Virtual Leadership Summit: Enabling telcos to lead and succeed in the ‘new normal’

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm


Virtual Leadership Summit: Enabling telcos to lead and succeed in the ‘new  normal’ 

Date: September 9, 2020
Time: 9:00AM – 12PM ET.

We welcome you to join this illuminating Virtual Digital Leadership Summit presented by TM Forum in collaboration with Wipro.

Leaders from the global telecom industry will share insights and experiences on how telcos can supercharge their digital transformation strategies in the post-pandemic era, confidently leverage the power of cloud to explore new business possibilities, and harness the power of the gig economy with Topcoder.

If you are interested in attending, please reach out to Kimonas Tsakmakas at [email protected]


9:00 – 9:05 | Welcome and Introductions

Aaron Boasman-Patel, VP AI & Customer Experience, TM Forum

9:05 – 9:25 | Fireside Chat: Leading the way in the ‘New Normal’

  • How organizations across the world, and especially Telcos, have adapted to the ‘new normal’ with visible shifts in their ways of working and are breaking the glass ceiling of digital transformation
  • Perspectives from AT&T and Wipro on the future of connectivity, digital experiences and the cloud-powered ‘infrastructure of the future’
  • The importance of an aggregated and connected ecosystem play in the era of 5G-led business transformation
  • What does it take to succeed in the post-pandemic era – AT&T’s views on “Transformational DNA” as an enabler for businesses to adapt to continuous change.

Milan Rao, President, Marketing, Innovation & Technology & Global Head, Communications and Manufacturing Business Units, Wipro
Sorabh Saxena, Executive Vice President – Customer Service & Operations, AT&T Business

9:25 – 10:40 | TRACK 1: Leveraging the power of the cloud for telco transformation

9:25 – 10:15 | Panel Discussion: Moving to the cloud with confidence!

  • Identifying the potential of cloud in accelerating digitalization and business transformation
  • Determining how moving to the cloud can enable Telcos to diminish the threat of ‘black swan’ events such as COVID-19, and provide the benefits of greater agility, flexibility, scalability and lower operating costs.
  • Being strategic about your investments in cloud, and aligning this with your organization’s transformation approach
  • What are the different approaches you can take when moving workloads to the cloud?
  • What part of the workload can be re-platformed, re-built and re-architected?
  • Best practices in developing cloud partnerships
  • Managing trust and security while leveraging public cloud platforms
  • What OPEX benefits does the cloud offer in the short, medium and long term?

Facilitator: Aaron Boasman-Patel, VP AI & Customer Experience, TM Forum
Shekhar KulkarniHead of Digital Architecture, Europe, Deutsche Telekom
Donatello Apelusion GassiHead of Solutions ArchitectureTelecom (EMEA)AWS
Andy WardSVP – ICT Business, du Telecom
Jennifer OdessGlobal Head of Business & Strategy, Appirio
Sriram T VVice President & Domain Head, Communications Business Unit, Wipro

10:15 – 10:40 | Case Study: Systemizing and standardizing IT architecture and operations

  • An insight into how Deutsche Telekom is establishing integrated applications and infrastructure services as a part of its transformation agenda
  • Leveraging the cloud and new technology advancements to systemize and standardize IT architecture and processes
  • Transformation experiences and learnings to date, and expectations for the future

Shekhar Kulkarni, Head of Digital Architecture, Europe, Deutsche Telekom

10:40 – 11:40 | TRACK 2: Back to boldness: Building resilience with on-demand talent
10:40 – 11:05 |
Harnessing the power of the gig economy to fuel the ‘Future of Work’

  • Introduction to one of the world’s leading crowdsourcing platforms – Topcoder
  • Leveraging the power of the gig economy, especially in the post-pandemic era

Mike Morris, CEO, Topcoder
Ashley Steele, VP of Corporate Development, Topcoder

  11:05 – 11:40 | Panel Discussion: Building resilient enterprises

  • Discover how Topcoder can be utilized by enterprises to speed up the process of digital transformation and aid enterprise agility
  • Determine how Topcoder is helping Telcos across the world to execute cutting-edge projects with speed, scale, and resiliency
  • First-hand advice from enterprise leaders at BT Technology and T-Mobile US who are already accessing on-demand talent through Topcoder and have reaped its benefits

Facilitator: Aaron Boasman-Patel, VP AI & Customer Experience, TM Forum

Ravi Ramachandran, OSS Platform Director, BT Technology
Ashwin Gonibeed, Director, Technology Business Operations, T-Mobile US
Mike Morris, CEO, Topcoder

11:40 – 12:00 pm | Q&A and Closing remarks

Aaron Boasman-Patel, VP AI & Customer Experience, TM Forum 
Milan Rao,President, Marketing, Innovation & Technology & Global Head, Communications and Manufacturing Business Units, Wipro

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