Chris Mangum is a seasoned leader and entrepreneur with extensive experience in strategy, business development, M&A, innovation and entrepreneurship across a broad range of business models. From 2007 to 2012, Mangum led corporate strategy and business development for CenturyLink where he was part of a leadership team that grew the rural telecom’s market capitalization from $2.5 billion to over $25 billion. While at CenturyLink, he led the development of the company’s growth strategy, championed the firm’s move into the data hosting / cloud space with the $3.2 billion acquisition of Savvis, and incubated highly profitable new revenue streams that represented the future of the business. Prior to CenturyLink, Mangum led an entrepreneurial advisory firm that he co-founded in Atlanta called Venture X Group. At VXG, Mangum helped to launch over 100 entrepreneurial businesses representing investments of over $150 million. Successes include SecureWorks (sold to Dell in 2011 for $650 million), MFG.com (Jeff Bezos portfolio company) and AirBand (nation’s largest B2B wireless broadband provider). Prior to VXG, Mangum led a strategic development team for BellSouth, partnering with such early mobile data pioneers as General Magic, Palm, Compaq and QuickSilver. Prior to BellSouth, Mangum was a military intelligence officer in the US Army. Mangum earned his BA in Psychology from Rhodes College (emphasis in economic behavior and organizational design), and his JD/MBA from Emory University.
The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution will add new stresses, require new abilities, and demand more from network infrastructure. To realize an IoT future, it is necessary to improve the best practices for network health, including backup power. Servato will convene a panel of operations leaders from telcos across the country to discuss a wide range of issues about backup power. The panelists will be representative of carriers for size, geographic distribution, and environment. First we (or a moderator of your choosing) will ask the panelists to address their decisions on backup power – what forms of backup power they utilize and how they decide what to place in the field – with a goal of providing some best practices. Second, we’ll ask them how they manage these assets from generators to batteries to other equipment. For many carriers, managing backup power, including batteries, involves replacing them on a preset schedule, whether or not they need replacing. Scheduled testing may or may not complement these replacements. Both involve unnecessary maintenance time, extra cost if healthy batteries are replaced early, and extra risk if unhealthy batteries fail between cycles or tests. Automated testing and monitoring can reduce OpEx on maintenance and mitigate the risk of leaving no backup power in place. The panelists will speak about monitoring and remote management technologies and be asked to offer advice on selecting and deploying such a technology including cost-benefit analysis and perceived savings. The panelists may address specific technologies and security.