|Tuesday, March 19|
Cloud Contracts: Good, Bad, Ugly - Location: Sun D
As cloud communications gains appeal and more providers get into the market, what are the do’s and don’ts from a procurement perspective? In this session, experts and those who have been t…
Speaker/Moderator - Marc Lindsey, Partner, Levine, Blaszak, Block and Boothby, LLP
Speaker - Stephen Leaden, President, Leaden Associates, Inc.
Stephen Leaden is founder and President of Leaden Associates, Inc., an independent Telecommunications consulting firm providing specialized support in leading technologies. Mr. Leaden has been in the Telecommunications field over 25 years, with 20 of those with his own firm. Mr. Leaden focuses as an extension of IT staff to facilitate the design, procurement, and project implementation, and ongoing support for converged voice and data solutions. During their engagement, Mr. Leaden proactively adds value via ROI strategies integrated into the projects he serves serve on.
Mr. Leaden has lectured on significant industry topics, including VoIP and UC – Basics to Best Practices; Hardphones, Softphones, and NextGen Systems; How Many Phones Do I Really Need?; Leveraging Cost Saving Strategies Migrating to VOIP; Optimizing Your Wireless Spend, State and Local Government Networks: A Question of Priorities for national AT&T user group; Bringing Up Your Lines with VoIP (or Getting Your Company Ready for VoIP); IT Trends in Higher Education; the Real ROI of VoIP; CTI Standards; Internet/Intranet Applications In Healthcare; An Idiot’s Guide To ATM among others. Mr. Leaden has also been quoted in Information Week and Computer World, and interviewed by CFO magazine.
|Wednesday, March 20|
Cloud/Hosted UC Customers Speak Out - Location: Sun B
What communications applications are really feasible and cost-effective to move into the cloud today? There’s only one sure-fire way to know: Find enterprise decision-makers who have actually ma…
Panelist - Jason Kasch, CIO, Structural Group
Panelist - John Jackson, VP, Global Infrastructure and and Vendor Management, D+M Group
Panelist - Joseph Larizza, Chief Administrative Officer, Fieldpoint Private Bank & Trust
Fieldpoint Private was founded in 2008 by 31 well-known executives in the financial services industry who shared the belief that the biggest banks often did a poor job of servicing high net-worth individuals. Their goal was to provide this unique client population with white glove service enabled by superior technology. With 50 employees, Fieldpoint is quickly becoming a preferred banking institution for ultra high-net worth clientele.
Moderator - Justin Castillo, Partner, LB3
Justin G. Castillo is a partner in the firm of Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP (“LB3”), where he negotiates agreements for telecommunications and
technology-related products and services. He also represents customers in disputes with carriers.
and IT procurement, including TEM, back-billing, contract negotiation, vendor management, and SLAs.
Civil Fraud Section from 1994 through 1997. He clerked for the Honorable John A. Terry of the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1993 through 1994.
Market Update: Cloud Services in the Enterprise - Location: Osceola A
Enterprises are becoming more aware of the option to purchase hosted/cloud-based communications services instead of customer premises equipment, but what are the real adoption trends? In this session,…
Speaker - Elka Popova, Director, Unified Communications, Frost and Sullivan
Enterprises may find value in sourcing some communications capabilities in the cloud, but it’s unlikely that many will move—at least in the near term—to a full cloud deployment. As a…
Panelist - Jim Davies, CTO, Mitel
As Chief Technology Officer, Jim Davies is the driving force behind the strategic direction of Mitel’s unified communications solutions portfolio and its evolution beyond today’s technology horizon. Appointed as CTO in 2003, Jim brings a working history rich in research and development and business experience within telecommunications. His intimate understanding of the constantly unfolding dynamics of IP communications technology has placed him at the forefront of Mitel’s next-generation strategies, ensuring the company is persistently growing in new and innovative directions.
Panelist - Bellverie Ross, Senior Program Manager, City of Charlotte
Bellverie Ross is an accomplished, entrepreneurial senior manager with diverse-industry experience and a 25-year track record of success leading high-performance teams in all aspects of information systems technology and business. Currently with the City of Charlotte, she is the Senior Program Manager responsible for Citizen Relationship Management (CRM) and the City’s Enterprise Program Management Office. She recently led the technology team to support the deployment of more than 140 projects in preparation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Her experience is backed by a MBA; dual strengths in emerging technology and innovative marketing; and a proven ability to deliver timely, cost-effective, next-generation solutions for furthering business goals. She has documented success in global systems development/testing/deployment and encouraging “out-of-the-box” ideas. Ms. Ross has had a distinguished career chronicled by multiple awards, patented technologies, fast-track advancement, and superior-rated performance ratings. She is experienced in managing and supporting multimillion-dollar worldwide systems and diverse workgroup and areas in both technology and business. Ms. Ross is an expert in combining technology solutions with creative concepts to capitalize on new opportunities, support business growth, and displace the competition. She has managed an estimated $1 billion in projects which have included retail and commercial development, customer relationship management (CRM), world-wide system deployments, and program development. During her career Ms Ross has held positions with City of Charlotte, Wachovia, Lending Tree, MBNA America (Bank of America), First American Real Estate Information Systems, Coors Brewing Company, AT&T Wireless and Price Waterhouse. Recently, she received the distinguished 2012 Technology All-Star Award from Women of Color Magazine. In 2004 she received the Young Black Achiever’s Award from the National YMCA. Ms. Ross was formerly the Vice-Chairperson of Events for NCTA Wise in Charlotte, NC. This organization focuses on women in technology, science and engineering roles. In the past she has been a board member of the United Way and Easter Seals technology committees and was also the Regional Director and Co-Founder of WITI ( Women In Technology, Inc.). Ms. Ross is extremely active in multiple charity organizations including Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, MS Society, American Stroke Association, and many others. Ms. Ross received her BA in English from the University of Colorado and an MBA with Honors from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware, and is currently a candidate for her Ph.D. at Capella University in Organizational Behaviors/Information Technology.
Panelist - Kevin Gavin, CMO, ShoreTel
Gavin joined ShoreTel in October of 2007. For over 25 years, Gavin has helped high-growth communications companies achieve market-leading status in new market categories by delivering breakthrough products and services directly to businesses and consumers.
Panelist - Huw Rees, Vice President of Business Development, 8x8, Inc.
Huw Rees serves as 8x8's Vice President of Business Development and was previously Chief Executive Officer of Centile, Inc., a former subsidiary of 8x8 where he led the development of the hosted PBX technology from 1999 to 2004. Rees was responsible for the change in 8x8's marketing and sales away from an OEM approach to a focus on end-users including both consumers and small businesses for hosted, cloud based communications services. He has been closely involved with telecommunications technology for over 25 years, beginning with Marconi PLC in 1985, where he opened and managed their Western US sales office. He has also held management roles with Plessey Inc., and with Mitel Corporation. Rees received a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MBA from the University of LaVerne.
Panelist - Todd Landry, Sr. Vice President, NEC Corporation
Currently, Mr. Landry is Senior Vice President for NEC where he oversees the company’s product strategies, go-to-market activities and strategic alliances surrounding its Unified Communications and Collaboration portfolio. Prior to NEC, Mr. Landry held senior positions in companies that incuded Sphere Communications, 3Com’s CommWorks Corporation, and U.S. Robotics.where he led product management, marketing and business development. His career is founded on engineering in the tele and data communications sectors with experience in hardware systems and software applications.
Moderator - Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst, ZK Research
Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research. Kerravala provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long term strategic advice. Kerravala provides research and advice to the following constituents: End user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services and the financial community looking to invest in the companies that he covers. Prior to ZK Research, Zeus Kerravala spent 10 years as an analyst at Yankee Group. He joined Yankee Group in March of 2001 as a Director and left Yankee Group as a Senior Vice President and Distinguished Research Fellow, the firms most senior research analyst. Before Yankee Group, Kerravala had a number of technical roles including a senior technical position at Greenwich Technology Partners (GTP) where he worked with Johna Til Johnson, the founder of Nemertes Research. Prior to GTP, Kerravala had numerous internal IT positions including VP of IT and Deputy CIO of Ferris, Baker Watts and Senior Project Manager at Alex. Brown and Sons, Incorporated. Kerravala holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.