An Insider’s Look at Automation Trends and Best Practices in Enterprise Networking – Gluware Main Stage Keynote

Fall 2023

Join Tom Whaley, Chief Technology Advisor,  World Wide Technology, and Ernest Lefner, Chief Product Officer, Gluware, as they reveal intelligent network automation’s key trends and best practices based on industry-leading customer case studies.
Prepare yourself, your organization, and your customers for network and digital transformation success with real world insights, outcomes and lessons learned.


Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Tom has 30 years of experience architecting and designing large enterprise networks. He has worked with global enterprises across several verticals, including Global Financials, Retail, Oil and Gas, Higher Education and Pharma. Tom has an extensive background with complex network migrations and architecture transformation. As a key participant in global programs, he helps drive business development process, positioning and fostering services and programmatic solutions. Tom currently holds active Cisco CCIE, CCDE and CCAr certifications.

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