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Date / Time: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 11:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. London
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Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

Michael Rezek, Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Accedian

Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise, Ovum

Enterprise vCPE strategies have clear benefits: reducing cost and complexity, improving scalability, accelerating time to revenue and enabling customer self-care and new services/revenue streams. While the benefits are obvious, the way to realize them often ignites debate, and there are many deployment options available that take different approaches to where virtual network functions should sit, how service quality is attained and guaranteed and how still-developing standards around orchestration and management will impact what can be deployed today. This webinar brings together the expertise gained and hard lessons learned from hundreds of operators at different deployment stages, serving a wide range of business customers.


Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading
After a quarter of a century covering telecom, what Carol doesn't know about the industry can't even be Googled. Carol's CV, which is available as a partwork, includes spells at Telephony, Interactive Week and The Net Economy. She was also the founder of a telecom news website, BroadbandEdge. Prior to covering telecom, she covered higher education, business, politics, the arts and sports for publications in North Carolina and Wisconsin. [Ed note: Is there such as thing as the arts in Wisconsin, technically speaking?]

Now working for Light Reading from her home aviary with faithful dog Sunny as her executive assistant and personal trainer, Carol welcomes feedback from her readers, particularly if they shout, "Go Heels!" in her face at any given trade show.

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Michael Rezek, Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Accedian
Michael is Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Accedian with more than 18 years of field experience. He is responsible for driving new business strategies and building synergistic partnerships to deliver Accedian's virtualized performance assurance platform and solutions to a growing number of customers. In his prior post, he served as Vice President of Virtualized Network Solutions at NEC/NetCracker. He owned the relationships with C-Levels, product management, technical architects and financial business managers facilitating collaborative partnership go-to-market strategies. His past roles afforded him the opportunities to drive revenue/control expenses, direct and control new product/service introduction/certification, define and launch new managed service products and direct negotiations for complex multiparty contracts.

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Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise, Ovum
Mike Sapien is responsible for Ovum's US enterprise practice. Based in southern California, he is focused on North American and global enterprise telecom markets and related trends, including WAN; managed services including security and advanced voice; video and data services aimed at global MNC, large enterprise customers. His focus areas include data center services, emerging cloud and hosted services, enterprise mobility services and related product development, market launches and channel programs. His recent work includes research into SIP trunking, UC, Cloud-Network integration, Hybrid WAN, SDN/NFV impact, data analytics, data center services, telco healthcare solutions and managed security. Mike has more than 30 years of experience in the telecoms and Internet services industry, including executive positions at large carriers, CLEC and a data center provider. Before joining Ovum, he was a consultant advising carriers, vendors and enterprise customers on business development, marketing and go-to-market strategies.

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