“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.
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.
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.
“Visitors from 204 countries attended the mobile industry’s premier event in Barcelona (…) Mobile World Congress featured more than 2,200 exhibiting companies showcasing cutting-edge products and services across 110,000 net square meters of exhibition and hospitality space. More than 3,600 international media and industry analysts attended the event (…) visitors surpassed 100,000 for the first time (…) over 55 per cent of this year’s attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 5,000 CEOs and 21 per cent of attendees for the 2016 show were women.”
Top row: Nokia’s MWC booth panoramic: left wing, central area, right wing. Bottom pic: central area.
Lean Ops turned out to be a popular NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) demonstration, though by invitation only. Our team ran 160 sessions: the new Lean Ops’ live demonstration system can be declared battle tested.
Those of you making MWC’s annual pilgrimage know how intensive this four day event happens to be. It literally takes months of preparation and working long hours. By the way, the show’s survival kit should include: comfortable insoles, mints galore and plenty of tea or lemon water mixed with honey to soothe sore throats : )
Left: Bhaskar Gorti. Right: Ted East, Carlos Manzanares, Jose de Francisco.
On MWC16’s first day, Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia’s Applications & Analytics Business, ran the Lean Ops demo during NFV Implementation: Beyond Cost Savings. That executive panel discussion was moderated by Heavy Reading’s Gabriel Brown. The network operators were represented by John Donovan, AT&T’s CSO & Group President leading Technology and Operations. That session took place at Hall 4 Auditorium 2, a 600 seat room. Full house and plenty of people in the audience were taking pictures and recording videos throughout Bhaskar’s demonstration, whose tablet connected to our tech room back in the booth. Afterwards, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg delivered his keynote next door, in Auditorium 1.
Early on Ted, Carlos and I had planned to take turns at the booth’s demo station. However, the three of us ended up there together talking to different groups at the very same time on numerous occasions. As outlined in this short introductory video, we discussed (a) the value of end-to-end solutions coupled with (b) service level orchestration. Bhaskar’s impressive stage demonstration generated interest and visits to our booth to see more.
Experiencing Lean Ops at MWC16. From left to right: Auditorium, demo station at Nokia’s booth, VR (Virtual Reality) and video recording.
Lean Ops’ state of the art is based on products and technologies that exist today. That involves a broad cross section of our product and services portfolio, and partners from the ecosystem program. We also address what’s next by discussing near future capabilities and the path forward. Moreover, we share forward looking concepts illustrating the art of the possible and, therefore, how to future proof investments in cloud computing.
Our conversation was centered on virtualized networks and cloud technologies specifically designed for the telecommunications industry. We shared Nokia’s know-how on running highly efficient systems and effortless operations, “lean ops” in short. Being this “Mobile” World Congress, we purposely focused on environments as sophisticated as today’s 4G networks and ran live multimedia calls while conducting a wide range of operations and full lifecycle use cases.
We addressed the role of analytics, programmability, automation and human factors engineering in that context, which become only more preeminent when IoT (Internet of Things) and 5G come to fruition. I would like to stress the fact that it pays to embrace elegant sophistication by first acknowledging the fact that global telecommunication networks happen to be complex. We don’t shy away from reality checks and that is why “Lean” becomes a guiding principle to start small and nimble and, equally important, to remain agile when scaling.
If interested, here is a link to our Lean Ops Manifesto. This document is a year old already. Please stay tuned as I am working on the next version. In the meantime, here is “Communications Networks Reloaded,” a companion presentation whose three versions have registered 2,144 online views at the time of writing this. Those of you already familiar with proven Lean practices in other industries will notice that I adopted, evolved and re-defined what “lean” means to best address the needs of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV.) Long story short, Lean Ops is defined and lives at the intersection between “effective” service delivery and highly “efficient” operations at any scale.
Left: Barcelona’s MWC crew. Right: Cloud Innovation Center – Chicago team.
This year’s Lean Ops program benefits from a wealth of insights captured in discussions with 1,500+ experts (network operators, analysts and public officials) during our 2015 roadshow. I would also like to highlight our team’s tireless dedication, work ethic and ingenuity as well as invaluable support provided by a number of people across our business worldwide.
One more thing: MWC might have prompted our very first major industry appearance as “one team” since Nokia’s acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent in January of this year. It is worth sharing that many customers were impressed by the speed of the integration.
Nokia’s successful MWC16 doubles as a catalyst: everyone’s professionalism and workmanship took teamwork to new levels in Barcelona. I’m glad I had the chance to be part of that effort by experiencing what we can accomplish together first hand.
I made it back to Chicago’s winter wonderland this past Monday… after spending my weekend in Barcelona’s warmer climate and decompressing a bit over there : )
See you at NFV World Congress in April.
“Our next Barcelona event will be the 2016 Mobile World Congress, 22-25 February 2016, at Fira Gran Via […] Surpassing all projections, GSMA Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest and most influential mobile event, had a record-breaking 93,000+ attendees from 200 countries. Hosted in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona for the 10th year, Mobile World Congress 2015 attendees were treated to a wealth of learning and networking opportunities; product showcases and announcements; inspiration and innovation.” – 2015 Event Highlights by GSMA.
“As things begin to virtualize understanding operations become more critical. This is basically what ties everything together […] One of our most popular demos this week was a solution that featured an application centered system providing a ‘birds eye view’ of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) while integrating dedicated screens for Operations and Support Systems (OSS), NFV’s Management and Orchestration (MANO) as well as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Bell Labs’ Analytics… our entire NFV and SDN portfolio (Motive Dynamic Operations, CloudBand Management System and Cloud Nodes, Nuage Networks, vRAN, vEPC, vIMS) and research findings from Bell Labs rolled into what was affectionately known on the booth as the ‘mother of all NFV demos’ – Mobile World Congress Day 3 by Wendy Zajack.
I am now back in surprisingly warm and sunny Chicago. We just left another pretty cold winter behind. Barcelona’s #MWC15 was very good to our team: the ‘Mother of All NFV Demos’ impressed everyone and we were challenged to look into a couple of additional use cases as a result.
This demo ran well beyond 200 times. At the time of writing this: blogging about it has delivered 1,4K+ views already, Twitter’s analytics show 12,6K impressions and there are 210+ views for Flickr’s photo album.
Let’s bear in mind that NFV happens to be [a] an emerging market segment based on [b] a set of technologies concerning the telecommunications sector only. Moreover, focusing on [c] operations could have risked being perceived as fairly dry, complex and obscure. The more reason for us to design a live, engaging and interactive demonstration experience. Besides, in this context, running 200+ live demonstrations on demand in just four intensive days with social media activity registering in excess of 14K impressions to date qualifies as a success story .
We broke things down into two sections and, by the way, we used neither slideware nor video clips: our live demo had to purposely speak by itself. The first section was about ‘state of the art’ illustrated by Alcatel-Lucent’s current production environment, see above outline. That comprised 80% of content and dominated the conversation at the demo station. The remaining section exposed research findings, these being about ‘art of the possible’ and ‘future direction’ as outlined below.
Once again, thanks to everyone contributing to this project as well as those providing feedback all along. This NFV Portfolio demo is now battle tested and back by popular demand. This means showcasing this at more industry events, Alcatel-Lucent’s own Executive Briefing Centers (EBC), and the Cloud Innovation Center (CIC). The underlying system was engineered to become a demonstration platform so that we can now explore and add more use cases, evolving the demo over the year.
Click above to see the demo’s photo album.