this past Christmas as, home with the family, I started writing some code and building some hardware devices to connect more of the things around my house. After all, these days anything can be a smart device; from a toaster that delivers perfectly […]

January 29, 2016

COLLABORATION

Acano Joins Cisco: It’s Official

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when I could write that headline and post this news: We have completed the acquisition of Acano. Today, two winning teams with a common vision for the future of work become one. Here are the top three things we’ll be delivering together: #1 Users Will Get More Choice The […]

December 8, 2015

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Hollywood Got Collaboration Right

If you’ve ever tried to dial in to a conference call from the school’s carpool lane after dropping off your kids and ended up with the other parents honking at you while you tried to join, you won’t recognize Hollywood’s version of collaboration. On TV shows, no one is ever searching for a conference dial-in […]

November 18, 2015

COLLABORATION

Video in 2016: Saving Holiday Plans, Bettering Business

This is the time of year for crystal-ball gazing when everyone starts talking about what the new year might bring. It’s no secret that I’m passionate about video. I can pinpoint when this passion was sparked: November 2012. It was my first month at Cisco. Excited to dig in and meet my far-flung new team, […]