7-3-2017

The 2017 Digital Edge 50 Award honors ALE Connected Products and Big Data Initiative

ALE is connecting  products and data to deliver new business model opportunities for partners and customers

ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, today announced it was named a 2017 Digital Edge 50 Award recipient for its innovative connected products data program. The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise initiative, internally titled Connected Products and Data Lake, was recognized for connecting IT with data, processes and people for improved internal efficiency, strengthened customer and channel partner relationships and new business models.  

By connecting digital infrastructure and the data extracted from it, ALE is leveraging new insights to deliver more informed business solutions and models that support ALE partner and customer’s digital business needs. 

The annual Digital Edge awards, co-sponsored by CIO and Computerworld, recognize digital initiatives driving customer engagement, higher sales conversions and new products, as well as revenue and profit growth.

How it works

Within the past year, ALE has made it a priority to enable and deliver connected products. ALE has enhanced its portfolio of networking and communications infrastructure products and internal IS/IT systems to automatically deliver relevant product and usage information to a cloud-based data lake. The stored data has then been mined to provide fast, accurate information to partners and customers, improving visibility, automating asset management and delivering proactive services. ALE has been working with its partners and end customers to develop new innovative offerings leveraging the mined data:

  • ALE has piloted three analytics based solutions with customers creating real-time proactive maintenance detection and asset and system resources inventory reports to help track service.
  • ALE created a networking infrastructure pay-per-use model with the Network on Demand solution, a first of its kind on the market to share the risk of investment with the customer.
  • New insights enable Channel Partners to provide remote maintenance via connected ALE products and the data they deliver, resulting in savings of time and operational maintenance from Partners’ support staff.
  • ProActive Lifecycle Management helps minimize risk to the network due to outdated operating system, end of support hardware, and service contracts. As a cloud-based service application, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Business Partners and customers are able to see Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise switches and controllers on a customer’s network through a single, secure web portal
  • A management bird’s eye view also support Channel Partners’ OmniPCX® Office installed based to quickly recognize maintenance needs, inventory and upsell opportunities.

Quotes

Jacques Goudet, CIO, ALE said, “This innovative project brings a complete 360° view of infrastructure assets, capacity and performance to customers and partners managing LAN, WLAN or VoIP solutions. We achieved these insights from the data pool by aggregating information gathered from connected products and the intelligence embedded within our Information Systems.  The true value comes from the insights delivered from the data, analytics and dashboards, optimizing the costs, usage and obsolescence of LAN and VoIP infrastructure.” 
Anne McCrory, Digital Edge program chair and group vice president of customer experience and operations for IDG Enterprise Events said, “The complexity and scale of the initiatives in the Digital Edge 50 show how quickly organizations are progressing to the next phase of digital transformation. They are taking advantage of new capabilities, such as AI and deep machine learning, to enhance their mobile and analytics practices worldwide. They are finding dramatic results from the cloud, and serving customers in faster and more elegant ways. Their adoption of agile, extreme programming and completely reworked business processes show how even the most traditional businesses can go big with digital with the right vision and leadership.”

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise will participate in the Digital Edge 50 award ceremony at the AGENDA17 Conference, which takes place from March 20–22, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

About Digital Edge 50 Award

The Digital Edge 50 Award is a recognized honor of digital innovation. Through digital technologies such as mobile, analytics, AI, the Internet of Things and cloud, award winners see business results that indicate a true “digital edge.” Selected by a panel of industry experts and business and technology executives, winning applications are driving greater customer engagement, higher sales conversions and new products, as well as revenue and profit growth.

About CIO

CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders. The CIO portfolio -- CIO.com, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, events, strategic marketing services and research -- provides business technology leaders with analysis, insight and an understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at idgenterprise.com. Follow CIO events on Twitter: @CIOevents #Agenda17

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading IT media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value from core to edge technologies. IT solution providers can engage Computerworld's senior IT audience through computerworld.com, focused events, strategic marketing services and research. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at idgenterprise.com. Follow Computerworld events on Twitter: @CWevents #Agenda17

About Us

We are ALE. Our mission is to make everything connect to create the customized technology experiences customers need.  From your office, the cloud or in combination, we deliver networking and communications that work for your people, processes and customers. A heritage of innovation and dedication to customer success has made ALE an essential provider of enterprise networking, communications and services to over 830,000 customers worldwide. With global reach and local focus, more than 2200 employees and 2900+ partners serve over 50 countries marketed under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand.

Wanneer alles op de juiste manier met elkaar in verbinding staat zullen mensen, teams, kennis en uw hele onderneming beter samenwerken. Het is een simpel maar toch krachtig concept. Zo werken wij.

Jack Chen, CEO, ALE

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