|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 - 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.
Panelist - John Jackson, VP, Global Infrastructure and and Vendor Management, D+M Group
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.
Summit: Cloud – Opportunity, Threat or Yawn? - Location: Osceola C
The chorus for moving your communications and collaboration to a Cloud/hosted model grows ever louder. Both familiar carriers and a new generation of service providers are singing the same song: Let u…
Panelist - Jeff Lawson, CEO & Co-founder, Twilio
Jeff is the CEO and a co-founder of Twilio. Jeff brings over 15 years of entrepreneurial and product experience to the team. Before Twilio, Jeff served as a Product Manager at Amazon Web Services, and has held founding executive roles for NineStar, Stubhub.com, and Versity.com
Panelist - Christopher Kemmerer, Director of Global Unified Communications and Collaboration Solutions, Product Management, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Chris Kemmerer is responsible for leading a team which focuses on Verizon’s strategy and product management of Unified Communications and Collaboration Solutions for Verizon’s enterprise, small/medium business, and government customers.
During his tenure with Verizon, Kemmerer has focused on business communication services and has held leadership positions in operations, sales, engineering, and marketing. Previously, Kemmerer led Verizon Wireless’s Unified Communications and Collaboration Product Marketing team, where his organization focused on business transformation by extending communication and collaboration services to the mobile workforce.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With a platform-based portfolio of industry-leading mobility, cloud and IT, strategic networking and advanced communications offerings, along with specialized solutions for key industries and a full range of global wholesale offerings, Verizon Enterprise Solutions combines unparalleled expertise, innovation and technology to bring together applications, people and environments. Visit verizonenterprise.com to learn more.
Panelist - Bryan Martin, Chairman & CEO, 8x8, Inc.
Bryan R. Martin is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of 8x8, Inc. A seasoned 8x8 executive with more than 22 years of service to the Company, Mr. Martin has served in a variety of corporate and engineering capacities including President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations. He has been a member of 8x8’s Board of Directors since 2001 and has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2002.
Mr. Martin holds 43 United States Patents in the fields of semiconductors, computer architecture, video processing algorithms, videophones and communications. In November 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Martin to the California Broadband Task Force (see http://www.calink.ca.gov/taskforcereport/) for the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency where he served as Chair of the task force’s Emerging Technologies and New Applications Working Group. He also serves on the California Emerging Technology Fund’s Board of Expert Advisors (see http://cetfund.org/aboutus/expertadvisors) which is pursuing the best strategies to close the Digital Divide and make California a global leader in broadband access and applications. Mr. Martin has also been named one of the “Top 100 Voices of IP Communications” by Internet Telephony magazine.
Panelist - Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager - Lync Marketing, Microsoft
Moderator - Eric Krapf, Program Co-Chairman / Editor, Enterprise Connect / No Jitter
Eric Krapf is the Program Co-Chair of the Enterprise Connect events, helping to set program content and direction for the leading conference events in the enterprise IP-telephony/convergence/Unified Communications marketplace.
In addition, Krapf serves as editor & lead blogger for the website No Jitter, TechWeb's online community for news and analysis of the enterprise convergence/Unified Communications industry. He is also responsible for electronic content including webcasts and e-newsletters.
From 1996 to 2004, Krapf was managing editor of Business Communications Review magazine, and from 2004 to 2007, he was the magazine's editor. BCR was a highly respected journal of the business technology and communications industry.
Before coming to BCR, he was managing editor and senior editor of America's Network magazine, covering the public telecommunications industry.
Prior to working in high-tech journalism, he was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Connecticut and Texas.
Moderator - Marc Lindsey, Partner, Levine, Blaszak, Block and Boothby, LLP
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 - 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.
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.
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.