While it may seem more straightforward for technology-oriented companies to continue accelerating their digital transformations, they face the same challenges as any other. Alin D\u2019Silva, Vice President of IT and CTO of Digital Workplace at Verizon, shares his thoughts on some of those challenges and what motivates him to drive forward.\nWhat are some of the ways Verizon is continuing its transformation to become a more digitally-focused enterprise?\nDigital transformation requires wholesale reinvention. Verizon is continuing its transformation on many fronts; I\u2019ll give you three examples. The first is with customer experiences, which have become more digital over last few years. We\u2019re seeing increased engagement in our mobile apps with 70% of our customers opting to use the app to choose the new unlimited plan on the day of launch. The second is how we\u2019re digitizing the business and simplifying customer policy, streamlining and automating processes, and leveraging analytics to inform decision-making. The third is how we\u2019re empowering employees to think, act and move faster to serve customers and win in the marketplace by delivering a best-in-class employee digital experience.\nHow do you attract and retain top technology talent in this competitive environment?\nIn our technology group we believe it's important to leverage modern technologies and engineering practices that are relevant and interesting to top technology talent.\u00a0 Examples of this include practices around Agile, DevSecOps and Cloud.\u00a0 We are extremely focused on fostering a more connected, engineering-centric culture across Verizon and run different events such as internal conferences, hackathons, etc.. to strengthen this community.\u00a0 It's also important to us to strengthen our presence in the external tech community through sponsoring events like DevOps Days, Serverless and Amazon Reinvent as well as encouraging our engineers to talk about what we are doing at technology conferences and contribute to open source projects.\u00a0\nTo what extent do younger employees\u2019 technology expectations drive internal technology initiatives?\nOur Digital Workplace is heavily influenced by younger workers\u2019 technology expectations. However, it\u2019s no longer just this younger generations\u2019 technology expectations that have changed; All employees expect mobile first, on-demand, personalized, more consumer-like experiences. They want real-time collaboration, more social networking, seamless group chat, and virtual working. All these elements have influenced our roadmap.\nSimilarly, to what extent have customer expectations driven customer-facing technology initiatives at Verizon? \nCustomer expectations have always been changing and we always have to stay close to our customers -- it how we grow our business and best serve customers. Customers now expect digital first, unified, contextual interactions and experiences. They want things to be personalized. They expect mobile, on-demand transparent communication. Advances in technology also enable new and expanded experiences.\u00a0 We now leverage analytics in real time. For example, if you\u2019ve looked at your bill on-line and call within 24 hours, we\u2019ll ask if you\u2019re calling about that bill. In the near future, a cognitive chatbot agent will interact with customers and be able to seamlessly bridge to a live agent if needed.\u00a0\nAs your organization moves to mobile devices and cloud platforms, what are some of the unique security challenges?\nTraditional perimeter defense no longer applies. You have people operating outside the perimeter and have to come up with more granular user authentication models. How do you provide the same level of control and flexibility in a less mature environment without increasing your risk profile? You\u2019re also giving up some degree of control, especially with SaaS, so you need to assume some level of trust with SaaS providers.\nWhat are the most cutting edge and innovative initiatives currently underway at Verizon, either internally, customer facing or both? \nVerizon is driving standards in 5G networks, which will unleash new levels of capability; things like extremely low latency, 40 times the bandwidth, and speeds up to 1 GB per second on mobile. Think about a medical app controlling a robot performing a medical procedure. Or self-driving cars going down the highway. That\u2019s when latency and reliability matters. These 5G networks are being built on our next-generation intelligent Fiber backbone network. We\u2019re also developing smart city solutions to help cities be more efficient in how they manage traffic, security, and parking. And we have built augmented intelligent agents to help us drive better personalization for customer experiences.