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Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths with Proven Solutions
Date / Time: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 12:00 p.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading

Mykola Konrad, Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, Sonus Networks

Randy Schrock, VP, Corporate Alliances (Americas), BT

Cloud service delivery models are rapidly changing real-time communications (RTC) with new dynamic services and anticipated cost efficiencies… and anything less should be considered a failure. Trying to figure out how the cloud will optimize your RTC service delivery models from today’s proprietary, complex and disjointed solution can be confusing. Join our two-part webinar series and learn how to avoid the myths and achieve the realities in delivering RTC services faster, more cost-effectively and at the scale you need with Sonus’s solutions.

There are numerous challenges in deploying real-time communication (RTC) cloud services, and many claims being made on their behalf. To clarify what cloud reality looks like, this first in a two-part webinar series will answer these questions:

  • What is meant by "RTC in the cloud?"
  • What are the success criteria for deploying RTC in the cloud?
  • What are the challenges to overcome?
  • How can a Session Border Controller (SBC) solve these challenges?
  • What innovation is required to optimize a “cloud SBC”?

Register to hear insights from Light Reading, BT, and Sonus, whose cloud-optimized portfolio is a key enabler for RTC in the Cloud.


Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading
Jim leads Heavy Reading’s research on the impact of NFV on the control plane and application layers at the core and edge. This includes the evolution path of SIP applications, unified communications (UC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy controllers and WebRTC. Jim is also focused on the network and subscriber impact of Big Data and Analytics. He authors Heavy Reading's NFV and SDN Market Trackers. Other areas of research coverage include Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Mykola Konrad, Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, Sonus Networks
Mykola Konrad leads Sonus' global product, channel and corporate marketing initiatives. He has more than 17 years of technology development and product management experience, most recently serving as Director of Product Management at Sonus. Prior to Sonus, he served as Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, Product Manager at Avaya, Software Developer at Panasonic and Software Developer at Ariel Corporation.

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Randy Schrock, VP, Corporate Alliances (Americas), BT
Randy Schrock is a technology sector executive with extensive and diversified experience in operations, partnership and strategy management specializing in all aspects of professional and managed service delivery. Direct management responsibility for thru-partner indirect channels sales & marketing, alliance program management and demand generation, and dispersed team management. An award-winning, goal oriented, high achiever able to set strategy, create program execution models, and manage performance to achieve operational excellence and financial success. Specialties include developing vision, strategy and business framework for sell-with/alliance models with industry leading technology vendors to establish and manage market strategies, service definitions, program management, demand generation, sales and marketing management at both domestically and globally. This includes effective internal relationship and team management across business units and global markets with direct C-level interaction demonstrated via an enthusiastic, integrity-based and team-centric approach.

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