21 & 22 May 2019, Villa Kennedy Frankfurt


Advisory Board:

Marcel Koenig, Principal ICT Technology & Sourcing, ANCOMA CONSULTING
Oliver Simonis, Service Manager, BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE
Gareth Reid, Architecture and Innovation Manager, NESTLÉ
Lionel Marie, Lead Network Architect, Global Internet & Cloud Connectivity, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

Day One: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

8:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:30 Opening Remarks and Live Poll

9:45 Enterprise Case Study: SD-WAN Selection and Implementation

Markus Feldbruegge, Network Consultant, HENKEL

10:15 Panel discussion: Hybrid Transformations – Experiences with Adopting SD-WAN and Integrating Internet into the WAN

While it has been on many enterprise WAN Manager’s horizons for the past few years, SD-WAN has begun to reach a stage where large multinationals have deployed SD-WAN on some or all of their global network. This session will review experiences with rolling out SD-WAN and discuss what changes it has led to in network management.

  • What are the impacts on overall WAN spend?

  • How has SD-WAN affected the in house knowledge of IT teams? Do branch office techs now need to take crash courses in SD-WAN?

  • What specific metrics does SD-WAN offer and what new visibility into the network has it offered?

  • What are some specific applications of VNFs that WAN Managers have utilized after roll out?

  • What was the cost impact of deploying an SD-WAN solution? How much do enterprises save in the long term after that initial investment?

  • Was there a requirement to rip and replace current infrastructure, if so, did this fall into EOL, KEC (keep environment current)?

Marcel Koenig, Principal ICT Technology & Sourcing, ANCOMA CONSULTING
Hussein Khazaal, Head of Marketing & Technology Partnerships, NUAGE NETWORKS
Michael Huber, Vice President Sales Germany, OPEN SYSTEMS
Thomas Lentz, Solution Manager Innovative Services, SINGTEL

Moderator - Rob Schult, Research Director, TELEGEOGRAPHY


11:00 Morning Coffee Break

11:40 TeleGeography Presentation: Benchmarking Enterprise Networks — Modeling Hybrid Network Costs

This TeleGeography presentation will examine several hybrid network alternatives and see how adopting a hybrid solution might alter network and access spend for a hypothetical global enterprise network.

Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TELEGEOGRAPHY

12:10 Lunch

13:25 Live Poll

13:35 Presentation: SD-WAN development in EMEA

Johan Witters, IP rPLM Business Services Evolution, NOKIA

14:00 Panel Discussion: Cloud in the WAN – How to Adapt your WAN to Accommodate Cloud-Based Applications

As corporate computing is increasingly shifting to the cloud, WAN managers ensure that the network can accommodate the resulting shifts in traffic. The geography and technology of the network is intertwined with the location of corporate data centers, neutral colocation facilities, and cloud service provider presence. This panel will highlight issues and experiences with adapting network strategy to meet the new demands that cloud services present for the WAN.

  • How are most enterprises connecting to cloud providers and should this change going forward? Are there different strategies for connecting to multiple cloud providers?

  • What implications do cloud services pose for clear security standards and logical architectures?

  • What specific methods do you use to secure this new cloud environment?

  • How does adoption of cloud services impact the choice of branch office connectivity? What is the impact on major hub sites?

  • How can enterprises design their network to ensure performance of applications that are being accessed remotely? How do you delineate responsibility for performance assurance between the network provider and cloud service provider

  • What are the costs and network factors enterprises should consider when moving an application to the cloud?

  • How does cloud provider geography affect network design?

  • How will GDPR requirements affect cloud strategy?

Ritesh Mukherjee, Director of PLM, 128 TECHNOLOGY
Felix Massoth, Product and QA Manager, Network Services, NTT EUROPE
Simon Barlow, Senior Manager, Managed Networks Services, TATA COMMUNICATIONS
Neil Miller, Solutions Engineering Manager, EMEA, THOUSAND EYES

Moderator - Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TELEGEOGRAPHY


14:45 Afternoon Coffee Break

15:25 TeleGeography Presentation - SD-WAN Provider Comparison

Rob Schult, Research Director, TELEGEOGRAPHY

15:50 Panel Discussion: The Underlay Network – Selecting and Sourcing Local Access and Broadband

It is easy to talk about bandwidth on demand and other benefits of SDx in the datacenter or between network nodes where excess capacity is deployed, but bringing those capabilities to the branch office and the user is a completely different prospect. This session will explore and compare the benefits and risks of various access technologies, traditional leased line and Ethernet access, DIA, broadband, and LTE and 5G.

  • What are the key difference in price, security, and SLAs that customers need to understand between TDM or Ethernet access lines, DIA, and broadband?

  • When do most enterprises employ LTE? Is wireless moving beyond backups and temporary to become a genuine alternative?

  • What is the future of wireless access? What impact might 5G have on the LAN?

  • How much does QoS matter in the last mile? What steps can end users or providers take to improve last mile QoS?

  • What are some of the challenges or advantages to sourcing broadband or DIA directly from ISPs rather than through a carrier or reseller?

Sander Barens, VP Commercial Development, EXPEREO
Juergen Kirchmann, VP DACH, INFOVISTA

Moderator - Elliott Cheresh, Research Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY


16:30 Round Table Peer to Peer Exchange

16:50 Live Poll and Extended Q&A

17:00 Closing Remarks

17:10 Networking Drinks

18:40 Close of Day One

Day Two: Thursday, 28 June 2018

8:30 Registration and Refreshments

8:30-9:30 WAN Enterprise Forum Breakfast Club

The WAN Enterprise Forum Breakfast club is an intimate enterprise-only event intended to foster conversation and build a community of enterprise network managers. In addition to nourishment to begin the day, this session offers members of the WAN Enterprise Forum the opportunity to discuss candidly the challenges in running their networks and glean insight and guidance from their peers.

9:30 Opening Remarks and LIVE POLL

9:40 TeleGeography Presentation: Enterprise Networks and the Core Global Network Underlying Them

A TeleGeography presentation reviewing data trends in enterprise network footprints, connections to the cloud, and carrier SD-WAN service as well as the global submarine networks and their paths, pricing, traffic levels and how these trends affect the corporate network. 

Elliott Cheresh, Research Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY

10:05 Panel Discussion: One or Many? — Provider Selection Strategies in the Hybrid WAN Market       

The SD-WAN overlay network opens up the possibilty for WAN managers to rethink the topology, technology, and vendors of their physical network. This panel will explore and debate the choices WAN managers face for network sourcing in the hybrid environment, including questions such as:

  • Does SD-WAN facilitate a regional WAN sourcing strategy over a one-stop-shop global WAN solution? Or does this still depend on other factors such as WAN requirements, internal IT expertise and others?

  • Are there situations where end users should purchase their own broadband or DIA, or should they continue to rely on carriers or aggregators to source from ISPs and access providers across the world?

  • What about mobile convergence? Are there reasons to source mobile and wireline or WAN service from the same providers?

  • How can enterprises best choose between a fully managed service and network-only service?

Jason Poole, Principal Product Marketing Manager, CITRIX
Dietmar Geiler, Head of Product Management & Presales, NGENA – THE SHARED NETWORK
Facundo Musante, Global Network Services Manager, SCHLUMBERGER
Johan Ottosson

Moderator: Elliott Cheresh, Research Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY


10:45 Morning Coffee Break      

11:25 Panel Discussion: WAN Architecture for the Modern Workplace

Cloud, telework, mobility, BYOD, OTT communications, collaboration, IoT, and a host of other changes are having a large impact not just on how we work, but on how WAN managers ensure an available, reliable, and secure network. This panel will explore how the nature of work is changing and what tools are now available to accommodate these changes. The panelists will discuss monitoring, SD-WAN, cloud and software based services, security, and emerging managed services and how they will enable the WAN of the present and future:

  • How do you extend the corporate network and its security and QoS requirements to employees that are increasingly mobile, on outside devices, and on consumer-sourced connections?

  • How do enterprises understand and forecast bandwidth needs at each site? Are there tools or do they rely on carriers and vendors based on business needs?

  • What impact do OTT communication tools have on bandwidth needs?

  • Are there particular challenges for highly regulated industries such as banking/finance?

Marius Venter, Consulting Systems Engineer, ARUBA, A HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY
Oliver Burgstaller
, Director Advanced Business Solutions, RIVERBED
Marco van den Akker, VP of Nearly Everything, TINC WORKS

Moderator: Rob Schult, Research Director, TELEGEOGRAPHY


12:05 Closing Remarks

12:10 Lunch

13:10 Exhibit Hall and Networking      

14:10 Close of Summit


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