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About Mike


+33 years experience

Mike Sapien is Principal Analyst at Ovum. Within his role, he tracks the areas which are of importance in the global data center and enterprise mobility service sectors. He also provides analysis of the cloud-network integration and SIP trunking issues.
Mike covers global enterprise service trends with a focus on the large enterprise market. His recent work has featured managed security, Cloud-Network integration and telco healthcare solutions.

Mike joined Ovum in 2008 and has more than 30+ years’ experience in the telecoms and Internet services industry to help clients. Prior to joining Ovum, he held senior positions within the Competitive Local Exchange Carrier sector, and for a data center provider.

Analyst Articles

Articles by Mike

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    Verizon's Exponent – is it a bird or plane? No, it is a set of platforms

    By Mike Sapien 14 Mar 2017

    Verizon announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 what it calls its new technology and business venture, Exponent, which is set up in a new, independent business unit within Verizon. Exponent's target customers are global carriers that do not have the resources or capabilities to develop or build their own digital service platforms.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    CenturyLink acquiring Level 3 to create stronger US player and larger global challenger

    By Mike Sapien 01 Nov 2016

    CenturyLink just announced its agreement to acquire Level 3 Communications for $34bn, a move that will create a larger fiber-rich national carrier in the US and a larger global challenger for its enterprise business and customers. Both companies have a strong US presence and footprint, but they will combine their global assets to create a stronger global enterprise provider.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    NxtWork 2016: Juniper creates its vision of digital cohesion and network security

    By Mike Sapien 17 Oct 2016

    Ovum in early October 2016 attended Juniper’s NxtWork 2016 conference, where Juniper provided updates to its customers, strategic partners, and industry analysts. During the first full-day session, Juniper gave an update to its strategy and product plans, which included the concept of digital cohesion; software-defined secure networks; and its initiatives around automation, agile development, and other new technologies trends (e.g., blockchain). Juniper gave a comprehensive view of its role as the infrastructure enabler for customers and service providers to create more flexible, adaptive, and integrated rich services on demand as part of its digital cohesion world.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    F5 Networks moving toward the application world while in a transition itself

    By Mike Sapien 02 Sep 2016

    Ovum attended the F5 Networks analyst conference in Chicago in August 2016 to get an update and overview. F5 is an almost $2bn annual business with strong positions in application management, but it's going through its own transition with the return of its former CEO. It has also made new investments in some of the newest and hottest service areas in enterprise and service providers markets.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    Adtran gets into virtualized services with a Mosaic

    By Mike Sapien 11 Aug 2016

    During the last month and at the recent Adtran analyst event, the company introduced its Modular Open Systems Architecture for Intelligent Cloud (Mosaic) as a platform for providers to implement virtualized managed services. Adtran had been using parts of the Mosaic platform for its development as an open systems platform. Now it has branded this open systems development and is offering Mosaic as an open platform for management of legacy Adtran equipment.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Service Provider Markets, Consu...

    A tidal wave of virtualized managed services is expected from tier-1 telcos

    By Mike Sapien 27 Jul 2016

    During the past week, there were a number of announcements from tier-1 telco providers launching new virtualized network services. 2016 will be the year of global launches by the larger tier-1 telcos and this week's announcements are just an initial wave that will continue into 2017.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    Verizon launches its virtual “managed” services, with more to come

    By Mike Sapien 25 Jul 2016

    In the wake of AT&T’s recent announcement of Network Functions on Demand, Verizon has announced its Virtual Network Services. VNS will become a platform for future enterprise managed services based on SDN/NFV technology and universal CPE. Verizon plans initial services in the US and Europe, with global expansion by the end of 2016.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    AT&T introduces Network Functions on Demand with global reach

    By Mike Sapien 21 Jul 2016

    On July 18, 2016, AT&T announced the third phase of its Network on Demand (NoD) service portfolio based on its Network Functions on Demand platform. The previously announced network services (Switched Ethernet on Demand and Dedicated Internet on Demand) have been available for some time but were restricted to the US region.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    Collaboration and partnerships are supporting the continued growth of security services

    By Mike Sapien 09 Mar 2016

    The 2016 RSA Conference in San Francisco saw a mix of briefings, vendor announcements, updates from major telcos, and ecosystem supplier meetings about managed security services and addressing cyber-security requirements.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    AirWatch Workspace One offers more evidence of the digital workspace

    By Mike Sapien 01 Mar 2016

    AirWatch recently announced Workspace One as both a name change for and an upgrade to its advanced enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    Verizon’s acquisition of XO fiber in the US is for enterprise and more

    By Mike Sapien 29 Feb 2016

    Verizon has announced the $1.8bn purchase of XO Communications, one of the largest competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC) in the US.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Vendor, Enterprise D...

    AT&T Developer Summit has become a show-and-tell; time to rebrand

    By Mike Sapien 12 Feb 2016

    Initially focused on mobile developers and promoting the use of AT&T services and platforms, AT&T's Developer Summit now offers a much broader program of events.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Decision-Maker

    Cybersecurity industry growth requires collaboration and skilled professionals

    By Mike Sapien 24 Apr 2015

    RSA Conference 2015 had a strong focus on improving threat intelligence and cybersecurity measures.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Vendor, Enterprise D...

    Telcos focus on collaboration and integration in healthcare solutions

    By Mike Sapien 21 Apr 2015

    For the telecoms providers that attended HIMSS 2015, remote patient monitoring, integrating mobility, and enabling patient–provider–caregiver communications were high priorities.

  • Enterprise Service Provider, Enterprise Vendor, Consumer Ser...

    The demise of Softcard highlights the difficulty of fighting complex industry ecosystems

    By Mike Sapien 09 Mar 2015

    Mobile payments platform Softcard is being shut down as part of an agreement made by Google with the mobile network partners AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, which have agreed to install Google Wallet on their Android phones in the future.