Get a Taste of What Kandy Can do for You and Your Customers
David Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer of GENBAND
Everything in the communications industry is changing – again. Today, GENBAND is formally launching Kandy and after opening this powerful “Platform-as-a-Service” to a handful of our partners as part of an “early access” program, tonight we will be sharing their applications, which will prove to the world that communicating in real-time will never be the same. Those partners include massive companies like SAP, IBM and Tech Mahindra, as well as smaller start-up companies. Common among them are the attributes of vision, creativity and an understanding that how human beings and their machines communicate in real-time will be driven by a new ecosystem, and an API as well as APPs economy – and exchange.
I started in telecom over thirty years ago, in the financial markets, just as the Internet became much bigger than its ARPA roots, and just as IP communications was emerging and then bursting towards a massive disruption of traditional “telco.” As it turned out, I was working on Wall Street, building trading floors, immersed in some of the most complex and mission-critical communications systems on the planet. Exchanges were growing at a dramatic rate, as were alternative exchanges and new “Electronic Communication Networks.”
In the process of getting my job done back in the early 1990s, which was to support traders who wanted more and more of everything to be able to thrive during the “boom,” not only voice communications but market data, news, and collaboration and negotiation platforms, I figured out that with IP and voice “as data,” there was a simpler way to move information in real-time less expensively and more reliably. Turns out there were also more creative ways to connect people that the IP revolution opened up.
Around the time I wanted to continue building a new company, I started (IXnet) and took it public with another trading communications technology company we merged with (IPC), I met a very interesting fellow entrepreneur who started a company called MXnet – Paul Pluschkell. Long story short, we hit it off and shared a very similar vision, so my company acquired his company, and Paul led the “leading edge” initiative and created an incredibly powerful platform bringing the buy side, sell side, exchanges, news and market data companies together over a common IP platform called “Liquidity”. The name refers to the outcome traders and trading firms wanted – a liquid market where buying and selling could flow freely and fairly.
Paul’s vision was as radical as mine, and we took the company public in 1999, and sold it in 2000 to Global Crossing for nearly $4 billion.
Fast forward to this time last year, September 2013, when Paul sold yet another company he had started up, Spigit (now part of Mindjet) and appropriately Spigit was a software platform that brought people and teams together in Fortune 500 companies to draw out the best ideas through a “social” approach. When I learned Paul was a “free agent” again, it was clear that it was time for us to work together again. Not surprisingly, it took Paul about a New York minute to grasp GENBAND’s vision including the recent acquisition of fring we had announced a few weeks earlier.
In January, Paul came on board and this evening he and his team, who have been working night and day with the rest of the GENBAND team, will formally launch Kandy – not just a Platform-as-a-Service, but an Outcome-as-a-Service platform.
Why Focus on Outcomes?
With a continuing deluge of possibilities, oceans of content, multiple channels for communicating with others – what is the next frontier in our “software everywhere” communications industry?
It all comes down to context: and being at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and a righteous platform.
Let’s think about this from the vantage points of different participants in a retail scenario:
That’s just one example of right place – right time – and right people. And success impacts outcomes – for everybody.
So where does the “righteous platform” fit in?
The speed with which applications are now being developed, and the impact they are having on business models and the success of enterprises and organization is stunning. This is why there is no time like the present to connect with software development platforms – platforms-as-a-service – that give developers the tools to build, and the service capabilities to go quickly and with less risk into the market. Kandy is all that, and more.
I am incredibly proud today to be part of this movement and of the Kandy team, as we blast off with our “second stage rocket” after a tremendously successful soft launch last June at GENBAND’s customer event, Perspectives 14, last June.
With a strong vision for how we will contextually and creatively communicate going forward, a strong, growing and profitable business and board backing us, Kandy is something of a “start-up”, fully supported by over 2,000 people around the world in GENBAND, who have served hundreds of the top communications service providers and global enterprises in transforming their networks for the last 15 years.
Our vision is big – really big – but we know we are already succeeding, even though we are only formally just launching. Why? Because the developers we’ve been working with, hand-in-hand, are coming out with amazing applications as validation that the right time – is now.
Join us! Get access at kandy.io, tweet me at @walshgenband and if you happen to be joining us tonight, you will see for yourself how real – and really cool – Kandy is.