Summary of TADSummit EMEA Americas Week 1 (2-6th Nov)

This weblog summarises the presentations given during TADSummit EMEA Americas Week 1. Thank you to all the presenters and our sponsors: Automat BerlinGoContactRadisys, and Sangoma for making TADSummit possible.

The week kicked off with an Invited Keynote: Engaging Developers Steven Goodwin, Award-winning CTO, author, keynote speaker, and developer.

I can not recommend more highly spending the time to listen to Steven’s presentation. I run TADHack, I help a diversity of businesses engage with many different types of developers around the world. The core issues are well-addressed in Steven’s presentation. Steven has supported TADHack for many years. He is not from the telecom industry, rather a hard-core developer, his advice is excellent.

Next came the Serverless and RTC panel I’m proud to have been part of where the following thought-leaders discussed why RTC adoption of serverless is lagging other industries, what it means wrt industry competitiveness, and ways to overcome those barriers.

  • Tim Panton, Co-founder and CTO at Pipe
  • João Camarate Silva, Founder & CTO GoContact
  • Simon Woodhead, CEO Simwood
  • Jason Berryman, Freelance Google Cloud Architect and Google Developers Expert at
  • Sebastian Schumann, Network Production Development, Technology & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom
  • Marten Schoenherr, CEO/Founder at Automat Berlin GmbH

Each panelist kicked off a quick 5 (or so) min intro to their views on the topic. You can review them in this Serverless Opinions weblog.  It’s a great resource, and well-worth your time.

At TADSummit we try to keep it real, not giving-in to the incessant BS, to help people make decisions that are best for them.  In the Sangoma Keynote, Jim Machi gave our fastest keynote presentation (12 minutes) setting out a vision for the mid-market in programmable communications. As well as some interesting tidbits on what he’s seeing with customers through the pandemic.

Last year Miles Cheetham gave an excellent presentation at TADSummit EMEA 2019 on challenges and opportunities facing the banking industry, while he was Head of Propositions at OPEN BANKING. He’s back to present on Open Banking…Energy…Telecom.  In this presentation he reviews the success of open banking, with 273 new providers (think 3rd party developers) with over 2 million customers. I’m a fan of what Miles has achieved in Open Banking as a template for open telecoms. If only there was a why to make Open Telecom happen…

An interesting concept Miles brings up are provisioning chains. How customer data can be used across multiple parties in delivering a service. He also mentioned joined up thinking across customer data silos using mental health as an example. But that could equally apply to security / reputation, which we discussed in the interview with Amandine Le Pape and Matthew Hodgson, The Foundation, as the UK government tries to break end to end encryption again…

Some may question why we’re talking about open banking, energy, data in the programmable telecoms event. They’re very much connected as its all centered on the customer.

We wrap-up TADSummit EMEA Americas Week 1 with the Radisys keynote presentation from Adnan Saleem, CTO Software and Cloud Solutions, Gamifying the User’s Journey and the CSPs Service Offering. Adnan managed to give a great presentation, demo and Q&A, all within 23 mins, well done!