What does The New IP community site, now nearly five months old, have in common with The Walking Dead, the Tide Color Captains
and Ole Miss Football? We have all won Platinum Awards in the 2015 AVA Digital Awards. The New IP won Platinum in the Web-Based Production, Business to Business Category.
The AVA Digital Awards honor excellence in the evolving ways and means that businesses engage their audiences through the creative convergence of digital arts, technology and information.
And for The New IP readers, the word "digital" should stand out because we keep hearing about how the march to a digital world via the New IP is nearly unstoppable thanks to the driving force of cloud, big data, mobile and social applications. It's changing the way service providers architect their networks to deliver services to customers which are in turn, quickly changing the way they live and work.
With a predicted 5 billion things connected to the Internet by 2020, and traditional service providers up against innovative and agile OTTs, the New IP future of software-defined networks built on virtualized functions looks promising. From capex and opex savings, to capacity, scalability and agility, the New IP can deliver all of the above so that providers don't have to suffer the fate of a dumb pipe.
As we have also been hearing, the New IP also requires a shift in the way a service provider operates internally, demanding a cultural and skill set evolution, and a shift away from waterfall-style development to agile collaboration techniques and dev-ops models. Exciting times for sure. (See Destination Dev-ops and XO on Open Source: Is It Ready for Prime Time?)
The New IP's impact is already being felt in the workplace, as noted in a recent article in the Huffington Post which talked about how the New IP is essential in building a flexible workplace.
And here at The New IP, we've heard Telstra's Tom Homer, VP of Enterprise for EMEA and Americas, talk about the need for enterprises to have the compute power to meet their employee expectations of being able to access corporate data and applications no matter the time or the place. (See Telstra's View of the Enterprise IT Landscape.)
We've also heard Vodafone's Head of M2M for Americas, Andrew Morawski, lay out a vision for M2M, and the Vice President of AT&T's Network on Demand, Josh Goodell, give an insider's view into the company's SDN-enabled Ethernet service. (See Making an Impact with M2M and Customer Experience in an SDN World.)
So thanks to the digital world, the New IP represents a mega-shift from where service providers are today. This switch from the old IP to the New IP is as big as the change from circuit-based to packet-switched networks, so stick with us for insight into what will shape it, who will shape it, how to shape it and most importantly, how to succeed.
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP