Who doesn’t like to see the underdog win?

How do you define an underdog?  The underdog is the participant or competitor that you never expect to win.  The Chicago Cubs are underdogs.  One of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, they haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years.  

The Boston Red Sox used to be considered underdogs. They won a world championship after an 86-year drought in 2004. At the time, skeptics agreed they had talent, but more than anything considered them gritty, persistent, determined.  Since then, they’ve won two more world championships.  No longer are they underdogs, now they are “Boston Strong.” But this commentary is not about baseball.  

Many look at the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand and consider ALE an underdog.  I look at ALE and see a talented, gritty and determined winner.  I saw that before 2011 when Interop awarded ALE with the Best of Interop Award for our Data Center Mesh strategy.  I saw it in 2013 when our OpenTouch Collaboration UC&C solution was awarded Best of Interop.

Interop 2015 is here and it’s happened again. A proud and talented team of business technology pros won their third Best of Interop Award in five years for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s Intelligent Fabric technology – or iFab as we call it here.  That’s not underdog status - that’s consistent performance.  

So much has changed in the past decade.  I don’t recall when the first “smartphone” was launched but the first iPhone was released in the middle of 2007.  Talk about a change agent.  It's not that it was only Apple effecting change, because many other factors have impacted how we live, work and communicate in a digital age.   But, at the heart of every personal, connected digital experience today is the network.  

Laurent Bouchoucha summed it up recently when he said the network has evolved into the very heartbeat of business.  And the heartbeat of ALE is the team of talented and dedicated business technology professionals that always find a way to get better. Congratulations to every one of my ALE teammates that drove home the third Best of Interop Award in five years.  I’m proud to be part of this great team.

Come to think of it, Apple was an underdog not so long ago.  We all know how that turned out.  


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