Light Reading Idol
Telecom-world opinion seems to have fallen into pure polarity, like Simon Cowell’s view of every American Idol audition or performance. Everything is crap. Or everything is great. There’s hardly an in-between.
This comes up in speaking with folks about the telecom industry or reading comments they make on the Light Reading message boards (not that the message boards are the place to go for a clear-eyed view of reality).
I think a lot of folks are missing the point. Besides Mr. Cowell, humans aren’t very binary (that is, unless you think of people only in terms of being either alive or dead). Neither is business. We tend to congregate in vastly different shades of good to bad. Our performance and emotions run the gamut.
The proper take on the industry is neither “excrement” nor “excellent,” but somewhere in between. The communications industry should be considered for what it is: a complex system that’s constantly morphing into something new. Yes, we are migrating away from many legacy technologies and business models. But the fact is, the industry itself cannot die. It’s impossible. Communications are the backbone of society.
The big question, if you’re an optimist like myself (and Paula Abdul), is: How is the industry changing? Where are the new opportunities? And, if I hate the sound of someone’s voice, can I at least compliment their fashion sense?
To that end, we're in search of some new voices on this matter, specifically to contribute to an exciting new conference we're planning in New York City on April 13th. The conference is called The Telecom Recovery: Opportunities Amid the Chaos, and yours truly will play the Simon Cowell role as moderator.
And, while we’re not so insane that we’d let you vote one of our keynote speakers off the stage, you do have a special role to play in our version of... Light Reading Idol, if you will. Here's how you can join in: Drum up your ideas for the exciting new applications and services that will drive the telecom industry forward. Talk to your buddies in the trench warfare of telecom. What's the next big thing? Jot your ideas on a napkin. Send them to [email protected].
We'll hand out prizes for the best ideas: Free admission to our conference, as well as a subscription to Light Reading Insider. Admission to the conference will include a VIP wine tasting of 2000 Bordeaux. (Hey! If the bubble’s gone, at least the taste of it has been preserved!)
Finding opportunity in the chaos is the theme of our conference, which seeks to identify the leading applications, technologies, and companies in the telecom recovery.
(To those of you who say there is no recovery: That's nonsense. There's always recovery. Just look at John Daly.)
The conference will bring together leading technology and business experts in the telecom market and feature some exciting new research from the Light Reading empire.
We'll be discussing the results of the recent Heavy Reading report, Telecom Investment Opportunities; and the recent Light Reading Insider, “Telecom Recovery Leaders and Laggards” (see Mostly Fearless Forecasts and Who's Winning in the Rebound? ). Each takes a stab at defining this complex ecosystem. They describe how it is changing, rather than assessing the industry in life-and-death terms.
We’ve lined up some powerful speakers, including Hossein Eslambolchi, President of AT&T Global Network Services; AT&T’s Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer (CIO); Pradeep Sindhu, Vice Chairman, CTO and founder of Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR); and Steven D. Levy, Managing Director at Lehman Brothers.
Scott Clavenna, Heavy Reading Chief Analyst, will present the findings of “Telecom Investment Opportunities” and profile the emerging markets where he sees opportunities. And the editors of Light Reading’s Insider products will present the findings of “Telecom Recovery Leaders and Laggards.”
In a series of panels, we hope to develop an ongoing dialogue about the exciting new applications and business opportunities in the market.
So send your Top Three Recovery Opportunities to us at [email protected]. These can be new markets, new products, or ideas for new pieces of technology or telecom services that haven’t been invented. Your entry can be short – just a couple of lines – or feel free to expand, if you like.
The first five most interesting entries will get into our conference. If your idea is really good, we may even put you up on stage! Maybe.
— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading
On April 13, analysts from both the Light Reading Insider financial research service, and Light Reading's Heavy Reading market research division will examine technology investment questions at a unique event hosted at the W Hotel New York Union Square in Manhattan.
The conference – The Telecom Recovery: Opportunity Amid the Chaos – will examine the investment potential of a wide variety of technologies including triple play, 802.11 WiFi, FTTP, hosted SIP applications, SSL VPNs, IP video, MPLS-based convergence, and carrier-class Ethernet. It also will feature keynote speeches by Hossein Eslambolchi, President of AT&T Global Network Services, Pradeep Sindhu, CTO of Juniper Networks Inc., and Steven D. Levy, Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.