In this third post of the series, (click here to see the previous blog), I meet with Yaakov Berkovitch. Yaakov, joined ECI about 5 years ago. Having specialized in network management systems, Yaakov was originally recruited to ECI’s NMS team. However, as SDN and NFV moved from theory to practice here at ECI, he quickly became instrumental in the design and architecture of our Muse PaaS. Yaakov, along with the company, went from monolithic to microservices architecture, from execution to research and design, and from waterfall to Agile methodology together with per microservice CI/CD pipelines.
Status: married + 4
Tenure: 5 years and counting
My team and I have worked hard to define, design and implement ECI’s common run-time infrastructure which is part and parcel of our Muse ecosystem, and provides high quality, infrastructure for our ongoing software and orchestration developments. Today customers enjoy a robust, carrier grade environment from which to launch, run and manage both our network and service applications. Of course during this process we also defined the standards for our microservices architecture, gateway architecture and life-cycle management framework – all which ensure that our customers receive an intuitive, user-friendly environment from which to run their applications.
Firstly, I must admit that I clearly identify myself with the paradigm shift and goals as defined by the CEO, who all those years ago decided to make ECI a more software oriented company. Not simple for any company, but for ECI which has a long history of successful hardware products, this shift was far from obvious or simple. Softwarization and virtualization are common to the industry at large, and while many competitors have either brought in the capabilities via mergers or outsource – ECI decided to make this change ‘from the inside’.
We forced ourselves and our employees to learn new methodologies, competencies and capabilities. We challenged ourselves to work differently, to think outside the box, and to find solutions where none existed. We are lucky enough to work in an environment which exposes us to many technologies, such as containers, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Kafka and more. We have succeeded because we work together as a team, listening and learning from each other. And the team dynamics here is unique.
Most important for me, is the freedom and trust I receive from my managers. Once I take a task upon myself, I am counted upon to find the answers. I receive the room to find creative solutions to complex problems. And my managers, stand behind me 100%. Having worked at a few companies over the years, I can say that this is ‘not to be taken for granted’.
Bottom-line, ECI offers great opportunities to learn, enjoy, play (😊) and also develop using new technologies, new concepts, and new software patterns. We work in an open-minded, and truly ‘open’ environment.
In a world driven by instant satisfaction, we must make the underlying network more responsive, more dynamic. It’s no wonder that the industry has gone software and concepts such as SDN and NFV have become a reality. In this world, orchestration capabilities are key to better deal with complex infrastructures, complex requirements (network slicing) and complex service environments (such as the ability to deliver services across multiple Service Provider networks).
I have a lot of satisfaction from my work here. It was an honor, and still is, of driving a paradigm change in a company like ECI. I hope to continue to contribute to the company’s success for years to come.
|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.)?||Non-SP|
|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.