Executive Spotlight: Scott Baer, ​​Vice President of Special Programs at Comcast Business

Scott Baervice president of special programs at Comcast Business, recently sat down with ExecutiveBiz to continue the conversation from a previous Spotlight interview with Ken Folderauer on the launch and rapid growth of Comcast Business’ federal government services team, Comcast Government Services.

Baer also discussed the work federal agencies are doing to modernize and invest in their new network capabilities, as well as how Comcast Business is engaging with the best areas of opportunity in the federal technology services sector during the last Executive Spotlight interview.

You can read the full Executive Spotlight interview with Scott Baer below:

ExecutiveBiz: Could you describe your role and part of your background?

Scott Baer: “I am a 29-year veteran who served in intelligence, special ops and communications before retiring from the military. I started my civilian career working for a large computer technology company and over the For the past three years, I have worked to build the Special Programs Business Unit supporting the Intelligence Community for Comcast Government Services, LLC.

ExecutiveBiz: As you know, federal agencies as a whole are looking to modernize and invest in their networks, and the pandemic has only seemed to accelerate that; How is Comcast investing in its network to ensure it can meet this increased demand?

Scott Baer: “At Comcast, continued network innovation has been essential to not only manage increased pandemic traffic, but also to future-proof the network as demand continues to grow. In addition to intelligent software and virtualization technologies that increase performance and reliabilitywe took important steps in 2021 towards the next phase of our network evolution: 10G.

Over the past five years (2017 to 2021), Comcast has built 50,000 new miles of fiber into our network and invested nearly $20 billion to scale and expand it. In 2021 alone, Comcast invested more than $4.2 billion to strengthen, expand and evolve the network – more than any previous year.

Investing billions to strengthen and grow our network is important, but it’s only the beginning of building a smart grid that’s ready for anything. Comcast’s network architects and software engineers continually innovate and evolve our network technologies to increase speeds, strengthen reliability, and improve overall performance.

We are evolving our network to 10G, a technology that will allow Comcast to deliver multi-gigabit download and upload speeds to tens of millions of Americans through the wired connections already installed in their homes and businesses. In 2021, our work on 10G technologies has shifted into high gear.

In 2022, Comcast is accelerating its 10G roadmap, even as we expand our network to serve more people in more places and roll out new technology innovations that deliver more speed, security and reliability to our customers.

Whatever the future holds, Comcast’s network will be ready to support anything our customers can imagine, including federal and intelligence agencies.

ExecutiveBiz: Late last year, Comcast Business completed the acquisition of global SD-WAN pioneer Masergy. Can you provide an update on the acquisition and its potential impact for the Comcast Government Services team?

Scott Baer: “The addition of Masergy accelerates Comcast Business’ growing growth serving large and midsize businesses, especially US-based organizations with global multi-site operations. The addition of Masergy allows us to further strengthen our footprint in the United States and expand our reach globally.

Masergy provides the perfect complement to Comcast Business’ portfolio of services and solutions and enables us to instantly and dramatically amplify our growth in the global enterprise market.

With more than 20 years of experience and innovation in managed network, cloud and security services, Masergy has become a leading provider for enterprises around the world – serving more than 1,400 customers in nearly 100 country.

Comcast Business and Masergy have complementary service portfolios; the mixture of which improves the value brought to the market. This, combined with Comcast Business’s industry-leading advanced fiber network, enables Comcast Business customers to more efficiently manage their international networks and operations.

We are excited to embark on this journey together, charting the future of transformative technology solutions for businesses of all sizes. The combination of Comcast Business and Masergy will accelerate digital transformation, create superior customer experiences and unlock more value for customers, partners and the industry as a whole.

We look forward to the opportunities this powerful combination presents and the greater impact and value it can bring to our federal government clients.

ExecutiveBiz: What do you see as the biggest areas of opportunity in the federal government technology services sector for 2022?

Scott Baer: “I think 2022 will see federal and intelligence agencies continue to prioritize investments in several critical technology areas, including cloud migration, cybersecurity, information classification and remote working – but perhaps the most great area of ​​opportunity for these agencies remains the modernization of the network.

When the pandemic started, the current network infrastructure was put to the test when so many agency employees started working remotely, which weighed heavily on the demand for network infrastructure. Technology leaders now need to make modernization an ongoing activity, not see it as a one-time investment.

Without modernizing the legacy network, the desired “return to normal” will be further delayed. The pandemic has forced agencies to accelerate IT modernization efforts at all levels.

Building a strategy and selecting the right technologies takes time and presents a wide variety of challenges. Agencies can consider a cutting-edge approach – modernizing individual network components based on their specific priorities.

This step-by-step approach also makes sense for other reasons. By initially replacing part of the network, an agency can see its performance and identify any compatibility issues that may arise with their legacy network systems.

Modern networks will open up a wealth of possibilities for federal and intelligence agencies. They can help boost productivity by providing employees with reliable connectivity to data, applications and platforms, wherever they work.

At the same time, modern networks can better handle rapid innovation, help improve the security of inbound and outbound connections, and position agencies to embrace future trends, technologies, and processes.