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NOKIA LeanOps @ Mobile World Congress 2017


“Cloud technologies virtualize your network to allow intelligent automation that instantly reacts to fluctuating demand and accelerates new services. Cloud is the foundation for IoT and 5G. But to realize the potential of a software-defined network, you need to operate a software-defined business – with the integrated performance you can depend on. Our cloud solutions and services featured at Mobile World Congress will demonstrate how you can transform your network, operations and business for agility, automation, security and instant service innovation.”Realizing the agility of software defined business through the Cloud. Nokia, February 2017.


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LeanOps was showcased in the booth’s private area. We had a good show and our team was involved in a number of discussions with network operators, ecosystem partners, industry analysts and public officials.

LeanOps’ mission is to “Make Sophisticated Operations Effortless.” Our team assembles end-to-end solutions to deliver the greater value of the whole. This is a systems integration job that takes advantage of Nokia’s portfolio depth, our ecosystem and open source tools. LeanOps interlaces (a) analytics, (b) automation, (c) programmability and (d) human factors engineering: our solution’s DNA.

We unveiled our new Decision Support System (DSS). This is a “solution level” single pane of glass, a metaphorical and multi-modal user interface purposely optimized for inter-disciplinary teamwork. LeanOps’ DSS renders complex systems and delivers multi-dimensional data visualization following the project’s “operations friendly” design directive.

From a Goal Directive Engineering standpoint, we have set a “4I Framework” that entails (1) Intuitive use (2) Immersive and (3) Interactive maneuverability delivering (4) Insightful experiences rather than just data. Moreover, all the magic is fully abstracted and, therefore, the underlying sophistication is completely transparent to the users. LeanOps’ SAIL, Smart Abstraction and Integration Layer, takes care of that under the hood. DSS and SAIL are both intertwined and integral to LeanOps’ end-to-end solutions are not sold independently as standalone products.

I would also like to share that LeanOps’ DSS transcends conventional HCI, Human-Computer-Interaction, to bring about CNI, Collaborative-Network-Intelligence, instead. I personally believe that switching gears from HCI to CNI makes all the difference given the value of human networks and machine networks, where collective intelligence becomes the outcome.

Taking into consideration LeanOps’ next-gen positioning, our MWC demo station was located in the “Cloud Zone,” though it is worth highlighting that LeanOps’ mission entails “operational transformation” with end-to-end solutions addressing hybrid environments and bridging legacy, current and emerging technologies, physical and virtual assets. “Lean” is a holistic undertaking involving practices, processes, technologies, tools and human factors, and so is Nokia LeanOps.


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This year’s video is not publicly available. So, if you happen to be a network operator, an enterprise wrestling with complex environments, or a partner interested in LeanOps, please send me a message over LinkedIn to set up a call.

By the way, since I keep getting questions about Nokia’s new phones… I need to refer you to our peers at HMD Global, the independent Finnish company behind the Nokia branded phones. Nokia Corporation focuses on technologies zeroing in on network systems, analytics, applications, and services at the time of writing this. LeanOps is part of Nokia Corporation and our team, Solutions & Partners, is in the Applications & Analytics Group.


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Speaking at Software Telco Congress: the NFV & SDN Event.

 

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I am glad to share that I will be presenting as well as joining a panel discussion at Software Telco Congress.  I picked the below two topics because the more we talk about operations and making things happen in the context of NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) the more making the business case as well as understanding behavioral economics happen to be of the essence.

When working on emerging technologies, technological prowess alone might not move the needle close enough to the tipping point.  The fact is that “brain-ware” and organizational dynamics can be overlooked and, in turn, become harder to address than just figuring out and debating hardware and software roadmaps.


Presentation: The Impact of NFV on Service Provider Economics.

Tuesday, 08/12/14   10:00-10:45am

“While many of the questions around NFV focus on the roadmap to achieving a virtualized network infrastructure, the ultimate question is how will it impact the service provider from an economic perspective. Without that proof point, it’s difficult to make the case for NFV. What kind of impact should operators expect NFV have on OPEX? What markets will NFV open for SPs to pursue with greater success? Will the introduction of NFV open up the opportunity for new lines of revenue and new service offerings? How will this transition impact end customers in both SMB and Enterprise markets?”


Panel discussion: Making the Transition to Software – Are We Ready?

Wednesday, 08/13/14    10:45-11:30am

“One of the barriers to achieving the software telco is the support of the existing infrastructure, especially at the edge of the network, and while most providers can ill afford to make wholesale network changes for fear of negatively impacting revenues, they also realize the move to software is a necessity. How can new SDN and NFV technologies be deployed? What strategies are being discussed and which make sense and which don’t? There are number of opportunities that do not require service providers to boil the proverbial ocean.”


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Looking forward to seeing you at Software Telco Congress, collocated with IT EXPO, which is promoted as the “business technology” event.

My #MWC14 week in pictures


“Mobile World Congress set additional records, with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies showcasing cutting-edge products and services across 98,000 net square meters of exhibition and hospitality space. More than 3,800 international media and industry analysts attended the event to report on the many significant industry announcements made at the Congress. Preliminary independent economic analysis indicates that the 2014 Mobile World Congress will have contributed more than €356 million and 7,220 part-time jobs to the local economy.”

“The four-day conference and exhibition attracted executives from the world’s largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies and companies from industry sectors such as automotive, finance and healthcare, as well as government delegations from across the globe. Over 50 per cent of this year’s Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 4,500 CEOs and 18 per cent of attendees for the 2014 show were women.”

GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014 shatters previous records.


Day 4

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This year’s Mobile World Congress registered in excess of 85,000 attendees, that is 18% over last year’s record attendance.

At Alcatel-Lucent’s booth our NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) teams handled more than 300 private demonstrations, all by invitation only and most scheduled in advance to MWC. That not only signals strong interest in cloud computing in the telecommunications industry, but also our company’s leading edge in the carrier cloud space.

We have already crossed the chasm between researching the art of what’s possible and reality. This is my fourth consecutive year discussing cloud computing technologies for network operators at MWC. Our head start has equipped us with know-how and compelling solutions, which our customers are deploying today.

This was a very successful MWC for our teams, which called for a celebration after MWC’s closed its doors to the public (right picture).


Day 3

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Earlier in the day I visited Catalonia’s booth which promoted a number local start-ups. In the afternoon I joined SCTC (Society of Communications Technology Consultants) for the “Consultants Day” in Barcelona, and off site event sponsored by Banc de Sabadell and Argelich Networks.

This conference’s presentations involved consultants and service providers, as well as a thought provoking panel discussion on cloud computing. Among many other topics of interest, I was glad to hear Orange’s J. Nabet stating the need for SLA (Service Level Agreements) engineered to take care of both cloud and network services, a key differentiator for network operators.

I would like to thank the organizers and, specially, A. Argelich for inviting me to join the conference’s speakers to continue discussions over dinner.


Day 2

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Another intensive day at Alcatel-Lucent’s booth packed with back to back meetings with service providers, press, analysts and public officials at our demo station.

Our discussions on the Cloud Communications Platform ranged from deep dives on what it takes to implement and operationalize NFV today to some discussions on cloud fundamentals in the context of telecommunication networks. This signals the fact that the industry is no longer wondering whether to adopt cloud technologies. Our customers are now zeroing in on what it takes to make things happen and what specific use cases make the most sense to start with.

Later that evening, Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand held the “NFV Mixer” co-sponsored by Intel, a reception for ecosystem partners in the hospitality section of our booth.


Day 1

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Opening day. Alcatel-Lucent’s MWC14 slogan is “Mobile Meets Cloud.”

Our booth was designed to host a number of demonstration stations. Two of them where exclusively dedicated to NFV: vIMS (virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem) and vEPC (virtual Evolved Packet Core) both supported by CloudBand’s Management System and Cloud Node.

Telefonica’s and China Mobile’s own press releases featured Alcatel-Lucent NFV solutions. Our customers also followed up on our collaboration with Intel, which was announced just the day before. This program aims to accelerate the development of key cloud technologies, such as data plane acceleration.

That night I attended TechCrunch’s & BoB gathering at El Palauet, an Art Nouveau mansion built in the early 1900s. I would like to thank Deustche Telekom’s J. Noronha and Concise Software’s L. Hostynski for sharing interesting insights on emerging technologies and markets. This event focused on connecting influencers from around the world with innovators in town for MWC.


Day 0

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Our team met with M. Combes, Alcatel-Lucent’s CEO, the day before MWC’s official opening.

The Cloud Communications Platform experience involved two large touch screens portraying a live demonstration (left screen) and interactive infographics (right screen). While focusing on value and DevOps (Development & Operations) we also took care of exemplifying end user benefits, these were clearly illustrated with tablets and real time communications applications.

That night I also enjoyed a good conversation with C. Chappelle at Heavy Reading’s gathering. She is a well respected industry analyst whose research focuses on the service provider’s adoption of cloud computing technologies. I would like to thank Heavy Reading for their kind invitation and S. Reedy for letting me know about Chicago’s “Big Telecom” event, scheduled for June of this year.


Day –1

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MWC remained under construction and we all were asked to comply with safety rules. We conducted demo dry-runs supported by M. Gerdisch and S. Furge’s of Alcatel-Lucent’s CIC (Cloud Innovation Center).

Our Cloud Communications Platform was ready for prime time, a solution featuring vIMS and the NFV Platform with SDN (Software Defined Networking). Given its sophistication, we could have deployed three standalone demonstrations instead. In hindsight, showing how these technologies come together to deliver greater value for our customers was the right approach.


Day –2

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Landed in Barcelona and partnered with D. Johnson, IMS Virtualization & Cloud Enablement Head, at Alcatel-Lucent’s booth, which was under construction. Our objective that day was to sync on the latest developments and to discuss messaging updates for MWC.

In my first evening in Barcelona I was fortunate to make it for my high school’s 50th Anniversary celebration. I couldn’t be happier about reconnecting with faculty and joining distinguished guests such as I. Rigau, Minister of Education with the Government of Catalonia and J.Jané, Vice President, Parliament of Spain. I would like to thank Principle Fr. M. Muñoz for his kind invitation.


Click below to access my photo set on Flickr.

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Greetings from London.