DT Execs Offer Original Duet

12:00 PM -- Of all the conference opportunities at the upcoming Management World 2011 event in Dublin, the planned double act keynote address by Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s CTO Olivier Baujard and the carrier's CIO Steffen Roehn looks like the "must attend" presentation.

The duo are set to cover some important issues -- the role of the service provider over the next decade, the business models and regulation policies required to sustain necessary network investment, and the need for innovation through partnerships. But it's the fact that it's the CTO and CIO of a Tier 1 operator together on stage, making a joint presentation, that whets the appetite because of the potential for some insight into how those two teams within a major carrier are working together.

Light Reading sees that relationship as critical to the development of any operator's current strategy. (See Bridging the Chasm: A Manifesto.)

And it's clear that there's some key interworking between the CTO and CIO teams at Deutsche Telekom: As CTO, Baujard has thrown his weight behind the carrier's decision to perform a TM Forum Frameworx Implementation Conformance Certification Assessment, by which the carrier will have its internal process model certified against the Forum's Business Process Framework (eTOM). That's a step towards demanding certain standards in DT's technology procurement processes, and not something that the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) team at Deutsche Telekom can do without the involvement and cooperation of the networks team. (See DT Takes TMF Test and Survey: Telcos Long for SPIT Standards.)

A joint presentation in Dublin, then, should be illuminating, and is certainly unique for the Management World event. "I don't think we've seen this [joint CTO and CIO keynote] before -- it should give us a great insight into Deutsche Telekom's strategy," says TM Forum president Martin Creaner, who believes the German giant could lead the way in figuring out how to automate many of the back office processes in the engine rooms of the world's telcos.

You can get all the pre-Management World news, and coverage from Dublin once the doors open on May 24, at our special Management World 2011 Show Site.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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