Westin Singapore, 11-12 September 2018


Advisory Board:

Daryl Yeo, Senior Network Technology Advisor, CARGILL

Zhong Xin Goo, VP Information Technology, CREDIT SUISSE

Cliff Neo, Global Enterprise Architect (IT), FUGRO

Nantha Kumar Krishnan, ICT Infrastructure Manager APAC, KERRY GROUP BUSINESS SERVICES (ASPAC)

Tanya Tang, Partner (Chief Economic and Policy Advisor), RAJAH & TANN SINGAPORE LLP

Conference Day One: September 11

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                Enterprise Case Study

10:05             Panel: Hybrid Transformations—Experiences with Adopting SD-WAN and                            Integrating Internet into the WAN

While many enterprise WAN managers continue to evaluate SD-WAN as a new technology, several have deployed SD-WAN in their global network and accumulated experience with implementation and operation. This session will review experiences with SD-WAN, evaluate results, and assess changes in network management prompted by SD-WAN.

  • How does SD-WAN impact overall WAN spending?
  • What knowledge and skill does SD-WAN require?
  • Do branch office techs require substantial training?
  • What new visibility into the network does SD-WAN show?
  • What virtual network functions do WAN managers deploy with SD-WAN?
  • What is the cost of deploying SD-WAN, and what savings does the investment yield?
  • Does SD-WAN prompt premature replacement of current infrastructure?


10:45             Morning Coffee Break

11:15             Enterprise Case Study


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

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 must ensure that the network accommodates the resulting shifts in traffic and delivers application performance. 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 enterprises connecting to cloud providers? What about multiple providers? Are new options needed?
  • 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 connectivity at major hub sites and branch offices?
  • 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?
  • How does cloud provider geography affect network design for different enterprise sites?


14:55             Afternoon Coffee Break

15:25             Enterprise Case Study

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

Within the core network between data centers and network nodes or otherwise “on net,” network operators can effectively exploit the benefits of software defined networks. But bringing those capabilities to the branch office and end user is a completely different prospect. This session will explore the merits of various access technologies, including leased lines, and Ethernet, DIA, broadband, LTE and 5G.

  • What are the differences in price, security, and SLAs between TDM or Ethernet access lines, DIA, and broadband?
  • When do most enterprises employ LTE? Is wireless moving beyond backup to become a genuine alternative?
  • What is the future of wireless access? What impact will 5G have on the WAN?
  • 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?


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

Conference Day Two: September 12

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.

9:40               Opening Remarks and LIVE POLL

9:50               Enterprise Case Study

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 the choices WAN managers face for network sourcing in the hybrid environment

  • Does SD-WAN elicit a regional WAN sourcing strategy over a one-stop-shop global WAN solution?
  • When should end users purchase their own broadband or DIA, and when should they rely on carriers or aggregators to source from ISPs and access providers globally?
  • Are there compelling reasons to source mobile and wireline from the same providers?
  • How can enterprises best choose between a fully managed service and network-only service?


10:55             Morning Coffee Break

11:25             TeleGeography Presentation: Enteprise Networks and the Core Global                                  Network Underlying Them

A review of trends in enterprise network footprints, connections to the cloud, and carrier SD-WAN service—as well as how global submarine networks, pricing, and traffic affect the enterprise network.

11:50             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 on how we all work, not to mention 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. How will monitoring, SD-WAN, cloud and software based services, security, and emerging managed services enable the WAN of the future?

  • How do you extend the corporate network and its security and QoS requirements to employees that are increasingly mobile and using consumer devices and connections?
  • How do enterprises understand and forecast bandwidth needs at each site? Are adequate tools available or can carriers and vendors deliver better assessment?
  • What impact do OTT communication tools have on bandwidth needs?
  • Are there particular challenges for highly regulated industries such as finance and healthcare?

12:25             Lunch


14:00             Close of Summit