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Watch this space, 5G DevOps! Eficode makes a strategic investment

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Telecommunications (telco) is continuing to make digital leaps forward with software defined networks and automation for configuring and operating networks. Eficode has served the telco industry for close to 15 years, and now they are making a strategic investment.

On Tuesday 9 July, Eficode announced that they are putting their money where their mouth is by hiring a world leader in 5G DevOps to take DevOps to the telco industry worldwide. Eficode has worked with all the major players in Finland such as DNA, Nokia, and Elisa.

Nokia’s R&D Director joins Eficode

Eficode has hired Sami Anttila as its Vice President of 5G DevOps. Anttila has 20+ years of experience in telecommunications and has worked with very many of the major global operator over the course of his career. He was previously the Head of the DevOps Center of Excellence at Nokia. A ‘Center of Excellence’ is a best practice methodology which pushes the cultural and technological changes of DevOps into the far reaches of an organization. Most recently, Anttila held the position of R&D director in Nokia’s 5G network product development.

”We can now walk side by side with communication service providers on their digital transformation journey in this era of automation. Eficode has the world-leading DevOps capabilities, experience, and solutions to help telcos succeed. This is a track record you can trust,” comments Sami Anttila.

DevOps: where high tech meets business strategy

DevOps was created to solve the headaches of enterprise IT. Thanks to megatrends like virtualization and 5G deployment, the telco Cloud transformation is accelerating rapidly across the globe. The same DevOps techniques and methods that fueled the disruption of IT and enterprise business some time ago are only now opening up to the telco equipment and service business.

But cookie cutter DevOps is not what the telco industry needs. Instead, this era calls for unmatched technological expertise hand in hand with a deep understanding of customer business. Stringent regulations, a complex value chain, and distributed network topology are but a few factors that shape DevOps in telco into a unique sport.

“Combining the DevOps market leader position of Eficode with insightful telco capabilities is a winning combination. Our experienced telco team will be focusing on consulting and advising telcos on transformations that leads to results quickly,” tells Heikki Hämäläinen, Eficode’s Head of DevOps.

Eficode is planning to help telcos identify the right DevOps strategy including choosing a DevOps platform, or software production line, one which is fully integrated to their specific business environment. Test automation solutions, a key component of DevOps, and refined processes that will slash the long acceptance test cycles that have haunted telcos for years, will also be on the cards.

R&D developments at Eficode ROOT will set the stage. These will include end-to-end capabilities and features related to the telco network life cycle management and orchestration which fit into European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) ways of working and are based on Network functions virtualization (NFV) management and network orchestration protocol. From the initial set up to day-to-day operations, NFV management and network orchestration (MANO) is what fills the management role for software in the telco industry and where automation has the most to offer.

It’s exciting times for DevOps and the telco industry, with global communities more interconnected than ever before and expecting the fastest possible service. With this new investment, Eficode is poised to become the preferred partner in this space for Communication Service Providers.

A note from an Eficode telco client

“We wanted continuous integration (CI) and delivery (CD), which means a functional publishing pipeline and automation for developing code. An agile operational culture has been built around this pipeline, enabling tens of teams to function actively, without problems or system violations. As a result, our IT development has achieved both predictability and a high rate of change,” tells DNA’s change and release manager, Mikael Kuisma.

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About Eficode

Eficode is a DevOps, software, automation, and design company with offices in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany. Eficode is building the future of software development and digital services with almost 300 experts.

Since 2005, Eficode has been the trusted advisor of customers wanting to become better at creating software. The company was an early adopter of DevOps in Europe.

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What is Eficode ROOT?

Eficode ROOT DevOps Platform is a software production line which helps companies build software more efficiently.

Software production lines are a set of interconnected tools that software development teams use daily. New features and code changes move from tool to tool through all stages of building software, such as requirement management, version control, and quality assurance. Automation strips repetitive work from the process and reduces the risk of human error.

Eficode ROOT covers all the tools required by modern software development which can be pick and mixed to meet customer needs. Companies can outsource tooling maintenance and support, activities which distract many software developers from their daily work. We also host the tools. So that your software developers concentrate on creating value for your own customers.

You get centralized access control and real-time visibility of project status, quality, and performance thanks to Eficode ROOT integrations between the tools.

Eficode ROOT comes as a managed service (SaaS). Eficode ROOT experts can also help with other tooling needs.