Driving transformation and Innovation with Software Defined Networking, Automation/Orchestration and Enhanced Visibility

21st July 2021, Australia

Virtual Event Series

Hosted By

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Date: Wednesday, 21st July 2021

Time: 2pm – 3pm AEST




Synopsis and overview of the session

Transformed networks exhibit a set of characteristics which deliver and position the network as a business enabler and catalyst to drive digital transformation and innovation.

Focus Network, in partnership with Verizon will be bringing leading IT executives to share how Software Defined Networking, Network Visibility and Automation/Orchestration are some of the critical characteristics that are transforming their customer’s networks.

In this session, we will discuss:

  • How SDN improves agility and resilience and makes Network as a Service (NaaS) offerings a reality
  • How to improve customer experience by getting visibility into application services and not just tracking network quality
  • How to improve operational efficiencies through automation and leveraging the API economy


Tony Harb_New

Tony Harb, Head of Solution Architects, Australia & New Zealand, Verizon

Tony has responsibility for driving a secure digital transformation journey for Australia’s Federal Government agencies & Enterprises. Tony leads a team of consultants and architects focused on the provision of a range of managed network and security services to both Australian Enterprises and the Federal Government. He is also responsible for the solution strategy that supports Verizon’s Australian business. Recently he has been integral to establishing Verizon’s partnership with NBN Co.

Through his current role and throughout his career, Tony has also owned customer’s technical relationships and had the opportunity to leverage new technologies to deliver customer’s business outcomes.

Tony has been with Verizon since 2010, but has more than 20 years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry. His career has encompassed both Engineering, Sales and Leaderships roles in both Global Enterprise and Service Provider organisations. This includes roles based outside of Australia, including the UK.

Tony is passionate about ensuring that Australian organisations have access to the latest technology and innovation. Thus helping Australian organisations maintain a leading position globally in the digital world.

Tony holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney and a major in Telecommunications. Tony has also held multiple technical certifications and is also an Associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Russell Reed

Russell Reed, Head of Enterprise, Verizon

Russell Reed is the Head of Enterprise Sales for Verizon Business Group in Australia. Russell has responsibility for leading a team of experienced client partners to drive a secure digital transformation journey for Australian Enterprise businesses.

Russell is an experienced sales leader in the enterprise ICT & telecoms service provider industries, having worked in leading local & global vendor & service provider organisations. Russell has more than 20 years experience leading customer focused teams in high-impact, strategic client engagements with well known Australian & global businesses. Prior to joining Verizon in October 2020, Russell was responsible for the A/NZ Networking business at Citrix, and has previously led various strategic account management & business development functions at Telstra and Ericsson.

Russell is committed to building long-term, mutually beneficial customer relationships, and helping organisations to harness the power of leading technologies to realise value for their business, drive improved employee & customer engagement, and keep themselves & their digital assets secure.


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Luke Hannan – Professional MC, Live Event Host, Senior Risk Professional, Solution Specialist,

Luke founded his Professional Master of Ceremonies business on 3 key principles; Service, Preparation & Delivery. Based upon these pillars he partners with clients across the country to help grow their events and engage their client bases while providing exceptional value to event partners and sponsors.

He is passionate about helping others to develop their communication skills and works with school children delivering public speaking training plus Luke is a Senior Risk Professional with over 18 years banking & finance industry experience. With an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney Luke and loves finding solutions to problems, challenging the status quo and helping teams to plan & execute winning strategies.

Luke lives with his family in Sydney and loves trail running, travelling, motorsports and spending time with his wife and their 3 children.

About Verizon

Verizon Global Enterprise provides secure, global connectivity and collaboration solutions to 99% of the Fortune 500 and Governments around the globe.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is celebrating its 20th year as one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $131.9 billion in 2019. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.



Andrew Milroy

Andrew Milroy, Founder, Veqtor8

Andrew Milroy is the founder of Veqtor8, a digital risk advisory firm, based in Singapore. His work involves empowering organisations to manage risk more effectively.

He is a well-known technology thought leader and speaker in the APAC region. Since moving to Singapore in 2011, he has held regional leadership roles with Frost & Sullivan, IDC, Nelson-Hall and Ovum (now Omdia). These roles have also given him the opportunity to live and work in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

He has been providing advisory services relating to cybersecurity for over 20 years. In his 10 years at Frost & Sullivan, Andrew grew the technology business into one of APAC’s leading sources of cybersecurity research and consulting services. Andrew works closely with leading buyers and vendors of cybersecurity products and services. Andrew is frequently invited to speak, chair and moderate at major technology events. He is also widely quoted in the press and often appears on broadcast media, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia.

Agenda at a glance

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Registration & networking

4.00 pm – 4.05pm – Welcome address

4.05 pm – 5.15pm – 3 course lunch served4.05 pm – 4.45pm – Embracing disruption in the financial services industry: A Privacy versus Security conundrum – Amanda Chan, BlackBerry

4.45 pm – 5.15pm – Demo

5.15pm – 5.45pm – Discussion

5.45 pm – 6pm – Closing remarks

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