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CaliforniaMan
CaliforniaMan
1/22/2015 | 3:28:21 PM
Re: Should an IP Platform Chief be a NFV specialist?
I  worked with and then for Bhaskar for more than a decade and can attest to his visionary leadership, his skill in attracting and motivating a diversity of management talent, and delivering results.  Oracle will find it very difficult to replace Bhaskar and I'm 100% sure he'll do wonders at ALU.

 

 
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
1/15/2015 | 2:55:55 PM
Re: Should an IP Platform Chief be a NFV specialist?
It's increasingly difficult to separate NFV and SDN. Having oversight for one and not the other could prove problematic, particularly as Gorti doesn't even have oversight for all NFV.
Ray@LR
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1/15/2015 | 11:55:48 AM
Re: Should an IP Platform Chief be a NFV specialist?
That's the great thing about us humans -- even we don't know what we might do next and/or why.

But he is not  a rash guy - he is a thinker. he knows what he is doing.

Also, he had been at Oracle for a long time and everyone needs a new challenge at some point right?

In addition, I am sure he would not have joined ALU a year ago but now the company is on the upturn again so this is a more exciting time to be part of its next chapter.

And he sialready in the door - his profile is already up on the management page

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/about/leadership

 

 
bosco_pcs
bosco_pcs
1/15/2015 | 10:05:03 AM
Re: Should an IP Platform Chief be a NFV specialist?
Ray:

I guess it comes down to the person's character - maybe those who have inside scoop about Oracle or Alcatel can drop us some hints! 

Just to be clear, being a specialist in some area has some benefits. Whoever working for Mr Gorti in the area in which he has intimate knowledge will be on their toes. At the very least, they will have to triple check their presentation deck before trying to sell their boss the idea.

Also, I think it is a matter of the job position and the size of the company. For example, I decided to invest in Ixia because of Bethany Mayer's reputation. But Ixia and Alcatel are very different company

IMHO, the real question is why Mr Gorti chose to go from Oracle to Alcatel, even if it is the latter reaching out. My guess is maybe he felt he has hit the ceiling and Alcatel has greater potential for him (but this is just one of the many scenarios). If so, then I doubt he would play favorite because he is looking for a bigger prize
Ray@LR
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1/15/2015 | 6:26:48 AM
Re: Should an IP Platform Chief be a NFV specialist?
Good point, of course -- it will work if ALU has a good reporting structure and a culture of trust within the teams.

And that is an interesting suggestion that being a specialist could be counter-productive!! I would be very intersted if others share that view.

If that is the case, though, does that mean he might micromanage/play favorite in the B/OSS area where he has years of experience and insight from his Oracle days?

 
R Clark
R Clark
1/15/2015 | 4:45:34 AM
Irony
Interesting move, and a touch ironic that the new NFV guy doesn't have much of a NFV record. I guess his strength is in platforms and, as Caroline says, his ability to deal with whole telecom IT backend, not to mention his relationships with key OSS guys at the telcos.
bosco_pcs
bosco_pcs
1/14/2015 | 2:57:55 PM
Should an IP Platform Chief be a NFV specialist?
Ray:

I wonder if Mr Gorti needs to be a NFV specialist to be the president of ALU's IP Platform. 

Obviously, he needs to know what he is doing and how to allocate resources. However, an argument can be made that being a specialist can actually be counterproductive if he ends up in micromanaging or playing favorite in one facet of the division.

Instead, the questions are if 1) he is a visionary leader; 2) he can manage his direct reports well; 3) attract talents and 4) fit well within the greater scheme of things at ALU. 

So his character and his experience in general are more relevant than the technical know-how. More importantly, he will need to not only play fair but also convince others, his boss, peers and subordinates alike his strategy, even if it may require cannabilizing some pieces of his domain to allocate more resources to others for the long term good


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