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Real-Time Visibility & Analytics to Enable Actionable Intelligence & Network Automation
Date / Time: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
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James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Tony Kourlas, Director, Product Marketing, Nokia

Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research

The rapid migration of content (e.g. OTT video), applications (e.g. enterprise SaaS) and services (e.g. storage) to the cloud is driving network transformation. At the same time, the proliferation of IoT devices is driving exponential growth in the number of end points and 5G will enable mobile edge computing for low-latency applications. Continuously shifting traffic flows and network loads bring new challenges for service providers. Service providers need to respond rapidly to changing network conditions, or better yet, move proactively in anticipation of expected conditions. This drives the need for real-time visibility and analytics to help service providers deliver end-user quality-of-experience and security.

The solution is underpinned by four key building blocks:

  • A more capable data plane and highly instrumented network fabric
  • A simplified and fully programmable control plane
  • A unified network topology view based on multi-domain, multi-layer visibility
  • A big data analytics engine for real-time operational intelligence

Join Tony Kourlas, director of product marketing at Nokia; Stephen Collins, principal analyst at ACG; and James Crawshaw, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, as they discuss these issues and several key use cases that illustrate the benefits of insight-driven actionable intelligence and network automation.

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James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, 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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Tony Kourlas, Director, Product Marketing, Nokia
Tony follows his passion for network management and carrier SDN marketing at Nokia by day as Director as Product Marketing with the IP-Optical Networks Group, and for connecting to the cosmos with his large telescopes by night. He has more than 25 years of experience in both.

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Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research
Stephen Collins is Principal Analyst at ACG Research, leading the firm's practice in network visibility and analytics. He has more than three decades of networking and telecommunications industry experience across many segments of both the enterprise and service provider markets. He has worked in business and technical organizations for many leading hardware and software infrastructure vendors, serving in executive and managerial roles. He has extensive experience bringing new products to market with technology-driven startups and emerging growth companies as a company founder, member of the senior management team, independent consultant and advisor to early-stage investors.

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