Ep 43 – Telco's Pinball Wizard: Neil McRae

This week’s guest

Neil McRae

Neil McRae

Managing Director & Chief Architect BT

British Telecom (BT) is the oldest telco in the world. I’ve been eager to feature the company on my podcast, and I got my wish when I ran into BT Chief Architect, Neil McRae, at TelecomTV’s DSP Leaders World Forum in England. We sat down to talk about BT’s cloud transformation and vision for 2030. Listen now to hear our conversation about:

  • Which workloads the company is moving [6:15];
  • Its strategy for working with hyperscalers [7:36]; and
  • How it’s preparing its workforce for cloud transformation [11:59].

Anyone who knows Neil knows that he’s a pinball fanatic, so we started our conversation talking about his passion and the pinball tournaments he holds to raise funds for the National Autistic Society [01:46]. Check out related links in the resources section below.

Here’s a video clip from my conversation with Neil:

Links and Resources

Author’s bio

Neil McRae is always looking for ways to drive radical thinking. He is recognized for building the best networks all over the world, has significant experience in submarine, fixed, wireless, broadcast, satellite, cloud, systems & applications, and platform technology, enabling our world to connect, educate, entertain, and transact. He believes in creating an environment for technologists to perform at their best.

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