Excellent Turnout for the 2012 NEC Advantage Executive Conference

Last month, more than 500 NEC channel partners, consultants and representatives gathered at the Saddlebrook Conference Center near Tampa, Florida for the 2012 NEC Advantage Executive Conference. An annual event, the conference is designed to reinforce NEC’s channel-management strategy and introduce the company’s solutions and product roadmap for the current fiscal year.

NEC's Jay Krauser discusses UNIVERGE Cloud Services at the 2012 Advantage Executive Conference.“The Empowered Workforce” was this year’s conference theme, consistent with NEC’s presence earlier in the year at Enterprise Connect 2012 in Orlando. NEC highlighted technologies that respond to today’s evolving workforce, which is highly social, more mobile and accustomed to on-demand communications. Throughout the three-day event, channel partners attended demos, training and breakout sessions for various solutions within the NEC UNIVERGE® family of products, including 3C, the SV8000 platforms, Cloud Services, Unified Communications for Enterprise (UCE) and Unified Communications for Business (UCB).

A few of the opportunities and topics discussed throughout the event included:

  • Communicating and collaborating in the cloud
  • Getting started with UNIVERGE 3C™
  • SV8000 migration strategies
  • SMB & vertical-specific solutions

NEC partner sponsorships help make the Advantage Executive Conference possible.Additionally, the Innovations Showcase included exhibits from other technology partners as well as NEC divisions, including NEC Financial Services, NEC Document Solutions and NEC Corporation of Japan.

“The Advantage Invitational showcases NEC’s direction, products and industry in an engaging, social environment,” says Larry Levenberg, channel sales marketing vice president, NEC Enterprise Communications Technologies.  “The goal is for our channel dealers and consultants to build relationships and hopefully leave with valuable, relevant information that will help make their business more productive throughout the year.”

In addition, 10 channel partners also received the NEC Sales and Marketing Leadership Award during the conference. The annual award has been established to recognize dealer organizations that have made significant achievements in sales, marketing and/or community initiatives. Dealer organizations are nominated by their NEC account managers. This year’s award recipients include:

  • Armstrong Telecom (Binghamton, NY)
  • Parallel Technologies (Dublin, Ohio)
  • TeleCom Business Solutions
  • Matrix Communications (Plymouth, MN)
  • KKWorx, Inc. (Naperville, IL)
  • Digital Telecom, Inc. (Van Nuys, CA)
  • Black Box Network Services (Northwest)
  • NATG (Abbotsford, BC)
  • Empire Communications (Windsor, ON)
  • Scharfstein, S.A.(Santiago, Chile)

While the Advantage conference is designed for both consultants and dealers, NEC hosted a conference for customers a few days later. The 2012 NEC Customer Technology Expo (CTE) was held May 20-23 at the same location.

Behavior Analytics for IT System Performance Management

IT system performance management has become more difficult due to  increasing complexity, scale  and dynamicity driven by changing business and technology advancements including virtualization, cloud computing and XaaS delivery models.  Business and IT leaders are challenged more than ever to maintain the IT system performance required to sustain business critical services and operations while minimizing costs.

Based on review of available IT system performance management tools and technologies, NEC has determined a need for more fundamental innovation to achieve sustainable performance management solutions.  NEC R&D developed patented behavior analytics technology called Invariant Analyzer to help overcome the limitations of conventional IT performance management technologies.

Invariant Analyzer for System Performance ManagementInvariant Analyzer enables automated learning and discovery of normal system performance behavior to eliminate the need for labor intensive and costly and slow manual maintenance required by conventional performance management tools and technologies.  In addition, Invariant Analyzer provides predictive anomaly detection based on analysis of many invariant behavior relationships across multiple IT domains (e.g. application, server, network, etc.) that is more robust and accurate to help prevent and minimize business impact.

NEC is currently working with IT system performance management software providers to bring the power of Invariant Analyzer to users as a behavior analytics engine that leverages and integrates with existing IT system performance management environments.