Next Generation Network Configuration: What Can We Expect AI to Deliver and When? Is No-Config in Our Future?

Fall 2024

As AI continues to evolve and integrate deeper into network infrastructures, the promise of simplified, self-configuring networks is becoming a tangible reality. This panel discussion will explore the advancements in AI-driven network configuration, shedding light on what we can realistically expect from AI in the near and distant future. Industry experts will delve into the potential for “no-config” networks, where AI automates and optimizes configuration tasks, significantly reducing the need for human intervention. Topics will include the current state of AI in network configuration, upcoming innovations, challenges in implementation, and the roadmap for achieving fully autonomous network management. Attendees will gain insights into how these advancements can transform enterprise operations, enhance security, and streamline network management, ultimately leading to more resilient and efficient IT infrastructures.


Ray Mota, Ph.D., responsible for the Carrier Strategy & Infrastructure ServicesandSD-WAN Service, brings a talent for complex technical and critical thinking and provides strategic direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting. Prior to founding ACG Research Dr. Mota worked for Aberdeen Group, ManageAll, Micros-To-Mainframes, Advanced Technology Group, Eastman Kodak and the IRS. As a CTO, he designed, implemented and supported complex trading floor systems and large WAN Frame Relay and ATM networks. He also provided training on Sniffer, HP Advisor protocol analysis tools, and MPLS architectures. Ray has also developed cloud applications and has a software patent attributed to him.

Ray is recognized as an expert in topics relating to networks, managed services, operational efficiency, and business modeling. He has been the keynote speaker for global telecom events. His insightful commentaries and analyses have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Telecom Magazine, MSNBC, CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, Businessweek, NY Times, SF Chronicle, and other industry publications.

On the personal side, Ray holds 13 amateur baseball World Series titles and has coached at the Arizona Diamondback Training Center and the Phoenix Prospectors a professional baseball team which won the championship on 2012 & 2013. His successful baseball career inspired him to write Maximum Ability, (Lulu.Com, 2005), which focuses on mind power and using the cognitive abilities involved in sports to achieve excellence in not only the athletic arena but also in business fields and in other aspects of a person’s life. Ray donates 100 percent of the proceeds to Motavation Group, which organizes sporting events for sick children, ( In October 2000, selected Ray, with other notables Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs and Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers, as one of the top 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States.

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