5 Extreme Connect Breakout Sessions Bound to Be a Hit

Lisa Yeaton Senior Specialist, Social Media Published 6 Mar 2019

My absolute favorite part of attending conferences, besides building tons of new connections, is learning as much as I can from industry experts during breakout sessions. But sometimes there are just so many interesting sessions happening I can’t decide which presentation I want to attend! It’s not really a bad problem to have, but it makes me anxious leading up to conferences, especially since seats in sessions fill up fast and I don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to attend one of the top sessions.

With Extreme Networks global user conference Extreme Connect fast approaching, I wanted to make sure customers have the inside scoop on what sessions to register for as soon as sign-ups become available. Breakout sessions sign-ups are on a first come first serve basis, so make sure you register asap!

Quick reminder: Extreme Connect is taking place May 17-20 at the JW Marriot in Nashville, Tennessee.

Planning Your Extreme Connect Breakout Sessions Agenda

Regardless of your level of networking expertise, we’re holding a wide range of sessions with content that’s sure to educate and engage everyone. You’ll have plenty to choose from—we’ve got over 30 breakout sessions scheduled and broken down by technical depth. Sessions are segmented into three comprehensive tracks based on the level of expertise, with additional sessions available focused on the future of networking, as well as industry-specific presentations.

  • Track 1: Technology Explained
  • Track 2: Technology in Action
  • Track 3: Technology Specialization
  • Industry
  • Verticals

For full details on how breakout sessions work, check out my earlier blog: How Cool Can Breakout Sessions Really Be? Extreme Connect’s Won’t Disappoint.

5 Breakout Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss

1. Enhancing IoT Visibility and Security. What You Need to Know!

Track: #2 Tech in Action

Are you concerned about the growing threat of a cyberattack, especially given the wider attack surface driven by IoT? This presentation will examine the specific threats related to IoT and connected devices, with key recommendations on how organizations can better protect themselves. Specifically, this breakout session will cover policy, segmentation, and analytics as key technologies that can significantly enhance IoT security.  Presenters will also walk through deployment options for both third-party networks, as well as Extreme Networks.

Presenters: Scott Fincher, Senior Networking Solutions Architect, Extreme Networks & Paulo Francisco, Technical Product Manager, Wireless LAN, Extreme Networks

Currently working in Extreme’s global business unit for solutions architecture and strategy, Scott leads a team focused on new technologies and cross-portfolio innovations that drive product growth and enable powerful customer solutions. His expertise is access layer switching products, IoT security (on-prem and cloud) and access layer automation (Fabric Attach and Zero Touch).

With over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Paulo has a diverse background in communication technologies, ranging from large enterprise communication infrastructure (telephony and routing) to consumer-oriented devices (such as media gateways, tablets, and smartphones).

2. Improve Security and End User Experience with the latest in Extreme AI/ML Technology

Track: #2 Tech in Action

Learn how ML/AI can bring drastic improvements in network security, user experience, and your day-to-day job. This session will cover the latest Extreme innovations related to ML/AI application for networks. You’ll learn how these innovations can help you achieve greater Wi-Fi performance, deliver a highly fine-tuned Wi-Fi experience or automatically scan through the millions of flows in your network to point out if IoT devices have drifted away from their normal behavior.

Presenter: Mike Leibovitz, Senior Director of Product Management, Extreme Networks

Mike plays a key role in developing the overall product strategy and roadmap at Extreme Networks, and how our solutions can support emerging tech such as IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has more than 19 years of product management, strategy, and marketing expertise in the communications industry. In his role, Mike focuses on market-driven technology incubation and innovation leading Extreme’s Smart OmniEdge product portfolio; he has been instrumental in bringing high-density Wi-Fi solutions to stadiums along with the healthcare, education and commercial markets.

3. Paving the Way for the Autonomous Enterprise

Track: Industry

This session delves into the future and reality of the autonomous enterprise. What is it, exactly? What are the real attributes of an autonomous enterprise? Most importantly, how close are we to getting there? Presenters will explore the key building blocks, including intent-driven intelligent provisioning and remediation, pervasive visibility & AI/ML assisted analytics and single user experience for the enterprise. Extreme has both the vision and solutions to pave the way for the autonomous enterprise—learn how!

Presenters: Markus Nispel, Vice President of Software and Solutions Engineering, Extreme Networks & Abby Strong, Vice President of Product Marketing, Extreme Networks

Working closely together with key customers, Markus’ focus and expertise are on strategic software development across all solutions provided by Extreme.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Abby is a proven expert in both technical and creative roles. She’s specialized in communicating the value of networking solutions to varied audiences, from engineering to digital business entrepreneurs.

4. Cybersecurity in the Age of Cloud

Track: Industry

Cloud is fundamentally changing how we need to be approaching cybersecurity.  Digital transformation has pushed our organizations to adopt technologies that stretch beyond the traditional network boundaries and the attack techniques used against our organizations have transformed as well.  Join Sean Sweeney from Microsoft, a former Higher Education CISO, in a review of the cybersecurity transformation that is occurring, the evolution of the threat landscape, and the new imperatives that allow organizations to operate in the cloud securely.

Presenter: Sean Sweeney, Americas Director & Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions Group

A frequent author and speaker on cybersecurity and compliance, Sean Sweeney is a steadfast champion of cybersecurity workforce development. As the Americas Director & Chief Security Advisor in Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Sean is responsible for aligning and mobilizing his team across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America to deliver thought leadership and deep customer engagement.  He is also responsible for regularly engaging with the security industry through public speaking, standards development, and advanced research, as well as providing strategic direction on products and services, and advising customer CXOs on security and compliance issues.

5. Broadcom: Networking Semiconductor Trends

Track: Industry

Learn about trends in semiconductor manufacturing and process node technology, as well as how industry changes are shaping the evolution of networking. This session will also cover how semiconductor trends are affecting products in the enterprise or campus network edge.

Presenter: Mike Powell, Director of Product Marketing, Broadcom

Mike Powell serves as the director of product marketing for Broadcom Limited’s Broadband Carrier Access business unit. He is responsible for Broadcom’s Wi-Fi products for Enterprise Wireless Networks. Prior to his role at Broadcom, Mike worked with LVL7 Systems (acquired by Broadcom in 2007) and IBM, working on various wireless and switching technologies.

Haven’t Registered? Hurry!

Remember, we welcome attendees to mix and match which sessions they’d like to attend from any track, but you must register ASAP to ensure access to sessions! You’ll receive an email after registration is complete with details on how to select sessions and plan an agenda for Extreme Connect. For more details on all the breakout sessions, please visit the Extreme Connect website.

Gain knowledge and sharpen your skills with in-depth breakout sessions. If you haven’t registered for Connect, the time is now! Register for Extreme Connect 2019 today.


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