How does a municipality, a region and even a nation get from “here” to “there” in developing a connected society – a plugged-in, interconnected communications ecosystem that will supercharge the economy while positively transforming travel, education, healthcare, public safety, recreation and overall quality of life? The potential benefits are unprecedented, yet so are the challenges.
Nearly everyone now owns one, but very few people are aware that behind the plastic screen and shiny case of their smartphone is an array of precious metals. An iPhone 5 for example contains $1.58 of gold, $0.36 of silver, $0.05 of platinum and $0.12 of copper and many “rare earth” elements like Yttrium, Lanthanum, Neodymium, Gadolinium, and Europium.
Earlier this week I was a part of an event that was a true celebration of innovation, collaboration and of the long, rich heritage of Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent, and I believe a return to the kind of culture and thinking that has garnered 8 Nobel Prizes awarded to a total of 13 winners.
In 2014, Alcatel-Lucent sold the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise business to China Huaxin. This move did not signal a departure from the enterprise market by Alcatel-Lucent, however. Instead, it represents a re-focusing of the business on IP and cloud networking under the company’s Shift Plan, and the decision to aggressively pursue a specific segment of the enterprise market … in a fundamentally different way.
Last week I had the pleasure of representing Alcatel-Lucent at the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) conference where we were honored as a Top Corporation and recognized as a company that works to have an inclusive Supplier Diversity program that breaks down barriers and proactively integrates woman-owned businesses into their supply chains.
In August 2011 in a Wall Street Journal interview, Marc Andreesen famously said, “software is eating the world”. In the consumer market, apps and social platforms are driving the current powerhouses of the digital age such as Apple, Google and Facebook. In the business world, IT departments are moving infrastructure, platforms, security and applications to the cloud. In our own industry, we see the inevitable path towards #SDN and #NFV, showing how pivotal software has become, even inside the network.