Mark Thiele Rants on IT Monopolies and Impact of Edge

Joining us this week is Mark Thiele, Director Engineering Edge Computing, Ericsson and Host of IDCA Podcast.

About Ericsson
Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through our networks. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world. For more than 140 years, our ideas, technology and people have changed the world: real turning points that have transformed lives, industries and society as a whole.

About IDCA Podcast
To Infinity Paradigm and Beyond – a community driven podcast series by the industry veterans that you trust. Stay for revealing interviews, expertise and education. Enjoy the light hearted conversations about life in and out of the industry.    


  • Monopolies in IT
  • Restrictions in Innovation as everyone has same Cloud tools
  • Monopolies are not Good for Customers
  • Edge Push from Public Clouds
  • Learnings from Edge Research
  • Will Edge Save us from Cloud Monopolies?
  • Telcos at Edge

Time Tracking

  • 0 min 12 sec: Introduction of Guest
  • 3 min 12 sec: IDCA Podcast Overview
  • 4 min 04 sec: Rant on Monopolistic Culture
    • Running risk of Monopoly in IT
      • Small group of centralized cloud providers
    • Monopolies have less interest in innovation for niche opportunities ~ not enough revenue to make it worth it for them
    • Service delivery issues (e.g. SaaS vs On-Premise/Self-Managed)
    • On-Premise still needs innovation
  • 10 min 56 sec: Are we missing innovation?
    • Jevon’s Paradox Podcast – Efficiency can be Disruptive
    • All using same base components
    • What happens in future when everyone is standardized on a few platforms?
    • Future opportunity in On-Premise
  • 15 min 33 sec: More Vendors is Better than a Few Giant Clouds
    • Pushback from Clouds is they would respond unlike previous monopolies
    • We forgot Microsoft is a Monopoly just not a cool company
  • 18 min 18 sec: Edge Push from Public Cloud Providers
    • Attempting to “Scare” the Market to Prevent Innovation?
    • AWS Outpost Announcement – First time AWS talking about solution at least a year away
  • 20 min 56 sec: Research on Edge via LinkedIn – What did you Learn?
    • There is an Edge Vision: People need the Edge or still at start of journey?
    • Large % of respondents buy into Edge marketplace that is a true opportunity
    • Most thinking of Edge based on their viewpoint/need without thinking about entire opportunity for everyone: could be a legacy IT environment added on
      • Not scalable model
      • Do we have to wait for AWS to tell us how Edge works?
    • Patchwork Edge – not waiting for AWS to show up; people building it now with available technology
    • Railroad History of Monopoly Power – US vs Tokyo Organization
      • We ignore the costs and losses of what could have been
    • 34 min 16 sec: Is Edge going to Save us from Monopoly?
    • 37 min 03 sec: Can Telcos respond to Edge demand?
    • 37 min 03 sec: Wrap-Up

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