The approval of the $26.5 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger by a federal court in New York opens the gates for a long awaited deal close. Contested by thirteen US states as a marriage that would water down competition and cause harm to the consumer, the transaction is expect to create a formidable third telecommunications player in the US market. The hopes and fears associated with the combined company will depend on thoughtful integration and realization of compelling synergies that could substantially change the competitive dynamic of the US telecommunications industry.
neXt Curve was in Nice, France attending the premier global event for digital transformation in the telecommunications industry held from May 14th through May 16th and hosted by TM Forum. Leading vendors and operators converged to discuss what it will take help the telecom industry reinvent itself and aid telecom service providers in becoming digital service providers. Now that 5G has arrived in select markets around the globe, the pressure is on for telecom operators to transform their operating models to capture the value promised by the next generation network.
There is a lot of noise today about the use of Agile in digital business. In my experience leading Agile development projects, helping early “eBanks” innovate their web development and operations and advising some of the leading digital enterprises today with their transformation and innovation initiatives, I have come to realize that there is an fundamental misunderstanding of Agile as it pertains to “digital business.” Furthermore, there is a pervasive misconception that Agile practices somehow translate into business agility and adaptability. Not true.