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Getting your "Business Support System (BSS)-on-Cloud" Strategy Right
Date / Time: Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 7:00 a.m New York / 12:00 p.m London
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5G, IIoT, Wifi6, Cloud-native services all have created enormous opportunities for the enterprise segment to grow at an unprecedented speed and BSS is the core monetization engine of investment that drives these for CSPs (communications service providers). As such, overcoming BSS transformation challenges is paramount to realizing return on network investments. It requires CSPs to embrace a leaner, agile, and intelligent infrastructure as the company’s backbone and the way to do that is through the cloud. Cloud-based solutions will enable CSPs to create significant economic value by boosting revenue by as much as 3 to 5% and by cutting costs by 20 to 30%. However, in order to successfully leverage the value of this infrastructure, CSP’s need a strong framework & monetization mechanism to realize the BSS-cloud’s value proposition of greater revenue and lower costs.

In this webinar, STL will discuss how to realize the full potential & technological benefits accrued from BSS-to-cloud migrations & how organizations can be better prepared to explore the possibilities of how to succeed in their BSS to cloud journey, through setting realistic expectations and culling based on lessons learned across the cloud ecosystem.

Key topics include:

  • Defining the KPIs to ensure successful BSS-Cloud set-up
  • Why lift-and-shift from legacy to cloud is a perfect recipe for disaster.
  • How to use Open API and Open Digital Architecture for accelerated value generation.
  • Selecting the right cloud partner & platform components

Speakers:
Jim Hodges, Research Director – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading | bio Ravi Shankar, Head of Product Management, BSS/OSS, STL | bio
Ajay Iyer, V.P - Platform R&D, Technology Unit Management, STL | bio
 

Jim leads Heavy Reading's research on the service assurance and security impact of the virtualized cloud on the control plane and application layers, both in the fixed and mobile core and at the enterprise edge. Jim focuses on the security impacts that cloud-based technologies such as 5G introduce from a cyber-threat detection perspective, as well as billing and service assurance transformation implications. 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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Ravi is a seasoned professional with a customer-first approach & a proven track record of product and portfolio management, technology development, and digital transformation in the enterprise & network software domain. Being a strong advocate of a people-first, digital lifestyle, and equitable access to resources, Ravi is passionate about using technology to bring extreme agility, data-driven decision making, and significant cost savings to the enterprises. He is an accomplished leader with distinguished abilities in all facets of product design, marketing strategies, including acquisitions and portfolio consolidation through extensive experience in international and multi-cultural environments.

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Ajay is passionate about creating innovative products based on open source technology adoption leading the product development, engineering, delivery, R&D implementation. Currently, he serves as a VP at STl and is responsible for overseeing all phases of product engineering, delivery, platform, architecture, and technologies & modernization of application and ensuring successful rollout of NPD across multiple product lines. He is responsible for selection of open source technology for enhancing high product growth across the portfolio and rolling out BSS products across various geographies.

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John serves as President of BitPath, a consortium of broadcasters that is planning the transition of member stations to ATSC 3.0 ("NextGen") and developing platforms to support new businesses that exploit the advanced capabilities of the NextGen broadcasting standard. BitPath is creating a nationwide data distribution network leveraging the enormous data distribution capacity of hundreds of leading television broadcast stations.

Prior to joining BitPath John was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Pillsbury, a global law firm with a leading technology practice, where he primarily focused on counseling clients in telecom, media and technology sectors. He was deeply involved in matters related to the development and regulatory approval of ATSC 3.0.

A "go-to" advisor on spectrum matters, before joining Pillsbury John led a large satellite and wireless network development group. He has also served in executive positions with NBC, Lockheed Martin, and New World Communications Group. He is the inventor or co-inventor of four patents related to wireless and satellite spectrum and secure authentication.

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Winston Caldwell received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California with over twenty-five years of electrical engineering experience. He is the Vice President of Advanced Engineering at Fox Corporation. In the past, he has served as a Systems Engineer in the servers and storage industry with EMC Corporation and as a Senior Engineer in the aerospace industry with the Boeing Company.

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Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.

A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Backchannelmedia Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics. She received TV NewsCheck's "2019 Futurist" Women in Technology Award and was named one of 2018's "Powerful Women in Consumer Technology" by Dealerscope magazine. In 2016, she received the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts .

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Ralph Brown founded Brown Wolf Consulting LLC after retiring from CableLabs® where he was CTO and responsible for leading CableLabs’ Research and Development staff in delivering innovative technology to the cable industry. In this role, he led research and development in a broad range of areas, including: Hybrid Fiber-Coax, Optical, and Wireless Network Technologies, as well as Open Source Software, Security, and Technology Policy. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading opportunities for convergence across all of CableLabs programs. During this period he also served on the Board of Directors for SCTE/ISBE, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), and Kyrio®.

Prior to CableLabs, Mr. Brown worked for [email protected] as Chief Architect, Set-top Systems where he worked on broadband applications for set-top terminals and entertainment devices. Before joining [email protected], he worked for Time Warner Cable as Chief Software Architect in their Advanced Engineering Department where he worked on the Orlando Full Service Network and was a key contributor the Time Warner Cable Pegasus Program.

Mr. Brown earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His Master’s thesis was in the field of Speech Recognition. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from North Carolina State University.

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