Speaking of Paris…the Alcatel and Lucent merger

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I was standing in front of Alcatel’s corporate headquarters – which was located at 54-56 rue de la Boétie, in the 8th arrondissement – when this picture was taken. My French language and speaking skills were tested many times during the numerous meetings and creative sessions I had the opportunity to attend in this building.

The apartment I was living in at the time was located behind from where I am standing in this picture, a few blocks away on Boulevard Haussmann. It was a very short walk from my apartment to the Alcatel building.

I worked with a lot of very talented teams at Alcatel for just about four years, right up until the time when the company merged with Lucent in 2006. Here’s a link to the New York Times story – which was coordinated by communications teams in New York and Paris – announcing the merger. It was huge industry-changing news at the time.

I began working on a variety of HP Telecom initiatives shortly after the Alcatel Lucent merger took place.

My HP colleagues – another group of highly skilled communications professionals – were based in Silicon Valley. I took a lot of New York City to San Francisco red-eye flights during my time supporting HP Telecom. – Russ DeVeau

Does it snow in Paris?

I’ve spent a lot of time working in Paris over the last several years. This was especially true when I supported many of Alcatel’s global positioning objectives in the telecom and fiber optic sectors. But I’ve never seen it snow.

That wasn’t the case last week when ODCA held an update session for analysts and media followed by a meet-and-greet reception for potential new members. Even with the numerous transportation snarls caused by the winter weather, the event was one of the most successful in the history of ODCA.

Three cheers for the executives and participants who braved the Paris snow to discuss the benefits of open interoperable cloud computing. – Russ DeVeau

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