CEO praises Juniper team and anticipates success in the cloud

Shaygan Kheradpir shares his thoughts in first blog since becoming chief exec of Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, has published his first blog since joining the company in January.

“The world is quickly moving towards 5 billion connected people and beyond. I have watched this amazing transformation happen with passionate intellectual curiosity over the course of my thirty year career and I have been fortunate to contribute my share,” he said.

Keradpir highlighted the cloud as the instrumental in continuing the growth of global connectivity;

“The new delivery engine for this consumer-driven innovation is the Cloud. And, the key strategic driver to unlocking the potential of the Cloud is…you guessed it…the network. The network is the ‘nervous system’ making the connections across information resources, computers, storage and personal devices, network elements, sensors, homes and business. With this amazing connectivity, people, companies, and institutions across the planet are busy creating experiences that you could characterize as ‘Star Trek’ like!”

Keradpir talked through his findings at Juniper over the last 8 months;

“What better time to be at Juniper Networks, an iconic company, to be part of creating the future that will unlock the network’s full power? I believe Juniper’s phenomenal assets – deep customer relationships, great technology, fantastically talented and passionate people – will solve the most pressing network challenges for our customers, and ultimately, society.
During my first eight months my leadership team and I have worked on liberating the creative talent of our people, shifting our company to a 21st century design, and focusing our resources on the growth sectors of the market. We are giving the keys to our practitioners – people closest to the action, removing bureaucracy, layers, and silos, thereby allowing our talent to get better connected to each other – and to the imperatives of our customers.”

He also reflected on the difficulties of making change for better;

“All this has also resulted in more efficient cost structure. While we’ve had to make some hard decisions over the past few months, I am pleased with our progress and confident that we are on the right path. I see this every day in the reactions of our customers, employees and partners as they learn about our new vision and direction as a company – and see us in action.”

Looking forward Kheradpir highlighted his plans for success saying he wants to focus on cloud builders and high-IQ networks;

“Why cloud builders? Because in this current, “everything-as-a-service” application-driven economy, the cloud is our customers’ new delivery engine of innovation to their customers. As enterprises and service providers adapt to this new business model, the network experience is critical to their business. Juniper understands how to unleash the power of the cloud through High-IQ Networks.”

“A key concept to understand is what we at Juniper have defined as a High-IQ Network. At Juniper, we believe in more than just connecting things to things or data to devices, which is commonly referred to by the networking industry as the Internet of Things. Whereas many of our competitors stop here with the discussion, we are moving beyond just focusing on the question of ‘what is happening’ to answer the question of ‘why it is happening’.”

“A High-IQ Network is a very different, dynamic system approach as it self configures based on what is needed from the network and what is the highest priority for the network at any moment in time. It does this much like a biological nervous system, getting input and understanding from all the connections and data flowing across the network, and feeding that back to intelligently and automatically update and optimize network operations.”  

He also stressed the importance of co-creation with customers;

“Another key aspect of the changes happening around us is about new ways of innovating for our customers, as well as having new and differentiated technology. The world is changing, going from a linear “bucket brigade” model of work, to a place where innovations frequently happen at the boundaries of traditional disciplines and organizations: in a nutshell, we believe that you can’t generate and execute on new ideas with old thinking.

“In this world, we need to work back-to-back with our customers to create and deliver new use-cases that are accretive for them and capture the imagination of their customers. The hidden opportunities in this new, exciting world only expose themselves when we camp at our customers’ doorsteps, co-creating with them. When you do this, you unleash the full creative potential for our customers and individuals everywhere. We call this approachco-creation: intensely collaborating with our customers to address their toughest business challenges, offering an open environment that can be adapted to their unique and evolving needs, and staying with them until we have a solution.”

“This approach is the precise reason that just in the past few months we were selected by AT&T for their Domain 2.0 User-Defined network Cloud; by Cloudwatt for their large-scale public cloud deployment; by UBS and Nike Inc. to help them build global, next-generation data centers to enhance flexibility, ensure carrier-class resiliency and improve application performance to better serve their clients.”

Kherdpir completed his blog looking forward to new challenges and technologies in the future;
“As the world moves towards 5 billion connected people and beyond, I could not be more excited about our opportunity to help our customers build a bridge to their future and contribute to the rise-of-the-creative-planet. As we continue this exciting journey together, I look forward to broadening and deepening the conversation and sharing my observations about the technology industry and its impact on business with you in future blogs.”

Watch this space for all the news as Kherdpir takes Juniper forward and see the plans unfold.


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