The Importance of Experimentation

Whether in the topic area of business model change, business model transformation, artificial intelligence, product development, user interface design, or any other area of significant change, it is common to hear experienced practitioners assert the importance of experimentation. If you marshal the forces of the entire company for something that has not been well thought…

Permanent State of Non-Peace

Proxy wars aside, the main global powers are not dropping bombs on each other. Yet they are also not at peace. They are in a permanent state of non-peace, a condition where traditional military actions are not being taken, but economic and military damage is attempted through cyberwars. The worst kept secret in national intelligence…

A Deeply Reinforced Internet Control Plane

If there was ever a problem suited to Reinforcement Learning, it is network optimization: many combinations, changing conditions, the need for continuous learning, and optimization through trial & error, over a period of time, to achieve long term quality & profitability objectives . Today’s leading edge of machine learning (ML) is deep reinforcement learning, the…

Cloud Flare(s) on IPO

The Important The IPO of companies like Zscaler, and today Cloudflare, highlight two important trends: cloud computing and network-as-a-service Digital transformation makes public/private/hybrid cloud assets mission-critical across more industries than before. From a new growth perspective, security is increasingly less interesting as an appliance and more interesting as a network [service]. Cloudflare Today, Cloudflare (NET)…

Five Signs Your Transformation​ Will Fail

The objective is an activity, not a meaningful outcome Successful transformations are driven by compelling visions. Ultimately it is all about execution, but if the execution is not delivering anything that will make a meaningful difference, it is all for naught, even worse, a waste of resources. Compelling visions inspire people and are a northstar…

Vision: The Key To Transformation

There is no debating that the rubber hits the road with execution — getting stuff done. What is getting done, is just as important as getting it done, and this is where, IMO, transformation holds together or fails. If the execution team is not aligned or executing towards an outcome that is going to move…

Ericsson Updates Software Twice a Month, Can Your Software Supplier?

The Important Ericsson has been doing two code drops per month in new 5G networks It is a significant departure from a history of two drops per year New generations of technology are an opportunity to explore many other adjacent technologies, approaches, and cultures Call to Action Every software supplier to CSPs should examine if…

Network Infrastructure: No Rising Tide to Raise All Ships

The Important 50 years on, the Internet, and broadly speaking networking, are a raging success. Network infrastructure growth is often driven by regional, segment, and technology refresh hotspots, leading to inconsistent aggregate growth across the entire market. This dynamic creates management / leadership challenges. There are some broad-based opportunities like SD-WAN and Security. Quick and…

VMware Gets Real About A Post-VM world

The Important Unless there is a compelling reason not to, the high percentage approach to bold transformations, is with bold acquisitions and execution. For VMware that means embracing and leading the containerized world, which is quickly become the goto virtualization / modularization architecture of today’s IT. Today’s acquisition announcements come after other container-centric investments such…

Will Explainable AI Be The Competitive Battlefront?

The Important The explainability of accurate AI/ML algorithms is an inhibitor to usage Entrepreneurs are stepping into address this problem Explainability may become an area of differentiation in AI/ML solutions Quick and free subscription to the leading Cloud, Network, and Security Newsletter, CloudNetSec from bohcay: link Discussion When I started looking at Artificial Intelligence (AI)…