Update with JDSU CEO Tom Waechter

5/27/2015 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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As the upcoming separation of JDSU into two new companies draws closer, I met with CEO Tom Waechter to get an update on major accomplishments that have happened since our last video update in December.

Since that time, the future companies have been named Viavi and Lumentum, new logos have been revealed, and the respective leadership teams and staff members for each organization have been identified. Employees across JDSU have also been working diligently to separate out processes and systems while continuing to focus on their day-to-day responsibilities.  It’s an admirable amount of work and I can tell you that everyone is eager to hit the ground running once the two new companies are launched.

Since Tom will continue on as CEO of Viavi, I asked him to provide an overview of what the standalone business will look like:

-Viavi will be a combination of the current NSE and OSP business units at JDSU.

-The company will represent almost $1B in annual revenue.

-It will be headquartered in Milpitas, CA.

-Viavi will have 3,000+ employees and more than 40 offices globally.

In our interview, Tom talks about the big trends that Viavi will support, including helping network customers navigate the high degree of complexity that big data is causing so that they are armed with clear and actionable insight to help their customers create new services and optimize their networks. Viavi will also continue to provide technology from its OSP group to help fight the battle against counterfeiting.

Tom also highlights some recent wins for the business, including NSE deals with British Telecom and Softbank and the use of OSP pigments by Lincoln on a new edition of their luxury vehicles.

In closing, Tom expresses sincere appreciation to employees for all of their efforts to facilitate the separation while keeping a focus on our customers.​
  
 

 

Update with CCOP President Alan Lowe

5/27/2015 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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I recently spoke to Alan Lowe, president of the CCOP business segment at JDSU and CEO-designate of the planned spinoff company for an update.

Since our last video update in December, the company has been named Lumentum, initial processes required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to become a separate and publicly-traded company have been filed, the future company’s stock ticker has been identified as “LITE”, and the executive team has been identified.​

Alan also provides a snapshot of what the Lumentum business will look like:

-The company will represent almost $800M in annual revenue.

-There will be more than 1,600 employees and 8 offices around the globe.

-The company will continue its focus leadership and momentum in Telecom, Datacom and Lasers.

Alan also addresses positive comments some analysts have made about the Commercial Lasers group becoming a key attribute to Lumentum after the spin, highlighting the strong partnership with Amada as one of the key factors.

In closing,  Alan thanks his leadership team for their responsiveness in keeping employees informed and focused during the separation and expresses strong excitement about the upcoming separation.​

 
 
 

 

Video's Rapid Change - An Inside Look

5/26/2015 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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The following blog post is by David Hering, product line manager at JDSU.
 
Video use continues to change rapidly as more people demand to view it anytime, anywhere, and on any device. While more convenient for viewers, it leaves network operators with a serious problem to solve. How can they offer high-quality video services when they lack control of the end device, the location, and, in some cases, the network it travels through?
 
The days of dedicated video networks are waning as operators converge traditional linear video networks with data networks to keep up with demand. Data networks are better suited for on-demand video, but these services are unpredictable and can create massive traffic volume swings, straining networks carrying an operator’s multiscreen video services.
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"These new software-based networks are cheaper to operate and they can change their characteristics in real time to meet the needs of today’s video viewers." - JDSU's David Hering
 
To make matters worse, competitors like Netflix and YouTube use operator networks and mine data regarding service provider performance. This information is then published to viewers, even to the point of ranking service providers or qualifying them for standard definition or high definition. To remain competitive, operators need better visibility into viewers’ quality of experience (QoE) now more than ever before.
 
These issues have created a challenge for operators, as current networks are hardware-based with specific hardware trying to solve quality issues reactively. The fact that video changes on a network in real time means hardware-based solutions cannot keep up with the needs of today’s content providers. Operators can either build out their networks to handle heavy peaks, or they can design agile networks that can scale immediately.
 
This last problem is the key to solving the video issues that operators face. In order to make their networks less costly and more efficient, many operators have begun moving away from hardware-based to virtualized networks. These new software-based networks are cheaper to operate and they can change their characteristics in real time to meet the needs of today’s video viewers.
 
The only piece missing is a software-based video-monitoring solution that can monitor the video—regardless of its source—from its origination point all the way to the viewer’s device. Such a solution, known as video service assurance (VSA), is now available with continued development that will give network operators detailed visibility into video service quality. VSA works across different access networks, including Ethernet, xDSL, fiber, HFC, WiFi, 3G, and 4G LTE, so operators can monitor video quality in any network used to access videos. VSA works by placing software agents throughout a network that can qualify video service at different locations, even to the end device. By combining real-time end user QoE data with quality measurements made at different points in the network, trending issues are quickly identified and fixed before they become major problems. 
 
For the first time, network operators can gain real-time control of the video quality running throughout all of their networks. This capability will provide better video quality for viewers and will allow operators to increase revenue by offering new products to viewers and premium SLAs to content providers that rely on these networks to reach their customers. Finally, because VSA solutions are software-based, they can help operators reduce monitoring costs as they continue to virtualize their networks.
 
[Reminder: Working with the largest digital and communications service providers from around the world, JDSU is participating in several Catalyst programs and speaking panels - including “Ensuring the Best Multi-Screen Customer Experience" -  at TM Forum Live! in Nice, France (June 1 – 4).]
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David Hering manages JDSU products used to monitor and troubleshoot video services from ingest to the end user.  Joining JDSU in 2006 David leverages more than 20 years of test and measurement experience to enable visibility to all parts of the delivery chain including headends, IP transport, access, as well as home networks and devices

 

Industry Spotlight: Value-Added Visibility Optimizes Quality

5/20/2015 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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The following blog post is by JDSU’s Tara Van Unen, strategic marketing manager.
JDSU firmly believes in the power of global collaboration and the role of visibility to optimize quality and cost for dynamic networks and services.
That’s because, in today’s environment, delivering dynamic networks and differentiated services requires a more holistic, real-time view of end-to-end network performance, service performance, and customer experience.
Among many initiatives and programs in which JDSU is closely involved, we have collaborated with service providers and ecosystem partners to demonstrate the power of value-added visibility in optimizing the quality, efficiency and profitability of next-gen networks and services − including what will be showcased at TM Forum Live in Nice, France (June 1 – 4).
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Over 500 companies and 300 CxOs are expected to attend the flagship conference that aims to guide communications service providers and technology suppliers through their successful digital transformations. 
Our year-long engagement within strategic projects and working groups in the TM Forum has culminated in our participation in four catalyst project demonstrations, which are rapid-fire proof-of-concept projects that bring together an ecosystem of vendors to create innovative solutions for key service provider challenges and opportunities. The projects, which are each empowered by innovative visibility and intelligence from JDSU, include:
  • Maximizing Profitability with NFV Orchestration (Project Champions: AT&T and NTT) 
  • Operations Transformation and Simplifications Enabled by vCPE (Project Champions: AT&T, Orange and Telecom Italia)
  • Ensuring the Best Multi-Screen Customer Experience (Project Champions: Orange and Microsoft)
  • Analytics Big Data Repository (Project Champions: China Unicom, Cox, Mediacom, MTS, Orange and China Mobile)
      JDSU is also proud to have provided many contributions to industry reference documents and proof-of-concept demonstrations in the TM Forum ZOOM (Zero-Touch Orchestration, Operations and Management) and Customer Experience Management projects, particularly in the areas of network function virtualization, service assurance and data analytics. Technology experts from JDSU will be sharing key learnings and case studies from industry and customer engagements in the conference presentations and panels at the event, including:
 
·         Tuesday, 4:15pm, Managing NFV & SDN Summit: “State of the Union – Update on TM Forum’s ZOOM project and major achievements -- JDSU Panelist: Alistair Scott, CTO Office for Assurance & Analytics
·         Wednesday,  11:15am, Customer Centricity Summit:  Analytics Lead Customer Engagement -- JDSU Chair: Per Kangru, CTO Office for Assurance & Analytics
·         Wednesday, 4:15pm, Customer Centricity Summit “Real-time access to data and insights for growth” -- JDSU Presenter: Michael Orzessek, Director of Solution Consulting
 

The innovation and value JDSU is demonstrating is in the spirit of Viavi, following our planned upcoming company separation (see here).  Derived from the word “via,” meaning way and “vision”, the Viavi brand reflects the unique ability to deliver the visibility and actionable insight needed to profitably manage the complex transition to next generation networks and services.    

For more information about JDSU’s catalyst projects check-out the recent article in Vanilla Plus magazine here.
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Tara Van Unen, JDSU strategic marketing manager, is actively involved in initiatives such as TM Forum Catalyst Program to promote the power of visibility to optimize quality and cost for dynamic networks and services.

 

 

JDSU Earns 'Vendor of the Year' Honors – Butler & Ireland

3/30/2015 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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“In 2014 (JDSU) brought new innovative solutions to the market place alongside technical and commercial support that simply was world-class…our JDSU colleagues were quite simply fantastic,” Aaron Joyce, Group Business Development Director for Butler Transtest. 
 
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Just a couple weeks removed from St. Patrick’s Day, thought it was time to share the good news. We experienced a bit of Erin Go Braugh recently (Ireland forever!) Or, put another way, Luck o’ the Irish came our way.  
 
A key partner for us to help create an effective, first-rate sales footprint in Ireland is Butler Group.  Butler has a great history - since 1997 they have provided secure communications, test and measurement systems and components to communications and electronic sectors.
 
To give an idea of how well we collaborate with Butler Transtest, they recently selected JDSU as Vendor of the Year!  
 
Butler held a dinner event to present the award at Beckett’s Hotel in Lucan near Dublin.  The hotel is the former family home of Samuel Becket the Irish author, poet and Nobel literature laureate.  That’s good company!   Author’s note: I am from a long line of Byrne family from County Cork, who traveled from Ireland to Baltimore, Maryland where the Tylor’s eventually rooted in the DC-area.
 
Andy Seath, JDSU Channel Sales Manager for UK, Ireland, Nordics and Israel let me know all about the award. And, we get perspective from Aaron Joyce, Butler’s Group Business Development Director.
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Picture: Aaron Joyce, Business Development Director at Butler Transtest, presenting the award to Andy Seath at Beckett’s Hotel near Dublin.
 
Congratulations on winning Vendor of the Year.  How long has JDSU worked with Butler Transtest?
 
JDSU has worked with Butler Transtest since 1998, 17-years. 

What product lines do they help to sell – what are the typical challenges we’re helping to resolve?
 
JDSU does not have an in country presence in Ireland, so Butler is essentially JDSU Ireland. They represent almost all of the product lines from portables to systems. Over the years, they have grown incrementally adding new lines, technologies and offerings to best serve the Irish market. Their strong technical capability, close local relationships and well-deserved reputation as a trusted advisor add tremendous value to the JDSU world class portfolio.
 
What are the big communications trends in Ireland where our network and service enablement solutions are gaining traction?   
 
The deployment of fiber broadband networks in addition to the deployment of LTE/4G are big drivers of communications activities in Ireland presently, as is the proliferation of datacenters and  from  many of the world’s leading global software and internet companies. 
 
How is the Irish communications market overall from your perspective?
 
Very positive – the Irish market suffered during the recent economic difficulties, but the investment in communications infrastructure has continued, and the pace only appears to be quickening. There are many challenges for operators.  JDSU in partnership with Butler Transtest help operators with network agility and capability, delivering important improvements such as greater broadband speeds or faster delivery of services via fixed and mobile networks. 
 
Now Aaron Joyce, Group Business Development Director for Butler Transtest, thanks for your time. Some questions for you.
 
JDSU is very proud to have been selected as “Vendor of the Year.”  How did Butler Transtest go about evaluating vendor of the year honors?  How many other vendors were in the running?
 
Butler Transtest represents a number of global high quality companies selling into the Irish marketplace. Every year we short-list our vendors, or partners as we like to call them. We use set criteria including: responsiveness, innovation, ease of doing business, support structures, competitiveness, quality of offerings. 
 
What were some of the reasons for selecting JDSU? 
 
JDSU has continuously scored very well year-on-year, however in 2014 they brought new innovative solutions to the market place with technical and commercial support that simply was world-class. When we had to meet customer deadlines, with solutions that worked first-time and delivered real business benefits, our JDSU colleagues were quite simply fantastic. 
  
What are some of the big communications trends in Ireland where test and measurement solutions are playing a role?
 
We have seen significant growth in fiber infrastructure (FTTx), the location and expansion of a number of large-scale datacentres, alongside significant mobile network upgrades and mergers. We are delivering innovative new solutions for service activation and performance monitoring across networks. Our customers in Ireland are demanding Customer Experience Assurance solutions that are scalable and cost effective – and, JDSU’s xSIGHT™ platform puts us in prime position to leverage this exciting opportunity. 

 

MWC 2015 Video: Virtualization by Frost & Sullivan, Big Data from Hitachi Data Systems

3/3/2015 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Day two of the largest worldwide mobile event of the year and it's still clicking on all cylinders. Apart from a busy line up promoting our own mobile technology innovation updates, we're hearing from a variety of influencers in the communications industry.  Getting the latest lowdown made for another good day of video blogging.
 
In Barcelona, more than just tasty tapas and lavishly decorated exhibit stands, it's also about the undeniable popularity of virtualization and big data. Sure, these are familiar themes...the thing is, they just keep getting more intense.
 
Olga Shapiro, a lead analyst at Frost & Sullivan, succinctly sums up key highlights in the virtualization market.
 
 
 
Big data is as strong as ever for Hitachi Data Systems. Here, Ravi Chalaka, vice president of worldwide solutions and social innovation marketing, gets to the point of where we are and what's being done about it.
 
 
 
Thanks to Olga and Ravi for your timely insights!

 

 

MWC 2015 Video: Real-Time Analytics, Workforce Efficiency & Why They Matter

3/3/2015 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Hola! On the heels of our exciting announcement last week, filing our Form 10 and introducing new company names – where JDSU’s network and service enablement, along with Optical Security and Performance Products (OSP), will be renamed Viavi by the time of the separation - the mobile industry’s largest global event was eagerly awaiting in Barcelona.  This week, we’re currently exhibiting our latest network and service enablement innovations at Mobile World Congress. Oh, and actively video blogging!
 
True to the spirit of Viavi, which meansthrough visibility’ and is very much poised to provide solutions for end-to-end network and application visibility from instruments, software and services with greater focus and agility, Tara Van Unen, strategic marketing manager, talks to me on-site about what real-time analytics is all about, and brings to light why it matters so much in the era of virtualized networks and other technologies.
 
 
 
 
In another brief interview from the showroom floor, Susan Schramm, vice president of sales effectiveness and global channels explained to me that, when it comes to NFV, SDN and VoLTE, the complexity not only applies to the technology, “but also the people.” She observes, “The workforce of the future will have to be a lot more efficient and more agile to be able to create the type of customer experience they’re looking for."
 
 
 
Please be sure to follow our social media feeds, including Twitter, for updates and observations from the mobile capital of the world!   
 

 

NFV & More: Key Findings of JDSU's Popular Webinar Series

3/2/2015 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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JDSU recently hosted a successful three-part webinar series "End-User Quality of Experience Testing" with RFC 6349 TrueSpeed™ VNF.  In this blog post, the team is pleased to present the webinar recordings for a look at how communications service providers can resolve customers’ poor network performance complaints faster with TrueSpeed, the JDSU RFC 6349 implementation—the industry standard for measuring TCP throughput. The demos illustrate how TrueSpeed tests run from both the TrueSpeed VNF and portable T-BERD®/MTS test instruments to identify and resolve service problems from an initial customer care-based screening to coaching end users in optimizing their shaper settings.
 
Part 1: Sue Rudd from Strategy Analytics describes how changes in the mobile access network and the advent of network function virtualization (NFV) demand new techniques for end-to-end monitoring and service assurance with new   Layer 4 testing approaches. Michael Bangert from JDSU introduces TrueSpeed VNF, the first virtual RFC 6349 testing solution, and describes how it meets these requirements.
 
 
 
 
Part 2: JDSU's Rachel Weston and Barry Constantine dive deeply into the RFC 6349 test methodology and present several use cases and trouble scenarios where TrueSpeed testing removes confusion and helps to resolve customer complaints using both virtualized TrueSpeed VNF and physical T-BERD/MTS instruments.
 
 
 
 
Part 3: JDSU's Rachel and Barry investigate an advanced TCP testing scenario emphasizing cases where traffic shaping and traffic policing interact and sometimes cause a very poor end-user experience.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Takeaways
 
How soon will operators need to move to new test and monitoring for NFV/SDN?
 
Trials and early field deployments will occur everywhere in 2015 with large-scale commercial deployment in 2016 on. NFV/SDN is vital to lowering operators’ total cost of operations (TCO) and preserving profitability
as prices fall. NFV/SDN not only is ‘nice to have,’ shifting to these new processes is essential to operators’ survival.
 
How is TrueSpeed VNF different from T-BERD/MTS TrueSpeed?
 
TrueSpeed tests run from T-BERD/MTS portable instruments and TrueSpeed VNF uses identical test methodologies following RFC 6349 to provide identical results and uses identical built-in intelligence to identify
the root causes  of network problems.  The primary difference between TrueSpeed VNF and portable test instruments is that, as a virtual solution, TrueSpeed VNF enables remote customer care-based testing that
can perform an RFC 6349 test in less than 5 minutes without dispatching a technician for zero-man-out testing!
 
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If a network problem requiring a dispatch is found, interoperability between TrueSpeed VNF and portable T-BERD/MTS test instruments can be used to repeat tests between hardware-reliable instruments and the TrueSpeed VNF instance or between two test instruments for maximum testing flexibility that requires sectionalization.
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What are TrueSpeed’s advantages over other freeware TCP test applications?
 
TrueSpeed was designed as a carrier-grade TCP test that can measure end-user quality of experience to RFC 6349 specifications. As such, it offers many important advantages relative to other nonstandard TCP tests such as:
 
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How can I use TrueSpeed in customer care applications?
 
The following one-minute video illustrates the TrueSpeed VNF workflow for customer care use cases.
 
 
 
For more details please see the application note.
 
What types of problems does TrueSpeed find?
 
RFC 6349-based TrueSpeed can help identify and resolve several types of network problems such as:
 
§       Excessive network congestion at aggregation points resulting in increased latency and lower TCP and application performance
§       Client PC problems such as slow performance due to viruses or high CPU utilization
§       Other client network problems resulting in poor performance in the client network but good performance on the WAN network
 
TrueSpeed can find misconfigurations or configuration mismatches between network policing and shaping functions. (The new emulated-shaping test can coach end users in appropriately setting shaper settings on their CE routers.)
 
What JDSU products make up the TrueSpeed ecosystem?
 
The TrueSpeed ecosystem consists of these portable JDSU T-BERD/MTS-8000, -6000A, and -5800 network test instruments:
 
§        ONX-580 Residential Broadband Tester
§       TrueSpeed VNF client and server software-based solution
§       QT-600-10 Network Test Probe
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JDSU Advances Separation Process & Selects Names for Two Future Companies

2/26/2015 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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Today marked two key milestones for JDSU as part of the separation process that will establish two independent and publicly-traded companies:
-The company officially filed a Form 10 registration document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This form provides a detailed outline of the company that is expected to spin off. Once approved by the SEC and pending final approval by JDSU’s board of directors, the two entities will have clearance to legally separate.
-JDSU also selected the names of both future companies – Viavi and Lumentum.
Until the separation, which is still on target for the third quarter of calendar year 2015, JDSU’s first priority will continue to be its customers, and both future companies intend to take that strong sense of customer collaboration forward with them.
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NewCo will be named Viavi.  Viavi is derived from the word “via,” meaning way and “vision” and reflects the unique visibility that the future company’s solutions will deliver to help customers navigate the complex transition to next generation networks and services.
Viavi will move forward with an established track record of successful collaboration with service providers and enterprises as they continue through intense network transformation and change. The separation will also help the company continue its transition to a more software-centric focus. Viavi Solutions will include the OSP business, a leader in anti-counterfeiting solutions for currency and high-value optical solutions for security, electronics and other applications.
Tom Waechter will continue on to lead Viavi. He became president and CEO of JDSU in January 2009 after running the Communications Test business for two years.
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SpinCo will be named Lumentum, derived from the word “lumen,” signaling light and “momentum,” speaking to the future company’s power and determination.  
Lumentum will be a global leader in optical components and subsystems for the telecom market with growth opportunities in data communications that are being driven by cloud networking and data center build outs. Lumentum will also continue growing its commercial lasers business and focus on opportunities in 3D sensing.
Alan Lowe will lead Lumentum as CEO, after being president of the CCOP business segment at JDSU since 2008 and starting off with the company as senior vice president of Commercial Lasers in 2007.
“The creation of new brands and the Form 10 filing are important milestones as we move toward separation,” said Tom Waechter, president and chief executive officer of JDSU. “Each company will remain committed to continued innovation, and will be led by proven management teams prepared to execute growth strategies designed to help our customers successfully manage the complex opportunities that come with the ever-accelerating pace of technological change. We are creating two unique brands – both representing well-established expertise and market leadership – and positioning them with greater customer focus and agility.”
We’ve created a special web page on jdsu.com where you can check back for further updates about the separation at
 
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JDSU CCOP Unit Shows Off New Lasers

2/10/2015 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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JDSU unveiled a whole host of new laser technology in advance of Photonics West this week, underscoring continued momentum in CCOP. Over the past three fiscal quarters, laser revenue for CCOP came in at $40M or higher with the most recent quarterly activity up more than 70 percent over a year ago.

JDSU has shipped more than two thousand fiber laser modules since 2011 with a lot of momentum being driven by CCOP’s Gen 2 fiber lasers that are gaining traction over C02-based cutting systems for metal processing. Advantages of fiber lasers include higher cutting speeds, improved cutting quality, increased energy efficiency and lower maintenance requirements. These benefits in turn result in significantly lower overall costs for the metal processing manufacturers.
Analyst firm Strategies Unlimited reports that the benefits of kW fiber lasers over C02 lasers are growing at a CAGR of 17.5 percent from 2012-2017 and will represent $780M by 2017.
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Along with the introduction of 2, 4 & 6 kilowatt turnkey fiber laser systems and a new 6 kilowatt fiber laser engine, JDSU also introduced 2 & 4 kilowatt direct-diode laser turnkey systems and engines to replace CO2 lasers for high-speed sheet metal cutting. The new direct-diode lasers are considered to be disruptive because there are very few providers in the market today and direct-diode lasers offer significant performance, reliability and cost of ownership benefits over CO2 lasers.
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In addition, JDSU introduced a new Q-series laser that doubles the power over its predecessor with 40W of power in the same package. The Q306 is used for industrial micromachining applications, including semiconductor and LED processing, and are used as part of the manufacturing process for consumer electronic devices.
“We’re pleased with continued momentum for our laser products and expect this expanded lineup of solutions to provide additional benefits to our customers in 2015,” said Alan Lowe, president of CCOP at JDSU.
Visit JDSU booth # 1431 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco this week during SPIE Photonics West to see all of its new laser products.
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Q2 Earnings: Lasers Shine On, Software Revenue Grows & Separation Remains on Track

1/29/2015 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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On Thursday, JDSU announced its second quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015, with revenue in its guidance range at $437.1 million. I’ve summarized some of the highlights below.

CCOP: Lasers Shine On; Need for Network Speed and Undersea Connectivity Continue
In the second quarter, commercial laser revenue reached $40 million, up 70.2 percent from a year ago, making this the third consecutive quarter that laser activity came in at $40 million or higher. Momentum was primarily driven by CCOP’s Gen 2 fiber lasers, which were at a record $14.9 million, up 20.1 percent from the prior quarter.
Other bright spots included increased demand for Datacom products and the need for faster transmission speeds of 40G and 100G that are making network providers and Web 2.0 companies beef up their infrastructures with new components. CCOP also added a new customer to its submarine business in December as network providers continue to build out new trans-oceanic network infrastructures.
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NSE: Software Solutions for Enterprise & Mobile Assurance Remain In Focus
Software revenue for NSE grew 16.6 percent year-on-year, with contributions primarily coming from enterprise customers as a result of the Network Instruments acquisition. Strength in wireless instruments, location intelligence and mobile assurance also provided solid bookings.
While service provider spending is expected to remain unpredictable in the current quarter, the transition towards more software-centric solutions that provide focused insight into the huge amount of data traveling through networks and continued growth in Enterprise will continue to be big drivers. For network enablement solutions, it’s expected that strength in mobility and broadband access will also continue to fuel momentum.
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OSP: Momentum is Back After Renewed Prioritization on Strategic Markets
In the past quarter, OSP saw growth in its anti-counterfeiting business with more adoption of its OVMP solution that drove solid sequential activity. This returned OSP to its $50 million per quarter run rate, just six months after discontinuing legacy product lines as part of its prioritization onto strategic markets.
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Separation Plans Remain on Track
During the earnings call, JDSU CEO Tom Waechter also emphasized that the company remains on track to complete its separation plans by third quarter of calendar year 2015. As part of the separation process, JDSU plans to file a Form 10 registration on February 17 that describes the new SpinCo business in more detail.
Stay tuned to learn more information about the two future companies soon.

 

Arming the Workforce of the Future: “The Renaissance Tech”

1/16/2015 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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The following blog post is by Susan Schramm, Vice President of Sales Effectiveness and Global Channels at JDSU.

What does the future hold for individuals whose mission is keeping our critical communications networks humming? Will superhuman technicians with encyclopedic memories be required to keep the “internet of things” from going down? Could cloud and self-healing networks allow people to manage networks remotely from secret bunkers, and eliminate the need for technicians to ever visit a customer? Or will drones do all the work and human beings won’t even be needed?
 
OK, that probably sounds like science fiction. But our company has the privilege to work with thousands of companies who provide communications networks across the globe, from wireless carriers to cable and cloud providers to network manufacturers, governments, and enterprises. Some days, reality seems closer to science fiction, so we provide instruments, software, and services to help these companies navigate relentless change in technology and business models, enabling them to optimize the value of their networks and the productivity of their employees. 
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"The future of communications will demand individuals armed with a broader set of knowledge, skills, and tools than in the past – we can call them 'renaissance techs.'"
 
We believe the future is bright for those pursuing careers supporting the critical networks of the futurebut only if they are well-armed. History teaches that those who take on great challenges need to approach problems differently. Revered “Renaissance men,” from daVinci to Galileo to Benjamin Franklin, intently worked to expand their knowledge and abilities to address the big questions of their time. In the same way, the future of communications will demand individuals armed with a broader set of knowledge, skills, and tools than in the past – we can call them “renaissance techs.” At least three important qualities will define these individuals:
 
o Curiosity about the Big Picture:  Maximizing the “customer experience” requires people who fully understand the interaction between the network, the device, and the application. Techs of the future will need unrelenting curiosity about what is happening end-to-end, and the ability to pinpoint problems and propose solutions proactively, often beyond their specific area of responsibility.
 
o Visibility beyond what is Obvious: Networks of the future are becoming overwhelmingly complex. In a panel discussion at the OSP conference conference, we discussed the challenges of quickly ramping “gigabit cities.” While some spoke to the challenges of technical scalability and financial investment, we believe arming people to take on the related complexity will be just as important. Real-time visibility deep into the network and powerful analytics that quickly synthesize the tsunamis of data into intelligence will allow techs to take the right action at the right time – and more often, right the first time.
 
o Customer “Trust-ability:” With burgeoning use of e-commerce sites and virtual agents, technicians are fast becoming the only human interaction a customer might ever have with their network provider. Those individuals who can communicate with their customers without using technical gibberish, who can predictively pinpoint and quickly resolve issues with the right tools and insights, and who can helpfully explain and guide customers to improve their experience, will not only differentiate themselves as trusted advisors but improve the brand of their employer.
 
Communications networks of the future are poised to disrupt and transform industries and economies. But it is imperative we also transform the workforce of the future so that they can implement, support and evolve those same networks. Armed with curiosity, visibility, and trust-ability, the future for “renaissance techs” will be a bright one.
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Susan Schramm is Vice President of Sales Effectiveness and Global Channels at JDSU. She was recently featured in OSP Magazine as part of the Women in Telecom series. She talks about workforce efficiency and the technician of the future in the following video: http://bit.ly/1wyGXQs. JDSU offers a wide range of workforce efficiency and instrument management solutions that enable the “Renaissance Tech.” 
 
More about Susan
Susan is responsible for maximizing the impact of JDSU’s customer-facing organizations as they help companies create value as they navigate change.  Previously, Susan has held executive positions leading sales, marketing, finance, and corporate affairs as well as transformation initiatives for Nokia, Siemens, and IBM. In these roles she has worked with communications service providers and their business and consumer customers, as well as with enterprises across many industry verticals. Born in Houston, Texas, Susan is a graduate of Duke University. She has served in industry forums and standards organizations, including as an executive board member with both the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). She is based in Colorado Springs and is an avid adventurer.
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End-of-Year Interview with JDSU CEO Tom Waechter

12/18/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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I caught up with Tom Waechter earlier this week to get his thoughts about how he feels the announced separation is being perceived by employees, investors and customers.
Incidentally, Tom’s six year anniversary as our CEO is today, so I also asked him about his journey so far, along with what he is most excited about as the future leader of NewCo. Congrats, Tom!
 
 

 

End-of-Year Update from JDSU President Alan Lowe

12/18/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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In this video interview, Alan Lowe, current president of CCOP at JDSU and CEO-designate of SpinCo, talks about the rationale behind the separation of CCOP into its own company that was announced back in September, progress that has been made since that time and customer response to the planned spinoff.

 
 

 

 

Disruptive December: NFV @ TM Forum Event

12/11/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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There’s no doubt virtualization is taking over networks and business models everywhere. If what we’re seeing this week at TM Forum’s Digital Disruption event in San Jose is any indication, the three-letter words SDN and NFV will continue playing a central role in how networks are built in the coming months and years. And we’ll be right there.
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Tara Van Unen and Alistair Scott (from left to right) of JDSU host a press briefing on NFV and JDSU’s role at TM Forum Digital Disruption
 
As we announced last week, JDSU brought its NFV game to the show to demonstrate our role in giving NFV business smarts, so to speak. TM Forum’s Catalyst Program, in which we showcased our NFV orchestration collaboration, brings leading technology companies like JDSU and other major, global communications providers together in a neutral space to develop and operationalize technologies such as cloud-enabled services and NFV. We focused on integrating our xSIGHT technology to serve as the heart of the data-gathering for an effective NFV orchestration system.
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JDSU demos customer experience of NFV-orchestrated virtual network functions, part of “Maximizing Profitability with NFV Orchestration” joint presentation in San Jose
 
You see, when automating network processes using NFV, certain parameters and KPI’s must be incorporated that give a smart network the heads up when it needs to act. For instance, if power goes out at data center XYZ, transfer all process to data center ABC. As such, an NFV orchestration system is really only as good as the data you feed into it. JDSU partnered with the NVF Catalyst members at this event to actively present on “Maximizing Profitability with NFV Orchestration" where not only network data gets fed into an analytics engine, but data like financial and energy information. That’s so the network will know that if it transfers network processes over to a different data center in the event of an outage, any costs associated with that move will be analyzed and handled accordingly.
 
This all showed how JDSU enables NFV to accelerate the scale of deployments in an ROI-friendly way using unique real-time intelligence and analytics through JDSU’s xSIGHT platform.
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Some fellow 'disrupters’ convene during a lively week of NFV to interact about the future of advanced communications technologies
 
This all wouldn’t be possible without the collaboration of our industry partners also involved in the Catalyst Program. The power of collaboration and how real-time analytics in agile network orchestration helps operators avoid pitfalls in planning virtual networks. And, how harnessing dynamically defined policies can optimize the business value - minimize costs, maximize profitability - of NFV deployment.
 
We also collaborated with major global communications companies and ecosystem partners to pave the future of cloud-enabled, virtualized networks and services. TM Forum’s Catalyst and ZOOM projects are highly reputable forums for innovation and collaboration for successful NFV
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The CIO of San Jose addresses the crowd of thought leaders in the communications industry at Digital Disruption

In related news, JDSU recently launched TrueSpeed VNF. We realize that network virtualization is causing the industry to re-think network monitoring technologies. What was once a matter of tracking packet flow and connections among physical hardware, abstract network components require different strategies. TrueSpeed is a virtualized network function that gives network operators the ability to monitor virtual networks, respond to issues in real time and reduce truck-rolls to simple software configuration.
 
We’re excited to continue working with our customers in creating next-generation network test and measurement strategies. And thanks to TM Forum show organizers for another success!