NWN Carousel today announced its 2018 Always On Technology Symposium, which takes place Thursday, November 8 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The fourth annual Always On Technology Symposium (AOTS) is a one-day event designed to help CIOs, CTOs, and other IT leaders better educate their business and operations counterparts about existing and imminent trends, so the organization can hear about them from IT first.

This year’s theme—success—is focused on educating, informing, and inspiring attendees in ways that will help them and their organizations achieve greater levels of success. Through inspirational keynotes, a facilitated panel discussion, interactive breakout sessions, and networking opportunities, AOTS attendees will learn ways by which success criteria can be defined for a given technology.

“With an agenda full of high-impact presentations delivered by leaders from successful enterprises like Cisco and Avaya, the event will inspire attendees to influence and lead their organization to achieve high levels of success with their people, processes, and technology,” said Jason Viera, Chief Technology Officer of NWN Carousel. “Moving the event to Boston allows us to support an even larger, more regionally diverse attendee pool and reach more IT leaders to foster deeper conversations and connections. Whether it’s between sessions or during breakout sessions on topics like artificial intelligence, cyber security, hyperconvergence, or the digital workspace, attendees will have ample opportunities to ask questions and engage in lively dialogue with peers and industry experts.”

Hailing from top organizations across the nation, attendees will leave AOTS with the insights, perspectives, and strategies to continue to increase their strategic business value to their organizations. Carousel executives and clients will explore the latest innovations happening in the technology landscape and, more importantly, share prescriptive frameworks for rapidly executing organizational change.

Agenda Highlights

The event will feature inspirational sessions throughout the day. The morning keynote speaker is Jean Turgeon (JT), VP and Chief Technologist, Avaya. In this role, JT is responsible for driving and delivering the strategy for Software Defined Architecture, evangelizing Avaya’s full portfolio of solutions, and leading digital transformation solutions for various enterprise and midmarket verticals. He also leads initiatives such as AI, IoT, public safety, and is an active participate in blockchain with his global team of solutions architect specialists.

Todd Nightingale, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Meraki, will take the stage as the afternoon keynote. Nightingale has led the expansion of the Meraki team’s scope from cloud-managed wireless to cloud-managed networking to cloud-managed IT. In the process, the team has added enterprise mobility management, telephony, and video technology to the platform.  In the past, Nightingale has worked in silicon development, academic research groups, network security, software services, and network protocol development. He’s led teams to success and high-growth through complicated transitions and difficult turnarounds.

Several high-energy sessions will be held, including Fast Five—a whirlwind compilation of five, five-minute presentations about some of technology’s most pressing topics. A “Success in Security” panel led by Viera will address issues surrounding qualifying success in this current threat landscape. Joining this panel are Chris DeCarli, Manager, Security Infrastructure Services, FM Global; Reg Harnish, CEO, Grey Castle, and Joe Pangborn, CIO of US Naval War College.

Additionally, the following breakout sessions are planned:

  • How the Modern Workforce is Driving a Cultural Shift Towards Collaboration with Carousel’s Brian Mahoney, Director of Collaboration Solutions, and Tony McQueen, Senior Director of UC & Collaboration.
  • Next-Generation Meeting Room & Video Collaboration Trends with Carousel’s Brian Fichter, Director of Portfolio Strategy.
  • Strategies for Success in Contact Center Design and Deployment with Paul Berardis, Carousel’s Director of Contact Center Services.
  • Ransomware Defense Strategies with Alec Saffrin, Carousel’s Technical Director of Security.
  • Enforcement and Containment with Segmentation with Josh King, Carousel’s Director of Security Solutions.
  • SD-WAN, Campus Fabrics, and Software-Defined Networks: Emerging Concepts in Next-Gen Network Architectures with Carousel’s John Elliott (CCIE&CCDE), Principal Consultant.
  • Failing to Plan Spells Disaster for Wireless Networks with Carousel’s Chris Williams, SE Manager and ACDX.
  • HyperConverged: The Untold Story with Carousel’s Manuel Henry, Principal Data Center Consultant

Throughout the day, attendees can visit the event’s Partner Showcase, where Carousel’s leading technology partners will showcase solutions and services. The day will conclude with a festive after-party during which Cam Neely, former Boston Bruins hockey player and current Bruins president, will meet and greet attendees.

AOTS is designed for Carousel clients, however the company will reserve a limited number of seats for community members. It is targeted at virtually every segment of executive and mid-level management—from the C-suite to business and IT directors. Carousel clients can register here. Additionally, non-clients interested in being added to the invitation list are asked to please contact Carousel.