June 13, 2017
8:30 – 9:15 AM
BREAKFAST BONUS SESSION
The Internet of Things
Cisco estimated that between 2015 and 2020 the number of globally connected devices forming an “Internet of Things” (IoT) will grow from 16 billion to 26 billion. What kind of devices will make up this ecosystem? What industries will mostly likely benefit from these technologies? How will issues such as privacy, cybersecurity, and technical standards be addressed? This session will provide an overview of the issues that enterprise users may need to consider as the IoT continues to evolve and expand.
9:15 – 10:15 AM
SDN and SD-WANS
SDNs/SD-WANs are changing how Enterprise customers manage and procure their networks and enterprise customers need to be prepared for the change. Learn more about these cutting edge technologies and what it means for your infrastructure, costs, vendor contracts and operations.
10:15 – 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 – 11:25 AM
Managing Your TEM Provider
Get a trouble free blueprint of what you must include in your contracts (TEM and vendor) to ensure your TEM providers can effectively deliver results and discover what TEMs often miss – as well as what they find. BONUS: Finding a billing error is just step one…we tell you how to fix it, and what to do if your vendor balks, including how and when to litigate.
Service Level Agreements
No smoke, no fire, just real standards with real remedies. Learn what the vendors offer and how to get around SLAs that offer much but deliver little. Garner tips on how to develop meaningful remedies and methods to improve SLAs over time.
11:30 AM– 12:30 PM
Network Security and Security Services
Find out what to include in your Master Agreement versus what must be in attachments for DDOS and Managed Security Services when you procure and contract for network security management. You’ll get targeted advice on mobile and cloud security, HIPAA, and other regulatory regimes and the obligations you have to protect your network and how vendors rely on disclaimers of liability to upend the risk analysis.
SIP is now a bedrock Enterprise technology…but that does not mean you can push SIP to the back burner. In fact, opportunities abound to improve your SIP contracts, migrate your SIP service to another vendor (and improve your prices) and better manage “forced” migrations from TDM to SIP. We show you how.
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Topic Table Networking Lunch
Enjoy lunch with your presenters and probe key areas like global deals, addressing VRD’s successor, legacy service migration, regulatory developments, E 911 risks, mergers and acquisitions, mid-contract corrections and vendor management strategies. Or just join your peers to share war stories and best practices.
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Cloud Services: Next Steps
The cloud is no longer the” next big thing” and is now an enterprise staple in one form or another. But, questions of how best to integrate cloud services with the full range of enterprise network and IT technologies – like UC and outsourcing -persist. This breakout looks at the latest cloud best practices…and the implications for you procurement and contracting strategies.
Every procurement or negotiation has its share of winning moves and wrong turns. Our team of experienced speakers takes you through several real world procurements to reveal the good, the bad and the ugly in each…it’s a gold mine of tips on what to do – and not do – to land a top notch deal.
3:00 – 3:15 PM BREAK
3:15 – 4:15 PM
Dollars and Sense
Arcane, complex and long running FCC proceedings may be hard to follow, but you ignore them at your risk. Truth is, just about every major FCC action works its way into your network costs and your service and vendor options. We give you an up-to-the minute rundown on the key FCC moves you must follow…plus an analysis of the impact of a new administration.
4:15 – 5:00 PM
Your speakers return for a rapid fire Q&A session on any and all topics…it’s a great way to wrap up your Conference experience.
5:00 PM CONFERENCE ADJOURNS