As I prepared for this year’s Microsoft TechEd event in Bangalore, I read new CEO Satya Nadella’s comment that “Microsoft Loves Linux” with curiosity and skepticism. It’s not the first time Microsoft has professed interest in open source, but we’ve never heard this kind of statement from BillG or Steve B. I was curious to see whether this love was real – and whether Satya was able to convince die-hard Microsoft folks to change their heart and their views on open source technologies.

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The OpenDaylight community has launched its much awaited software release, the Helium, an upgrade to its former OpenDaylight controller called Hydrogen. A detailed look at the features introduced in Helium makes it clear that the community is targeting to fill the gaps left by the previous deployment in various networks. Many OEMs and Service Providers are embracing the OpenDaylight Hydrogen release to primarily develop Proof of Concept (PoC) solutions.

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Each month, I meet probably 10-20 customers from all over the globe. Sometimes I’m there to talk about projects we’re working on together; but most of the time I’m there to listen. We hear directly from R&D leaders worldwide about some fundamental shifts in the networking, telecom, semiconductor, software, and internet sectors.

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For more than 20 years, Aricent has been at the forefront of software-powered innovations for communications, including the world’s first frame relay networks, the first WiMax and “small cell” base stations, the first in-flight WiFi service, the first frameworks for software-defined networking, etc.

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Every time there’s a discussion on disruption in the industry, I’m reminded of a time I was visiting Bangalore. It was about eight years ago and I was working for IBM. We wanted to make a really big statement about how important India was to us. So we rented the palace grounds, erected a building in the grounds, got all the production bells and whistles and invited all of the 10,000 local employees to attend. We even hooked up satellites and connected an additional 40,000 employees so they could participate.

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the Zinnov Confluence conference in Bangalore, where I was able to meet representatives from some of the leading multinational companies in technology, communications and manufacturing.

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