Hawaiian Telcom University 2017

Business Meets the Smart World

May 11th, 2017 • Hawaii Convention Center

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Giving our customers an advantage in a smart world.

When your business meets the smart world, you have greater access to new opportunities. Your processes become more efficient, you reach more customers and you manage your workforce better.

This year's Hawaiian Telcom University is bringing you a valuable chance to meet and learn from experts in a range of fields related to the smart world.


7:30 - 8:30AM
Registration & Expo • 4th Floor Ballroom
8:30 - 10:00AM
Welcome & Keynote Speaker • 4th Floor Ballroom

Defining What’s Intelligent in the Age of “Smart” by
Teaque Lenahan

In an age where everything claims to be “smart,” companies assume digital is the answer to all, and investors fawn over platforms and unicorns. Let’s look to be more meaningful. Smart devices have the potential to change our world, but they are only intelligent if we make them so; the era of the Internet of Things threatens to put tech possibilities ahead of what’s actually needed, without a thoughtful approach of how to get there. In this talk, we’ll explore how to understand what humans truly care about and how to think about innovation and implementation in a way that considers true needs of the consumer AND the employee.

10:00 - 10:45AM
Panel • 4th Floor Ballroom

How are Smart Devices and Intelligent Applications Changing the Way We Do Business? by

Today our world is more connected than ever. The ever-changing digital landscape means more and more devices are Internet enabled. Almost all aspects of our modern life have been affected by the “Smart World” we have surrounded ourselves with. Information is being collected, sorted, sifted, and analyzed in more ways that we can imagine. Smart Devices and Cloud Applications put more information at our disposal that ever before. How does this change the way we do business? Is this smarter technology helping or hurting business? How do we need to adapt our business operations to take advantage of this information? What happens to our business if we just ignore the “Smart World”?

Panel Moderator

Steve Petranik Editor, Hawaii Business Magazine

Steve Petranik is the editor of Hawaii Business Magazine. Petranik has been an editor and reporter for more than 3 decades. He's reported from 6 countries on 3 continents and his stories have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

He spent 18 years as an editor at the Honolulu Star Bulletin and 5 years at the Honolulu Advertiser before joining Hawaii Business in January 2009. Hide Bio

10:45 - 11:00AM
11:00 - 12:00PM
Morning Workshops

Risks facing businesses in the Smart World by
Stephan Tallent

Small and Medium Business • Room 313

As businesses increasingly rely on connected technology to innovate their operational capabilities and better serve their customers, these technologies may prove to be a dual edged sword. What risks do businesses face as a result of this ongoing innovation and an all-connected world? During this track we’ll dive into the enabling technologies of IoT and the dangers facing business as they seek to improve their operational efficiencies and scale. Additionally, we’ll discuss specific threats facing businesses and what companies can do to secure themselves in this dynamic time.

Stephan Tallent Sr. Director, Managed Security Service Providers

Stephan Tallent brings over 16 years of managed services and information security experience to Fortinet, having spent the last 13 years building managed security service practices within several different types of service provider businesses. Prior to Fortinet, Tallent supported product development, technical design and sales support operations at telecommunications providers Logix and Masergy. He also held sales and marketing leadership roles at ANX and Iomega (EMC), and was co-founder and chief architect of managed security services at a successful value-add reseller turned MSSP. Tallent has excelled in telecommunications, technology integration and government cyber-security communities by capitalizing on a flexible blend of technical and business development skills and an ability to balance strategic and tactical initiatives to profitably build shareholder value. Leveraging this experience and wielding best in breed security technology, Tallent focuses on developing best-practice based MSSP programs that encompass architecture, product development, training, go-to-market strategies and sales operations. Tallent founded Fortinet’s Veterans program and actively promotes veterans transition into the cyber security industry. He has presented at numerous security conferences and has written various industry articles and whitepapers. He is a Certified Information System Security Professional and a Fortinet Certified Network Security Professional. Hide Bio

Threat Intelligence Introduction: How to Craft a Program and Operationalize Outcomes by
Bryan Lee

Large Business Government • Room 311

Establishing effective threat intelligence initiatives are a challenge faced by many organizations. Understanding how to generate operational outcomes can be equally challenging. While there is an abundance of threat intelligence data that is collected and shared, many techniques for analysis revolve around automation rather than a partnership of human intervention with automated collection and analytics. By embracing a multi-pronged approach to threat intelligence, the efficacy of the initiatives can be fully maximized to be used as a defensive enhancement for cybersecurity.

Bryan Lee Threat Intelligence Researcher

Bryan Lee is a Threat Intelligence Researcher with Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks. His areas of expertise are in cyber espionage threats, cyber security operations, and threat collection. Prior to joining Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks, Lee worked at the NASA Security Operations Center, first as a real time detection analyst, transitioning into the threat intelligence team at the NASA SOC, and ultimately moving into leading the real time detection team. Bryan’s diverse set of experiences provides a unique perspective on the viability of people, processes and technology from both an operational and theoretical capacity. Hide Bio

12:00 - 12:30PM
Lunch • 4th Floor Ballroom
12:30 - 1:30PM
Lunch Speaker • 4th Floor Ballroom

Internet of Things (IoT) - Digital Transformation Through Connecting the Previously Unconnected by
Adam Hensel

The IoT space is a dynamic, fast-paced market where trends are constantly shifting. From manufacturing and utilities to transportation and smart cities, digitization is transforming industries and driving new growth and new priorities for companies worldwide. Hensel, Consulting Systems Engineer for Wireless and Mobility, will discuss how IoT accelerates Digital Transformation and helps businesses use technology to radically improve, transform, disrupt operations, and generate greater business outcomes.

Adam Hensel Threat Intelligence Researcher

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1:30 - 1:45PM
1:45 - 2:45PM
Afternoon Workshops

Technology and Marketing: From Enemies to Allies by

Small and Medium Business • Room 313

Both consumers and businesses demand accountability from marketing in today’s cutthroat business environment. These demands require marketing and technology to work together in ways never imagined. Consumers want messages personalized for them. Businesses want to measure what ever they market. These changes are happening at businesses of all sizes. How have the fundamentals of marketing changed in a Digital Smart World?

Panel Moderator

Mary Fastenau President, Digital Group, Anthology Marketing Group

Mary Fastenau, partner at Anthology Marketing Group, leads a team of ambitious thought leaders who create digital solutions to today’s marketing problems. This is an experienced team with roots back to 1995 when digital approaches were the exception, not the norm that they are today. Anthology is Hawaii’s largest communications company with a team of more than 100 best-in-practice specialists providing services in public relations, advertising, digital and mobile marketing and development and research. Her passion is building teams and then getting out of the way to let the talented staff create award-winning work and forge deep and ongoing relationships with clients. Fastenau plays a vital role with clients as they refine their strategic direction. This has allowed her to work with a wide variety of companies, including Microsoft, Kenworth Trucks, Hawaiian Telcom, Marriott, Bank of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Health, HGEA and Halekulani. Fastenau has been part of the marketing community in Hawaii for 28 years and has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation Hawaii chapter as Ad Woman of the Year and as a Silver Medal winner for individual achievement. She has also been honored several times through the Pacific Business News’ Women Who Mean Business competition. She is very active in community organizations and is often called upon as a presenter for marketing related forums throughout the state. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and her MBA from the University of Hawaii.

Panel Moderator

David Solomon Chief Revenue Officer, ViaMedia

David Solomon has over 20 years of experience in advertising sales including print, long-form media solutions and cable television spot sales. His cable television sales experience began with TeleCable in Lexington, Kentucky. Later he worked as a sales manager for Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and, subsequently, AT&T cable advertising. Solomon then served as general sales manager for Insight Media and Comcast Spotlight advertising. Solomon began with Viamedia as a corporate vice president in 2003, becoming executive vice president in 2006, and played a significant role in the company’s growth from fewer than a dozen employees to nearly 400 today. Solomon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration, both from the University of Kentucky.

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The Future “X” Network – A Bell Labs Perspective by
Amit A. Patel

Large Business Government • Room 311

We are at the dawn of an era in networking that has the potential to define a new phase of human existence. This era will be shaped by the digitization and connection of everything and everyone with the goal of automating much of life, effectively creating time by maximizing the efficiency of everything we do and augmenting our intelligence with knowledge that expedites and optimizes decision-making and everyday routines and processes. This workshop will outline how Bell Labs sees this future unfolding and the key technological breakthroughs needed across high speed digital highways, greater end user broadband speeds, extremely high network responsiveness, low cost compute and storage, and rapid software application development.

Amit A. Patel CTO and Technical Sales Leader, US Major and Regional Accounts, Nokia

Amit Patel has been with Nokia for over 20 years. Currently, he is the CTO and Technical Sales Leader for the US Major and Regional Accounts customer segment which includes Wireline, Wireless and backbone providers. His responsibilities include supporting customer solutions for 4G/5G Wireless, IP/Optics, VoIP/IMS, DSL/GPON, Wired/Microwave backhaul and Cloud Solutions. With a broad customer base, Patel has worked with many operators on broadband deployments – both wired and wireless. In addition, he has supported the tremendous growth in the backbone transport and cell tower backhaul segment. Over the past few years, Patel has focused more on LTE deployments in the regional and rural market place. He has been active in broadband stimulus opportunities associated with fixed wireless deployments, mobile broadband overlay deployments on top of CDMA/GSM/UMTS, and public safety related activities. Patel is an active member of rural associations such as CCA, NTCA, NWA and RTG. More recently, Patel is now supporting VoWiFi, VoLTE, pre-standard 5G solutions, Internet of Things (IoT), and LTE/WiFi co-existence. He has an MBA focusing on Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago and has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Patel currently lives outside of Chicago, in Bloomingdale, Illinois with his wife and their three children. Hide Bio

2:45 - 3:00PM
3:00 - 4:00PM
Networking Mixer • 4th Floor Ballroom

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