The theme of day two at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in Chicago focused on getting used to a new way of doing business -- or New IP way of doing business -- from networks to services to culture and skillsets.
From the keynotes to the panels, many speakers talked about the need for simplicity, automation and agility, and Jared Wray, senior vice president of platforms at CenturyLink, even referred to this shift as "Robots vs. Oompa Loompas." (For those of you who don't know, Oompa Loompas are those little orange men with green hair invented by Roald Dahl in his book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The day started early for approximately 150 women who attended Light Reading's fourth Women in Tech Breakfast, which featured a keynote by Brenna Berman, commissioner and CIO of the Chicago Department of Innovation & Technology, and a panel led by Sandra Rivera, VP and general manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), with speakers from Open Platform for NFV Project Inc. , Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), US Cellular and Vodafone Americas .
The morning keynote session kicked off with Christine Heckart, CMO of Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD), who time-warped the audience back to 1995 with the sound of a dial-up modem in order to prove her point about how far the industry has come since 1995, and where it's headed in this next 20-year innovation cycle. (See BTE: New IP Wake-Up Call.)
Next up, Wray took the stage to talk about the importance of automation, programmability and accessibility in New IP networks, and we were off and running. We only stopped briefly for a charity ping-pong game to raise money for the Willow Foundation. (See Fame, Glory & Ping Pong Await You at BTE.)
Rise & Shine
The Women in Tech breakfast drew approximately 150 women for a lively discussion. Here are a few ladies who got there early to get the good seats!
Check out the slideshow to see how we captured day two of BTE from the perspective of the New IP.
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP