Driving AI & Automation in CSP Networks
Date / Time: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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Primary network functions and operations are becoming more and more complex. To ensure better and more personalized services for end-users, most CSPs across the globe are investing in building competency in network analytics and artificial intelligence to create platforms and solutions that have the cognitive ability to obtain a deeper understanding of their network functions, and enable smart data-driven executions. But this road to human and machine collaboration requires more than just a technology implementation; it requires a methodological approach to co-create and enable such competencies.

Join the experts for a panel discussion as they seek to highlight perspectives on deploying AI & Automation in CSP networks: Topics to be addressed include:

  • How AI is becoming a core capability for CSPs
  • Steps on the road towards AI & Automation
  • The critical role AI & Automation will play in the future of network operations
  • Automation to autonomous networks

Jim Hodges, Research Director – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading | bio Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President, Network and Edge Group, Intel | bio
Raj Savoor, Vice President, Network Analytics & Automation, AT&T Services Inc | bio Sumugam Balachandran, Head of Strategic Delivery and CTO for Network Services Americas, Tech Mahindra | 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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Rajesh Gadiyar is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Network and Edge Group (NEX) and leads the Architecture & Systems Engineering organization. He is focused on delivering scalable and efficient platforms for next generation communications applications. He leads the architecture and product development efforts to accelerate Cloud Native Network Applications in 5G infrastructure, Edge Clouds, Video Processing and AI in Networking.

Since joining Intel in 2000, he has held several positions in engineering, professional services, strategic planning, and architecture. Prior to joining Intel, he led various engineering teams at Trillium Digital Systems and Wipro Ltd. He brings several years of experience in networking products, architecture, protocols, standards and software development for Voice over IP, cellular, broadband, mobile telephony and data networks. He represents Intel as a Governing Board member of the Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) and Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). He is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. Rajesh has a B.S. in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Raj Savoor is the Vice President of Network Analytics and Automation, AT&T Services Inc. In this role, Raj is responsible for the analytics and automation of AT&T’s wireless and wireline broadband networks in support of Consumer, Enterprise, Internet of Things, and Government services. Raj and his team support both operations and product teams across business units on both tactical and strategic initiatives including integrated access network planning, performance & capacity analytics, key SDN based automation initiatives, the 5G Innovation Studio, Open RAN architectures and outreach initiatives. Raj has had an expansive set of experiences and responsibilities in his 30+ year career that began at Pacific Bell and continued through SBC to AT&T. Raj has worked extensively across multiple wireline access technologies from ADSL to GPON. He has also been a key lead in wireless network technology introductions including LTE, VoLTE, and now 5G while also supporting key initiatives transforming TDM to IP and migrating from legacy network architectures to SDN/Domain 2.0. Raj has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Davis. He has over 120 patents, and many awards including the prestigious AT&T Labs Science and Technology Medal for his work in Operational Automation. In his free time, Raj enjoys hiking and serving as assistant scout master conducting merit badges for the local boy scouts troop. Raj is located in San Ramon, California.

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Sumugam Balachandran is the Head of Strategic Delivery and CTO for Network Services Americas in Tech Mahindra driving delivery, solutioning, and growth. In addition to this, he leads Network Services (NS) innovation and serves an advisor to the network services business leadership in emerging technologies, and M&A opportunities.

Sumu is a recognized leader in the mobile, telecommunications and software industry. Prior joining Tech M, he was SVP of Global Customer Success at Mavenir where he built a successful Customer support organization keeping pace with evolving mobile network transformation strategy globally. Sumu has also held leadership positions at GENBAND as leader of support for Multimedia Business Unit and led operations for various countries, markets, and product verticals.

Sumu began his career with Aware (NASDAQ: AWRE), later joined Cedar Point Communications (acquired by GENBAND), where he grew to hold key leadership position in support and operations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Madras University and holds Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, Massachusetts. He has published technical literature in field of electrical/bio-medical engineering. He is a proud father of 11-year-old twins, loving husband, avid reader, amateur artist, keen Cricket enthusiast and lifetime fan of Superstar Rajnikant.

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Jean Macher is Business Development Director of SaaS Solutions for Harmonic where he drives the marketing effort for next-generation video solutions in the Americas. Macher joined Harmonic as part of the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in MPEG-related solutions and digital television implementation. Macher holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Institut Supérieur d'Électronique in Paris.

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Over 15 years of experience in the telecoms industry spanning portfolio strategy, marketing, product management and business development roles.

Currently Emerging Technology Director at Colt, responsible for portfolio strategy, marketing and sales enablement of digital transformation solutions for both service providers and city authorities.

In charge of bringing into the market end to end cross partners propositions that enable the delivery and monetization of Telco cloud solution, as well as the realization of the digital agenda of city authorities.

Broad and in depth technology expertise spanning SDN/NFV, NFVI, wireless technologies, AI and IoT/smart city platform recognized by the company through a series of “Best Achievements” awards for contributing in technology innovation/IPRs.

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