Ep 43 – Telco’s Pinball Wizard: Neil McRae
BT Chief Architect Neil McRae talks about the company's digital transformation and strategies for working with hyperscalers … and pinball, of course!
We’re raising the roof at MWC21 … Literally! Check out my video on Twitter: CLOUD CITY is going quickly from render to reality. The roof is going UP, and next week, vendors, visitors, and public cloud tech are going IN!
(•_•)— Danielle Royston (@TelcoDR) June 12, 2021
<) )╯We are
\( (> raising the
<) )╯roof at MWC!
The build is ON! #CloudCity booth goes from render to reality – and the roof is going up! I leave in just over a week – can’t wait! #MWC21 pic.twitter.com/MGrmKb98sH
Even Jon Bon Jovi will be there. No, I’m not kidding. We’ve been LIVING ON A PRAYER since we signed the deal with GSMA to take over the Ericsson booth, and now the deal is signed with JBJ and he’s playing during CLOUD CITY UNPLUGGED on Tuesday. We also have two-time Latin Grammy winner Rosario Flores playing on Monday and DJ AFISHAL performing on Wednesday. Space is limited for all of these performances, but I would LOVE to see as many of you there as possible. More on how to get on the guest lists below.
Am I feeling some FOMO building out there? Understandable, as you legit don’t want to miss THE telco event of the year and the chance to meet ALL the people who matter in the world of telco public cloud.
Let’s talk about what else you’ll find in CLOUD CITY, besides one of rock’s biggest legends. CLOUD CITY LIVE is our very own show-within-a-show, focused entirely on the public cloud. We’ve changed the conversation at MWC to the public cloud, and we’re delivering great content to educate executives on how to leverage the public cloud for their maximum benefit. Our amazing roster of speakers includes a speaker from each of the BFCs. We’ll have keynotes from AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Who better to show you how to move your entire telco (BSS, OSS, RAN, core, edge, customer experience, charging, etc.) to the public cloud than the people who are making it all possible? These are some of the biggest, brightest brains in the public cloud game: they know their stuff.
We’re also bringing DISH to CLOUD CITY LIVE, a major innovator that’s building a brand new 5G network ENTIRELY on the public cloud. On Tuesday, DISH’s director of network security will be on stage with Allot, showing you how they’re building the world’s most secure 5G network.
CLOUD CITY is all about education – YOUR education. Learn from the BFCs, the vendors, the CSPs, the infrastructure guys, the data scientists, and more. The program is diverse and covers analytics, customer experience, automation, fraud, as well as tips for convincing your team that public cloud is the future and controlling cloud spend.
There’s still time to register – and if you truly can’t be there in person (Jon Bon Jovi, y’all!), you can join us virtually, or even better, attend via one of our robots. Yep, we’ve got about 100 telepresence robots that’ll be zipping around CLOUD CITY, offering you a more personal experience so you can interact with vendors and watch the show as if you were there. Book a robot now – for FREE.
Ok, back to Bon Jovi.
This year’s safety protocols mean we’ve gotta control numbers for his show. So, we’re launching a way to earn yourself a ticket. It’s a browser-based game called CLOUD CITY QUEST. You come over to CLOUD CITY and complete a few in-booth challenges. Then, BOOM, you’re in with a chance to party with Bon Jovi!
… and don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the press troop! We know how you guys like to work and party hard at MWC, so we’ve created an awesome media area within CLOUD CITY where you can get delicious fresh coffee, super-fast wifi, and access to all of the cool vendors showcasing the latest and greatest telco software built on the public cloud. Keep your eyes open for some exciting news and announcements from us during the show!
THE FOMO IS REAL, so listen to your heart and jump on a plane and come hang out with us in CLOUD CITY. But if you can’t make it, then make sure you register for CLOUD CITY LIVE and set up a time to meet with our team. Let’s knock the cover off this ball: public cloud is coming to telco and we’re bringing it to MWC.
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