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Virtualization at Scale: How to Operationalize & Commercialize
Date / Time: Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4 p.m. London
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Caroline Chappell, Principal Analyst, NFV & Cloud, Heavy Reading

Ari Banerjee, Senior Director, Strategy, Netcracker Technology

Service providers are looking to virtualization as a means to enable innovation and competitive differentiation by introducing new services faster and more aggressively. Yet the challenges of commercializing and launching full-scale software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives still persist. Service providers often encounter a number of roadblocks on their virtualization journeys, including long cycles for bringing services to market due to manual processes and inflexible BSS/OSS, high maintenance costs, the lack of a centralized point for responsibility and expertise and an overall misunderstanding of crucial information or standards in the industry.

To address these complications, service providers require lifecycle automation, plug-and-play business enablement tools and centralized governance for their SDN/NFV operationalization programs. But in order to unlock these capabilities, service providers need a strategy that encompasses a complete virtualized infrastructure stack, a full suite of professional services, end-to-end lifecycle service orchestration and management as well as an agile platform for developing future products and services.

NEC's and Netcracker's Agile Virtualization Platform and Practice (AVP) is a powerful combination of tools, processes, best practices and professional services that enables service providers to increase operational efficiency and reduce time-to-market. It also helps service providers minimize integration costs; leverage open source-based technologies; and optimize service planning, deployment and usage.

Join Netcracker and Heavy Reading for a thought-provoking webinar on agile virtualization during which Netcracker will chart the course for operationalizing NFV. From theory to deployment, Netcracker executives will examine the next steps required for service providers to not only bring NFV to life, but also best practices to monetize it.



Caroline Chappell, Principal Analyst, NFV & Cloud, Heavy Reading
Caroline leads Heavy Reading's research into service provider cloud adoption for internal IT, enterprise service delivery and network functions virtualization (NFV) purposes. She also covers technologies that support telco application development and delivery and customer experience management. She is currently tracking the impact of SDN and NFV on telecom organizations and has a major interest in the new architectures and management systems needed for operating SDN and NFV-based networks.

Caroline has more than 25 years' experience researching and writing about the information and communications technology industry for global analyst firms and publications, and has led major research projects for communications service providers, vendors, financial institutions and government bodies. She is an authority on the global wholesale telecom industry, and her work synthesizes a broad understanding of technology innovation with a deep knowledge of telecom market dynamics.

She is based in the U.K..

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Ari Banerjee, Senior Director, Strategy, Netcracker Technology
Ari Banerjee is responsible for all aspects of Netcracker's strategic initiatives across its BSS/OSS, CEM and Big Data Analytics business lines, including customer, product and technology management, market direction and corporate communications. Before joining Netcracker, Ari was a Principal Analyst at Heavy Reading and led the company's Service Provider IT Total Access research service, including all aspects of telecom software research. His areas of focus include BSS, OSS, SDP, API exposure, policy management, digital commerce, revenue assurance, service assurance, as well as data warehousing, analytics, cloud networking and SDN and NFV.

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