Cloud

IoT: Bridges and the bronze medal

In 2018, the word “connected” is used in every industry – be it personal, manufacturing, mobile or global. The image of connected conjures thoughts of technology making people and things more accessible. In the case of IoT, the purpose is to provide insightful information that enables individuals and organizations to make higher quality decisions. What […]

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VR and AR Are Precursors to the Next IT Mega Trend: Simulations

Virtual Reality (VR) has had more investment thrown at it pre-revenue than any other consumer play in history. Some analysts project a market of tens of billions by 2020. I believe it will happen, but not before the market stumbles for years because most of what will be tried will not stick in a lonely […]

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Accelerate digital transformation with Cloud

Digital disruption is here and it’s happening across all industries!  Cloud is accelerating the transformation to a new Digital Economy …. This is especially true in the Telecommunications Industry, where we are witnessing a colossal digital shake up, as over the top (OTT) digital giants and new startups are upsetting the status quo. These digital […]

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Cloud Based Networking: the Digital Disruption Continues

Service providers are rapidly taking up plans to shift to gain the advantages of the cloud in the world of the network. Cloud based networking using NFV/SDN technologies allows for the speed, performance, and innovation of the cloud to transform the business of networking. However, setting up a new function or service in a virtual […]

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Moving towards Edge Computing

In this article I look at the emerging area of Edge Computing: how the compute power of decentralised Edge devices will be open and not only run apps, store content and data and host virtual networks, but also enable new and novel experiences by being autonomous and able to collaborate with each other. The ‘Edge’ […]

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Outthink Threats in Telecom and Say Yes to Innovation

With mobile everywhere so is the digital disruption. Service providers are moving digital with all the services, customer experiences and even the fabric of the network itself to stay ahead of the disruption. But what is happening to security and risk in this new world? How can service providers rethink threats in telecommunications? The lines of the […]

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An invitation to `Be the Center of the Connected Ecosystem’

During my trip to Asia in the summer of 2013, I met with the CEO of a Communications Service Provider (CSP). With only a few his direct reports (CTO, CIO and Head of Enterprise/B2B business) and the IBM team in the room discussing key strategic initiatives, he made an interesting comment: “… We’ve been driving […]

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Another C to the CSP: The Communication Service Provider And Cloud

Many Communication Service Providers (CSPs) see in cloud a growth opportunity with enterprise customers. Cloud is indeed promising but the route is steep: Global cloud players leverage world-wide scale to keep up a constant stream of innovation and competition – in prices, catalog breadth and customer experience. Demand is moving up the stack: Enterprises look […]

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Cloud is the Future of the Network

The telecommunications industry is dynamic, turbulent and evolving – and what is at the epicentre of all challenges? My answer is: the network. Revenue is declining, profit margins are shrinking, and expanding data traffic and mobile workloads are putting the network under fire. There are several technologies that can help balance the disruption, but in […]

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Creating Infrastructure Agility

Today, service providers are encountering ongoing pressures to cut costs while dealing with growth in data.  Pressure on profits due to increase cost of delivering growing data from Over the Top (OTT) providers continues to create a shrinking opportunity.  Service providers need to be able to shift services and drive digital innovation of new services […]

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The Case for the Hybrid Cloud Approach

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are moving to the Cloud to meet a variety of objectives. Chief among them are (1) shifting costs from fixed capital to operating expense, and (2) responding faster to business opportunities and threats. Some CSPs want to handle their variable workloads by using elastic computing capacity.  Others seek to try out […]

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Network and Cloud: SDN and NFV 101

At last year’s Mobile World Congress, AT&T outlined their plans for their network of the future: the ‘User-Defined Network Cloud’. AT&T and others are basically starting to apply Cloud to the Communications Network.  The motivation is simply to reduce cost and increase flexibility of the network. The underlying capabilities being used to apply Cloud to […]

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