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Making Sense of It All at BTE

Ray Le Maistre

Blink and you'll miss something big.

That's how I feel about the communications networking and services sector right now -- the pace of change is so rapid. For example, here's just a small flavor of some of the industry-changing developments that have taken place during the past three days alone:

That's almost insane. That's the kind of M&A activity you might expect in a month or a quarter.

And it's not just the pace -- the complexity can be bewildering, especially when it comes to the introduction of cloud and virtualization technologies and the impact that will have on network and business strategies. For example, consider how the networking strategies being developed and implemented by web services giants such as Facebook are going to impact the networking market the world over and how such an influential company can impact the broader market:

That's why I'm looking forward to setting up my virtual office in Chicago during the week of June 8 and getting a much clearer picture of where this market is going during the Big Telecom Event and the many workshops that are happening before and during the event.

That's because I know I -- along with the thousands of others heading to Chicago -- will get a real-world view of the impact of SDN, NFV and the cloud from key executives such as Axel Clauberg, Vice President, Aggregation, Transport, IP and Fixed Access at Deutsche Telekom AG; Andre Fuetsch, Senior Vice President, Architecture and Design, AT&T; Jared Wray, CTO, CenturyLink Cloud; Bikash Koley, Principal Architect & Manager, Network Architecture, Google; Nico Fischbach, Director of Strategy, Architecture and Innovation, Colt; and many more.

Add to that the other keynote presentations, panel sessions, workshops and show floor demonstrations that will delve into OTT service delivery, network security, IoT, new business strategies, next-gen Ethernet, 4G evolution, data center interconnect… the list goes on. There's a lot to learn about -- a lot to understand.

Light Reading's second Big Telecom Event takes place on June 9-10 in Chicago. Get yourself registered today or get left behind!

It's already going to be a great event, but it can be made even better by you. Yes, YOU! That's because everyone can gain from everyone else's insights, experiences and views. BTE is a fantastic place to tap into what the experts are saying and showing off but also to provide feedback to those experts and to the others in Chicago, whether that's on the show floor, in the interactive panel sessions, at the Leading Lights Awards Dinner or during the Battle of the Bands that's taking place on the evening of the first full day of the show. You might have to shout a bit to be heard, though.

So, yes, there's fun to be had too. And it'll be more interesting if you can join us there. Check out all the details at the BTE website and see the very long list of industry executives who are going to help us all get to grips with the future.

I hope to see you there.

— Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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User Rank: Light Sabre
5/29/2015 | 9:40:54 PM
fantastic event coming ahead
In addition to being an industry covering event, it has all the potential to become an industry shaping event. Excitedly looking forward for the post event coverage.
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/28/2015 | 3:43:10 PM
re: Making Sense of It All at BTE
Susan, sounds great - we will keep all sides of the globe engaged!  Looking forward to sharing thoughts, perspectives, and responses to the dynamic changes taking place - maybe we can continue to make sense of it?
Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané,
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5/28/2015 | 3:35:44 PM
Re: Making Sense of It All at BTE
DHagar, you said it all very well. :) As I am on the other side of the pond I appreciate all the post-event coverage, videos, photos, and a speacial video about the War of the Bands. :D That has to be fantastic as well. -Susan
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/28/2015 | 2:37:11 PM
Re: Making Sense of It All at BTE
Ray, you are a great ambassador!  You make everyone want to attend.  Unfortunately, my schedule will not permit, so I will have to rely on your excellent insights and analysis - we will stay tuned!

In the meantime, you are absolutely correct.  The business models are changing hourly.  Clearly, an evolution is taking place, and I understand 5G will add to that significantly.  That is the value of Light Reading and the great minds shedding "Light" on this dynamic change.  An exciting, confusing, enriching, and enlightening time!
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