PTC Webinar Series: Frictionless Business

About the Webinars

The information and communication technologies (ICT) industry is playing a critical role in today’s unprecedented times. The PTC Webinar Series: Frictionless Business, will provide leaders, investors, analysts, technologists, academics, and others guidance on new trends and priorities. These sessions will weave today’s key challenges with breakthrough ideas and emerging innovations. Industry players will share perspectives ranging from organizational leadership to digital transformation, from investment outlook to rapidly evolving technologies, such as AI and edge computing.

Upcoming Webinar

Reinventing Traditional Business Models Through Automation
Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 14:00-15:00 Hawaii Standard Time

As digital transformation plans gather pace – accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic – the ICT requirements of organizations are only increasing in scale and complexity. This session explores the role automation can play in uniting the ICT ecosystem and driving new value and efficiency for carriers and their enterprise customers. In particular, the session explores how network orchestration and APIs can help with the convergence of new network-centric technologies, such as cloud, IoT, and edge computing. It also focuses on the need for carriers to work together and embrace new industry standards in order to extend the ability to orchestrate networks and automate inter-carrier settlement.

Moderator:

Kevin VachonKEVIN VACHON
Chief Operating Officer, MEF
USA

Panelists:

Marc HalbfingerMARC HALBFINGER
Chief Executive Officer, PCCW Global
Hong Kong SAR China

Murad KablanMURAD KABLAN
Chief Executive Officer, Stateless
USA

Mark MiddletonMARK MIDDLETON
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, ActivePort
Australia

Ameet NaikAMEET NAIK
Product Marketing Lead, Cloudflare
USA

Past Webinars

Current Trends in Submarine Cable
Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 14:00-15:00 Hawaii Standard Time

Submarine cables continue to be a pivotal piece of the world’s critical global infrastructure underpinning global communications and the worldwide internet. This network supports approximately USD 10 trillion a day in financial transactions and carries approximately 99% of today’s transoceanic information and telecommunications traffic. For many decades, submarine cables have consistently met the global market’s increasing demand for robust, high-availability, low-latency, and high-bandwidth connectivity. The network has been—with occasional exceptions—remarkably resilient – and the industry has continued to innovate and evolve to meet the demands of the future. Can the industry sustain such growth, what are the influences and factors we need to consider in moving this industry forward over the next few years?

Moderator:

Elaine StaffordELAINE STAFFORD
Managing Partner, DRG Undersea Consulting
USA

Panelists:

Nigel BayliffNIGEL BAYLIFF
Chief Executive Officer, Aqua Comms
Ireland

Virginie FrouinVIRGINIE FROUIN
Chief Sales Officer, Hawaiki
New Zealand

Paul GablaPAUL GABLA
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Alcatel Submarine Networks
France

Marc HalbfingerMARC HALBFINGER
Chief Executive Officer, PCCW Global
Hong Kong SAR China

Ricardo Orcero-GuillotRICARDO ORCERO
Network Investments Submarine Cable EMEA @ Facebook
Spain

Digital Strategy; Digital Transformation
Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 14:00-15:00 Hawaii Standard Time

IT spending is projected to increase by 8% this year, partly as a result of the global economic recovery but also due to corporate investments in improved and reengineered customer relationships, experiences, and journeys; streamlined processes with asset-light resourcing; and new smart, digital, connected products, services, platforms, and ecosystems. There are two major themes underpinning these initiatives. First, a recognition that it is becoming difficult to separate digital strategy from business strategy. Second, that new network-centric technologies – such as 5G, edge, cloud, and AI – are enabling organizations to not merely reduce cost, but to grow revenue by rethinking their infrastructure, digitalized products and services, and customer experience, and then by renewing and transforming all dimensions of their people, processes, and technologies. Please join us for a lively discussion from a panel of global thought leaders that have been deeply involved in digital transformation in a variety of industry verticals.

Moderator:

Joe WeinmanJOE WEINMAN
Founder & Principal, XFORMA LLC
USA

Panelists:

Roger CamrassROGER CAMRASS
Director of Research, CIONET
United Kingdom

Ric MerrifieldRIC MERRIFIELD
COO, Cylentium
USA

Brad PowerBRAD POWER
Founder, CancerHacker Lab
USA

Communications Infrastructure – Current Viewpoints
Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 14:00-15:00 Hawaii Standard Time

This CEO panel will focus on an array of digital infrastructure themes, including hyperscale trends and edge computing across Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and EMEA. Topics will include drivers such as increased digital engagement across businesses and consumers, and how evolving infrastructure platforms are suited to meet ever-changing content, compute, and network requirements.

Moderator:

Jonathan AtkinJONATHAN ATKIN
Managing Director, Global Head – Communications Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets
USA

Panelists:

Tesh DurvasulaTESH DURVASULA
Past President & CEO, CyrusOne
USA

Josh JoshiJOSH JOSHI
Executive Chairman, AtlasEdge
United Kingdom

Dave NewittDAVE NEWITT
CEO, Yondr
United Kingdom

Salgame RanguRANGU SALGAME
Chairman & CEO, Princeton Digital Group
Singapore

How B2B Sales Will Change Post-COVID-19
Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 14:00 Hawaii Standard Time

Perhaps a third of B2B buyers might be willing to conduct fully-virtual transactions for new products up to a value of approximately USD 500,000, according to a McKinsey report, but they are less willing to do so for bigger deals. So how will B2B sales in the communications industry change in the future? What permanent changes might we see in outbound and inbound marketing, inside sales, field sales, and customer support? What new skills might sales professionals need? How will C-suite preferences evolve? What new tools, platforms, or practices could emerge? How will buyer expectations shift?

Moderator:

Gary KimGARY KIM
Consultant, IP Carrier
USA

Panelists:

Matt BramsonMATT BRAMSON
Founder & Managing Partner, Cloud Strategy Solutions
USA

Marc HalbfingerMARC HALBFINGER
Chief Executive Officer, PCCW Global
Hong Kong SAR China

Nancy RidgeNANCY RIDGE
Founder & President, Ridge Innovative
USA

Elmar RodeELMAR RODE
Director Communications Industry Strategy Group, Oracle
Germany

Smart Cities – Ecosystems and Monetization Opportunities
Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 14:00 Hawaii Standard Time

Smart cities will shape our future whether in the workplace, home, or where we frequent. With the macro trends around IoT, 5G, AI, and machine learning, there continue to be ongoing conversations around where we see the opportunities, how this may change our lives, and the future ecosystems that will need to be enabled by technology providers and companies that will help lead to these new experiences. Please join our session to hear more, as experts in this space provide insights into what the future may look like and the specific steps and immediate opportunities that exist for us all.

Moderator:

Darren YongDARREN YONG
Asia Pacific Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology, KPMG Asia Pacific,
Singapore

Panelists:

Dr. Ayesha KhannaDR. AYESHA KHANNA
Co-Founder & CEO, ADDO AI,
Singapore

Craig LawtonCRAIG LAWTON
Smart Cities, IoT Lead, AWS,
Australia/New Zealand

NADYA MELIC
VP – Head of Customer Solutions, Asia Pacific, Vodafone,
Singapore

Theo SchermanTHEO SCHERMAN
Chief Strategy Officer, APAC, Hitachi Asia Ltd.,
Singapore

Dismantling Barriers and Accelerating Equity and Opportunity
Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 14:00 Hawaii Standard Time

Organizations have been investing in corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives, yet progress remains slow. In the wake of #MeToo, BLM, and AAPI hate crimes, leading companies and organizations in the tech/telecom sector have responded to calls for better diversity and inclusion, restating their commitments and redoubling efforts that embraces all – regardless of gender, LGBTQ+, age, race, or ethnicity. Leaders from four major players in the tech sector – Verizon, Telstra, Facebook, and NJFX – will discuss their strategies and approaches for addressing challenges and leveraging opportunities to build truly diverse workforces and inclusive cultures. They will also exchange views on how they have put action behind intentions.

Moderator:

TARA GIUNTA
Partner, Paul Hastings;
Legal Counsel, PTC,
USA

Panelists:

Tara KristickTARA KRISTICK
Head of Wholesale & Satellite Sales, Americas, Telstra,
USA

SONAL PATEL
Vice President of Marketing,
Verizon Partner Solutions,
USA

Nico RoehrichNICO ROEHRICH
Manager Network Investment, APAC, Facebook,
Singapore

FELIX SEDA
General Manager, NJFX,
USA

Converged Connectivity and Future Business Models
Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 14:00 Hawaii Standard Time

Technology and telecom are at the center of convergence for all sectors. Technology companies continue to dominate and actively continue to invest in their expansion to enable digital transformation.

Moderator:

Eric HandaERIC HANDA
Co-Founder & CEO, APTelecom,
USA

Panelists:

Robert BrumleyBOB BRUMLEY
Chief Executive Officer, Laser Light Communications,
USA

Janet HernandezJANET HERNANDEZ
President, Telecommunications Management Group,
USA

Claire KwokCLAIRE KWOK
Director, APAC, Data Center Solutions, CBRE,
Hong Kong SAR China

George TronsrueGEORGE TRONSRUE
Chief Executive Officer, Quintillion Networks,
USA

Darren YongDARREN YONG
Asia Pacific Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology, KPMG Asia Pacific,
Singapore

Satellite Reset: The Industry Transformed
Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 14:00 Hawaii Standard Time

Momentous changes were already underway within the satellite industry when the COVID-19 crisis unsettled lives and businesses around the globe over the last year. What will the industry look like as things move to a new normal? This webinar will ask our panelists how the trend of SPACs will affect the industry. What is happening with rural broadband implementation? What does the future of broadband connectivity look like? What day-to-day operational changes will stay? How will the rise of 5G fit into the broader satellite ecosystem?

Moderator:

Katherine GizinskiKATHERINE GIZINSKI
Chief Executive Officer, ManSat LLC,
USA

Panelists:

Mark DankbergMARK DANKBERG
Chairman of the Board & Executive Chairman, Viasat,
USA

Erwin HudsonDEBRA FACKTOR
Head of AIRBUS U.S. Space Systems, AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense, Inc.,
USA

Erwin HudsonERWIN HUDSON
Vice President, Telesat LEO,
Canada

Chris QuiltyCHRIS QUILTY
Founder & Partner, Quilty Analytics,
USA

Putting the Edge to Work
Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 14:00 Hawaii Standard Time

The edge is the hottest new trend in computing, but beyond computing architecture, what will we really do with it? This panel will highlight the intersection of new technology capabilities such as the Internet of Things, 5G, and edge computing resources, and how they will enable new applications like autonomous vehicles and smart cities while also creating business benefits – enhanced customer experience, reduced cost, and increased revenues.

Moderator:

Joe WeinmanJOE WEINMAN
Founder & Principal, XFORMA LLC,
USA

Panelists:

John CowanJOHN COWAN
Co-Founder & CEO, EDJX,
USA

HEINRICH-GERHARD SCHUERING
CEO, Electronics Business Unit, Marelli,
Italy

Mark ThieleMARK THIELE
CEO & Founder, Edgevana,
USA

Yang YangYANG YANG
Director & Professor, SHIFT, School of Information Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University,
People’s Republic of China

Global Finance and Investment Perspectives
Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 14:00-15:00 Hawaii Standard Time

Capital deployment into digital infrastructure continues to grow, driving the creation of new platforms in multiple regions and contributing to the steady pace of M&A seen across the sector. This panel features leading players in the investment and finance sector that are driving investments in data infrastructure across Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and EMEA.

Moderator:

Jonathan AtkinJONATHAN ATKIN
Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets,
USA

Panelists:

Beth HoffmanBETH HOFFMAN
Managing Director, Berkshire Partners,
USA

Jasvinder KhairaJASVINDER KHAIRA
Sr. Managing Director, Tactical Opportunities – New York, Blackstone,
USA

Waldemar SzlezakWALDEMAR SZLEZAK
Managing Director, Digital Infrastructure, KKR,
USA

Van VeselyJAN VESELY
Partner, EQT Partners,
USA

Network Evolution in the 2020s
Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 14:00 Hawaii Standard Time

2020 kicks off a decade of major transformation for ICT technologies as well as new realities for business and customer needs. In the short term, the global pandemic has exponentially accelerated work from home, remote learning, video conferencing, telemedicine, and streaming entertainment. In the longer term, today’s disruptions are leading to cultural shifts in the use of video, mobile, and remote activities such as work and learning. The ongoing ICT revolution is bringing unprecedented new capabilities through 5G deployments, intelligent devices, edge computing, and bandwidth, interconnection, and data center growth. This one-hour panel will discuss these dramatic shifts with the global leaders that are at the intersection of shifting needs, evolving technologies, and new revenue streams.

Moderator:

Joe WeinmanJOE WEINMAN
Founder & Principal, XFORMA LLC,
USA

Panelists:

Najam AhmadNAJAM AHMAD
VP, Network Infrastructure, Facebook
USA

Campbell MassieCAMPBELL MASSIE
Advocacy Manager, North America, GSMA
USA

Chris SharpCHRIS SHARP
CTO, Digital Realty
USA

Dave TemkinDAVE TEMKIN
VP, Network & Systems, Netflix
USA

Impact of COVID-19 on Data Centers and Network Infrastructure
Tuesday, 15 September 2020, 14:00 Hawaii Standard Time

Our candid C-suite discussion will explore what new norms are being defined as today’s massive escalation of digital infrastructure development is creating complex new realities. Executives will share insights on how we must strategically respond to major challenges and seize new opportunities in this next tidal wave of digital transformation.

Moderator:

Bill BarneyBILL BARNEY
Chairman & Managing Partner, Asian Century Equity
Hong Kong SAR China

Panelists:

Dan CarusoDAN CARUSO
CEO, Zayo
USA

Keri GilderKERI GILDER
CEO, COLT
United Kingdom

Bevan SlatteryBEVAN SLATTERY
Founder, SUB.CO / Cloudscene / Superloop / Megaport / NEXTDC
Australia

Bill SteinBILL STEIN
CEO, Digital Realty
USA

Moderator:

JONATHAN ATKIN, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, USA

Panelists:

BETH HOFFMAN, Managing Director, Berkshire Partners, USA
JASVINDER KHAIRA, Sr. Managing Director, Tactical Opportunities – New York, Blackstone, USA
WALDEMAR SZLEZAK
, Managing Director, Digital Infrastructure, KKR, USA
JAN VESELY, Partner, EQT Partners, USA