William S Greene

      Writer, Pipeline Magazine

      William S Greene is universally known by the nickname ‘Wedge’. Wedge Greene is a customer focused, strategic business analyst and IT technology architect with twenty-five years experience spanning executive technical roles in the IT for Defense, Supply Chain, and Telecommunications Industries. Wedge is comfortable recruiting and leading teams of 5 to 50 highly capable staff. Walking in the door, he supplies innovation leadership for organizations needing improvement in IT and communications.

      Over his career, Mr. Greene was fortunate to be involved in the early introduction of many communications technologies, networks, support system innovations, and software architecture advancements. He participated in the full lifecycle (standards, design, & deployments) of the original rollouts of data network technologies including: switched circuit data networks, Frame Relay networks, ATM/cell networks, the commercialization of the internet, the earliest hosting and eCommerce services, multimedia networks, integrated international data networks, advanced intelligent data services, Next Generation Networks (NGN), SIP, IMS and 3GPP. He participated in most advances of telecom support system architectures over the last 15 years including SNMP management, automated collection and reporting systems, automated provisioning, vertical OSS integration, horizontal OSS/BSS integration, near-real-time OSS, QoS, tML, NGOSS, service package provisioning, BOSS and finally Autonomic Networks and Autonomic Communications. Wedge advances the industrial use of distributed computing, internet middleware, component architectures, BPM, collaboration, virtualization, SOA, comprehensive security, and business service grids.

      Wedge is the co-inventor of the Service Ecosystem, the trans-enterprise SOA service grid. He is the initiator of the TeleManagement Forum’s (TMF) program of New Generation Operations Support Systems (NGOSS) and Fine Grain NGOSS. He sat on the TMForum board of directors from 1999-2002 and served as a Board Advisor to the TMForum until 2007. Patents cover aspects of globally distributed computer systems, Operation Support Systems (OSS), rapid response work teams, survivable application networks, global shared service architecture, distributed interworking services with use of mobile agents and security gateways.

      As part of a program to save several billion $ in annual operating expenses for MCI WorldCom; proposed, invented, led development, and proved feasibility of a revolutionary approach to system integration and network management. NewWave was the architecture and transform plan prior to the WorldCom bankruptcy, a funded $300MM, 5 year NGOSS plan.

      Appointed and then elected to the TMForum Board of Directors, Wedge piloted the reinvention of its technical program. Helped appoint a CEO who lasted two decades. Participated in creating new bylaws to restructure forum governance. Participated in organizational and financial restructuring. Founded and shepherded the TMF’s Fine Grain NGOSS Catalyst which provided real-time demonstrations of the most advanced operations support and network management ever shown, integrating hardware and software from 16 companies.

      As a well known business and technology analyst, Wedge provides client underwritten articles for Pipeline Publications. He serves as an executive consultant on technical Advisory Boards and is an occasional advisor to Venture Capitalists & Investment Banks.

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      EXFO’s Three-phase Path for Transitioning to NFV

      By: William S Greene | Category: Network and service monitoring, SDN/NFV, Test orchestration | Posted date: 2016-12-20 | Views: 4515

      From its conception, Pipeline Magazine has been helping telecom operators transform by leveraging more open and automated systems. We’re proud to be recognized for championing industry innovation in communications support systems. It is not just our mission, it gets us excited; and when excited, we want to tell people why. That’s why we started to explore software-defined networks years before it was encoded in Network Function Virtualization (NFV). We believe the future lies in autonomic networks. So when we heard that EXFO was offering virtualized network test functions, we investigated. What we found is an exciting and well-reasoned approach to realizing DevOps in the ICT industry.

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