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TM Forum Live! 2015 Connects Senior Leaders to Make Digital Business Real

Flagship Conference, Taking Place June 1-4 in Nice, France, Provides Delegates With a Unique, Collaborative Environment for Developing Innovative Solutions to Key Digital Transformation Challenges

MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwired - April 08, 2015) - TM Forum, the global industry association that connects the digital ecosystem, today unveiled the full scope of its flagship event, TM Forum Live! Sponsored by NetCracker, gen-E, Huawei, SevOne and ZTE, the annual conference -- which aims to guide global brands, communications service providers and technology suppliers through their successful digital transformations -- will take place June 1-4, 2015, at the Palais des Congrès Acropolis in Nice, France.

TM Forum Live! 2015 will showcase real-life learnings, proof-of-concept demonstrations and case studies from the likes of AT&T, Bharti Airtel, BBC, Deloitte, Facebook, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, NetCracker, Oracle, Orange, Salesforce.com, Skype, SAS, SevOne, Telefónica, Vodafone, Volvo, Walmart, ZTE and others leaders from across the digital ecosystem. Attendees will take home best practices and garner tested and immediately actionable insights related to key topics such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), the Internet of Things (IoT), customer centricity, data analytics, business innovation and digital operations. The full list of TM Forum Live! speakers can be found here.

"Companies are striving to embrace the agile and innovative behaviors and operational methods of digital-native businesses, but they are struggling to transform their legacy business models quickly enough to truly remain relevant and competitive," said Peter Sany, president and CEO, TM Forum. "TM Forum Live! provides the definitive blueprint for this transformation -- empowering organizations with the actionable information they need to increase time-to-market, accelerate research and new product development, and reduce operational risks and costs. Our flagship event presents the opportunity to truly make digital business a reality, as well as build lasting and profitable partnerships, meet senior business and IT leaders from across the globe, and take home relevant and practical insights that will pay dividends for years to come."

TM Forum Live! Summits
The event's six summits will closely examine the various aspects of successfully transforming to rapidly deliver profitable digital products and services, accelerate innovation and R&D, and lower risks and costs in a constantly evolving market:

  • Customer Centricity & Analytics: Right Channel, Right Data, Right Experience
    Exploring what a customer-centric organization looks like and how to develop a seamless omnichannel customer experience that is secure, data-driven and, ultimately, encourages customer growth and loyalty. AT&T, BAE Systems, China Unicom, cVidya Networks, Deutsche Telekom, Google, HP, Netflix, Salesforce.com, SAP, SAS, Spotify, TELUS, Turkcell, Visa, Vodafone, Walmart and other key speakers will be participating.
  • Building and Monetizing the Internet of Things (IoT)
    Examining the path to success in the IoT and broader digital platforms and services market, including how digital and communications service providers can drive revenue streams, enable interoperability and increase business value through effective partnering. BAE Systems, BT Group, British Gas, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, ISPM, KPMG, RWE npower, Swisscom, Telefónica, Volvo and other key speakers will be participating.
  • Managing NFV & SDN: Delivering on the Promise
    Providing a step-by-step guide on the impact of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) for service providers and the broader digital ecosystem, including new approaches like DevOps and lessons learned by NFV early adopters. Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BT Group, Citrix, Ericsson, Facebook, HP, Huawei, JDSU, KVH Industries, NetCracker, Orange, SevOne, Telecom Italia Group and other key speakers will be participating.
  • Business Innovation: From Idea to Implementation
    Evaluating how companies that strive to transform and succeed in a world of digital natives must approach agile development and product lifecycle management to rapidly create and deliver innovative new products and services. Axiata, BearingPoint, BT Group, Cox Communications, Deutsche Telekom, DGIT, Ericsson, Etisalat Misr, Huawei, Mobistar, Sigma Systems, SingTel, Telecom Italia, Telekom Malaysia, Vodafone, Zain KSA, ZTE and other key speakers will be participating.
  • Digital Operations: Building the Agile Enterprise
    Discussing the changing roles and skills needed to embed agility in digital and communications service providers' operations, focusing on the new expectations of IT. Accenture, BT Global Services, China Unicom, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat Misr, Google, KPN Group, McKinsey & Company, Sigma Systems, Sky (formerly BSkyB), Skype and other key speakers will be participating.
  • Executive Summit: The Great Digital Debate and Digital Bridge Workshops
    Focusing on the evolving face and roles of the C-suite and how to develop a profitable partner and collaboration strategy. Delegates will hear from and meet the best and brightest business executives -- CEOs, CMOs, CIOs, CTOs and CDOs -- who have delivered a successfully planned and executed digital transformation across their organizations. Additional information about the Orange-sponsored Digital Bridge Workshop is below.

Ground-breaking Catalyst Projects
Since facilitating meaningful collaboration among members is at the heart of TM Forum's mission, a record-breaking 20 Catalyst projects will be featured at TM Forum Live! 2015. Catalysts are rapid-fire proof-of-concept projects that generate innovative solutions to common industry challenges. Catalysts reflect the groundbreaking work of the Forum's three strategic programs -- Agile Business & IT, Open Digital Ecosystem and Customer Centricity -- as well as the content and agenda of TM Forum Live!, where Catalyst teams display their project findings via live demonstrations.

TM Forum Zone: The Heart & Soul of the Event
The pulse of TM Forum Live! will be a unique, highly-interactive and connected experience. Delegates will enter a rich environment where they can experience Catalyst demonstrations, engage in networking activities, take customized tours, attend theater presentations, meet fellow executives and experts, and interact with members and Forum staff on all things related to their membership. This experience is defined by three zones -- Agile Business & IT Zone, Open Digital Zone and Customer Centricity Zone.

TM Forum Live! Hands-on Workshops
Starting on Monday morning, June 1, several high-value, collaborative workshops will be delivered throughout the week, including:

  • Digital Bridge: Partnering for Success
    Sponsored by Orange and part of the Executive Summit, this invite-only workshop -- designed for senior-level executives within global brands and communications service providers -- will prioritize and refine a set of practical use cases for new digital products and services, including the Internet of Things, where partnerships can add substantial value.
  • The Digital Ecosystem Blueprint: Continuous Transformation in the Digital Economy
    Sponsored by Accenture and designed for senior-level executives within communications service providers, this workshop will identify the challenges of continually transforming within the digital economy, and explore the combination of resources required for industry collaboration to reduce risks and costs, while accelerating R&D and market opportunities.
  • Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) Third Vision
    Sponsored by Oracle and designed for senior-level executives within communications service providers, this workshop will establish a shared global perspective on how to offer, capture, deliver and manage Carrier Ethernet services to enterprise customers in an agile, assured and orchestrated manner.
  • ZOOM / NFV
    This workshop will focus on moving from paper to practice and the requirements for pushing NFV across the chasm to widespread adoption, with input from ETSI NFV, NGMN, OPNFV, MEF, OpenDaylight and ONF.
  • Security & Privacy
    This workshop will identify challenges and risks to help delegates determine where they should focus their security and privacy efforts, particularly in the context of end-to-end service provisioning and the Internet of Things, to ensure the benefits that can be achieved across these programs are not undermined.

From Insight to Action: The Takeaway
Thursday, June 4 will feature the all-new Takeaway half day sessions, which will provide delegates with key actions that they can readily take back into their offices to affect immediate positive change. The three unique Takeaway sessions include the Internet of Things, Customer Engagement & Analytics and Transformation & Virtualization. The Takeaway is quite literally about making digital business real for delegates and sponsors alike.

TM Forum Hackathon: Smart Citizens in a Smart City
Taking place on the weekend before TM Forum Live! at the CEEI NCA Business Incubator in Nice, the Forum's second annual Hackathon brings together enterprise developers, designers and technologists from around the world to create, hack and deliver meaningful solutions to improve the quality of life through innovative applications. Complimentary to developers, these Hackathon participants will have two days to build and code their smart citizen app solutions with help from sponsors -- including Ericsson, IBM and Orange -- and have access to top notch technical experts while they compete for their share of 10,000 EUR available in cash and prizes. The winners will be announced at TM Forum Live! on June 1.

Registration Information
Interested in attending TM Forum Live! 2015? Discounted group rates are available, and individuals can save 20% off their gold conference pass if they register by midnight EDT on Monday, April 13 using voucher code APRIL13. Qualified journalists and analysts can also receive a complimentary pass to the event. Learn more and register today.

About TM Forum
TM Forum is a non-profit global industry association which helps its members transform and succeed in the digital economy. The collective experience and interests of our member community comprised of tens-of-thousands of professionals within hundreds of market-leading global enterprises, service providers and technology suppliers drives everything we do, from thought-provoking research and publications, to practical guidance, collaboration programs, tools and best practices, hands-on events, and training for business and IT leaders.

Through three key programs -- Agile Business and IT, Open Digital Ecosystem, and Customer Centricity -- we provide a unique platform for our members to connect and collaborate with individuals and groups from around the world to solve key challenges and rapidly innovate to deliver new services, improve business agility, partner for success, reduce cost and risk, and enhance customer value and loyalty. To learn more about the Forum and join our digital journey as a valued member and collaborator, please visit www.tmforum.org.

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