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Accelerating Network Automation: Practical Guidelines for Automating Legacy & Early-Stage, Virtual Telecom Networks
Date / Time: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading

Jay Stewart, Senior PLM, Virtual Solutions, Spirent

Service providers are confronted by a conflicting set of needs: launch new services faster, dramatically reduce costs and ensure a differentiated service quality. Network automation is the only way to meet these needs, but automation has historically been expensive and time consuming to deploy. New cloud-native networks will change this dynamic but they are years away and providers cannot afford to wait. This webinar will address the reality of today’s physical legacy network and nascent virtual networks, delivering practical guidelines to make network automation projects faster and more cost-effective.

The webinar will cover the following points:

  • Current telecom automation trends and NFV orchestration deployment status
  • State of network virtualization and progress towards cloud-native networks
  • Principles of cloud-native service assurance/applicability to today’s networks
  • Target use cases for automation in legacy and early-stage virtual/hybrid networks
  • Case study: tier 1 provider deployment of cloud-native service assurance for network automation.



 

James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
James leads Heavy Reading's OSS/BSS research service. He examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service and infrastructure management. James's areas of focus include BSS, OSS, SDP, policy management, revenue assurance, service assurance, analytics and business intelligence. He is particularly interested in the impact of SDN and NFV on operator's IT systems.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, James worked for more than 15 years as an analyst covering technology and telecom companies for various investment banks and industry research firms. He previously worked as a management consultant in industry.

James holds a BSc and MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester, England.

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Jay Stewart, Senior PLM, Virtual Solutions, Spirent
For more than 30 years, Jay Stewart has been working with communications service providers to launch services faster, ensure high service quality and reduce operational costs. He is currently responsible for Spirent’s virtual strategy as the senior product line manager for service assurance. As part of this role, Jay works closely with leading service providers to help them automate their testing and assurance processes across both lab and production environments. Prior to joining Spirent, he was Director of Marketing for Ethernet services at JDSU and was responsible for Ethernet test products for service activation, performance monitoring and troubleshooting.

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Matt Gowarty, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Infoblox
Matt Gowarty focuses on service providers and cloud and virtualization solutions. With more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications and networking, he leads initiatives with private/hybrid clouds, NFV/SDN and data center automation. Prior to joining Infoblox, Matt worked with leading organizations including Fluke Networks, Visual Networks and GTE/Verizon.

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Walter Kenrich, Director of Product Management, Sonus Networks
Walter Kenrich has over 20 years of domestic and international product management and marketing experience for session border controllers, IP telephony solutions and contact center applications. At Sonus, Walter oversees the strategic product marketing across the entire Sonus product portfolio. Before joining Sonus, Walter held leadership positions in product management and marketing while at Cisco, Empirix, Vertical Communications and EDS. When Walter is not working on solving the next real-time communications market dilemma or customer solution he can be found on the soccer fields, basketball or tennis courts coaching and watching his 3 kids excel in action.

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Frank Wiener, Vice President of Marketing, Wedge Networks
Frank leads marketing for Wedge Networks, Inc. He has more than 25 years of diverse engineering, product management, marketing, sales, and executive leadership experience, with Cyan (Ciena), Calix, Paradyne/AT&T Paradyne, and Nortel. He has a track record of success at growing and scaling organizations and companies from early stage startup through to IPO and/or acquisition. His technical and market expertise spans from wireless and wireline access, to transport, networking, and security. He has written 3 industry books: The DSL Source Book, The Book on Video, and The Book on Transformation, and has spoken at major industry conferences globally. Frank holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida.

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