2007- 2013: Executive Vice-President, Bouygues Telecom, Technologies, Innovation and Services.
Manages innovation, technology intelligence, R&D, service architecture and products; defines the long-term service strategy, develops mobile and fixed services (service platforms, fixed products and handsets). My key responsibility was to design and to build our “triple play” products (gateways and set top boxes), both from a hardware and a software perspective. My main success is the launch of “BBox Sensation” on June 18th, 2012 (on-time) – winner of the Broadband Forum international award for “Best experience”. I have also designed and launched many innovative new services (Cloud Gaming, B-duo : a IMS service that provides two phone numbers with one handset, Recommendation, Unified Messaging, …).
· My team has designed 5 different products, covering all aspect from energy management, security (CAS/DRM), sound, casing, experience design, to name a few. We managed to develop “BBox sensation” in 18 months (from contract signature to commercial launch, which is an industry record).
· Bouygues Telecom has recruited 2 million subscribers in three years, yielding an interesting capacity planning challenge for our IPTV (live, catchup and VOD) platforms.
· Bouygues Telecom operates on three technologies: DSL, cable and fiber; it operates both on its own network, jointly owned network (with SFR) and leased network (with Numericable or FT). This yields engineering complexity which requires a lot of optimization to ensure Quality of Services and to reduce costs.
· Bouygues Telecom has developped a “unified modular software” strategy. This means that we have assembled our own software stack (80% comes from open source; we selected two partners to perform the RT Linux to HW drivers integration). Unified means that the same software runs both on new advanced products and legacy products. Modular means that the architecture enables to leverage the better capabilities of advanced products (as opposed to leveling down to the lowest available CPU in the field).
· I have grown and developed the vision of Bouygues Telecom’s future – using a collaborative process – with respect to tomorrow’s network technologies and services. This involved the future of television, the advent of smart home services such as surveillance or energy management, the use of telecommunication gateways as “home servers”.
· I have played the role of an acting “Chief Scientist” for many years. For instance, I helped resolve a tax-dispute through statistical expertise and was also involved in the LTE bidding, using a game theory computer model.
2001- 2006: CIO, Bouygues Telecom.
Member of the executive committee, with the dual operational responsibility over information systems and strategic responsibility over IS governance. I completed the re-engineering of Bouygues Telecom’s « back-office » – Bouygues Telecom is one of the very few telco operators to have successful and totally replaced its billing/rating engine. I am still recognized as a world-renown expert of Information System Architecture. I have taught the corresponding lecture at Ecole Polytechnique and published two successful books.
· I have introduced a new “DevOps” culture by bridging the differences between development and operations, through a weekly “Quality of Service” meeting where I have sat for many years.
· I have introduced Enterprise Application Integration technologies: software bus, XML adapters, BPM workflow engines and Data repositories at Bouygues Telecom. I have launched the deployment of SOA architecture, as well as our first collection of Web Services.
· I have designed a cost model for telecommunication IT, since understanding and lowering IT costs was a key part of my mission.
· I have built a computer model of our integration bus, designed to understand how to deliver class-of-service-based SLA for different business processes. This has led both to practical decisions for our IT architecture and to published research articles.
· I was an early promoter & adopter of Cloud Computing and, two years ago, Big Data (Hadoop).
1999- 2000: Chief-Architect and Manager of the Enterprise Architecture Re-engineering project.
Detached (part-time) to Bouygues Telecom to lead a 50-people team in charge of the re-engineering of Bouygues Telecom Information System.
1994- 2001: Manager in charge of the Bouygues “e-Lab”.
In charge of a 10 people research lab, focused on operational research, applied to all Bouygues’ businesses (television, construction, telecommunication). In 2000, the e-lab diversified with the study of Computer Human Interfaces for Web sites. I was recognized as a world-renown expert in combinatorial optimization (scheduling, routing, matching). I also covered Yield Management with the optimization of TF1 advertising revenue ( stochastic / packing). I gave advice to Martin Bouygues in 2000 not to bid on the UMTS license using game theory simulations.
1992- 1994: Research Director (Software Research Group) at Telcordia (formely Bellcore) - New Jersey
Managed a team with 7 research scientists (PhDs), then acting executive director of a 25 people department, in the field of software engineering. I have worked in the Applied Research lab of Al Aho (212) for 6 years, as a MTS between 1988 and 1991.
1987: Computer Science PhD, University of Paris 11, France.
1986-87: MBA from the College des Ingenieurs (Paris).
1982-87: Member of the Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris) – I was admitted with admission rank #2 in the toughest Mathematics competitive exam in France. Master in Mathematics & Applications, with a major in probability & statistics
· Developed and still maintains the CLAIRE C++ compiler. The CLAIRE programming language – an open-source tool – designed to write complex optimization algorithms. CLAIRE was used for many years by a small community including Bouygues and THALES.
· Complex System modeling – Open Market Competition & Smart Grids. I have developed a novel approach (GTES) based on the combination of Game Theory, Machine Learning and Monte-Carlo Simulation. This approach has shown to be successful on many Bouygues business problems.
· Three books – the last one on Business Processes & Enterprise 2.0 was awarded “the best quality & performance book” in 2011.
· Two blogs: http://organisationarchitecture.blogspot.com/ and http://informationsystemsbiology.blogspot.com/
the GTES framework (Game-Theoretical and Evolutionary Simulation) and
|Participant to the three OR programming challenges organized by ROADEF. Last-stage finalist for all three, with a rank that is declining constantly :)|
|2003:||Finite-event simulation package|
|2001:||Developed a real-time call center routing algorithm for Contactual (US patent)|
|2000:||Selfswitch : rule-based agents for real-time call routing (1 million rules compiled into Java)|
Developed a strategic optimization tool for TF1 (a new version
has been released in 2005 after 8 years of successful life)
|Developed the first release of a call center scheduling package, which was used by Bouygues Telecom and later sold to Genesys (Alcatel) and is now one of the leading products in its category.|
|1994-2004:||Developed the CLAIRE programming language, an open-source programming tool for writing complex algorithms, used by a small community including THALES and Bouygues. CLAIRE is also a product from a small start-up (expert solutions), I still maintain the compiler (level 2 support).|
|Developed a truck routing optimization algorithm that was included into two software products at Bellcore.|
|Developed the LAURE programming language, an hybrid high-level programming language which was used in various Bellcore’s products (RATOR, Force).|
|1984-1988:||Developed the LORE language which became SPOKE, a commercial product which has been used by Alcatel for many years.|