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James McInroe

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James is a member of the product leadership team promoting Nokia’s move into Software Defined Networking through its venture Nuage Networks. James has 25 years of experience in Information Technology with the last 16 years specifically focused on the telecommunications industry and the evolution of IP and Carrier Ethernet based network services. He joined Nokia in 1999 via the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent and has held General Manager, Business Development and Marketing roles covering both Vertical Market and Service Provider solutions in New Zealand and the United States. James’ current role includes the promotion of Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) solutions to Nokia customers in both the Service Provider and Enterprise markets around the world. In this role James leads the Nuage Networks Velocity program that assists Service Providers in the marketing aspects of SD-WAN to their clients. Helping them to understand the new market opportunities for network services as businesses all move towards the cloud. Prior to joining Nokia, James held various roles in Business Development, Technical Pre-Sales and IT networking roles in both Australia and New Zealand with companies including Fore Systems, Cabletron Systems and Telecom New Zealand.

Enterprise Digital Transformation in Action

There has been a lot of media coverage this year about the need for Enterprises to re-engineer their business practices through the adoption of a Digital Transformation strategy. In all cases there is a driving need to improve on the flow of information across the business regardless of the location of employees or the business applications those employees rely on to do their jobs.

An example of an Enterprise who has completely transformed their business via Digital Transformation is Ixom, a [...]

Revitalizing your Wide Area Network – Part 4

In part four of this blog I’ll continue the story on the evolution of SD-WAN from DIY to a mainstream managed service offering and on to the role SD-WAN plays in delivering the step change in business operation brought about by Enterprise Digital Transformation. Part one of the blog can be found here, part two here, and part three here.

Delivering the network for Enterprise Digital Transformation

With the adoption of the Cloud for mainstream IT there has been significant disruption acros [...]

Revitalizing your Wide Area Network – Part 3 of 4

In part three of this blog, I’ll continue the story on the evolution of SD-WAN from DIY to a mainstream managed service offering, part one can be found here and part two can be found here.

SD-WAN Managed Services

The second wave of SD-WAN deployments heralded a change in the delivery of Enterprise network services. Competition increased with a number of new challengers entering the market with innovative services that provided a management framework of both the WAN service and underlay c [...]

Revitalizing your Wide Area Network – Part 2 of 4

In part two of this blog I’ll continue the story on the evolution of SDN into the Enterprise WAN where we focus on the complexities of early SD-WAN implementations, part one can be found here.

Self-operating the SD-WAN Platform

To get maximum control of the new SD-WAN network, the Enterprise had to make the decision to run the network in-house and for many Enterprises this was a significant shift in their operating model.

Many Enterprises had shifted to an outsourced model for their W [...]

Nuage Networks at Connect Melbourne

Getting Connected in Melbourne

Last week I attended Australia’s largest technology expo in Melbourne Australia. The show was called Connect Expo and it brought eleven diverse technology areas under the same roof. Attendees could listen to world experts on such topics as cloud, big data, future health, connected education, digital marketing and UAV/drones…well I did say diverse… and I can vouch that if you put a drone the size of a car in a booth you generate a lot of foot traffic.

Nuage Networks supported the event w [...]

SDN in the Real World

Recently we commissioned Ben Kepes of GigaOM to write a paper on the status of SDN and its applicability to the real world of Enterprise networking.

The paper provides a good baseline on the current status of SDN, its market adoption and guidance on which areas that you should peek under the covers of to reveal the real benefits from the more elaborate ‘story’ that might be being promoted.

The paper is balanced, SDN is not all champagne and roses….. There are some hurdles that nee [...]

Hey, Nice Work, Nuage Networks!

We all love getting recognized for doing good, that happy feeling you get when someone says ‘nice work’; nothing beats it.

Striving for recognition is ingrained into us all. For most of us it harks back to our earliest days in school. Getting summoned to the front of the assembly for that gold star because you spelt buldoser correctly.

As we grow so does the desire to get the reinforcement that what you have created is recognized as leading the market. It's a proof point that your hard [...]

Is Network Virtualization the Leading Light of 2013?

As the marriage of "IT" and "IP" continues to take shape on the way to realizing the true promise of cloud services, the impact is being felt by all. One key talisman for the networking industry is LightReading and their annual Leading Lights awards, a benchmark on the hottest new products of the year. As Ethernet & SDN expo gets underway in the Big Apple, we are proud that our Virtualized Services Platform has been honored as a finalist in this year's Best New Telecom Product category al [...]