Complexity is Harming Application Performance. Discover a Network Strategy that Puts Applications First -IBM Main Stage Keynote

Spring 2024

In a world where slow is the new down, a network that just keeps up with the business is not enough. More than ever, networks impact application performance and influence business outcomes from app velocity to operational efficiency and new service deployment at scale. Further, leaders face the arduous task of introducing AI to somehow help with automation while navigating hyper-distributed infrastructures out of the direct control of networking and infrastructure teams. Simply put, complexity is harming app performance. It’s why leaders must shift to an application-centric networking strategy to grow their business. Join IBM for an insightful conversation about improving business outcomes through a network strategy that puts applications first.


Andrew has over twenty-five years experience in telecommunications and networking, and has held executive management positions in Brocade, Juniper, Carrier IQ and Unisphere in network engineering, product management, strategy, sales and marketing.

Prior to joining IBM, Andrew was CEO of Lumina Networks, an open source networking vendor, focused on SDN solutions.

Originally from the UK, Andrew spent a decade in Asia, in Hong Kong and Tokyo, before moving to California in 2006.


Neha currently serves as the CIO NetEng global backbone leader at IBM. With a passion for innovation, Neha is at the forefront of transformative initiatives aimed at enhancing user experience and revolutionizing backbone technologies worldwide. In this role, Neha oversees one of the largest backbone networks globally, including data centers, Points of Presence (PoPs), transport infrastructure, remote access, and Wide Area Network (WAN) architecture.

Prior to her tenure at IBM, Neha led the Network Cloud Services organization at Intuit. In this capacity, she spearheaded the delivery of cutting-edge Cloud Network Patterns, private transport networks, network automation, network certificate management, DNS, IPAM, CDN, and encryption/decryption services across Intuit’s extensive portfolio of production applications serving over 100M customers worldwide. With over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, Neha is known as a proven leader with the ability to lead organizations through complex transformations. Her leadership style fosters collaboration, empowers team members, and cultivates a culture of continuous improvement.

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