Building Our Own Destiny

During the 2012 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Dynamic Tour, we developed a theme that played on the BYOD (Bring your Own Device) slogan. We, however, urged our customers and partners to "Build Your Own Destiny." This BYOD challenge also called for mobilization amid the global transformation which is now known as the Personal Cloud Era.

In February this year, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has entered into exclusive discussions with a potential investor – China’s Huaxin – for the sale of its Enterprise Business. In other words, it may soon be our turn to “BYOD”, or to build our own destiny!

While this announcement might have caused fear for some, I would say that overall, the excitement triggered by the prospect of a brand new future outweighs any of the negative feelings.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is not a corporate giant. It’s a 2,700 employee organization which is going to operate as an independent entity while enjoying unprecedented opportunities to expand its reach in existing or in brand new areas.

For us, the global business transformation is the result of three mega trends: consumer revolution, technology evolution and business transformation. In response to these three trends, we have implemented strategies that have resulted in a flurry of innovation in the areas of next-generation communication platforms, adaptable and virtualized networks (‘application fluent networks’) and in the cloud where we disrupted the UC paradigm with an “apps-as-a-service” approach, acting as an overlay on top of any existing communication infrastructure.

The new opportunities offered by this partnership will enable us to accelerate execution and to become the significant player that we deserve to be. Indeed we regularly outperform the market – as we did again in Q4 2013 in both Networking (LAN, WLAN, Data Center) and Telephony (source Dell’Oro Group, Infonetics, Crehan Research, MZA).

We are well on our way to building our own destiny. This is something which doesn’t happen often in a career so I have every intention of playing an active role in this transformation opportunity. I feel like I’m starring in a “business movie” and I know that a lot of my colleagues, across all departments, have the same enthusiasm and appetite to build something we can all be proud of.

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