Last week, NetFoundry took away two major awards at the finale of Tata Innovista at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. The first, a special award for Innovation From New Business and the second, Implemented Innovations: New Service Innovations.
We also received a great deal of praise from the other teams and the jury for strong conviction and flawless presentation. NetFoundry was the only team out of more than 70 finalists across the Tata Group to win two awards. The other major contributors of ideas were Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Titan, Tata Power, and other group companies.
What Is Tata Innovista?
Tata Innovista is a movement started by the Tata Innovation Forum (TIF) in 2006 to recognize and reward the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Tata employees and companies. It provides the platform to showcase innovative attempts of the big or small- happening within Tata Group to celebrate the success and struggle of innovation efforts.
Tata Innovista started with the following objectives:
- Helping foster a culture of innovations to instill self-confidence among Tata managers
- Inspiring and motivating the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of encouraging innovations in companies
- Showcasing and recognizing teams for their successes and struggles
- Building a culture of appropriate risk-taking
- Being a source of new ideas and initiatives for other Tata companies
Over the years, Tata Innovista has caught the imagination of colleagues across Tata Companies and it has become one of the most inspiring programs in the Tata Group of Innovation. The 2017 edition saw more than 5000 teams from nearly 54 Tata Companies spread across 20 plus countries participating for the honors.
So, What’s the Big Deal with NetFoundry?
NetFoundry must be doing something exciting to win two major awards, competing against more than 5000 teams from over 50 Tata companies. Right?
So what’s the big deal?
At its core, NetFoundry is the pioneer of the “network as code” paradigm, a transformation of networking. With AI, IoT, blockchain, edge computing, and just-in-time manufacturing growing in popularity, a new application topology is emerging. One that is incredibly agile and massively distributed to a level that we’ve never seen before.
MPLS, SD-WAN, and other networking methods weren’t designed to meet the needs of this new application topology. However, network as code enables applications to programmatically “make” the network. NetFoundry provides the APIs and SDKs to embed secure, reliable networking inside applications, platforms, and solutions themselves, using any Internet access. There’s no hardware and no telco company constraints to hold the reach of these networks back.
NetFoundry is the transformation of networking to connect this emerging application topology, and enable distributed, decentralized innovation.