The telecommunications industry is in the middle of a sea change, transitioning from a hardware centric to a software centric world. We are finally seeing the promises of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) come to fruition.
Enterprising Strategies: How Real Time Communications Apps are Delivering Value in Healthcare, Government, Financial Services & Education
Business today gets done online, and the digital transformation of large enterprises is driving nearly every single transaction to the cloud, the web, mobile apps, and more.
The virtualization of these digital enterprises is creating substantial gains in employee productivity, with an unprecedented number of them “dialing in” from remote locations, and a parallel growth in the number of on-site workers in offices, hospitals and medical clinics, in classrooms, public venues and more staying connected using business workflow apps as companions.
Disruption is happening all around us in the incredibly fast-moving world of real time communications, whether the movement to telco cloud, to full NFV environments, to software defined networking inside enterprises, to the embedding of voice and video messaging into business applications, to AI, IoT, biometrics and more.
Over the past 15 years Unified Communication (UC) services have become a normal part of enterprise communications, features like presence and IM along with voice and video are part of our work lives. The advent of cloud-based UC has made it even easier to roll-out sophisticated services to anyone with an internet connection.
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) was designed to help the telecom industry accelerate innovation and launch services quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. This is done primarily by replacing hardware-centric equipment with cloud native and microservices approaches that allow key core and edge functionality to be virtualized in telecommunications networks.
The Inevitability of DevOps: The Biggest Benefit of Network Transformation is Service Transformation
Development and operations teams are sprouting up in enterprises and businesses around the world, and while formal “DevOps” programs are still in the early phases, as our hyper-connected and hyper digital world calls for more and more software applications, many analysts suggest DevOps will be even more powerful than legacy IT in the future.
As communications networks evolve, interconnects tend to grow in numbers and complexity. Carriers and enterprises are converting core networks to IP, and are using IP to connect with peering entities. For the network core to deal with the emerging universe of applications, networks and devices, those elements must first be normalized at the edge.
As the Exchange of Everything continues to accelerate, it’s time for real-time communications leaders to look way beyond their traditional networks and network services to recognize the massive opportunities opening up, given the Digitization of Everything.
What would your work life be like if you could reach exactly the right person at exactly the right time, and have your questions answered in seconds, not minutes, hours or days?
Work would get done a lot faster, stress levels would decrease substantially, and the speed of doing business would flow instead of ebbing and flowing.
For most of history, communications have been asynchronous, and even synchronized communications has often required people to switch from one application to another.