Enterprise mobility has taken off, and as a result many financial service providers are struggling to keep pace with the demand for mobile solutions as well as the necessary supporting technologies and the developer skills to deliver it. Gartner predicts that by 2017, demand for mobile app services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them. To meet growing demand, developer tools, mobile app development platforms, microservice architectures, agile methods, open source software, cloud models and solution ecosystems are quickly evolving.
According to the overview of Mobile World Congress 2016, the event in Barcelona will provide “in-depth coverage of the current and future mobile industry, highlighting specific areas of growth as well as the latest technological developments, next generation services and growth strategies.” Sure enough, there are several thought-provoking sessions that make one take pause and consider the impact that technology has on next-generation services—especially when it comes to service provider networks. And in that vein, the televised debate on the merits and challenges of deploying open source across telco service provider (SP) networks held at Ocana, Placa Reial in Barcelona is particularly interesting. This debate has a panel of three distinguished experts from three different enterprises: AT&T, Telefonica and Red Hat. Since I am not at the conference, I’ve reached out to one of my colleagues, Ian Hood, Global Chief Architect for our service provider partners at Red Hat. Ian was all geared up to attend the conference but he did take some time to engage in a close-to-happy hour conversation across the pond before departure. So I’ve asked: “OK, bud! What’s up with open source and telco service provider networks?”
Your business results are what matter and truly open source systems together with NFV and SDN can help you to succeed. Imagine if your customers could choose their network services online and they were delivered in just minutes. Cisco has expanded their collaboration with Red Hat to help you do just that.
Mobile-edge computing (MEC) is a highly distributed computing architecture based on the deployment of small computing units in both outdoor and indoor radio access network (RAN) facilities at the edge of their mobile networks. Red Hat has joined a recently created European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) working group to help define MEC use-cases and architecture details as a complementary effort to the existing NFV and 5G initiatives.
For financial services companies, simplifying and automating IT processing is key to reducing costs and error rates, and improving the customer experience. Complex layers of legacy technology were hindering MUFG Union Bank’s operations. When this delayed deployment of a key e-commerce application, the IT team was tasked with quickly developing a solution. You can read the full story in our MUFG Union Bank case study.
If you are planning to head to Barcelona next week for this year’s Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Feb. 22-25, might I suggest you pack a “hoverboard?” This event just keeps growing and getting better as the latest mobile networking technologies and innovations are unveiled and demonstrated to an estimated audience of more than 100,000 technology enthusiasts from around the globe.
Lately, when I go to the gas station to refuel my vehicle, I am pleasantly surprised by the price and love the numbers I see—as a consumer. However, falling gas prices have obvious implications on the oil and gas industry, as reflected by the stocks going “downstream,” so to speak, in recent times. While the economic pundits work out the global market forces, what can oil and gas companies do to re-energize and rejuvenate this sector? Innovate. Of course, for innovation to be effective, it should have proper context and tangible business benefits.
Red Hat employees work hard for customers across all industries but they also know how to have fun. Engineer Bryan Totty works in Red Hat’s global support services, and is also known as rapper “Totty.” He wrote and produced a song about working at our Raleigh headquarters, and we made a video starring many members of our Raleigh team. Who says work can’t be fun? We hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it.
Suppose you could watch a cable TV channel from any provider of your choice and not be locked-in to only the channel selection from your provider’s set-top box. For example, imagine you can watch cable channels using your Apple TV. The result would be you have more choice of home entertainment and you wouldn’t have to pay a higher price just to rent the cable provider’s set-top box.