John D. Allen has been working in the Service Provider industry for the last 18 years; both on the vendor side as well as the operator side of the table. John is a Senior Solution Architect at F5 Networks, where he helps to design Service Provider solutions in conjunction with F5’s partners, like Ericsson, Nokia, Intel, RedHat and others, that involve technologies like Cloud and IoT. When he worked at AT&T Mobility, he was a lead implementation engineer for messaging, bringing the first Picture Messaging solution for iPhones and the first Over-The-Air activation systems online. John has worked in systems engineering roles for companies like Nokia and Openwave Systems in the past. He lives in the Dallas area with his wife and three Rottweiler dogs.