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As the dust settles on 2020, and businesses emerge to a very different looking 2021, it’s clear that the modern workplace has changed forever. With workforces becoming increasingly flexible and distributed, new employee and customer needs are emerging and current ones are continuing to evolve. As such, IT leaders driving the Digital Transformation initiatives that are meeting these changing requirements are now marching to a faster drumbeat than ever before.

With these timelines shortening and the world’s reliance on technology increasing, these changes are placing networking under a brighter spotlight than ever before. But what is essential for IT leaders to consider about their networks – particularly around their investments, strategies and people? Aruba’s four-part series, ‘The New Agile Network: Data and Digital Transformation in 2021’, answers these questions, bringing leading IT infrastructure, network and Digital Transformation leaders together to take a closer look at how modern enterprise networks can rise to the challenge and deliver exceptional digital business experiences.

Join us throughout 2021 as we dig deeper into the pillars of the new agile network – including data, automation, AIOps and Zero Trust security – and share how the modern business can maintain and extend their competitive advantage.

Episode 1: The State of the Network in 2021: Data at The Edge, Connected Devices and Beyond
Filming: TBA at 12:00 - 1:30 am GMT / 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT

While the critical need to have efficient and optimised data management programmes in place in 2021 is not solely due to the pandemic, there is no doubt that COVID-19 and more remote, distributed workforces have accelerated this requirement. Add to this the evolution of business needs that call for networks that drive superior digital experiences, and it quickly becomes apparent that it’s imperative that businesses and IT leaders understand how they can efficiently harness, analyse and secure their networks and data.

However, 62% of IT decision makers in EMEA say they are not in complete control of their company’s data – and 52% state that they struggle to translate data into actionable insights. And with the universe of connected devices and IoT sensors continuing to expand, it’s imperative that businesses get a handle on their ever-growing amounts of data, and become a confident player in the data economy.

In the opening episode of The New Agile Network: Data and Digital Transformation in 2021, we’re taking a look at the current state of the network, and sharing how business and IT leaders can manage the evolving requirements and make the most of new opportunities brought forward by accelerated Digital Transformation initiatives.

Join us to hear experts and leaders as they discuss:

  • The new responsibilities enterprise networks have to support the raft of new technologies organizations are investing in as part of their Digital
  • Transformation strategies
  • How and why it’s crucial businesses have complete visibility of the entire network – including the ever-growing number of connected apps and devices – so that IT leaders can effectively and proactively support all users
  • The impact of the move from cloud to Edge computing, and why the 2021 network must move real-time data securely and efficiently
  • The business value of an agile network that drives superior digital experiences and unites a happy and productive workforce
  • The business opportunities an agile network can open up
Episode 2: Fuelling the New Agile Network: AIOps and Automated Network Management
Filming: TBA at 12:00 - 1:30 am GMT / 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT

It is no secret that there is already too much data for manual systems to handle, and experts predict that by 2025 there will be 75 billion devices connected to the web. With IoT and connected devices producing more data by the day, identifying and diagnosing connectivity issues is taking up the majority of IT’s time – impeding innovation and leading to customer and employee frustration caused by network issues. Enter automation and AI technologies as the antidote.
In episode 1 of The New Agile Network: Data and Digital Transformation in 2021, we explored the current state of the network and the challenges facing IT leaders. In episode 2, we’re going to look at how IT leaders can overcome these challenges by making the most of AIOps and automated network management strategies.

Join us to hear IT and network leaders and AIOps and automation experts discuss network and data management strategies. They’ll be discussing:

  • How AIOps can dynamically, accurately and proactively identify and help solve user, IoT and network issues
  • The Wi-Fi, wired, SD-WAN, security and application issues that AIOps can troubleshoot – and the business value this realises
  • How network AIOps help to deliver next-level digital employee and customer experiences – minimising downtime, boosting productivity and collaboration, and leading to happier users
  • The ROI and business and cost benefits unlocked when automation and AIOps technologies help manage the enterprise network: a must-know in an increasingly cost-conscious world
  • And more
Episode 3: Securing the Agile Network in 2021: Balancing Speed, Access and Intelligent Security
Filming: TBA at 12:00 - 1:30 am GMT / 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT

In 2021, remote workforces aren’t the new norm, they are the norm – and distributed, decentralized and flexible workforces call for distributed, decentralized and flexible networks. But managing these new iterations of agile networks come with their challenges – not least the security and breach concerns that emerge when organizations need increased speed and open access.

In episodes 1 and 2 of The New Agile Network: Data and Digital Transformation in 2021, we looked at the pressing network concerns facing IT and business leaders and how AIOps and automation technologies are helping organisations overcome these challenges. In episode 3, it’s time to look at how these modern AIOps-managed networks can be secured, and how IT and security leaders can ensure complete detection, prevention and isolation of network threats.

Join Aruba and guest as they discuss:

  • Best practices for balancing network security with the need for speed, flexibility and productivity
  • How teams can handle the time-consuming nuances of monitoring an ever growing number of users and devices
  • Security considerations to be aware of when adopting Edge infrastructure
  • What it is essential for businesses to know about securing ever-growing networks of IoT and Edge devices
  • Why a Zero Trust approach to data management and data security is imperative
Episode 4: Driving Superior Digital Employee Experience: Agile IT Networks and Happy, Productive Businesses
Filming: TBA at 12:00 - 1:30 am GMT / 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT

It is becoming increasingly true that when IT is streamlined and efficient, businesses are streamlined and efficient. At no other time has the network been more key to this technology adage than in 2021. With a Nexthink survey carried out at the end of 2020 finding that ‘96% of technology leaders report that providing a strong Digital Employee Experience (DEX) is a top priority’, the shift of employees to a remote work or hybrid set-up has opened up discussions about the vital role networks have to play in our increasingly distributed world.

But how do IT leaders really ensure their networks are working for their employees, not against them? How do they gain true visibility and what are the urgent considerations that must be taken into account? Join us for episode 4 of The New Agile Network: Data and Digital Transformation in 2021 as we bring together network and digital employee experience leaders to find out.

They’ll be sharing:

  • Why the right investments in network infrastructure, analytics and assurance can increase productivity and user experience
  • The benefits to IT and the business of a unified infrastructure that allows the entire network to be managed centrally from a single hub, rather than with separate platforms across wired, wireless and WAN
  • How fast and secure networks – and therefore fewer user issues – has both short and long-term business benefits, including more time to innovate, more time to devote to customers and higher employee retention
  • And more

Panelist Requirements:

  • Panelists must adhere 100% to our “NO COMMERCIALISM” Policy. If you cannot avoid commercialism, please do not agree to speak.
  • Panelists must share their information in an educational, non-commercial and non-self-promotional manner.

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    Please select which episode(s) you would like to participate in: Episode 1: The State of the Network in 2021: Data at The Edge, Connected Devices and BeyondEpisode 2: Fuelling the New Agile Network: AIOps and Automated Network ManagementEpisode 3: Securing the Agile Network in 2021: Balancing Speed, Access and Intelligent SecurityEpisode 4: Driving Superior Digital Employee Experience: Agile IT Networks and Happy, Productive Businesses
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