“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.
This turned out to be another intensive year (more on that in my next post) and the above pictures capture our team’s presence at Carrier Network Virtualization, the last public event on the Lean NFV Ops program for 2015. I like to thank Christie Rice for her invitation to present at Intel Network Builders Summit in Palo Alto, and couldn’t be happier to hear that my presentation, Communication Networks Reloaded, was well received (see slides below) by the workshop participants. I would also like to thank Sue Morehouse with our Events Team and Andy Mast at the Cloud Innovation Center for all the work that went into getting our team organized for CNV15.
Photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskptDZXC
“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.
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.
See you there ; )