Accanto Systems Appoints Former IBM Worldwide Telco Lead as Its Chief Technology Officer

Helsinki, Finland, 25 May 2016, Accanto Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Naughton, former Head of IBM’s Telco Software Business, as Chief Technology Officer. Naughton brings over 20 years’ experience combining software and product strategy with a track record of innovation and transformation in the Telco industry; most recently shaping IBM’s software portfolio for Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and founding industry initiatives such as ETSI’s Mobile Edge Computing. Naughton’s appointment is a testament to Accanto’s rapid growth and its move to become the market leader in network analytics.

As CTO, Naughton will lead the strategy and evolution of Accanto’s Network Middleware and Analytics capabilities into the emerging NFV space, leveraging Accanto’s customer analytics to automate the orchestration of network tasks that deliver immediate customer benefit. On his appointment, Naughton comments, “The flexibility of software defined networking and virtual networks brings significant automation and agility opportunities to Service Providers. Accanto’s iCEM platform is in a great position to provide the trusted control that Service Providers need in order to implement their automation strategies at their pace.”

Naughton’s experience of both Telco and IT industries which brings a deep knowledge of Operator requirements, combined with experience in driving state of the art in IT technology, provides a unique perspective on how an Operator could transform their business through technology. Naughton continues, “Accanto’s technology foundation and the wealth of experience in the team is uniquely positioned to help customers take advantage of NFV; Accanto has already extended it’s big data and analytics with a trusted policy that is uniquely designed around network engineering and operations, so it’s an exciting time to join the company.”

With Accanto’s analytics offering for Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) fully launched earlier this month at TM Forum Live! at the Acropolis in Nice, France, Naughton will play a key role in further developing the offering and demonstrating the true business value it brings.

Naughton adds, “The business case for NFV is to drive cost and agility benefits through automation, and our goal is to provide the tools Service Providers need to manage this automation at their pace. Starting with assurance, customer expectations are being met to the automation of actions that heal network issues before they are customer impacting.”

Jarkko Multanen, CEO, Accanto Systems, concludes, “We are thrilled to have Brian on board. His career achievements and experience matches that of Accanto’s perfectly; complementing our excellence in applying IT innovation to drive business value in the Service Provider community. We are excited to embark on this new chapter for Accanto together helping our customers as they transform their businesses with NFV.”