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Cloud Track @ IIT Real-Time Communications Conference & Expo.


Communications expertise is hot property once again:  Facebook bought Whatsapp for $19B, Snapchat snapped up AddLive before anyone else realized how great their service was.   Emerging service providers  and power players alike have embraced VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)  while newer solutions such as WebRTC (Real Time Communications) happen to make inroads in the telecommunications sector.  Additionally, leading network operators are gearing up for VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution) in a world that is increasingly dominated by mobile experiences and the cloud’s pervasiveness and ubiquity.

Cloud communications thrive where IP (Internet Protocol), cloud computing and telecommunications technologies collide, disrupt and release new value.  The impact is clearly revolutionary and its effects are only just starting to be felt.  Adding communications to any application, service and business process is creating engaging experiences:  just look at Airbnb and Uber in their use of communications; and Amazon Mayday is transforming customer support.

Has the web won in telecommunications?  Many network infrastructure and interoperability challenges remain while new other start to surface;  and critically customers expect communications just to connect where reloading a browser window to get a call working is not acceptable.

The cloud communications vision is compelling, it is a revolution in the making. But, there are many challenges ahead.  Join us in Chicago, one of the world’s leading hubs of cloud computing infrastructure and digital services as our speakers and panel of experts delve behind the curtain and peel away the layers of hype and confusion.


The IIT Real-Time Communications Conference is designed as a collaborative event where industry and academia connect.  This annual gathering brings together: thought leaders, innovators, technical professionals and business executives from a variety of digital and telecommunications industries, as well as representatives from: communities, standards bodies, analyst houses, consulting firms , policy and regulatory institutions, and researchers and educators from academia.

IIT Real-Time Communications celebrates its 10th Anniversary and remains committed to promoting open exchanges, idea sharing and vigorous debate to lead future developments in the rapidly changing field of communication services.


Call for speakers:

Everyone living at the intersection of voice, video, messaging, mobility, cloud, …, web – innovators, developers, entrepreneurs, researchers, product managers, …, marketers – can take advantage of meeting with 300+ fellow real-time communications visionaries from throughout the globe. IIT’s Real Time Communications Conference & Expo is comprised of the following tracks:

  • Web & Emerging Technologies (WebRTC)
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Networks, Platforms and Applications
  • Policy and Regulatory
  • Cloud Communications

Please note that our audience expects meaningful talks and thought provoking content, overt sales pitches will not be accepted.  Presentation proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee as they are received.  Ongoing notifications of acceptance will be made based on relevance and speaker qualifications.   

Interested in being there?

This is IIT’s Real-Time Communications Conference & Expo’s 10th Anniversary.  Our experience is that, year after year, participants manage to expose and excite new concepts in the midst of an industry that’s constantly changing.  We foster a community environment where valuable conversations and idea exchanges are not constrained to the time slot assigned to a given presentation and, therefore, strong collaborative relationships are enabled as a result.


Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago : )

Demystifying the fast emerging Carrier Cloud

“Becoming and staying relevant in today’s cloud environment is not only driven by offering more services faster, but also by understanding the emergence of new tectonic plates such as the fast shifting Carrier Cloud. This is a game changing paradigm, one which entails the underlying infrastructure and platform behind NFV, Network Functions Virtualization coupled with SDN, Software Defined Networking, at scale.”

“Moreover, the rationale behind engineering next generation SDPs, Service Delivery Platforms, and OSS, Operations Support Systems, in the digital communications industry has to do with delivering a pool of shared and fully automated network resources that developers addressing multimedia services (voice, video, data) with QoS, Quality of Service, do not need to replicate and can, therefore, take advantage of with the right SLA, Service Level Agreements, in place.”

“This redefines mutually beneficial “coopetition” where rich communication services are set to outdo or even make over-the-top ones better. A perfect match for Carrier Clouds purposely built to deliver a pool of shared cloud and network infrastructure: a programmable carrier grade fabric enabling the ecosystem to operate with unprecedented agility, unparalleled scalability and, equally important, at cost efficient levels. But what will it take to get there?

IIT Real Time Communications Conference & Expo – Program Schedule, Tuesday October 15 at 10:00am.


Tomorrow Tuesday I will be speaking at IIT Real Time Communications conference. I am scheduled to contribute to two sessions. The first one is a panel discussion that takes place at 9:00 am (see below). Thereafter, I will be presenting on “demystifying the fast emerging carrier cloud.”

My role in the panel is to cover the WAN, Wide Area Network, side of the story, which relates to how cloud technologies are impacting the more conventional network operator environment. Then, in my talk, I will further develop what the new carrier cloud entails and will position NFV, Network Functions Virtualization, and SDN, Software Defined Networking, as key developments in that space.

By the way, the above picture was taken at last year’s event where I also joined a panel. Back then, the topic I was engaged in had to do with a business ecosystem. Telcos and OTT, Over the Top, players did not yet see eye to eye for the most part. My belief was that we were already entering a new ecosystem where coopetition would become a fact of life for all of us. That should permeate through the value chain and, hence, happen in everyone’s best interest.

A year later, I do think that we are actually turning a corner for the better. The growing integration of IT and Carrier technologies is fostering one another’s awareness and understanding on what each brings to the table. That alone is changing behaviors on both sides by blending technologies and practices where it makes sense. We are now innovating at the intersection as well. Frankly speaking, many of us do not think that unnecessarily prolonging a debate in terms of seemingly irreconcilable bell-heads vs. net-heads is the way to go in what’s now the cloud age. So, I highly recommend attending Sarah Reedy’s panel discussion on Tuesday at 3:00 pm, which will involve T-Mobile’s Ahmad Armand, AT&T’s Mike Paradise and Comcast’s Ken Greene.

See you at IIT Real Time Communications Conference 2013.

“Panel participants will provide a set of defined perspectives that will allow participants to put each of the presentations of the Cloud Track into the context of the Cloud Service Consumer, Cloud Service Provider, and Cloud Service Creator. The Security, Resiliency, Performance and Governance of the Cloud will be woven into the discussion as examples are presented.”

IIT Real Time Communications Conference & Expo – Program Schedule, Tuesday October 15 at 09:00am.