Cisco today announced its intention to acquire privately-held IT vendor Tropo. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed. Cisco expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015.
When the deal closes, Tropo will become part of Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group, which is run by Rowan Trollope, SVP and general manager.
"Tropo makes it simple to build phone and SMS applications," the Tropo site states. "You use the web technologies you already know and Tropo’s powerful cloud API to bring real-time communications to your apps."
Tropo has over 200,000 developers using its APIs already, and Cisco sees the technology as a key strategic fit.
"The need for next-generation communications and collaboration platforms with modern, easy-to-use APIs is more important than ever," Hilton Romanski, Head of Corporate Business Development at Cisco Systems, wrote in a blog post. "To address this growing need, Cisco is pleased to announce its intent to acquire Tropo, a privately held company providing a cloud API platform that makes it simple for customers and developers to embed real-time communications within their applications."
With Tropo technology integrated together with Cisco, the goal is to enable a collaboration platform-as-a-service, such that developers can create new services quickly.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.