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Back from Mobile World Congress 2016


“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.”

Source: 2016 GSMA Mobile World Congress Surpasses Record 100,000 Visitors.


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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 : ) 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Left: Nokia Networks tweet. Right: Nokia Global Careers tweet.


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.


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Lean Ops’ MWC photo album.


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.

Lean NFV Ops: Communication Networks Reloaded @ Intel CNV Workshop


“This workshop will focus on the Intel Network Builder Fast Track program pillars – optimization, interoperability, and integration – which align to some of the key challenges the industry faces as we transform the network.  Presentations by Intel and many of our ecosystem partners will focus on successes and how to work together to resolve some of the remaining challenges. High level agenda topics include: solution optimization success stories, solution blueprints and integration success stories, interoperability challenges and standard benchmarking efforts. And, don’t forget to join us for drinks, appetizers, and conversation at the networking reception at the end of the day 5:30pm – 7:30pm. For further information, or to register for the Intel® Workshop & Network Builders Reception, please contact Owen Lochner.”  – Carrier Network Virtualization, Crowne Plaza, Palo Alto, Monday November 30th 2015 from 1pm-7pm.


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Once again, out team thanks Intel for the opportunity to feature the work of Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) on Lean NFV Operations. This time around, I will join Intel’s “Architecture for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Workshop” at Carrier Network Virtualization 2015. Here is the talk’s info:


Title: Communication Networks Reloaded

Abstract: Innovation is prompting a new wave of dynamic and contextual communication experiences. These are based on fast evolving cloud applications whose growth is placing relentless demands on service delivery and network performance. Basic expectations on agile service launch and effortless lifecycle management are challenging conventional architectures and business models, which are now commonly referred to as “legacy”. Equally important, the Present Mode of Operations (PMO) and siloed organizational behaviors can impair new capabilities. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) involves a set of emerging technologies and has been the subject of numerous Proof of Concept (PoC) projects to date. Shifting to production environments and “going live” faces new chasms that can be crossed with end-to-end service level orchestration and by adopting and evolving “Lean” design and operational practices. This tech talk discusses findings and insights from the “Lean NFV Ops” program at Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud Innovation Center (CIC), which this year alone has interfaced with 1,500+ industry representatives worldwide.

Bio: Jose de Francisco is a Director at Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud Innovation Center (CIC). His experience in the high tech sector and software business includes leadership responsibilities in product line management, partnerships, marketing and strategy. Jose has worked with Bell Labs on next generation mobile platforms and holds three patents. He is a Member of the Advisory Council at MIT’s Engineering Systems Division and the recipient of an MBA in International Marketing and Finance from Chicago’s DePaul University as a Honeywell Europe’s Be Brilliant Scholar. Jose also holds a postgraduate degree in Human Factors Engineering from Barcelona Tech and his endeavors can be followed on innovarista.org and @innovarista.  


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See you there ; )

Related:

Lean NFV Ops: Communication Networks Reloaded


“Communication Networks Reloaded – See and experience key emerging technologies converging to deliver Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in innovative ways that clearly outpace and disrupt today’s communication networks. This tech talk addresses sophisticated concepts in an interactive and fast paced demonstration where services are subjected to a number of configuration changes in real time, including deployment, scaling and failures. Note that this is not a Proof of Concept (PoC) project but rather a state of the art demonstration integrating commercial and open source solutions.

“Lean NFV Ops – Lean Network Functions Virtualization Operations is a practice delivering nimble communication systems that remain lean and agile at any scale. Lean NFV Ops addresses a pressing need for enabling what can otherwise become elusive dynamic services impacted by sprawling silos, bloated architectures and disjointed development creep. This presentation introduces Lean’s quality management principles defined at the intersection of service level effectiveness and highly efficient asset utilization. We will discuss maturity and technology readiness as well as RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) in the context of software defined communication systems.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Real Time Communications Conference & Expo 2015.


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Source pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHskihXtyy.


This week Alcatel-Lucent’s team is delivering six tech talks at IIT Real Time Comms. Rapport is sponsoring this event jointly with AT&T, T-Mobile and Cisco’s Tropo at platinum level. IIT Real Time Comms is characterized by workshop style tech talks focusing on communication networks and services. Just as an example, I am listing here five of the event’s topics, which I happen to be very interested in:

  • Network densification: what works, what doesn’t and what’s to come. Mithun Thakur, Verizon Wireless.
  • Architecture for B2B2C. Tetsuya Hishiki, NTT.
  • A hybrid Deep Packet Inspection architecture for NFV: Emera Ben Abdekrim, Université du Québec.
  • Cognitive security: security analytics and autonomics for virtualized networks. Lalita Jagadeesan, Alcatel-Lucent.
  • 5G: what can we learn from the previous four generations. Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University.

This other link will take you the complete conference agenda covering Mobile Networks & Applications, Internet of Things and Next Generation Emergency Communications, in addition the the WebRTC and Cloud Communications Track that I have the pleasure to chair with Alan Johnston.

Above, in lower right corner, you can also see a photograph of Anne Lee’s immersive 3D presentation. Anne gave her talk using Rapport with WebRTC, coupled with Intel’s RealSense and Personify, a Chicago start-up.



These are the slides I talked about yesterday. I would like to take this chance to thank those of you attending my two sessions on Communication Networks Reloaded for your questions and interest in Lean NFV Ops. We ended up extending the combined sessions’ total time to around 90 minutes. Needless to say that I will be glad to keep the conversation going over email, on a call or in person as you see fit.

By the way, those of you who happened to make it to previous talks will find the following additions:

  • Page 2: up front positioning of PMO vs. FMO basics with the Venn Diagram me that defines Lean NFV Ops.
  • Pages 3-16: discussion on the Lean NFV Ops demonstration system.
  • Page 31: minor improvements to the PMO vs. FMO comparison table on DevOps.
  • Page 38: Lean NFV Op’s new “golden spiral” on application performance.
  • Page 39: a more detailed PMO vs. FMO matrix deconstructing Lean, NFV and Ops.
  • Page 41: new link to our most recent webinar hosted by Layer123 a week ago.

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I also added a new “food for thought” slide (page 19) with insights I captured while reading “The Evolution of Useful Things.” This book was published back in 1992 by Henry Petroski, an engineer focusing on failure analysis and a passion for exploring design principles conveyed by day-to-day objects. 


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imageWhere to meet next?

And any other time here at the Cloud Innovation Center in Naperville ; )

Thanks to Ted East, Andy Must and the team at CIC for their support, Karyn Homer and Rapport’s Ed Elkin and Sue White. And, once again, congratulating Warren Bent, Tom Costello and Carol Davids on another successful IIT Real Time Comms.