Employee Spotlight: Tony Xu

Filed in China, Employee Spotlight, Mobile Careers by on November 13, 2015 1 Comment

Synergy’s Employee Spotlight series profiles some of the best and brightest of Syniverse who make mobile work for our customers around the world.


Xu-BlogWhat’s your title and role?
I’m Senior Technology Director for Innovation and Strategic Development Solutions, responsible for the research and development of Syniverse’s managed services, including our Roaming Control Center, Roaming Intelligence Suite, LTE roaming, localized mobile engagement solutions. I work at Syniverse’s Beijing office.

How long have you been at Syniverse?
I joined in 2014 through Syniverse’s acquisition of Aicent.

What are you working on this month?
I’m leading some of our development teams to improve the Roaming Intelligence Suite and Roaming Control Center systems to support customized requirements from two Tier 1 carriers. I’m also supporting the migration and integration of multiple legacy systems to further streamline our development and operation support for customers.

What’s one of the most valuable insights you’ve gained during your career in mobile?
Do the right things and do things right are two principles that I think everyone in mobile should practice in their work. Doing the right things involves embracing industry trends and developing the most innovative and industry-leading solutions, and doing things right is determining the right priorities and investments for developing new solutions, as far as such factors as technology, manpower, urgency of the business opportunity, and launch date.

What’s been your best moment at Syniverse?
The opportunity to work with a Tier 1 operator and launch a new service under a tight deadline earlier this year. The service was related to certain roaming control functions for new data plans for mobile operators. The time frame was short, and just two weeks before the go-live date, an unforeseen problem related to network incompatibility popped up. As a result, we had to integrate a new component in our platform just one week before the system was to go live. In the end, we succeeded in solving this challenge, and overcoming it was a tremendously rewarding experience.

What’s the best thing about working at Syniverse?
Having the opportunity to stay involved with the newest technologies and best industry practices, and having the opportunity to turn these around in the capabilities and solutions we offer to our customers.

Tell us about your mobile lifestyle. What kind of phone do you use?
I use an iPhone 6 Plus, but I also keep up with Android and Windows phones to stay up to date with differences in technologies across the mobile industry.

What’s your favorite app or tool on your phone, and why?
One of my favorite apps is the Evernote Scannable app, which turns name cards into text and adds this into your contact list with just a few clicks. Some of my other favorite apps are WeChat and LinkedIn for social networking, Evernote and Wunderlist for note taking, and Airbnb Taobao for traveling and e-commerce.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without using your phone recently?
For as long as I sleep or drive. Otherwise, it’s hard to imagine not constantly checking for updates on my mobile.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to travel and spend time with my family on the weekend and explore different areas of Beijing.



Making a new friend at the World Park in Beijing.

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Tony Xu is Senior Technology Director for Innovation and Strategic Development Solutions and works at Syniverse's office in Tampa.

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  1. avatar Fenny says:

    New friend is lovely !

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