The pace of change in available new infrastructure strategies continues at warp-speed. Over 22-23 May 2017, the Tech Infrastructure Dialogue UK will provide in-depth coverage through relevant and targeted case studies, roundtables and workshops around implementing these latest strategies.

We grabbed 5 minutes to speak to Pablo Jejcic, Vodaphone’s Head of Cloud and Infrastructure Centre of Excellence and a member of the Advisory Board for the Tech Infrastructure Dialogue. On the agenda for Pablo: biggest challenges, hot areas of investment and the immediate future of tech infrastructure.

 What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Tech Infrastructure Dialogue?

I like the idea of having open debates and the roundtable open conversations are quite tempting and interesting. I’m excited to look deeper into the technological perspective especially with the level of change that we’re seeing in the tech industry today.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing CTO’s and Infrastructure executives in 2017? Why are they important?

I think the biggest challenge will be to stop thinking about infrastructure so much and start driving an infrastructure base. It’s about taking an application driven view of infrastructure instead of infrastructure per se. This drives the whole idea of how to define and design applications for a cloud native space.

This is so important because it enables us to adopt cloud native technology which gives us a huge increase on our agility and our flexibility for businesses and at the same time, it reduces the time to market that we have today.

 Looking ahead a year from now, how do you see the structure of your market changing?

I think we will extend the same trends we have seen. We have a huge disruption of the telecommunications industry today. We have impact from over the top players.

It is not enough to have a good network to establish a competitive advantage, it’s just a baseline. So many over the top application players like Skype or WhatsApp and new types of technologies which are eating the business model of the past telecoms industries.

At the same time, if you couple these with the whole idea of the core play in telecommunications with video, voice, messaging and fibre, you basically have a very interesting market where we have to compete against internet players like Facebook, Google and Microsoft and so forth at the same time that we have to collaborate with them to be able to utilise the telecoms network to provide the best experience to our customers. It’s a very interesting change ahead.

 What is going to be the biggest area of investment for your organisation in 2017?

It will definitely be cloud. Not cloud in the IT aspect only, but it’s cloud from the point of view of how we utilise our telecommunications network and how do we cloudify our IT space as well.

We believe that the real differentiation for telecommunications today is creating a real cloud native space. This means we can drive applications or VNFs (Virtual Network Functions) that are going to be completely stateless and completely decoupled. They will have no dependence on the data layer and they will have resilience at the application or VNF layer which will allow us to get to this utopian level of 100% availability for our telecommunications environment, which we haven’t been able to achieve yet. We are investing heavily to create the base line towards this application to come into play in the near future.

What is your biggest professional achievement to date?

Every role I had, I’ve always had very different goals. When I was working for Baker Hughes a while back, I had to review the bottom line of the company’s infrastructure, so I managed to do a huge consolidation of our data centre space. Building the first enterprise-level support for the company worldwide was a real success for me. When I moved to Oracle, the main driver there was to be able to convert and transform some aged architecture into much more modern architecture for large enterprise organisations. I did this for companies like the FSA before they changed to the FCA.

I think the biggest success was when I was working for AWS, the real success was to get a pharmaceutical company that I cannot name to really believe and adopt cloud native methodologies in that organisation. So to break that very traditional, very slow and stale mode of operation into a much more agile and DevOps space approach was a huge success for me. I am hoping to do the same here for Vodafone’s internal cloud structures.

Join us at the Tech Infrastructure Dialogue UK event at the Crowne Plaza in Gerrards Cross to hear about case studies that could change approaches to your upcoming projects, take part in important roundtable discussions and workshops around implementing the latest strategies.

There are a few places remaining for the event, visit to book your place or call 020 7739 5696.

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