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  • What To Ask Your Vendor on Enterprise SD-WAN Capabilities What To Ask Your Vendor on Enterprise SD-WAN Capabilities Ramesh Prabagaran, VP Product Management, Viptela Recorded: Jan 20 2017 46 mins
    What are the absolute essential requirements in an SD-WAN solution? Although Gartner has defined the four key requirements for SD-WAN (see below), there are some more critical features required to meet the enterprise-grade capabilities. For example, network segmentation for different kinds of applications is a widely deployed feature across all major industries, primarily to isolate critical applications and to reduce the attack surface during vulnerabilities.

    This webinar will more broadly cover the essential enterprise SD-WAN features and how they translate to common deployment scenarios in different industries. These features include:

    - Overlay capability over MPLS, Broadband and LTE
    - Unified and centralized management of all WAN infrastructure
    - Network segmentation with per-segment topologies
    - Predictable Application SLA with centralized policies and real-time traffic steering
    - Mature routing capabilities with BGP, OSPF, VRRP, and IGMP
    - Unified and centralized management of all WAN infrastructure
    - Robust-zero trust WAN security including authentication, encryptions, segmentation and service chaining

    As a background, here are Gartner’s four key requirements for SD-WAN:
    - SD-WAN solutions provide a lightweight replacement for traditional WAN routers, and are agnostic to WAN transport technologies (that is, they support MPLS, Internet, Long Term Evolution [LTE], etc.).
    - Based on business and/or application policies, SD-WAN solutions allow for load sharing of traffic across multiple WAN connections in an efficient and dynamic fashion.
    - SD-WAN solutions dramatically simplify the complexity associated with management, configuration and orchestration of WANs.
    - SD-WAN solutions must provide secure VPNs, and have the ability to integrate additional network services and offload Internet-destined traffic closer to the edge of the network.
  • LiveAction: Gaining Deep Visibility Into The WAN Overlay LiveAction: Gaining Deep Visibility Into The WAN Overlay David Izumo, Principal Engineer, Technical Marketing, LiveAction & Manan Shah, Director of Product Management, Viptela Recorded: Jan 20 2017 38 mins
    Operation teams need to detect and correlate application problems with the real-time events happening on, both, the overlay and underlay networks. They also need capability for retrospective visualization into such problems. SD-WAN introduces new requirements for such advanced monitoring capabilities.

    LiveAction’s LiveNX™ is a robust visualization and analytics engine that integrates the network-generated metadata from Viptela SD-WAN technology to monitor application traffic on an end-to-end basis in real time. The retrospective visualization capability complements the intelligence provided by Viptela’s management solution and thus simplifies SD-WAN planning, monitoring and troubleshooting.

    This webinar will cover the major integration capabilities between LiveAction’s LiveNX and Viptela’s SD-WAN and share existing best practices to effectively manage the entire lifecycle of an SD-WAN deployment. These include:

    • Planning: Selecting pilot sites when planning SD-WAN deployments, identifying unsanctioned applications and end users, and establishing network utilization baselines which are used for right-sizing
    • Deployment: Using LiveNX real-time visualization to verify Viptela SD-WAN policies and assure services are not impacted in the event of brownouts or abnormal events
    • Management: Monitoring bandwidth and visualizing path control so network administrators can ensure application performance and mitigate problems before they affect users. Reporting on business applications to manage and optimize voice and video communications
  • TFD: Network Engineer Roundtable on Deploying SD-WAN TFD: Network Engineer Roundtable on Deploying SD-WAN Panel of 8 Network Architects, moderated by Tech Field Day Recorded: Jan 20 2017 51 mins
    Ten seasoned network engineers will debate on their views and experiences with SD-WAN. This roundtable discussion moderated by Tech Field Day focuses on how network professionals are analyzing and adopting SD-WAN technology, and integrating it into existing network architectures.

    SD-WAN has been the most rapidly deployed SDN technology. But major concerns remain on which features are the most fundamental and differentiating, and the maturity of the technology for large scale deployments. The major discussion topics will include:

    - Maturity of SD-WAN for prime-time deployment
    - Relative importance of features like routing, security, segmentation, vCPE, multi-tenancy, Application steering, SaaS, and Cloud.
    - ROI and the Before/After picture
    - Most typical use-cases across industries
    - Best practices in deploying SD-WAN based on personal experiences
  • Anuta: Network Orchestration for Managed Branch Services Anuta: Network Orchestration for Managed Branch Services Kiran Sirupa, Director of Marketing & Praveen Vengalam, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering, Anuta Networks Recorded: Jan 19 2017 36 mins
    SD-WAN presents a transformational opportunity for Telcos and MSPs to offer value added services. Anuta NCX orchestrator bridges the multi-vendor legacy and SD-WAN infrastructure for a smoother transition. Join us live to learn about Anuta's SD-WAN and vCPE customer deployments at global Tier-1 MSPs.
  • Zscaler: Cloud Security with SD-WAN, Case Studies and Best Practices Zscaler: Cloud Security with SD-WAN, Case Studies and Best Practices Sri Subramanian, Sr. Director of Product Management, Zscaler & David Klebanov, Director of Technical Marketing, Viptela Recorded: Jan 19 2017 47 mins
    Gartner estimates that by the end of 2019, 30% of enterprises will use SD-WAN technology in all their branches, up from less than 1% today. And as of Nov 2016, Gartner has estimated about 50,000 production SD-WAN deployments. SD-WAN is a transformational approach to simplifying branch office networking.

    However, security is a critical factor for SD-WAN adoption, especially for cloud and Internet applications. With Zscaler and Viptela you can now secure all Internet traffic without having to backhaul it to centralized DMZs. Customers have seen more than 50% WAN cost-savings while keeping their branch offices and employees protected.

    Join Viptela and Zscaler to discuss the best practices for securing your distributed enterprise with cloud security and SD-WAN. They will also cover:

    - Common use case scenarios for SD-WAN and cloud security
    - Real world deployment examples
    - Best practices for improving your security posture with cloud security
    - Zscaler and Viptela technical integration elements
  • Enabling AWS and Azure Migrations with SD-WAN Enabling AWS and Azure Migrations with SD-WAN Rob McBride, Solutions Marketing, Viptela & Ariful Huq, Product Management, Viptela Recorded: Jan 19 2017 49 mins
    Gartner has highlighted that the differences in network services (such as routing, security and application delivery) between internal data centers and IaaS environments cause major issues during cloud migrations. Networking teams face many challenges migrating their workloads to AWS and Azure. These include:

    - Extending secure connectivity from the enterprise to the cloud is operationally complex
    - Cloud traffic flows sub-optimally through the centralized data center/DMZ, instead of directly from the branch or from a regional exit - this affects performance of applications
    - Implementing a unified WAN policy on disparate pieces of cloud infrastructure is difficult

    This webinar will dig deeper into the networking problems of cloud migrations. And how Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology makes this faster and simpler the networking teams. The following topics will be covered:

    - Extend your WAN seamlessly to AWS and Azure
    - Implement a unified WAN policy across the enterprise and cloud
    - Typical deployment scenarios for AWS and Azure
    - Real customer examples of public cloud migration
  • Addressing Hybrid Network Challenges in Asia Pacific with Software-Defined WAN Addressing Hybrid Network Challenges in Asia Pacific with Software-Defined WAN Hoo Shu Yee, Product Director, Singtel & Ramesh Prabagaran, VP Product Management, Viptela Recorded: Jan 19 2017 49 mins
    With APAC’s varying stages of infrastructure development, managing an enterprise Wide Area Network (WAN) in the region can be extremely challenging. This is compounded by different networking standards and service level agreements (SLAs) across countries, as well as disparities in race and culture.

    Furthermore, as more applications move onto the cloud and employees become more mobile, enterprises have to deal with growing risk of cyber attacks with increasingly complex WAN environments that combine multiple private networks and public internet services.

    In this webinar, learn more about managing an enterprise network in APAC. We will touch on how:

    - To address potential challenges with WAN architectures evolving to hybrid networks
    - To optimise and accelerate connectivity to the cloud
    - Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) works and helps you manage your hybrid network more effectively
    - Enterprises have leveraged SD-WAN to increase efficiency and reduce cost

    Lastly, find out how Singtel ConnectPlus SD-WAN service powered by Viptela, designed with security in mind, can help to simplify and unify your networks, while providing protection against data breaches and attacks.
  • 5G RAN: A Reality Check 5G RAN: A Reality Check Brian Daly-AT&T, Adam Drobot-OpenTechWorks, Inc.,Steven Glapa-Tarana Wireless Recorded: Jan 19 2017 60 mins
    High speed and autonomous transportation, remote surgical procedures, and mixed reality experiences are just a few of the upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) technological game changers that require high speed and low latency communications infrastructure. 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) technologies continue to evolve to meet the complex and continually evolving network requirements of IoT applications.

    This webcast will explore the latest advances in RAN, including:
    • Which technologies will see the earliest deployments?
    • How important will the 3.5 GHz band networks (also known as the Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)) be in future 5G applications?
    • Will mmWave networks change the game in the last mile?
    • How far will the industry advance in real deployments in the next year or two?
    • Where are companies participating in this ecosystem investing their money?
    • Are there concerns for Return on Investment (ROI) that companies are trying to resolve?


    Speakers:
    Brian Daly, Director - Core & Government/Regulatory Standards, AT&T Access Architecture & Devices
    Adam Drobot, Chairman, OpenTechWorks, Inc.
    Steven Glapa, VP of Marketing, Tarana Wireless
  • Addressing Hybrid Network Challenges in Asia Pacific with Software-Defined WAN Addressing Hybrid Network Challenges in Asia Pacific with Software-Defined WAN Hoo Shu Yee, Product Director, Singtel & Ramesh Prabagaran, VP Product Management, Viptela Recorded: Jan 19 2017 47 mins
    With APAC’s varying stages of infrastructure development, managing an enterprise Wide Area Network (WAN) in the region can be extremely challenging. This is compounded by different networking standards and service level agreements (SLAs) across countries, as well as disparities in race and culture.

    Furthermore, as more applications move onto the cloud and employees become more mobile, enterprises have to deal with growing risk of cyber attacks with increasingly complex WAN environments that combine multiple private networks and public internet services.

    In this webinar, learn more about managing an enterprise network in APAC. We will touch on how:

    - To address potential challenges with WAN architectures evolving to hybrid networks
    - To optimise and accelerate connectivity to the cloud
    - Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) works and helps you manage your hybrid network more effectively
    - Enterprises have leveraged SD-WAN to increase efficiency and reduce cost

    Lastly, find out how Singtel ConnectPlus SD-WAN service powered by Viptela, designed with security in mind, can help to simplify and unify your networks, while providing protection against data breaches and attacks.
  • CA Technologies: Advanced Monitoring and Management of SD-WAN CA Technologies: Advanced Monitoring and Management of SD-WAN Tim Diep, Director of Product Management, CA Technologies & Jeremy Rossbach, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, CA Technologies Recorded: Jan 18 2017 44 mins
    How does SD-WAN shift the status quo for the Operations teams? SD-WAN technology possesses sophisticated, in-built capability for operations and management, and advanced automation to address network problems in real-time. However, the Operations teams needs to seamlessly integrate this network and health status intelligence from their new SD-WAN infrastructure into their existing monitoring and management infrastructure.

    Additionally, monitoring solutions must provide visibility across all network architectures including highly dynamic and complex hybrid clouds and other SDN elements.

    This session covers the integration of CA Virtual Network Assurance and CA Performance Management with Viptela SD-WAN. The key topics that will be discussed include:

    - Eliminating visibility gaps between traditional networks and SD-WAN providing administrators with insights to optimize and transform their large hybrid networks
    - Providing relationship mapping of major IT events
    - Visualizing physical and logical dependencies in applications and service chains
    - Extending visibility for operators with network performance monitoring across cloud, SDN and SD-WAN networks (including service chains)
    - Enabling operational insight into how all elements of traditional and overlay networks affect service integrity
  • Verizon: Banking, Manufacturing, and Healthcare Case Studies in Managed SD-WAN Verizon: Banking, Manufacturing, and Healthcare Case Studies in Managed SD-WAN Mark Hollman, Managed and Professional Services, Verizon & Lloyd Noronha, Head of Global Marketing, Viptela Recorded: Jan 18 2017 44 mins
    Verizon has some of the largest global SD-WAN deployments based on Viptela technology. We investigate the lessons learned and best practices employed in some SD-WAN deployments in the banking, healthcare and manufacturing verticals.
  • Live Demo: Top Deployed SD-WAN Use Cases Live Demo: Top Deployed SD-WAN Use Cases David Klebanov, Director of Technical Marketing, Viptela Recorded: Jan 18 2017 45 mins
    This live demo will cover the major use cases of SD-WAN that are applicable to both large and small enterprise scenarios. These include:

    - Brownfield deployment: Inserting SD-WAN into an existing MPLS WAN (i.e. creating an overlay over MPLS and Broadband)
    - Enabling segmentation, service insertion and extranet policies for a business partner network
    - Extending the WAN to the Cloud (AWS/Azure)
    - Enabling on-prem security with Palo Alto Networks (service chaining)
    - Defining Application-Aware policies for guaranteed SLA (real-time traffic steering with QoS)
    - Enabling cloud-security capabilities with Zscaler (service chaining)
    - Defining policies for predictable access to Office 365 and other SaaS applications

    The foundational technology elements of SD-WAN that will be covered include:

    - Single overlay over MPLS, Broadband and LTE
    - Overlay routing with OSPF, BGP, VRRP and IGMP
    - Deep packet inspection (DPI) policies
    - Authentication, encryption, PKI
    - Zero-touch provisioning
    - Segmentation and per-segment topologies
    - Service insertion and service chaining
    - Virtualized elements for Cloud (IaaS+PaaS)
    - Cloud-security and on-prem security integration
    - Integrated Management and third-party management with SNMP, NetConf, and RESTful interfaces
    - Internet gateways (DIA, Regional Exit, Centralized exits)
  • VMware: A Virtual Edge Solution for Managed Branch Services VMware: A Virtual Edge Solution for Managed Branch Services Vanessa Little, Sr. Manager Global NFV EcoSystem Architecture, VMware & Ariful Huq, Product Management, Viptela Recorded: Jan 17 2017 34 mins
    vCloud NFV is an open, carrier-grade NFVI platform. It delivers a tightly integrated solution with virtual compute, storage and networking resources coupled with intelligent operations and management capability.

    Viptela SD-WAN has achieved VMware Ready Status for NFV. SD-WAN solutions, on vCloud NFV, enable service providers to deliver elastic bandwidth, advanced services and greater flexibility in terms of cost and QoS. The Viptela SD-WAN platform opens up new opportunities for service providers by unifying WAN connection management (MPLS, Internet and 4G/LTE), segmenting traffic, providing zero touch provisioning and supporting application aware routing for enterprise customers.

    This webinar will highlight the key elements of vCloud NFV and SD-WAN in providing a fully packaged solution for Service Providers including:

    - How to accelerate and automate instantiating, provisioning and managing of virtual network services (including SD-WAN)
    - Deliver carrier-grade network availability and multi-tenancy
    - Provide advanced networking and security VNFs including switching, routing, QoS and monitoring
    - Enable single pane of glass visibility, monitoring and policy based automation
  • Voice of the Customer: Kindred Healthcare SD-WAN Transformation Voice of the Customer: Kindred Healthcare SD-WAN Transformation Eyvonne Sharp, Network Engineer, Kindred Healthcare Recorded: Jan 17 2017 36 mins
    Healthcare IT teams have sophisticated needs for SD-WAN, specifically for reliability, security and agility in M&A integration. In this webinar, Kindred Healthcare will reveal their evaluation criteria, process of migration to SD-WAN, and the results.

    Jointly presenting with Palo Alto Networks and Viptela, Kindred will explain in detail the plans and deployment experiences across hospitals, nursing centers, and contract rehabilitation in the US. Kindred is the largest diversified post-acute healthcare provider in the US, and has doubled in the last four years.

    Key Results:
    - Application performance improvement from 4x to 10x at Nursing facilities and Home clinics
    - 700% bandwidth increase
    - Estimated 5-year ROI in Millions
    - Solving complex requirements of M&A and new services in efficient and simple way

    SD-WAN Feature Requirements for Healthcare:
    - Policy based, application-aware routing over multiple, diverse connections
    - Intelligent routing based on network health & application requirements
    - Network segmentation & isolation (Multi tenant/Security)
    - Centralized policy administration & device management
    - Ability to selectively route specific traffic through security appliances (Service Chaining)
    - Application aware traffic shaping
    - Centralized provisioning feature, or zero touch methodology
    - Multiple Ethernet, MPLS or LTE connectivity options
  • Analyst Keynote: Building the SD-WAN Business Case (Nemertes Research) Analyst Keynote: Building the SD-WAN Business Case (Nemertes Research) John Burke, Principal Analyst and CIO at Nemertes Research Recorded: Jan 17 2017 39 mins
    SD-WAN’s transformational potential is not enough. IT teams have to build a compelling business case for making the transition. Savings from MPLS is not the only avenue by which SD-WAN can drive ROI. By providing cheaper and more transparent and automatic failover when WAN links fail, SD-WAN can reduce branch WAN outages and troubleshooting costs by 90%.

    By working with multiple vendors and enterprises, Nemertes has developed and validated an SD-WAN cost model that enables enterprise users to build that business case base on multiple key factors.

    Join Principal Research Analyst and CIO John Burke of Nemertes Research as he presents his latest research findings. These include:

    - The cost-model applied to three real SD-WAN use cases
    - The process for identifying locations that could benefit from higher bandwidth, lower rates, increased reliability, or all three
    - The cost components of connectivity, capex, troubleshooting and more.
    - The comparison between Overlay SD-WAN and In-Net WAN
  • Packet Pushers Open Mic: Real SD-WAN Challenges Live Q&A Packet Pushers Open Mic: Real SD-WAN Challenges Live Q&A Ethan Banks & Greg Ferro, Analysts and Co-Hosts of Packet Pushers Recorded: Jan 17 2017 49 mins
    What is the reality of deploying an SD-WAN? Does it really work? What are the traps, tricks, and stumbles that you need to look for?

    Ethan and Greg from the Packet Pushers will be hosting engineers who have deployed Viptela SD-WAN solutions and will be taking questions from a live audience.

    Analysts Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks, on their show “Three Real-World SD-WAN Deployments”, have interviewed many network engineers who have executed large SD-WAN projects in retail, financials, healthcare, and energy. These include companies like Kindred Healthcare, Freedom Pay, Gap, Visa, Bloomberg, Seventy Seven Energy, Greenhill, and more. They will share some of their learnings on this Live session and then open a lively discussion of everything SD-WAN.
  • Office 365 and SaaS Optimization with SD-WAN Office 365 and SaaS Optimization with SD-WAN Ramesh Prabagaran, VP Product Management & Lloyd Noronha, Head of Global Marketing, Viptela Recorded: Jan 16 2017 47 mins
    Gartner’s recent research revealed that 78% of organization are using or plan to use Office 365, and by 2019 half of the global deployments will face network related problems. Limited WAN optimization capability further complicate the problems and presents a major performance and productivity challenge for Office 365 and all SaaS applications.

    SD-WAN provides an essential set of features that solves the networking issues related to Office 365 and SaaS applications. This webinar will cover the following major topics:

    - How traditional networks impair O365 performance, and why?
    - Why enterprises overlook the importance of strategically placing cloud gateways
    - Understanding tradeoffs among reliability, performance and user-experience when architecting the WAN for your cloud
    - Best practice architectures for different kinds of SaaS applications
  • Analyst Keynote: Research Insights on the Next Generation WAN (EMA Research) Analyst Keynote: Research Insights on the Next Generation WAN (EMA Research) Shamus McGillicuddy, Senior Analyst, EMA Research Recorded: Jan 16 2017 40 mins
    Join Analyst Shamus McGillicuddy (EMA Research) as he provides insight from the research of 200 networking professionals into how enterprises are utilizing Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) and transforming their business connectivity.

    Going in detail on the survey results, Shamus will walk you through the key trends in SDN and SD-WAN across major enterprises. These include the major application performance issues, operational challenges, cloud migration hurdles and reasons for rapid SD-WAN adoption.

    Some of the key discussion topics will include:
    - What percentage are transitioning from MPLS to Hybrid, and why?
    - How pervasive is 4G/LTE in the WAN?
    - How Cloud migration affects WAN infrastructure teams?
    - What are the major drivers for NFV services?
    - How important is WAN optimization?
    - What are the characteristics of major organizations deploying SD-WAN?
    - What are the major tools to monitor and manage SD-WAN?

    Preview of some of the results:

    - 96% of enterprises say they use wireless as the primary network connectivity in at least some of their sites (4G/LTE is the most common wireless technology, followed by carrier/municipal Wi-Fi)
    - Only 52% of enterprises monitor their WAN provider’s service-level agreements (SLAs)
    - 30% say their service providers have violated an SLA in the past year

    The wide area network (WAN) is the essential infrastructure component to driving global communication, collaboration and data access across enterprise networks. Enterprises have been deploying traditional architectures but with increased cloud adoption and high bandwidth demands, a new architecture of connectivity is needed. IT organizations across the globe have begun adopting SD-WAN to address their new connectivity requirements.
  • Voice of the Customer: First American SD-WAN Transformation Voice of the Customer: First American SD-WAN Transformation CJ Metz, Senior IT Manager Network Engineering, First American & Archish Dalal, Senior Systems Engineer, Viptela Recorded: Jan 16 2017 48 mins
    Learn how one of the largest title insurance companies in the US is deploying Viptela SD-WAN to eliminate the word “backup” from their vocabulary.

    In this session, CJ Metz of First American will discuss how their transformative strategy for the Wide Area Network (WAN) simplifies compliance and enables resiliency for their enterprise. He will cover the business drivers and demonstrate the viability of broadband usage for critical enterprise applications.

    First American is able to reduce long term costs while boosting availability and performance at their branches; making them more resilient for business continuity in any economy.
  • CiteScore metrics - now part of the Scopus basket of metrics CiteScore metrics - now part of the Scopus basket of metrics Norman Azoulay, Product Manager, Scopus and Chris James, Product Manager, Research Metrics Recorded: Jan 12 2017 51 mins
    Join us as we discuss CiteScore metrics - the free, transparent, comprehensive, and current metrics now available as part of the Scopus basket of metrics.

    Here are some of the topics you can expect to learn about:
    -The Scopus basket of metrics
    -Why have CiteScore metrics been added to the basket?
    -What are CiteScore metrics?
    -How can CiteScore metrics be accessed?
    -How you can get involved in defining the basket of metrics
    -Q&A
  • Delivering SLA for Critical Applications using SD-WAN Policies Delivering SLA for Critical Applications using SD-WAN Policies Lloyd Noronha - Head of Global Mktg., David Klebanov - Dir. Technical Mktg. Recorded: Dec 19 2016 41 mins
    The major benefits of the SD-WAN technology is a single overlay architecture with centralized policy & management. As more enterprises deploy SD-WAN at large scale, one important question is how can network administrators guarantee performance and resiliency of critical enterprise applications – even during outages and unpredictability of the physical links.
    Webinar Highlights:
    1. Hear about the Viptela SD-WAN architecture that implements a single, software overlay over MPLS, Broadband & LTE
    2. Understand how the SD-WAN architecture provides centralized policies for critical applications
    3. Learn how the network detects network quality changes and enforces traffic steering in real-time based on SLA requirements
    4. See a live demo of applications getting steered in real-time based on network outage and SLA
  • SD-WAN Migration Best Practices SD-WAN Migration Best Practices Ramesh Prabagaran - VP Product Mgmt., Lloyd Noronha - Head of Global Mktg., David Klebanov - Dir. of Technical Mktg. Recorded: Dec 16 2016 44 mins
    In SD-WAN migrations, how do enterprises identify the pilot sites? And how do they plan the large-scale rollouts. There are important planning considerations in both small and large scale migrations. This webinar will explain how different enterprises have executed their rollouts and the lessons learned.
    Webinar Highlights
    - Case studies on how different enterprises have approached their SD-WAN migration
    - Planning your migration with the first five pilot sites
    - Executing a large scale migration of ten, hundred or thousands of sites based on templates and centralized policy
    - Role of the single overlay architecture over MPLS, Broadband & LTE in a seamless WAN transformation
  • The Software is the Differentiator The Software is the Differentiator Charles J. Lord, PE, President & Chief Trainer, Blue Ridge Advanced Design and Automation Recorded: Dec 15 2016 61 mins
    Putting together the various pieces of an IoT system is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. But it's a finite task that most engineers can get through. When it comes to the operating system, other runtime software and the development tools available, here are seemingly endless possibilities. Hence, on Day 3 of this three-day class, we'll help you figure out what software is needed for your system, where you can find that software, how you can evaluate the software, what tools are available to help assemble the pieces and build your applications, and how to test it after it's been deployed. Day 3 sponsored by Intel.
  • The Realities of Testing High Speed Fiber “Engineered Links” in the Field The Realities of Testing High Speed Fiber “Engineered Links” in the Field Robert Reid, Panduit Recorded: Dec 15 2016 66 mins
    This webinar will focus on the pitfalls associated with tight field test specification of pre-terminated fiber systems for high speed channels in the context of the real capability of portable testers.
    Best practices are discussed (proper test limit specification) such that field test costs will be minimized.

    Attendees will earn one BICSI CEC
  • FITARA: What's New in Year Two? FITARA: What's New in Year Two? Nextgov | Underwritten by: DellEMC Recorded: Dec 15 2016 178 mins
    Enacted into law two years ago, how has FITARA transformed the federal IT landscape? Challenges remain, yet FITARA has driven agencies to change the way the buy, inventory, and operate IT, and subtly pushed CIOs to stronger tech leadership roles within their organizations.

    At this event, we'll discuss FITARA's impact thus far on government, how agencies have responded to it and Congress' role in ensuring the government improves its IT operations. In addition, we'll look forward to 2017 and how the new administration may approach IT modernization.
  • Pay TV, Video on Demand, and IPTV Growth Opportunities in Africa Pay TV, Video on Demand, and IPTV Growth Opportunities in Africa Deepti Dhinakaran, Naila Govan-Vassen and Oluchi Enuha, General Manager, iROKOX Jan 25 2017 2:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    The pay TV, VOD, and IPTV market is still evolving in terms of content and pricing models, but the demographics of Africa and its large population are highly attractive to existing and new market participants. Internet penetration, supplemented by a significant uptake in smartphone adoption, has altered the manner in which Africa consumes video content. This growth will be further augmented by the availability of cheaper DTT services, data-saving video consumption options, and attractively packaged triple-play services. It is critical for market participants to gauge market trends, price sensitivity and growth opportunities while offering their services. Along with pricing and richness of content, strategic partnerships will play a key role in defining the market leader in the next five years.
  • Strengthening your app monetization super powers Strengthening your app monetization super powers Stewart Rogers, Director of Technology, VentureBeat Jan 25 2017 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    It takes more than Superman or his Justice League to develop and maintain an effective app monetization strategy. This is especially true in light of a recent report which found that 0.19 percent of all mobile game players contributed 48 percent of revenue. How can one identify the high-spend users while not alienating the remaining percentage that only have potential to spend within the app?

    Ideally, one would customize app strategy according to type of user. Better still, each user would have her own strategy. Unfortunately this isn't a scalable solution to monetization.

    In this webinar, you'll learn to:

    * Customize your monetization strategy so that it's scalable
    * Unlock the revenue potential of lower spending users
    * Attract higher-spend users
    * Negotiate monetization strategies without alienating current users

    Speakers:
    * Maximo Cavazzani, founder and CEO, Etermax (Trivia Crack)
    * Eric Shashoua, CEO, Kiwi for Gmail
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Technology, VentureBeat
    * Wendy Schuchart, Analyst, VentureBeat


    Register today for this free webinar.
  • VR AR analytics platform to understand how users interact with virtual world VR AR analytics platform to understand how users interact with virtual world Robert Merki Jan 25 2017 10:00 pm UTC 30 mins
    cognitiveVR is an analytics platform built for virtual and augmented reality. In this webinar, cognitiveVR’s Director of Product, Robert Merki, will showcase how you can leverage analytics and data to understand how users interact with your virtual worlds.
  • Building Blocks for Securing the Industrial Internet: IISF Building Blocks for Securing the Industrial Internet: IISF Dr. Jesus Molina, Security Consultant, Fujitsu; Dan Isaacs, Director Connected Systems at Xilinx Jan 26 2017 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Without proper security, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems are not trustworthy, putting organizations, their missions and the greater public at increased risk. The viability of the IIoT depends on proper implementation of security to counter the growing and ever changing threats that are emerging.

    Addressing this challenge is critical to the success of the Industrial IoT, Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet revolution. To that end, Industrial Internet Consortium members have developed a common security framework and an approach to assess cybersecurity in Industrial Internet of Things systems: The Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF).

    On January 26, 2017, editors of the IISF and security experts from the Industrial Internet Consortium will provide an introduction to the approach needed to secure industrial systems and offer insights gained from one of our testbeds encompassing several security technologies.

    Join the webinar to learn:
    • The importance of securing the IIoT and why it differs from securing the IoT
    • The value of securing industrial Internet systems
    • Recommendations for engaging OT about developing an IIoT strategy

    Don’t miss this webinar – first in a series of monthly webinars offered by the Industrial Internet Consortium.

    *Upcoming Webinars*
    February: Securing IIoT Endpoints
    March: Securing the Smart Factory
  • Delve Deeper with Compendex: Numeric Search Now Available on Engineering Village Delve Deeper with Compendex: Numeric Search Now Available on Engineering Village Matt McGarva Jan 31 2017 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Join Matt McGarva, Product Manager, Engineering Village, as he demonstrates the power and ease of numeric search to find previously undiscovered data across both Compendex and Inspec databases. As an engineer, you know that numeric data -- e.g., the size of a microchip's components, the thermal properties of a material, the bit rate of a data transfer -- is often key to understanding and getting the most from research articles. Now with Compendex, searching numeric data has never been easier. Sally Fell, Product Manager, Engineering Village, will also highlight 2016 enhancements and our vision for 2017.
  • Commercial Drones Changing the Face of Business Environment Commercial Drones Changing the Face of Business Environment Sitanshu Shastri, Research Analyst, TechVision Feb 1 2017 9:30 am UTC 60 mins
    Sensor technologies are already signaling transformation across different applications and are expected to bring changes more significantly in the future. Innovative sensor technology is expected to disrupt existing business models and applications. Industries are continuously intermingling with one another to develop innovative products and services to satisfy the discerning needs of consumers. Regulations play a vital role in the adoption of technology, especially drone and energy-harvesting technologies. Therefore, it’s imperative that companies review their portfolio and build their innovation pipeline of sensor technologies and customized products to be ready for the future in line with regulations, and consumer and business demands.
  • Top Deployed SD-WAN Use Cases (Part Two) Top Deployed SD-WAN Use Cases (Part Two) David Klebanov, Director Technical Product, Viptela Feb 2 2017 6:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    This live demo will cover the major use cases of SD-WAN that are applicable to both large and small enterprise scenarios.
    These include:
    - Distributed media streaming with multicast
    - Enabling cloud-security capabilities with Zscaler
    - Segmentation and per-segment topologies
    - Service insertion and service chaining
    - Virtualized elements for Cloud (IaaS+PaaS)
    - Zero touch provisioning
  • VR meets marketing: Get ready for this new reality VR meets marketing: Get ready for this new reality Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Feb 2 2017 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Wildly successful VR campaigns from industry giants like Lexus, Marriott Hotels, McDonald's, Carnival Cruises, Best Western, UNICEF, and Red Bull have shown that VR has become a powerful marketing tool. It’s taking advantage of innovative product placement, create interactive trailers, engage with branded mini-games, create intense emotional experiences, and more.

    Mobile VR from the likes of Sony, Facebook, and HTC already has an audience in the millions — 67% of smartphone users have tried, or want to try, VR experiences. And as hardware prices come down and haptic feedback devices become common, that number will continue to blow up.

    VR isn't just a disrupter—it's an earthquake reshaping the marketing landscape. Join today's VR innovators in this VB Live event and learn how to take emotion-driven marketing to the next level.

    In this webinar you'll:

    · Discover why VR marketing will be important in 2017

    · Find out what will work in VR marketing, and what won't

    · Understand the VR marketing landscape

    · Learn how to get started, and how you can leverage the opportunity

    Speakers:

    · Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat

    · Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
  • The API Economy in Banking what is the impact of PSD 2 The API Economy in Banking what is the impact of PSD 2 David Harvey, Senior Principal Banking Practice, & Durvesh Ganveer, Solutions Architect Director, NTT Data Services Feb 14 2017 2:00 pm UTC 210 mins
    Regulatory conditions are preventing many banks from consolidating in the market, and there is evidence to support those financial institutions will need to re-engineer their own businesses, and customer propositions, and transform current models to remain relevant, nurture and grow their customer bases.

    As part of this process, developing differentiating capabilities will be key in highly competitive markets and innovation through the adoption of the new ‘Fintech ecosystem’ or “fintegration” (i.e. the marrying up of banks and Fintechs) will be pivotal in the banking industry’s fight to maintain their current business and grow. Join Anju Tiwari,Senior Enterprise Architect, Dell Services, guest speakers from the Banking Sector to be announced to learn about:

    - The drive to open up APIs in the new Digital banking Economy
    - Approaches on how to better leverage new technologies through Open APIs
    - Best Practice in how to go about partnering
    - How to achieve Data Governance and Security whilst opening up
    APIs to third parties
    - What technologies can we leveraged (Robotics, Machine Based learning, Big Data Analytics and the Digital sixth sense)
  • Machine Learning: The what, how, and why you need it now Machine Learning: The what, how, and why you need it now Stewart Rogers, Dir. of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Feb 16 2017 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    The short answer is that machine learning is the enemy of a post-truth world: Set loose on large data sets, it’s used to uncover patterns and deliver key insights that help predict how things will unfold in the future. The long answer is that from the transformation of forecasting and predictive analytics to the development of self-driving cars to Microsoft working to prevent blindness in children, machine learning has quickly become the kind of technology that transforms the world, from impactful business use cases to powerful social change.

    McKinsey’s 2016 data and analytics study found 120 potential machine learning applications in 12 industries—and the evolution is accelerating. Join our latest VB Live interactive event for a deep dive into how to measure, understand, and mobilize the data that matters the most for your business using machine learning.

    In this webinar you’ll:

    * Learn how cognitive technologies scale across mobile devices (including cars)
    * Evaluate the value of a machine learning product to your organization
    * Tailor your data structure to optimize for future machine learning initiatives


    Speakers:

    * Quinn Banks, Sr Product Marketing Manager, Farmers Insurance
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
    * Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
  • Power Up Your People: Emerging Tech and the Frictionless Employee Experience Power Up Your People: Emerging Tech and the Frictionless Employee Experience Stuart Gavurin, CEO of Mission Data, J.P. Gownder, Forrester Analyst Feb 22 2017 7:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    When planning your digital transformation strategies for 2017, don’t leave your MVPs behind—your Most Valuable Personnel.

    Join us for a discussion featuring guest speaker J.P. Gownder, Forrester Research, Inc. Vice President and Principal Analyst, and Stuart Gavurin, Mission Data CEO, where you will learn how emerging technologies can be used to create meaningful change across your workforce.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    - How delivering frictionless employee experiences (EX) improves operational efficiency, employee engagement, and workforce productivity
    - How frictionless EX can improve customer experiences (CX) and create significant revenue and profitability gains for your business
    - Practical strategies for implementing the newest technologies driving EX and CX change in 2017, including Internet of Things, voice-activated interfaces, and machine learning

    Registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the new Forrester report Ten Trends That Will Reshape Workforce Productivity in 2017.

    We hope you will join us then!
  • How to make money off of Facebook Messenger How to make money off of Facebook Messenger Stewart Rogers, Dir. of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Feb 23 2017 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    With over 1 billion monthly active users, Facebook Messenger is beginning to change the world for companies looking for ways to connect with, engage, and retain an unprecedented number of customers. And we’re guessing that’s probably you.

    It’s all because of Messenger’s developer tools, which have leapt on the promise of bots for customer service and native payments without ever leaving the platform--and have thoroughly delivered on it. Users stay cozily inside the Messenger platform to play games, search, shop, pay, and more, meaning they’re fully engaged with your brand in multiple ways in a single brand context.

    Facebook’s long-term plan: make Messenger the center of users’ lives. Your short-term plan: start positioning yourself to take advantage of this revolution in messenger tech innovation. Register for this free VB Live event now and learn how you can monetize Messenger.

    In this webinar, you’ll:

    Understand the broader digital wallet strategy to connect with customers through chatbots
    Get valuable tips to spin chatbots into gold
    Learn the biggest mistake organizations are making with payments through Messenger

    Speakers:

    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
    * Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
  • Customer support: Unleash your superpowers with AI Customer support: Unleash your superpowers with AI Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Mar 9 2017 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Flawless customer support directly translates to bottom line success. And that means reading customers' minds by offering real-time, reliable responses wherever they are—a feat that's not easily accomplished with call centers or even Live Chat.

    To help companies get it right every time, AI has stepped into the breach, cape blowing in the breeze. AI is impacting just about all areas of company activity, and now enables cost-effective, efficient, and superpowered solutions that turn customer agents into heroes, helping them assist more customers, more quickly, in the channel they're most accustomed to using—messaging platforms. Or maybe not using agents at all, but bots.

    Join our interactive VB Live event where Stewart Rogers will take a deep dive into his latest VB Insight report to give you the who, what, why—and especially how—of AI-powered customer service.

    In this webinar you'll:
    * Use AI to accelerate your customer support
    * Learn why chatbots are the answer to increased customer service
    * Get started on the first steps toward implementing an AI solution on the help desk
    * Integrated an innovative social customer service operation in a bot-driven world

    Speakers:
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
    * Quinn Banks, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Mobile, Farmers Insurance
    * Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
  • Myanmar's Economic and Industrial Evolution Creating Growth Opportunities Myanmar's Economic and Industrial Evolution Creating Growth Opportunities Aroop Zutshi - Global President & Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan Mar 15 2017 8:30 am UTC 60 mins
    Global interest in Myanmar as an investment destination has increased in the past five years following liberalization efforts and other reforms. The country has since witnessed commendable expansion in foreign investment, trade, and gross domestic product (GDP). Enabling factors such as the recent opening of the first special economic zone (SEZ), a rising middle class, and supportive new government policies for businesses will only help accelerate Myanmar's catch-up process. In light of these developments, Frost & Sullivan's upcoming webinar will enable you to:

    • Gain a deeper knowledge of Myanmar's economic and business conditions.
    • Leverage insights and trends associated with key growth industries.
    • Hear from companies that have successfully expanded their business in Myanmar.
    •Engage in a live Q&A session with representatives from the private sector in Myanmar as well as Frost & Sullivan experts.
  • IoT and Changing the Game in Insurance, how to become the Insurance Protector IoT and Changing the Game in Insurance, how to become the Insurance Protector Jamie McGregor, Senior Vice President, Celent, Joe Policella, Principal Consultant at NTT Data Services, Mar 15 2017 2:00 pm UTC 75 mins
    Join Celent, NTT Data Services and our customer to be confirmed where we will be showcasing an IoT Insurance Accelertor innovation with a large multi-national Insurer. Through presentations and a live demo

    You will learn:
    - How to enable disruptive Insurance business models to stay ahead of the competition

    - Enable radical innovation and next-generation customer services

    - Seamlessly integrate channels and devices while putting security first

    - Boost customer retention rates and keep your best customers

    - Leverage data and services to predict risk and reduce
    loss ratios

    - Rely on one accountable source for a comprehensive,seamless solution
  • How machine learning and AI will impact your marketing forever How machine learning and AI will impact your marketing forever Stewart Rogers, Dir. of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Mar 16 2017 7:30 pm UTC 60 mins
    Nearly $1.5 billion in funding went into over 200 AI companies in 2016, ads powered by IBM’s Watson tech lets users ask questions about the promoted product via voice or text, Google’s RankBrain is changing the business of SEO, and they’ve just announced not only a new range of machine learning APIs, products and upgrades, but a whole new Cloud Machine Learning group.

    Let’s call it: It’s honest-to-god paradigm shift, not just an excuse for another round of “open the pod bay doors, HAL” jokes—and it’s one that’s going to inevitably, unavoidably revolutionize marketing to the extent that if you’re not on board, you are going to be buried.

    Want to disrupt instead of be disrupted? To learn how to leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to deliver highly personalized, real-time consumer engagement at a significantly lower cost? Join this interactive VB Live event.

    In this webinar you’ll:
    * Learn how speech recognition impacts the SEO value on your web presence
    * Understand the full ROI of fully automated chat bots for artificial human interaction
    * Integrate deep learning into your marketing strategy to realize unbelievable lift

    Speakers:
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
    Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
    More speakers to come
  • IoT Overview and the Major Issues IoT Overview and the Major Issues Charles J. Lord, PE, President & Chief Trainer, Blue Ridge Advanced Design and Automation Mar 21 2017 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    In this lead-off class, we will briefly review the principles of the IoT and some of the basic configurations that we may encounter (star with gateway, tree, and mesh) and how the devices are best connected to maximize efficiency. We will look at the major issues we face as these networks and associated “things” become more complex, including data issues, communication issues, device monitoring and troubleshooting, and system security. We will identify potential weaknesses in each of these areas and compile a checklist of features that we need in a management system that will carry out these needs. We will also look at ways to prioritize the criticality of the devices and/or their data to help us in assigning levels of security and monitoring capabilities (for example, a temperature sensor used to sense a fire versus a temperature sensor for outside ambient temperature). Day 1 sponsored by WInd River
  • Monitoring and Securing IoT Data and Communications Monitoring and Securing IoT Data and Communications Charles J. Lord, PE, President & Chief Trainer, Blue Ridge Advanced Design and Automation Mar 22 2017 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    In our second class, we will begin at the heart of the Internet of Things – the sending and receiving of data to our “things.” Whether it’s collecting a simple room temperature reading or capturing a video frame for analysis, the IoT enables us to collect huge amounts of data for analysis then send out data in the form of commands or as human-readable data. The diversity of end devices makes this task difficult at best, as it involves myriad data types and protocols. This is key as we want to ensure the safety, security, and integrity of that data from its source to its intended destination. We will look at various methods we can use in our device design to effectively monitor and secure our data flow throughout the entire IoT network. Also, we will look at ways that we can approach communications issues with different protocols and physical layers in our network, which often consist of legacy devices that were not originally designed for the robustness required in the IoT. Day 2 sponsored by WInd River
  • How AI turns customers into big-spending brand loyalists How AI turns customers into big-spending brand loyalists Stewart Rogers, Dir. of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Mar 22 2017 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Customer loyalty is won with both marketing messaging and customer service that anticipates needs, answers questions, and solves issues on the fly. And a well-integrated, data-soaked AI platform can deliver that perfectly timed, exquisitely personalized customer service with the right message, right time, right place support and communication that leads to big jumps in engagement rates. Not to mention enduring loyalty.

    But while integrating AI technology into your marketing automation systems can help build profitable long-term relationships, there are security issues to tackle, privacy issues to consider, and data integration to execute flawlessly.

    Want to do it right? Join our free VB Live event to learn how master marketers join marketing insight with AI intelligence execution to significantly boost customer loyalty.

    In this webinar, you’ll:
    * Learn how deep learning can help your customers get a "human" through chat
    * Cut through the hype around chat bots and learn what really matters
    * Understand privacy issues around AI and how it may impact your org's security
    * Integrate a successful marketing campaign using chatbot interactions

    Speakers:
    Stewart Rogers, Director of marketing technology, VentureBeat
    Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
  • IoT Device Management IoT Device Management Charles J. Lord, PE, President & Chief Trainer, Blue Ridge Advanced Design and Automation Mar 23 2017 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    In our final class, we will look at the “Things” of the IoT – our nodes and devices – and how we can effectively commission, monitor, and detect problems in them throughout their lifecycle. We will look at methods for adding device management capabilities in our devices from the design stage as well as ways to add these capabilities in the legacy devices we looked at in the previous class. One topic we will look at is effective commissioning and decommissioning of devices in the network – how can we add or remove a node from the network without adversely impacting the rest of the network? Another area we will look at is security assurance and testing: how can we be sure of the device security – and how can we test it? And lastly we will look at maintenance. What methods can we use for testing devices or paths within the network and how can we effectively and safely perform system updates? To conclude our class, we will review our checklist and see what other issues we may need to be aware of in our IoT design. Day 3 sponsored by Wind River