New York

April 16 - 17 2018, Marriott Marquis Times Square

2018 preliminary Agenda

2018 Program Advisory Council members:

  • Kevin Gallo, Telecommunications Manager, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
  • Michael McGahan, Executive Director, Networking, NPD GROUP
  • Shweta Gupta, Director, Vendor Management and Procurement, STATE STREET GLOBAL MARKETS
  • Senthilkum Chokkan, Manager/Architect, Global Network Services, VWR INTERNATIONAL

Day One

8:15                Registration and Refreshments

9:00                Opening Remarks and Live Poll

9:15                WAN Design and Managed Services in the age of SD-WAN

9:40                Case Study: Rolling Out A Global Deployment of SD-WAN

Ed Higgs, Interim Global Service Delivery Director, RENTOKIL INITIAL

10:05             Panel: 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 lead 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)?

Mike Howell, Global Infrastructure Engineering Manager, RENTOKIL INITIAL
Adnan Ramji, Senior Manager - Global Technology, TRANSUNION


10:45             Morning Coffee Break

11:15             Enterprise Case Study: Selecting an SD-WAN Vendor and Rolling Out Hyperconvergence Infrastructure on Portions of Abbvie’s Global WAN

Amar Abdelhak, Enterprise Architect, ABBVIE


These sessions provide delegates with an opportunity to explore questions raised by the summit in more depth, with audience members determining their own needs and outcomes based on experience from within their own organizations

12:00             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.

12:25             Lunch

13:45             Live Poll

13:50             Enterprise Case Study: Borgwarner’s WAN Strategy for Cloud, Virtual Appliances, and LTE

Mark Williams, Sr. IT Manager, Global Networks/ Telecommunications/ Security, BORGWARNER

14:15             Panel: 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?

Kristan Kline, Principal, Network Strategy, Office of the CTO, KAISER PERMANENTE


14:55             Afternoon Coffee Break

15:25             Enterprise Case Study: TE Connectivity's Global WAN Strategy

Jeremy Snyder, Manager - Network and Voice Services, TE INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Eric Willekens, Senior Manager Network/Voice, TE INFORMATION SYSTEMS

15:50             Panel: 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?

Mark Sheard, Managing Director, TECHCALIBER UK


16:30             Round Table Peer to Peer Exchange

16:50             Live Poll and Extended Q&A

17:00             Closing Remarks and Drinks Sponsor Speech

17:10             Networking Drinks

18:30             Close of Day One

Day Two

8:30                Registration and Refreshments

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

The WAN Leadership 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 Leadership Forum the opportunity to discuss candidly the challenges in running their networks and glean insight and guidance from their peers.

9:00                (Concurrent with WAN Leadership Forum Breakfast)

                        Vendor Panel: Partnerships and Interoperability in the SD-WAN                                             Ecosystem       

The SD-WAN revolution has opened up the possibility of many different business models and partnerships for both equipment/software vendors and carriers or managed services providers. This panel will review the various ways of getting SD-WAN to enteprise customers whether through carriers’ proprietary service, carriers who have selected a single channel partner, carriers or managed services providers who use several vendors depending on customer needs, and vendors selling directly to the end-user customer. In addition, the panel will also address interoperability in the age of SD-WAN and how carriers and vendors can work together on solutions.

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of a single vendor as a channel partner model for carriers and managed services providers? What about the carriers that have created proprietary service?
  • Can we expect more consolidation or acquisitions such as Cisco and Viptela or VMWare and Velocloud? How do the carriers and vendors expect the market landscape to change in the next few years?
  • What issues with interoperability will carriers face as more and more WANs have SD-WAN deployed and this traffic traverses many networks? What steps can carriers take now to address these issues?

Moderator: Steve Garson, President, SD-WAN EXPERTS

9:40                Opening Remarks and LIVE POLL

9:50                Presentation: SD-WAN Vendor Selection—Carrier, Managed Services                                   Provider, or Vendor Direct?

The purpose of this session is to review the options available to enterprise WAN Managers when seeking to adopt SD-WAN and what the differences might be between each option. What WAN needs influence the choice to select service through a carrier’s channel partner, a managed services provider, or going SD-WAN vendor direct? It will also explore the models might work best for different network needs, and what factors to consider when choosing a carrier, managed services provider, or SD-WAN vendor (or combination of all three).

10:15             Panel: 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?

Steve Sesko, Global Category Head, CHAIN IQ
Michael A. Wynston, Director GNE Network Architecture, Global Network Engineering, FIRST DATA CORPORATION

Shweta Gupta, Director, Vendor Management and Procurement, STATE STREET GLOBAL MARKETS


10:55             Morning Coffee Break

11:25             Enterprise Case Study: Adopting New Technologies and Adapting Old Technologies in Bloomberg’s WAN

Partha Turaga, Bloomberg WAN Network Manager, BLOOMBERG


These sessions provide delegates with an opportunity to explore questions raised by the summit in more depth, with audience members determining their own needs and outcomes based on experience from within their own organizations.

12:15             TeleGeography Presentation: Enteprise 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.

12:40             Lunch

14:00             Enterprise Case Study: Preparing the WAN for the Future of IT

Jeremiah Ginn, Network Manager, TRINITY INDUSTRIES

14:25             Panel: 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?


15:05             Closing Remarks

15:10             Exhibit Hall and Networking           

16:00             Close of Summit

If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact:

Claire Tranah, Conferences
Tel. +44 (0) 7747 012 119