IBC Musings: Mathias Eckert, Imagine Communications
Mathias Eckert of Imagine Communications thinks this IBC will be about the move to IP and software-defined, virtualised workflows.
Name: Mathias Eckert
Company: Imagine Communications
Job Title: Vice president, EMEA
Number of IBCs you’ve attended: Close to 20
Flying, driving or train-ing to IBC this year? Flying, as always.
What is your goal for this year’s IBC show?
We attend IBC to meet our valued customers and partners, and to showcase the latest technologies. It is also a great opportunity to see what everyone else in the industry is doing, which is particularly important in times of great transition, as we are now.
The move to software-centric, IP-connected open systems is proceeding smoothly. Imagine was one of the founders of AIMS, which now provides the roadmap, and IBC is a great place to continue discussions and build momentum. I’m also looking forward to talking to our customers about our Open Zenium program and new Selenio Network Processor (SNP).
What will be the big tech trends at this year’s IBC?
Without doubt the big trends are the move to IP and software-defined, virtualised workflows. The goal is to move towards a microservices architecture which will make operations cost-effective and readily tailored to the precise needs of the user. That, in turn, will allow the maximisation of revenues and, of course, greater consumer satisfaction and brand loyalty for content distributors.
What gear/software/platform do you wish someone would make?
If someone comes up with a genuine cushioned hoverboard which will make life more comfortable for exhibitors on their feet all day, please send them in my direction!
Jokes aside, we think our current product line-up answers most questions for the industry, but come and visit and let us know.
What’s your fondest IBC/Amsterdam memory?
It sounds bizarre, I know, but I look back on 2001 when IBC opened just days after the 9/11 attacks in New York. The news was so shocking, so unbelievable, that it brought those of us who made it to Amsterdam together in a very strong bond. Everyone felt they could talk about the tragedy. You felt that being human, and being alive, was the most important thing, and new friendships sprung out of the grief.
Can you speak Dutch?