If you’ve got questions about technology infrastructure and your long-term strategy for it, you should ask Jeremy Ory, Strategic Planning Manager. His global role is the foundation of our products and services around the world. Yet, despite its importance, Jeremy compares his job to a famous toy game:
‘It is not unlike a game of LEGO, where you need to assemble pieces to create a structure. I try to depict this construction process, with the help and knowledge of our specialists, vendors, and my own experience.’
Thanks to his abilities, Jeremy is able to help convince clients to act, to find the optimal solutions at the right level of investment, and to trigger the budgets. According to him, if you keep calm and positive, you’ll always find a way ahead. And with 14 years of experience at the Cloud Communications division of NTT, Jeremy Ory knows how to do it.
To learn more about his experience in the company, we asked him a few quick questions.
Q. You told us in the video below that you’ve been in the company for more than 14 years. Tell us more about your career path since 2006?
I was among the first people on board with a design hat. The company was growing super-fast and new sites and platforms were built from scratch everywhere, in start-up mode. Unlike the other technologists in the company, my role was to anticipate, focus on the future, produce plans and design solutions based on standard, effective and scalable architectures. My scope grew a lot as we kept adding new points of presence in APAC, America, or Europe. We had new technical components and launched new offers with higher complexity, more networks and more computing power.
Around 2012, UCaaS came along, and the company entered a new era as well as new markets. I was then in a team called Service Design, regrouping technology architects with different specialties. Mine was to have no specialty at all – I was more an interface between specialists, with a finance hat. This led to the position I hold today. I don’t create architectures anymore but keep up to speed with technologies, while procurement has become an important part of my job.
Q. What has helped you the most in your career journey with the Cloud Communications division of NTT?
I am lucky enough to have a highly interactive job. I have learned a lot from my exchanges with all the talented people we have in the Group. There have been many workshops where, in my point of view, you learn a lot. We have people coming from various countries and backgrounds. Diversity is one of our main strengths.
Q. What do you like the most about working here?
My average time in a company before working here was two to three years. I wanted to discover new cultures, people, and technologies, to change the scenery regularly. I think I have been able to do this within the Cloud Communications division of NTT over the past 14 years, without feeling I needed to hand in a resignation letter! There has been a constant evolution with multiple changes in the company. But we don’t change for the sake of change. Take the global voice infrastructure we have built over the years, initially for our services. Today, this is what makes us valuable to Microsoft and Cisco. We can plug them into carriers all over the world, using the components and skills we have patiently built. I believe the digital solutions we offer to market contribute to change the way people communicate and work, changing positively the carbon footprint. It’s gratifying to be part of something that has such an impact on society.
Q. If you could be someone else for one day, who would you be?
If I could be someone else… I would be CFO and would announce a 15% budget increase for CTIO! More seriously, I like being a multi-purpose generalist but if I were someone else for one day, I would be the exact opposite: the ultimate expert on an extremely specific subject no one else understands.