2012 has been an exciting year for ADTRAN (News - Alert) and what better way to discuss the latest developments on the company’s roadmap than with a group of ADTRAN’s top executives and press and analysts all in one central location.
On June 13, 2012, ADTRAN held its fourth annual ADTRAN CONNECT event at the Seaport World Trade Center Hotel in Boston, MA. For those invited to the exclusive event, the day was filled with presentations from leaders at the company as well as customer testimonials and opportunities for individual meetings.
The day began with an opening presentation from ADTRAN’s Vice President of Global Marketing, Gary Bolton (News - Alert). Gary started off his session with an overview of the company’s Enterprise Networks Division which includes ADTRAN’s cloud-based offerings which help to virtualize networks.
Bolton told TMCnet that the driver behind continuing to hold the CONNECT event is to get a better idea of what the perception of ADTRAN is through the eyes of the press and analysts that follow the companies developments the closest. This year’s event came at a perfect time thanks to a number of key announcements that put ADTRAN in a unique place in the market.
Seeing as ADTRAN’s recently acquired Bluesocket Business Group is located in Boston as well as Gartner and TMC (News - Alert) being close neighbors in Connecticut, the location this year made more sense than last year’s Huntsville, Alabama event where ADTRAN is headquartered.
The event continued with presentations from Chris Koeneman (News - Alert), vice president of sales for ADTRAN’s Bluesocket Business Group, on exploring new business models for the cloud and discussions on applications and wired and wireless solutions with Chris Thompson and Todd Lattanzi, both on the product management team at ADTRAN.
Bob Locklear, director of business development at the company also discussed how ADTRAN sells its services followed by an anticipated session by Patrick Foy, director of Wireless Engineering, ADTRAN’s Enterprise Networks Division, on some very exciting upcoming developments from ADTRAN.
To wrap up the day, Diana Myers, principal analyst at Infonetics (News - Alert) Research, moderated a Q&A panel with Rick Schansman, senior vice president and general manager of ADTRAN’s Enterprise Networks Division and Mads Lillelund, general manager of ADTRAN’s Bluesocket Business Group .
At the event, ADTRAN made a number of announcements including the expansion of the company’s NetVanta wireless portfolio as well as its cloud-ready BYOD network suite. ADTRAN customers were also in attendance to discuss their success stories implementing ADTRAN’s cloud-based solutions within their organizations. St. John’s Prep shared how ADTRAN enabled its school to embrace the cloud with a campus-wide deployment of Bluesocket’s virtual wireless LAN (vWLAN) and Family Medicine of Port Angeles explained how ADTRAN helped its organization overhaul its internal unified communications system.
Stay tuned to ADTRAN’s WLAN channel for more updates from the company and the event.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca