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DHagar
DHagar
5/18/2017 7:39:57 PM
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AT&T Squashing Debate
@Kelsey, great thoughtful piece.  He truly understands the difference between transformation - to fully use the value of technology - versus development - trying to just change the outcomes.

Open source provides a new synergy that the isolated communications channels cannot match.  Building this new platform, and layering new open source evolutions that "apply" the platform to the users' needs makes great sense.

AT&T is definitely showing the leadership qualities you outline - they deserve to be a leading innovator and to reap the rewards.

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freehe
freehe
5/23/2017 6:47:21 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
@DHagar, I agree. He is a truly visionary leader. Now if only all company executives were like him. I can dream can't I.

The key to remaining successful in any industry is to continue to transform, expand and grow because there will always be some company that willl think of ways to do what you do better, faster, for less money and in a more efficient manner.

 

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DHagar
DHagar
5/23/2017 10:11:48 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
@freehe, exactly!  It takes that kind of leadership to drive organizations in new directions!  But that is what makes them leaders and innovators.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
5/31/2017 2:04:27 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
Most definitely! It's important for someone to, my only take the lead, but to be able to lead in the right direction and have a smooth transition.

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DHagar
DHagar
5/31/2017 4:38:50 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
@dir5288, very true.  They make it safe to move forward.  They may take the risks, but also get the biggest returns and rewards.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
6/28/2017 10:40:13 AM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
I agree! A leader must definitely take risks, within a certain realm. Still, it's important.

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DHagar
DHagar
6/28/2017 7:01:30 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
@dir5288, taking risks must be a "calculated" action based on changing the barriers and removing the risks to create something new that is better than what existed before.  Then you open the doors for others to accept appropriate risk leels and together create new capabilities.  Then the risks are actually preferred options to not taking the risk and accepting change.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
6/29/2017 1:05:42 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
Good points! I definitely think taking risks is necessary. You have to find the balance and weigh the risk and the reward.

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DHagar
DHagar
6/30/2017 8:21:03 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
@dir5288, and we would be limited in our knowledge.  I would hate to have to solve problems only based on what I have already learned.  That would be like having the capacity to solve problems with a kindergarten education - limited.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
7/31/2017 4:49:16 AM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
Knowledge about a new produc or technology is crucial. And being able to expand your knowledge about these new things is definitely key.

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DHagar
DHagar
7/31/2017 6:34:35 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
@dir5288 - true.  It is a full-time challenge in and of itself!

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dlr5288
dlr5288
8/30/2017 10:12:46 AM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
It really is! Being able to keep up with what we already know and then have to develop new technology can be difficult.

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DHagar
DHagar
8/31/2017 5:00:39 PM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
@dir5288 - true.  Which makes us begin to select what is important and focus on our decisions.  We can no longer address everything, so we better learn how to make better decisions.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
9/28/2017 10:27:59 AM
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Re: AT&T Squashing Debate
Good point. Focusing on the bigger and more important factors and fixing and developing those first is definitely the way to go.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
5/18/2017 8:27:01 PM
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Best for AT&T
I say out with old and in with the new of whatever that is not working. Keep what is usable and valuable for AT&T.

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Ariella
Ariella
5/19/2017 8:42:52 AM
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Re: Best for AT&T
I like the way he put it: ""SDN isn't a pipe dream, it's a mathematical formula."

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DHagar
DHagar
5/19/2017 4:51:06 PM
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Re: Best for AT&T
@Ariella, I share your agreement on this.  That is what makes this "real".  As we incresingly build models of solutions and apply technology it will provide the proof of concept and advance the opportunities.

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DHagar
DHagar
5/19/2017 4:49:52 PM
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Re: Best for AT&T
@clrmoney, good vision.  I think that is what AT&T is doing is building the platforms that enable them to deliver what is working for their customers.  I think they will succeed with this full capability solution, as opposed to an "either/or" option.  Don't you?

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freehe
freehe
5/23/2017 6:48:59 PM
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Re: Best for AT&T
@clrmoney, in this case the is true. However, that may not work for every company. Some companies can use old and new or just get rid of all the old and get new like AT&T.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
5/20/2017 11:10:57 AM
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AT&T on Squashing the Debate Society
This guy had me on "Women adopt a lot faster in these environments than men." That's a huge statement coming from a CEO at a major corporation. Breaking down the debate society and moving toward open source is like demolishing a building. They are breaking down those old, tired walls with sledghammers and just going for it. Gone are the days where middle management just "freezes." Kudos to AT&T for its efforts. Soon, it will be an entirely new organization, hopefully with more women batting for the fences.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
5/20/2017 6:26:59 PM
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Re: AT&T on Squashing the Debate Society
Big companies need to move fast in this environment. I like how AT&T isn't fighting this current and just working within it. 

This could reap the company huge gains in the future. 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
5/23/2017 12:48:09 PM
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Re: AT&T on Squashing the Debate Society
Look at what happened to Ford as it ousted its CEO--you have to realize the trends, improvise and adapt.    But what will make things even more interesting is if in fact T-Mobile and Sprint finally do the impossible--and merge as noted in today's USA Today.   

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afwriter
afwriter
5/24/2017 12:18:14 AM
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Re: AT&T on Squashing the Debate Society
I think this is one of AT&T's greatest attributes and why the company continues to be a leader in the industry. 

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freehe
freehe
5/23/2017 6:51:35 PM
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AT&T Squashing
It is great to know that AT&T continue to reinvest the company to grow and expand and take risks. The greatest companies take risks and learn from their mistakes.

Being able to reduce their development process and change their corporate culture will save money, provide ROI, increase revenue and foster a corporate cutlure of collaboration and teamwork.

 

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freehe
freehe
5/23/2017 6:59:56 PM
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Transformation
"Donovan also described three psychological transformations organizations must go through to excel during this transformational period in the communications industry -- humility, courage and the willingness to work alone. Donovan advised organizations to break processes down to minimize the number of individuals involved in decision-making."

In addition companies must develop a culture of accountability, develop effective communication strategies (internally and externally), develop a process to escalate issues and develop cross-functional coordination.

Companies also go through the phases of organizational change management: denial, resistance, exploration, acceptance or commitmen.

 

 

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/29/2017 8:13:12 PM
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"To everything there is a season .... and a time to every expected revenue curve under the given assumptions"
The debate-society structure originated in an age of very expensive (and by our standards ridiculously slow and low-capacity) IT when the most important thing for an individual executive was not to be the one who locked in the decision that went badly, because a bad decision was so costly and because it took so long to find out it had been bad.

Now that all those conditions are changed, it's the day of "fail fast," "ready-fire-aim," and "crash test genius."

I can't predict why or how, but the curves will move again -- they're always moving -- and one day it will suddenly shift yet again from "Look before you leap" to "He who hesitates is lost."

Meanwhile, the new world is at least bold and exciting and offers us all an endless supply of things to write about.

 

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