In this second post of the series, (click here to see the first), I met with Adi Fragman. Adi and his team are working on some of the company’s most forward thinking products and ideas. They are integral to bringing ECI’s 5G and virtualization solutions (NFV) to market. We met up to talk about 'softwarizing hardware' and the need for common infrastructure and platforms in our increasingly complex network landscapes.
Status: Married + 3
Tenure: 4 years and counting
I lead a mostly remote team that develops the software infrastructure layers for ECI products which includes operating systems, process automation and Zero-Touch Provisioning. The team is located in R&D centers located both in Israel and India. They focus on 2 major product lines, each with its own processes and way of working:
As I mentioned, ECI managed to lure me back to a corporate career from my start-up specializing in automating contracts. And while that may not seem too close to the telecom infrastructure work, before that I held positions at two local telecom conglomerates: Amdocs and Comverse. I was hoping to find a position that enabled me to work closer to the end user, and found it at ECI.
I also found a place where I could be at the front end of innovation, meet and work with a wide range of people, all without the usual ‘attitude’ that today’s high-tech companies have.
During my, relatively short tenure, I have held a number of positions at ECI. I began on the DevOps team, became a scrum master, then a team leader, and now I lead the Software Infrastructure group. All my roles have required deep understanding of new technologies and open-source modules.
At ECI you get a very professional view of people and projects. The pace is fast and dynamic, and you get to work with many technologies. We don’t stop here, as we work on making the ‘next big thing’ and we appreciate those people that have the courage to change and make changes as are required.
Our integration of zero-touch provisioning in our line of virtualization products. While the market has been talking about zero-touch provisioning for a while, oftener than not it is not truly zero-touch. My team wanted to take zero-touch to the next level. We were required to work together with a number of cross-functional teams, integrate a variety of technologies, all in record time and with amorphous requirements.
IoT – the telecom industry is transitioning from connecting people to connecting things. A world with many more connections, many more requirements, and many more demands. Operating the network will become ever more complex. I see a whole lot more virtualization going on, as service providers implement an increasing amount of ‘black boxes’ which help them automate the network. ECI has an opportunity to take part, and lead this change. And that is where we are focused.
Let’s make it happen!
|Packet or optical?||Packet|
|Virtualized or software defined?||Virtualization|
|5G or 4G/LTE?||5G|
|Open-source or home-grown||Open-source|
|Service providers or non-service providers (utilities, etc.)?||Both|
|Disaggregation or integration?||Integration|
Sigal Biran-Nagar is Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing at ECI. Sigal comes to ECI with a strong record of marketing, strategy and communications for both global and local conglomerates.