The Future of Cable Business Services 2016

Westin Times Square, NYC - November 30, 2016

Erin Dunne participates in the Analyst wrap up session and moderates the Meeting the Ethernet Challenge panel.

MEF16 Global Networking Event

Washington DC - November 7, 2016

Vertical Systems Group is on the advisory board and is a contributing Industry Analyst firm for this event.  Rosemary Cochran and Erin Dunne moderate panels and are on the MEF Excellence Awards judging committee.

NetEvents Global Press & Analyst Summit – 2016

Silicon Valley, CA - September 21, 2016

Erin Dunne participates in analyst roundtables and chairs a debate session. She is also on the judging panels for the Cloud Innovation Awards and the Clouded Leopards Den Awards.

JSA Virtual Roundtable

Virtual - August 23, 2016

Topic: SDN, Big Data – Focus on Practical Usage, Real World Implementation

Are you convinced of the power of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and potential of Big Data and predictive analytics, but still a bit foggy on what it can really do for you and your company? This JSA Virtual Roundtable discussion will delve into the practical applications of these often nebulous technologies and provide a framework for how they are shaping the tech and telecom spaces.

Moderator: Rosemary Cochran, Principal & Co-Founder, Vertical Systems Group

  • Bill O’Brien – Director of Adaptive Platforms, CenturyLink
  • Zeev Draer – Vice President of Strategic Marketing, MRV Communications
  • Andrew Kusminsky – COO and Chief Strategy Officer, Perseus

Watch the video replay.

Telecom Exchange 2016

New York City, NY - June 21, 2016

Vertical Systems Group is a Media Partner for this event.

Webinar: Business Benefits of Becoming a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional

Webinar - June 21, 2016

This webinar will present findings from the first independent study to measure the value of MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) certification program. Conducted by Vertical Systems Group, the research study was focused on gaining objective input directly from MEF-CECPs to analyze if and how certification actually impacts job performance, career advancement and company success in the Carrier Ethernet (CE) market.

The research study is based on responses from 330 MEF-CECPs from 38 countries worldwide who work for service providers, equipment vendors, software suppliers and other firms. Highlights of the findings include an effectiveness rating of 9 out of 10 for improvements in the typical CE sales process and even higher on order processing flow improvements.

In this webinar, two leading service providers with more than 450 MEF-CECPs in their organizations (Level 3 Communications & Charter Communications) will provide testimonials on the value of MEF-CECP certification and share the business benefits that can be reaped by having a highly skilled CE-focused professional work force.

We look forward to your participation in this informative webinar. Register now.


  • Bruno Giguere, Director of Product Marketing, MEF (moderator)
  • Erin Dunne, Director of Research, Vertical Systems Group
  • John Morgan, Senior Director, Global Sales Training and Performance, Level 3 Communications
  • Tammy Famularo, Sr. Network Sales Engineer, Charter Communications
  • Craig Easley, President, Carrier Ethernet Academy

NetEvents Global Cloud Innovation Awards

Rome, Italy - March 17, 2016

Erin Dunne is on the judging panels for the following Cloud Innovation Awards:

  • SDN Solution for the Enterprise
  • Cloud Datacenter Solution

Webinar: New Dynamic Network Services Powered by CE 2.0, LSO, SDN and NFV

Webinar - February 25, 2016

The Carrier Ethernet market is evolving from static connectivity services toward dynamic network services that provide an on-demand, assured, and secure experience with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. To assess the impact of this transition, the MEF recently worked with Vertical Systems Group on a new study, Dynamic ‘Third Network’ Connectivity Services Enabled by LSO, SDN and NFV, that involved a global survey of service providers, technology vendors, and other industry professionals.

This webinar replay covers key findings from the survey and also includes additional insight gained from real-world service provider experiences in offering dynamic network services.

  • How and when revenue-generating dynamic services will impact the market
  • The drivers, benefits, and challenges of deploying dynamic services
  • Available & planned dynamic capabilities that customers can control on their own networks
  • The role that LSO, SDN and NFV will play alongside CE 2.0 in driving the market forward.

> Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications and Research, MEF (Moderator)
> Rosemary Cochran, Principal, Vertical Systems Group
> Adam Saenger, Vice President – Global Prod. Mgmt. & Dev., Level 3 Communications

The Future of Cable Business Services 2015

Westin Times Square, NYC - December 1, 2015

Erin Dunne participates in the Analyst wrap up session, moderates the Keeping the Ethernet Edge panel and dissects Cable MSO’s Ethernet success and challenges operators face in the enterprise market on Light Reading TV.

MEF GEN15 Global Ethernet Networking Conference

Dallas, TX - November 16, 2015

Vertical Systems Group is on the advisory board and is a contributing Industry Analyst firm for this event.

Telecom Exchange 2015

New York City, NY - June 24, 2015

Vertical Systems Group is a Media Partner for this event.
Rosemary Cochran moderates CEO Roundtable #2
Topic: Rural Broadband– The Need, The Numbers, and Emerging Technology
Panel Speakers:
Pete Aquino, Chairman, President & CEO, Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks
Shawn Mills, President & CEO, Green House Data
Rich Ruben, Vice Chairman, PEG Bandwidth
Rob Barlow, CEO, WireIE

Innovations Webinar Series: Differentiating Your Wholesale Ethernet Services in a Changing Market

Webinar - June 16, 2015

This webinar covers:

  • The latest research and trends on the growing wholesale CE 2.0 Ethernet services market
  • How CE 2.0 E-Access certification (and in the future E-Transit certification) is becoming more important in the RFP process
  • MEF’s new Services Interconnect (MEF-SI) program that is enabling small wholesale access Operators worldwide to increase their revenue and market share.

Stan Hubbard, Director of Communications & Research, MEF.  Moderator.
Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group
Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix
Matthew Duckworth, Marketing Director, Verizon

NetEvents Global Cloud Innovation Summit – 2015

Tiburon, CA - April 23, 2015

Erin Dunne participates in analyst roundtables and chairs an SDN/NFV debate session called “One Two Three – that’s how network’s meant to be…”.  She is also on the judging panels for the Cloud Innovation Awards and the Clouded Leopards Den Awards.

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