MEF Launches Enterprise Advisory Council to Support Digital Transformation Across Entire MEF 3.0 Ecosystem

Founding council members include visionaries from Bloomberg, DHL, Intuit, Microsoft, PwC, RBC, Refinitiv, and Ubisoft

Los Angeles, 30 October 2018 – MEF is pleased to announce the launch of its Enterprise Advisory Council (EAC) at MEF18, 29 October – 2 November, at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles, California. This group of multi-national enterprises will gather to provide end user perspectives on how MEF 3.0 services can and will address the need for agility, simplicity, and assurance.

“Our rapidly evolving market is being shaped by disruptive technologies like SD-WAN, SDN, NFV, and LSO, making it essential to strengthen the channels of communication among enterprises, service providers, and technology vendors in order to provide information and feedback on business requirements and use cases,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “The MEF EAC brings representatives of the very important enterprise stakeholder group into direct engagement with MEF’s community of 200+ member service providers and technology-related companies. The council will collaborate with MEF and extend our reach to incorporate this critical element of the ecosystem and establish MEF as the enterprise’s trusted advisor in digital transformation.”

“Digital transformation is happening at every layer of the network, impacting how services are created, delivered, monetized, and consumed,” said Gert Vanderstraeten, Network Architect, Microsoft’s IT Network Infrastructure Services (CCE). “MEF is creating the framework for how automated networks will interoperate, bringing together the brightest minds from the enterprise, service provider, and vendor communities.”

MEF 3.0 services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. The EAC’s initial goals are to drive adoption of MEF 3.0 services for cloud delivery of enterprise SaaS applications, explore LSO principles and open APIs for on-premises enterprise adoption, and influence vendor and service provider communities.

The 2018-2019 EAC launch members include:

  • John Downs, Global Telecommunications & Infrastructure Manager, Bloomberg
  • Michael Becerra, Head of Network Architecture, DHL
  • Manish Gupta, Chief Architect of Enterprise Infrastructure, Intuit
  • Gert Vanderstraeten, Network Architect, Microsoft’s IT Network Infrastructure Services (CCE)
  • Shafeeq Shaikh, Director Tech, Global Network Architecture, PwC
  • Raj Channa, Director, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets
  • Jonathan Beasley, Principal Architect, Refinitiv
  • Lea Benayoun, Network Architect, Ubisoft
  • David Asselot, Network Architect, Ubisoft

About MEF
An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF recently introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces service specifications, LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, and certification programs. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information:

About MEF18
MEF18 focuses on enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated communications services for the digital economy. MEF has a target audience of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries; 250+ service and technology executives; 120 expert speakers, 125+ sponsors and partners; and more. MEF18’s content, networking, and special activities are designed to appeal to executives and other senior experts from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; systems integrators, open source projects, standards organizations; industry and financial analysts; investors; the press; and others. For more information:

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