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Announcing the 2016 Calix User Group Keynote Speakers

Visionaries Who Are Driving Disruption

Hero of the movie “Moneyball”

Billy Beane to keynote the 2016 Calix User Group Conference

Use data, analytics, and courage to change the rules of YOUR game!

Wynn Las Vegas | Monday, October 24

2016 User Group Entertainment

David Blaine - Magician, Illusionist, Endurance Artist

22-25 October | Wynn Las Vegas

2016 Calix User Group Conference

Imagine That!

2016 Calix User Group Conference

The 13th annual Calix User Group Conference is now on the horizon, and it will be our most important one ever.

Access constraints are fading away. Service delivery is accelerating and becoming virtual. Broadband subscribers are seeking to define and personalize their own experience. Our industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation – one which will forever change how the world communicates and accesses information.

The shackles are off. We are entering an Age of Imagination – where anything is possible. Hence – this year’s conference theme is “Imagine That!” where we will challenge you to visualize the opportunities to create an unmatched subscriber experience. We’ll see you there!

 

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Keynote Speaker, Billy Beane, Oakland A’s

Beane shattered traditional MLB beliefs that big payrolls equated to wins by implementing a statistical methodology that led the Oakland A's, one of the worst teams in baseball with one of the lowest payrolls, to six American League West Division Titles. His strategic methodology has come to be known as the “Moneyball” philosophy and is a powerful example of many of the same challenges, and opportunities, facing communications service providers today.  With Compass Cloud tools and a winning lineup in the Calix Unified Access portfolio, Calix customers can change the rules of the game and position themselves for success. 

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Join us for the telecommunication industry’s premier event, 22-25 October, 2016 at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

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Saturday Activites

Time Activity Description Track Location
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM Buses leave for Golf Buses leave from Wynn Tour Bus Exit Customer Appreciation Event Wynn Tour Bus Exit
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM Golf at Angel Park Breakfast at 7:00 AM 8:30 AM Shotgun Start Customer Appreciation Event
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Spa day at the Wynn Spa Pre-schedule appointments Customer Appreciation Event
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Registration Desk Open Registration Desk 2
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Buses return Customer Appreciation Event Wynn Tour Bus Exit

Join us for customer appreciation events. Choose from a day at Angel Park Golf Club or a relaxing morning at the 5-star Wynn Spa. 

Sunday Activites

Time Acitivty Details Location
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Desk Open Registration Desk 2
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast Latour Ballroom
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Latour Ballroom
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM International Executive Forum By invitation only Lafleur 1
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Executive Summit By invitation only Petrus 1
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Consulting Engineer Pre-Conference Briefing By invitation only Palmer 1
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Calix Community Mixer Everyone welcome! Chambertin 1
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Welcome Reception You must have your event namebadge to get into the event. Join us as we officially kick off the event at the amazing Surrender Night Club. Heavy appetizers and buffet dinner will be served. Surrender Night Club

Sunday Training Sessions

Time Title Description Track Location
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Configuring E7 Transport Learn how to turn-up and configure a group of E7s using the latest E7 and CMS software releases. We will also cover how to provision and monitor an uplink using cross-card active-active Link Aggregation Groups. Provisioning a G.8032v2 ring and verifying its functionality, as well as VLAN management and using performance monitoring tools will also be covered. Sunday Technical Training Mouton 1
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Managing Carrier Class Wi-Fi Learn how to meet the growing demand for Carrier Class Wi-Fi connectivity and best practices for optimizing Wi-Fi network performance for demanding subscribers. Sunday Technical Training Mouton 2
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Ensuring Successful GigaCenter Deployments with Consumer Connect Plus In this session, you will learn about the Calix GigaFamily CPE including how to determine which solution fits your deployment needs. You will also learn how to prepare Consumer Connect Plus to perform operations and management of the subscriber experience. Sunday Technical Training Margaux 1
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Using Compass to Manage Network Performance Learn about how to use Access Analyze and Flow Analyze Plus to take advantage of enhanced dashboards and reporting designed for monitoring network traffic, equipment, subscribers, and network planning. Sunday Technical Training Margaux 2
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Configuring E7 GPON Triple Play Learn how to provision GigaCenter triple play services in a GPON deployment, using the latest E7 and CMS software releases. Sunday Technical Training Mouton 1
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Introduction to G.fast Learn the basics of G.fast including how it works, deployment considerations, and best practices. Sunday Technical Training Mouton 2
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Best Practices for Successful GigaCenter Deployments The session guides you through installing GigaCenters, activating and verifying services, as well as troubleshooting common deployment issues. Sunday Technical Training Margaux 1
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Optimizing the Subscriber’s Whole Home Experience Learn about Calix premises solutions and how customer support teams can leverage Consumer Connect Plus and Flow Analyze Plus to improve home network visibility and control in order to maximize customer satisfaction and ensure quality of service. Sunday Technical Training Margaux 2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Configuring E7 AE Triple Play Learn how to provision and manage the 844GE Residential Gateway using the latest releases of E7, AE and CMS. You will also learn how to monitor and troubleshoot triple-play services on the 844GE using Consumer Connect Plus and Flow Analyze Plus. Sunday Technical Training Mouton 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Activating G.fast Subscriber Services  Learn how to provision and activate subscriber services in a G.fast deployment for the MDU/DPU using Activate. Sunday Technical Training Mouton 2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ensuring Successful GigaCenter Deployments with Consumer Connect Plus Learn about the GigaFamily and how to determine which solution fits your deployment needs. We will also cover how to prepare Consumer Connect Plus to perform operations and management of the subscriber experience. Sunday Technical Training Margaux 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Using Compass to Manage Network Performance   Learn about how to use Access Analyze and Flow Analyze Plus to take advantage of enhanced dashboards and reporting designed for monitoring network traffic, equipment, subscribers, and network planning. Sunday Technical Training Margaux 2
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Configuring E7 VDSL Triple Play Learn how to provision VDSL triple play services in both single-pair and bonding group applications using the latest E7 and CMS software releases. Sunday Technical Training Mouton 1
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Calix GPON Basics In this session, you will learn about key PON concepts, fiber optics operational basics, and be introduced to the Calix E-Series GPON solution. This course also covers Outside Plant design topologies, including basic knowledge to design passive optical networks. Sunday Technical Training Mouton 2
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Best Practices for GigaCenter Deployments The session guides you through installing GigaCenters, activating and verifying services, as well as troubleshooting common deployment issues. Sunday Technical Training Margaux 1
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Optimizing the Subscriber’s Whole Home Experience Learn about Calix premises solutions and how customer support teams can leverage Consumer Connect Plus and Flow Analyze Plus to improve home network visibility and control in order to maximize customer satisfaction and ensure quality of service. Sunday Technical Training Margaux 2

Monday Main Stage Sessions and Activities

Time Activity Description Location
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM Registration desk open Registration Desk 2
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Expo hours Join our sponsors in Latour Ballroom Latour Ballroom
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast Latour Ballroom
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Main Stage sessions Details to follow soon Lafite Ballroom
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Prayer Room Open Petrus 1
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Break
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch Latour Ballroom
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM Expo Hours Join our sponsors in Latour Ballroom Latour Ballroom
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Expo Hours Join our sponsors in Latour Ballroom Latour Ballroom

Monday Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Time Title Description Track Location
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM The Impact of Wi-Fi on Your Business – A Closer Look at Value Wi-Fi is not just a networking technology. It's also a potential revenue source and a strategic differentiator. This session will analyze the impact Wi-Fi has on OPEX, ARPU, competitive positioning, and bundle pricing. Using Compass software and GigaCenters, you can maximize the value of Wi-Fi. Executive and Management Mouton 2
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Don't Just Compete, Use Navigate to Win Marketing with Navigate - a Calix Consulting Service - not only keeps you in tune with your customers, it positions you to win against platform competitors like Google and Amazon. Learn how to use data to place strategic bets on markets, neighborhoods, and users. Marketing Mouton 1
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Quantifying the Subscriber Experience with KPIs Your network can tell you what kind of experience your customers can expect. This session will highlight key performance indicators that are the telltale signs of a superior subscriber experience. Planning and Operations Margaux 2
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM A Revolution in Broadband: Calix AXOS Platform Innovations The Calix AXOS platform is yielding innovations that will have a significant impact on access networks. Learn about the exciting ways the newest AXOS based systems can help you transform your network everywhere from the densest central office to the smallest rural serving areas. Technical Margaux 1
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Ask the Experts: Charting a Course Beyond Rate of Return Join Calix, regulatory experts, and service provider executives as we discuss the impact the FCC regulatory changes are expected to have on their business. Bring your questions and interact with our panel of experts as a new era of regulations takes effect. Executive and Management Mouton 2
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Ask the Experts: Service Bundles in a Streaming Video World What happens when broadcast video gets dropped and streaming video is the primary method for TV viewing? The traditional service bundle must change. This session features a service provider panel as they discuss their ideas for services in a streaming video world. Marketing Mouton 1
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Step-by-Step: Your Path to NG-PON2 A thorough discussion on how to leverage today's GPON network to address short term needs while planning for long term FTTH success. Some network planners might opt to move immediately to NG-PON2 in the near term; others might chose an interim step with XGS-PON. Which path will you take? Planning and Operations Margaux 2
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM G.fast, VDSL2, and G.hn – Competing or Complementary Access Technologies? Are you getting the most out of your existing copper infrastructure? This session will compare and contrast G.fast A1, A2, A3, G.hn, VDSL2, and 35b technologies to determine what fits where. If you're looking to get the most out of copper, this session is a must-see. Technical Margaux 1
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Consultant's Corner: 2017 Network Strategy Planning Join Jerome Day from Calix and representatives from several consulting engineering firms who will discuss important topics like inside fiber cabling, PON splitter design, and traffic engineering. These network considerations and their impact on your business can dramatically affect the subscriber experience. Ask questions and learn from these industry experts. Executive and Management Mouton 2
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ask the Experts: Offer and Sell Managed Wi-Fi Our panel of service provider leaders will share best practices on how they identify, market, and even upsell managed Wi-Fi as a differentiated product. Looking to increase ARPU while offering an unmatched subscriber experience? Join this session to find out how. Marketing Mouton 1
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Wi-Fi Best Practices in MDUs People packed in places (PPnP) live in peculiar predicaments. This session will present some of the unique Wi-Fi challenges that are encountered when striving to enrich the user experience for PPnP. We will also examine how Consumer Connect Plus can be used to optimize Wi-Fi access point placement and radio configuration. Planning and Operations Margaux 2
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Playing Nice: Software Defined Access Operates Globally, Acts Locally Integrating AXOS into open SDN ecosystems is more than an industry promise – it's a reality. The Software Defined Access (SDA) architecture and technology will be reviewed along with discussions of recent industry milestones that feature AXOS systems working in SDN ecosystems. SDA reduces service and technology cycle times within an open, programmable, and dynamic SDN/NFV field of play. Technical Margaux 1

Monday Afternoon Activities and Other Sessions

Time Session/Activity Description Location
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Ask the Experts:  One-on-one with Calix Support Engineers Whiteboard Sessions with Calix Support Engineers. This session allows you to drop in and have your network questions answered by Calix Support Engineers. We will have white boards and meeting tables. No appointment necessary. Lafleur 1
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Hands-on training From lessons to lab systems training with Calix training team Lafleur 2
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Monday night reception Join the Calix team and Calix sponsors for an evening reception in Latour ballroom before the show begins. Latour Ballroom
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Doors open for David Blaine Encore Theater
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM An Evening with David Blaine Join us for a fantastic performance by David Blaine, magician, illusionist and endurance artist Encore Theater

Tuesday Main Stage Sessions and Activities

Time Activity Description Location
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration Desk Open Registration Desk 2
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Expo hours Join our sponsors in Latour Ballroom Latour Ballroom
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast Latour Ballroom
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Prayer Room Open Petrus 1
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Main Stage sessions Details to follow soon Lafite Ballroom
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote with Billy Beane Beane shattered traditional MLB beliefs that big payrolls equated to wins by implementing a statistical methodology that led the Oakland A's, one of the worst teams in baseball with one of the lowest payrolls, to six American League West Division Titles. His strategic methodology has come to be known as the “Moneyball” philosophy and is a powerful example of many of the same challenges, and opportunities, facing communications service providers today.  With Compass Cloud tools and a winning lineup in the Calix Unified Access portfolio, Calix customers can change the rules of the game and position themselves for success.  Lafite Ballroom
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Break
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch Latour Ballroom
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Expo hours Join our sponsors in Latour Ballroom Latour Ballroom
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Ask the Experts:  One-on-one with Calix Support Engineers Whiteboard Sessions with Calix Support Engineers. This session allows you to drop in and have your network questions answered by Calix Support Engineers. We will have white boards and meeting tables. No appointment necessary. Lafleur 1
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Hands-on training From lessons to lab systems training with Calix training team Lafleur 2

Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Time Title Description Track Location
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ask the Experts: Service Provider Execs Discuss Gigabit Market Revelations It's not too late to add your name to the growing list of service providers that are marketing gigabit services. Learn from a panel of service provider executives about the pros and cons of entering the gigabit service market. Executive and Management Mouton 2
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Marketing the GigaCenter and Cloud Solution We've had many requests for assistance in marketing the benefits of GigaCenters and Compass directly to subscribers. In this session, we'll share our ideas on marketing the benefits of the GigaCenter and Compass solution. This includes translating some of the technical attributes into meaningful consumer benefits. Marketing Mouton 1
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM The Calix Cloud Details coming soon Planning and Operations Margaux 2
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM The GigaFamily: Today and Tomorrow The GigaFamily of powerful premises devices keeps expanding. Get a clear picture of the GigaFamily today and what it will look like over the next 12 months. Technical Margaux 1
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM DOCSIS 3.1 and FTTH – A Careful Look at Competing Technologies If you're interested in learning the pros and cons of DOCSIS 3.1 when compared to PON, this session will provides lots of business and technology details. Our market experts will even provide some financial analysis of the costs to support gigabit services over HFC and wireline technologies. Executive and Management Mouton 2
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Ask the Experts: Developing an App Strategy Does your company have an app strategy? With more than 4 million combined apps available in Google Play and the Apple App Store, consumers have embraced apps, and companies large and small have embraced customer apps. This session will feature a service provider panel as they explore what it takes to develop an app strategy. Marketing Mouton 1
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Imagine That: The E7 Flagship Today and Tomorrow You might be wondering about our plans for our flagship E7 system. This session will walk you through our 12-month product strategy, including the ways in which the E-series will evolve to address CAF II, dense GPON, and NG-PON2. We'll also share strategies for managing Unified Access as networks evolve to a Software Defined Access future. Planning and Operations Margaux 2
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Imagine That: Compass Takes AXOS Management to New Dimensions AXOS systems are coming fast, and Compass is an essential management component of these Software Defined Access (SDA) network elements. This session provides an overview of the Compass Activate element management functions, its Broadband Forum defined Persistent Management Agent (PMA) capabilities, and options for integrating Activate into your BSS / OSS. Technical Margaux 1
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Using Data to Make Technology Investment Decisions GPON, VDSL2, and centralized element management have been mainstays in broadband for nearly a decade, but when is the right time to invest in a new technology – i.e., NG-PON2, G.fast, and the cloud? This session will highlight indicators that can be considered early warnings that it's time to invest. Executive and Management Mouton 2
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Driving Demand with Software – Service Provider Case Studies Increasingly, smart service providers are turning to demand aggregation software to improve take rates while leveraging Compass to increase ARPU and keep customers satisfied. This session will highlight a few customer examples that show how demand aggregation software and the Compass complement each other to improve marketing efficiency. Marketing Mouton 1
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Solving MDU Broadband Challenges with G.fast Solutions We've circled the globe to find examples of unique challenges facing broadband providers as they focus on delivering a superior broadband experience. This session will highlight Calix G.fast solutions that are helping providers all over the world minimize time to market while delivering hundreds of Mbps to bandwidth-starved subscribers. Planning and Operations Margaux 2
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM The Future of Wi-Fi and How to Get the Most out of Today's Wi-Fi Learn about best practices that help you get the most from today's 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz radios, and get a look at where Wi-Fi will take the user experience over the next few years. Technical Margaux 1

User Group Conference Pricing

*Spouses and guests may attend Saturday activities, the Sunday Welcome Reception, Conference meals, and Monday night entertainment. They may not attend training classes, general sessions, or breakout sessions.

**There is no on-site registration for the Saturday events. Space is limited; register now to reserve your spot.

Conference Fees 2016 Early Bird (Expires Sept. 19) Standard Registration (Sept. 20 - On-site)
Calix customer, Calix Channel Partner, Consulting Engineer $449 $729
Spouse/ Guest* $99 $229
Saturday Events (Spa or Golf) $49 $49**

*Spouses and guests may attend Saturday activities, the Sunday Welcome Reception, Conference meals, and Monday night entertainment. They may not attend training classes, general sessions, or breakout sessions.

**There is no on-site registration for the Saturday events. Space is limited; register now to reserve your spot.

Hotel Information

Once you complete the registration process, you will receive a link via email to make your reservation at the Wynn. Book your room by September 19 to take advantage of the Calix room rate of $199/night.

WYNN LAS VEGAS

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89109

ROI letters for techs and marketers

The 2016 Calix User Group Conference is a great investment for your company and attendees often need to build a business case to join us. So we created ROI letters for technician and marketing roles to help explain the value of your attendance of the event to help you justify your trip to your management team. 

 

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Training Coupon ($425 value)

Each Calix User Group attendee is eligible to receive one Calix training coupon. Each coupon is fully transferable within your company and can be applied to one seat in a virtual instructor-led class, one online course, or one Specialist certification exam. (a $425 value).