How Cox Communications' Automation Adoption Drives Business Outcomes
Date / Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 11.00 a.m. New York / 4.00 p.m. London
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In a highly competitive market space, business agility and efficiency are top of mind for communications service providers. To meet fast-changing customer needs, these organizations must rapidly deploy new services and applications at scale throughout their infrastructures.

Join our special webinar where you will learn insights from Heavy Reading's recent case study of North American cable leader Cox Communications and its network automation journey. You'll learn how Cox has leveraged automation to transform interaction with its network and core business processes. Attendees will also hear how Cox Communications' forward-looking "HOPS" automation initiative and its strategic partnership with Cisco are achieving key business outcomes.

We'll share the real-world benefits that can be achieved from Cisco's closed-loop network automation and orchestration portfolio, including:

  • Improved network robustness, integrity, time and opex savings
  • Turn up of new applications within minutes
  • OS and software upgrades with greater precision
  • Smart zero-touch provisioning of network devices in near real time

Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading | bio Matt Hayes, Executive Director, Network Automation and Shared Services, Cox Communications | bio
Omar Sultan, Leader, Network Automation (NSO/ESC) Product Management, Cisco Systems | bio

Sterling has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage area at Heavy Reading is optical networking, including packet-optical transport. He also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Market Tracker and Next-Gen Core Packet-Optical Market Tracker. Sterling joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Sterling worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis. Sterling is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press.

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Matt has spent the last 20 years in network centric roles for Cox Communications. Matt leads a team of engineers focused on the development of network automation and internet services. Among Matt and Teams most proud technical achievements are those that have digitized the cable network: building IP-free core, launching DAA/RPHY, converting all services over IP in FTTH footprint , and driving ModernSP operations through Automation. Matts most satisfying professional achievements are growing engineers into leaders and change agents building leaders at every level. Matt received his B.S. in General Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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As Leader for Product Management in Cisco’s Network Services Orchestrator unit, Omar Sultan runs a global product management team for one of the company’s most successful network automation products. Omar joined Cisco in 1999, and has a proven track record of helping the company successfully enter new markets and productize emerging technologies including professional services, optical, security, data center networking, data center compute, SDN, web-scale solutions and automation. He has always been driven to see how innovation can be moved beyond the "bright and shiny" stage and applied in meaningful ways to break new ground and create new markets.

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It’s my 10th year with Cisco. Been an amazing journey so far. Part of automation group from day 1. Helped many SP and large enterprise customers setting up Cisco automation solution(‘s) and e2e integration with OSS/BSS systems.

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Joe Mocerino oversees solutions strategy and marketing for the Fujitsu 1FINITY, Smart xHaul Transport and FLASHWAVE Packet Optical Portfolio. He has written numerous whitepapers and served in speaking roles for telecom and CATV forums, currently focusing on Mobile xhaul Optimization and service delivery. He has a 30-year track record in product line management, marketing, business development, sales, engineering and manufacturing. Joe's technology expertise includes Packet ONP, OTN, CPRI, SONET/SDH/PDH, DSL, WAN/mesh networks, packet networking and CATV headend optics platforms.

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Clarke is Principal Architect of emerging technologies at Shaw Communications. In this role, he analyzes emerging technologies and works with senior executives to develop product strategy. Prior to Shaw, Clarke spent over a decade at CableLabs analyzing and developing new technologies for the cable television industry. He is a public speaker on the Internet of Things (IoT) and a board member of Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), an international IoT standards organization. He has occasionally been a judge for the CES Innovation Awards. Clarke served on the board of directors of Universal Plug-n-Play Forum (UPnP), chaired the Technical Committee, and led the Internet of Things task force until UPnP was acquired by OCF. He currently chairs the developer tools group in OCF. He has also chaired various task forces related to video and television in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He has developed key technologies for the delivery of IP video and other cable services through the web. In general, Clarke relishes developing connected services as they cross traditional product boundaries.

Over his career Clarke has worked in engineering, research, product management and strategy around digital media and communications at Shaw, CableLabs, MediaOne, SonicBlue and Qwest. He built the world’s largest subwoofer and holds over twenty issued patents (and dozens not yet issued). In his spare time, he designs and builds home recording studios, theaters and other custom home improvements. He holds MSEE degrees from Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

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