Breaking Down Barriers Between IT & Network - Your Path to Digital Transformation
Date / Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
sponsored by
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading

Kailem Anderson, Vice President of Solutions and Engineering, Blue Planet

In the age of the content economy, demand keeps exploding. Digital transformation is not an option.

You've made a lot of progress. But let's face it – your business operations are only as good as the weakest link between your network and IT. It's time to do things differently. To succeed, it's time to break down the barriers between network and IT to intelligently automate your critical business processes and achieve unprecedented levels of agility, control and adaptation across your network and operations.

Are you ready?

Join Kailem Anderson, vice president of solutions and engineering at Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, and James Crawshaw, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, for an insightful discussion that will look beyond network automation to the transformational benefits that can be realized from the powerhouse combination of network and IT. The end game? Intelligent, closed-loop automation that increases your operational agility to lower costs, while delivering a better customer experience and accelerating top-line revenue growth.

During this webinar, we will explore:

  • The key building blocks of a modernized OSS that breaks down the barriers between network and IT
  • How these components work together to optimize critical business processes and enable intelligent automation
  • Multiple success stories of service providers who have deployed automation across their operations and network infrastructure


James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, 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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Kailem Anderson, Vice President of Solutions and Engineering, Blue Planet
Kailem Anderson is Vice President of Product Line Management for Ciena's Software and Services business. His responsibilities include global ownership of Ciena's portfolio strategy, direction, development and introduction of new disruptive offerings in the areas of automation, orchestration, analytics, software, SaaS and global services. Well-established in the networking industry for 20 years, Kailem has held various leadership positions at Cisco, IBM and Microsoft, where he focused on introducing new technologies to market in the areas of networking, security, data centers, automation and SaaS.

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Glenn Calafati, Global Marketing Director, Ciena
Glenn Calafati has responsibility for business development within the content industries segment. In this role, he consults with cable operators and media companies on next-generation technologies and service development. Prior to joining Ciena, he was Vice President of Product Development and Technology at Sidera Networks and held similar technology roles at the data center operator Telx and Cablevison's Lightpath division. As Chief Engineer at Cablevision, Glenn led the network planning and architecture defining Ethernet Service delivery architectures for voice, video and enterprise data services across core, distribution and access layers. He started his career with Verizon where he held several technology roles in operations.

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