ACE Spotlight: Tom Engels

Blog Post created by hausmus Employee on Jul 25, 2018

I'd like to introduce you all to Tom Engels, one of our Ciena Community ACEs. Tom lives in Belgium and works in the Netherlands, he has his hands full with three children, and enjoys running. He is currently the Principal Consultant at Telindus with 19 years of network experience and can also add author to his list of accomplishments with an article recently published on Network Insights: What criteria does a layer 1 encryption solution need to meet?


You can connect with Tom and see some of most recent contributions to the community on his profile.


Learn more about Tom in his interview:


What is your current role? How did you get started in the industry?

Principal Consultant. It started 19 years ago as a GSM engineer, responsible for BTS/BSC/MSC maintenance. Moved to the backbone (SDH) business quickly. Built the first Marconi 10G DWDM network for BT. Had different roles: engineer, support engineer, technical consultant, sales engineer and Principal Consultant.


What are your favorite sources of information to do your job?


What projects, or initiatives, are you looking forward to working, or you’re most proud of accomplishing?

  • Look forward to move from automation to orchestration
  • Engagement with Ciena as VAR / MSP / Service Partner


If we ask your friends and family, what would they say you do at work?

I work in sales at Telindus in Utrecht. I'm responsible for the Optical business. Optical connections are required to transport big amounts of data. Optical technology connects you to the internet, Netflix and Facebook.

I'm taking care of Connectivity Business Development, Design, Marketing, Sales enablement, alignment with technical operations but also with the vendor. (spider in the Web) I'm working in the pre-sales team as a Principal Consultant, driving the Connectivity business.


What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?



What should Ciena Community members ask you about?

How to Pitch Connectivity with encryption