SHARE



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Beth Schultz
Beth Schultz is editor of No Jitter and program co-chair for Enterprise Connect. Beth has more than two decades of...
Read Full Bio >>
SHARE



Beth Schultz | October 20, 2016 |

 
   

Enterprise Connect 2017: Get Ready for Fresh Faces, New Content, Hackathon!

Enterprise Connect 2017: Get Ready for Fresh Faces, New Content, Hackathon! Twilio CEO and IPO darling Jeff Lawson to join other newcomer keynoters from Microsoft and Cisco for a week likewise packed with brand new programming

Twilio CEO and IPO darling Jeff Lawson to join other newcomer keynoters from Microsoft and Cisco for a week likewise packed with brand new programming

Whether you're a regular attendee or have never been to Enterprise Connect, the leading vendor-neutral conference and exhibition for enterprise communications and collaboration, you're sure to find lots to like about the program we have planned for the 2017 Orlando event, coming March 27 to 30. We've got fresh faces, updated content, and a cool new relationship to share.

Let's start with the fresh faces. As announced yesterday, three industry thought leaders will make their debut appearances on the Enterprise Connect 2017 keynote stage to share their unique perspectives on hot trends and technologies shaping enterprise communications and collaboration. They are:

    Enterprise Connect 2017 keynoters (l-r): Jeff Lawson, Twilio; Jens Meggers, Cisco; and Ron Markezich, Microsoft

  • Jeff Lawson, founder, CEO & chairman, Twilio -- communications platform-as-a-service innovator with more than 15 years of entrepreneurial and product experience, including while serving as one of the original product managers for Amazon Web Services (and, of course, the man behind one of the hottest tech IPOs in recent history)
  • Jens Meggers, SVP & GM, Cisco Cloud Collaboration Technology Group -- responsible for managing Cisco's cloud-focused collaboration portfolio, including the flagship Spark platform for integrated messaging, calling, and meetings, and overseeing the WebEx and Jabber engineering and product management teams (for more on Meggers and his role at Cisco, see yesterday's No Jitter post, "Cisco Collaboration 'Moving at Warp Speed'")
  • Ron Markezich, corporate VP, Microsoft Office 365 -- responsible for the commercial go-to-market strategy for Microsoft's Skype for Business UC platform, as well as all other pieces of the company's productivity portfolio, and running Office 365 deployment and usage programs

With the pace of change as rapid as it is in this industry, it's far too early for these gentleman to have started putting pen to paper in planning for their keynote addresses. But would anybody be surprised if we heard lots about topics like the API economy, cloud communications, next-gen messaging and team collaboration, and the rise of the bots? I surely wouldn't. Even as you contend with tactical deployment, management, and migration concerns of today, you must look for strategic guidance on where your enterprise's future is headed in communications and collaboration -- and these big thinkers will help inform your vision.

Of course, the great insight won't stop with these keynoters. We've got a jam-packed four-day program in the works, which will include a handful of main stage summits and dozens of sessions across nine tracks: Unified Communications & Collaboration, Cloud Communications, Communications APIs, Contact Center/Customer Experience, Mobility, Video, SIP/SIP Trunking, Systems Management & Network Design, and -- new for 2017 -- Next-Gen Messaging & Team Collaboration. As always, we're working with leading analysts and consultants in fleshing out the program and identifying the best speakers for a wide range of sessions types, from practical advice to market landscapes and case study presentations.

Take a crack at building your preliminary agenda, but come back often to check out program updates. To get you started, how about adding: "How to Build Your Enterprise's Team Collaboration Roadmap," "Managing for and Through Vendor Consolidation," or "SD-WAN: Why It's the Right Fit for the Cloud Era" sessions to your agenda?

Let me also call out one of our Monday morning kick-off sessions, "Hackathon After-Action Report: Meet the Hackers, See the Hacks." Let me explain.

In conjunction with this year's event, we are pleased to announce that Enterprise Connect has teamed with the TADHack organization's Alan Quayle to host TADHack-mini Orlando on March 25 through 26, for an all-nighter "hack till you drop." We're inviting developers, one and all (or anybody else interested in dabbling with telecom APIs), to join this TADHack-mini event and show their chops in communications-enabling business applications or processes -- or even creating entirely new services. Bring your ideas, hack away through the night using a variety of sponsor technologies, and earn your chance to present your innovative hack to our tech-savvy enterprise audience during the Monday morning session!

Have I whet your appetite for Enterprise Connect 2017? Register now using the code NOJITTER for $300 off an Entire Event pass or get a FREE Expo Plus pass. See you March 27 to 30 in Orlando!

Follow Beth Schultz and No Jitter on Twitter and Google+!
@nojitter
@Beth_Schultz
Beth Schultz on Google+





COMMENTS



May 31, 2017

In the days of old, people in suits used to meet at a boardroom table to update each other on their work. Including a remote colleague meant setting a conference phone on the table for in-person pa

April 19, 2017

Now more than ever, enterprise contact centers have a unique opportunity to lead the way towards complete, digital transformation. Moving your contact center to the cloud is a starting point, quick

April 5, 2017

Its no secret that the cloud offers significant benefits to enterprises - including cost reduction, scalability, higher efficiency, and more flexibility. If your phone system and contact center are

June 9, 2017
If you think telecom expense management applies to nothing more than business phone lines, think again. Hyoun Park, founder and principal investigator with technology advisory Amalgam Insights, tells ....
June 2, 2017
Enterprises strategizing on mobility today, including for internal collaboration, don't have the luxury of learning as they go. Tony Rizzo, enterprise mobility specialist with Blue Hill Research, expl....
May 24, 2017
Mark Winther, head of IDC's global telecom consulting practice, gives us his take on how CPaaS providers evolve beyond the basic building blocks and address maturing enterprise needs.
May 18, 2017
Diane Myers, senior research director at IHS Markit, walks us through her 2017 UC-as-a-service report... and shares what might be to come in 2018.
April 28, 2017
Change isn't easy, but it is necessary. Tune in for advice and perspective from Zeus Kerravala, co-author of a "Digital Transformation for Dummies" special edition.
April 20, 2017
Robin Gareiss, president of Nemertes Research, shares insight gleaned from the firm's 12th annual UCC Total Cost of Operations study.
March 23, 2017
Tim Banting, of Current Analysis, gives us a peek into what the next three years will bring in advance of his Enterprise Connect session exploring the question: Will there be a new model for enterpris....
March 15, 2017
Andrew Prokop, communications evangelist with Arrow Systems Integration, discusses the evolving role of the all-important session border controller.
March 9, 2017
Organizer Alan Quayle gives us the lowdown on programmable communications and all you need to know about participating in this pre-Enterprise Connect hackathon.
March 3, 2017
From protecting against new vulnerabilities to keeping security assessments up to date, security consultant Mark Collier shares tips on how best to protect your UC systems.
February 24, 2017
UC analyst Blair Pleasant sorts through the myriad cloud architectural models underlying UCaaS and CCaaS offerings, and explains why knowing the differences matter.
February 17, 2017
From the most basics of basics to the hidden gotchas, UC consultant Melissa Swartz helps demystify the complex world of SIP trunking.
February 7, 2017
UC&C consultant Kevin Kieller, a partner at enableUC, shares pointers for making the right architectural choices for your Skype for Business deployment.
February 1, 2017
Elka Popova, a Frost & Sullivan program director, shares a status report on the UCaaS market today and offers her perspective on what large enterprises need before committing to UC in the cloud.
January 26, 2017
Andrew Davis, co-founder of Wainhouse Research and chair of the Video track at Enterprise Connect 2017, sorts through the myriad cloud video service options and shares how to tell if your choice is en....
January 23, 2017
Sheila McGee-Smith, Contact Center/Customer Experience track chair for Enterprise Connect 2017, tells us what we need to know about the role cloud software is playing in contact centers today.