Book Review: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Summary Thoughtful, well researched, well articulated discussion of opposing perspectives on multiple global issues. A clear warning about the coming confluence of biotech and infotech. Topics covered include: disillusionment, work, liberty, equality, community, civilization, nationalism, religion, immigration, terrorism, war, humility, god, secularism, ignorance, justice, post-truth, science fiction, education, meaning, and meditation. In particular, the section on…

5G: Germany’s “buttock clenching moment”

In our recent blog “5G: Look for where motivation and creativity is high” , we noted that 5G license costs is a key variable in the rate of 5G deployment. Also that past auctions had crippled investment capacity. LightReading is reporting that many countries in Europe have kept license fees down to sane levels, with…

5G: Look for where motivation and creativity is high

The Important Nothing in life is a given, especially when industries hit the mature part of the curve Incentive, creativity, passion, purpose, and public/private sector collaboration can make a difference. Look for these elements when creating 5G investment strategies. Discussion In a concession to those that are highly skeptical about 5G, we offer this tactical…

Networking Epochs from Mainframes to NaaS

The Important After decades of Internet and Cloud infrastructure innovation / investment, the networking world turns its eyes to Enterprise Routing, and more generally, Enterprise networking. The tip of the spear is SD-WAN, but Network-as-a-Service (Subscription) is the larger theme, with multicloud also part of the mix. This presents Enterprise Networking disruption potential, though Cisco…

SW licensing in the age of cloud: measurement and reporting

The Important In the age of cloud, agility, efficiency, and flexibility need to be the focus of operations Approaches to SW licensing that halt operations, cause manual intervention, or cause time consuming activities do not meet these goals There are multiple stakeholders involved in software licensing, complicating software licensing Discussion Software licensing involves so many…

Business model: a large range of meanings from SKUs to value.

When people say they are doing “Business Model Transformation” they might mean anything from SKU-based financing to value chain reengineering. It is important to know which, especially for the company doing business model transformation.

Network vs Cloud Service Providers

The Important The core of a Network Service Provider’s business in network services The core of a Cloud Service Provider’s business is cloud services This difference in focus drives different requirements for suppliers Discussion Network service providers (NSPs) add value to the economy by providing network services. Cloud service providers (CSPs) add value to the…

2018 Top Networking Media Stories

A summary of what the top 2018 media stories imply about networking, including automation, multicloud, SD-WAN, NFV, 5G, 400GE, silicon-photonics, composable infrastructure, white box, unplugged consumers, and Huawei. We add some color to some of the most talked about topics in networking during 2018. In future articles we will cover our own thoughts on the…

The Information of Things

The Important The information of things is one of the most important issues in networking over the next decade. There are at least two types of information that are critically important and monetizable (directly and/or indirectly). Information about the network itself, and the information flowing over the network. Discussion We like to think of information…

Open Source Software is not a Business Model – You have to create that

The Important Open source software: is a development and/or software source code licensing model. does not dictate or describe how value is created, delivered, and captured by a business. Any business using open source code: may face the need to have a non-product model and/or a tiered licensing model must have clarity about who buyers…

Networking Business Models: Post Humpty Dumpty

Summary Network virtualization, as historically targeted, breaks what already works There is a necessary maturation process to get all the new pieces working together again After that comes new value propositions and outcome innovation That could have been done upfront, as it often is when new entrants/ businesses lead the charge, but the lack of…