ONUG Collaborative Closing Plenary

Fall 2023

The ONUG Collaborative provides a unique forum for enterprise IT consumers and suppliers that facilitates peer-to-peer engagement and direct interaction with suppliers to drive thought leadership and industry change in the Cloud Era. The Collaborative working groups provide a vehicle for market enablement in which vendors, service providers, solution integrators and enterprise adopters work collectively to generate actionable outcomes and deliverables that help IT professionals break through barriers blocking the adoption of new cloud networking and security technologies.
Attend this closing plenary session to learn more about the benefits of participating in the Collaborative, meet some of the leading members and hear from the Collaborative Steering Committee and Working Group Co-Chairs about past accomplishments, current initiatives and future directions.

-Recognition of key contributors to the Collaborative
-Recent working group outcomes and future directions
-Collaborative mission and structure in 2024
-Initiatives to increase enterprise engagement
-Feedback and Q&A

Who Should Attend:
-All current members of the Collaborative Working Groups and Steering Committee
-Enterprises and suppliers interested in participating in the ONUG Collaborative


Stephen Collins is Principal Consultant at 1024tm, a boutique consulting firm that serves leading-edge networking, telecom and cloud infrastructure companies across multiple segments of the enterprise IT and service provider markets. His clients range from startups to billion-dollar businesses, with projects typically involving a mix of business and product strategy, go-to-market planning, thought leadership, product marketing, business development and sales enablement.

Stephen has a proven track record of successfully introducing innovative products into highly competitive, rapidly growing markets, and he brings clients four decades of operational experience in a wide range of executive, product management, engineering, consulting, industry analyst and advisory roles, working primarily with communications equipment manufacturers and telecom software vendors.

In recent years, as a result of numerous client engagements, Stephen has developed a specialization in network visibility, Big Data analytics, full-stack observability and the application of AI and machine learning to drive network automation and service orchestration in complex, mission-critical service provider and enterprise IT infrastructure. He has applied this expertise to a diverse range of projects in 5G network analytics (NWDAF), Open RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) xApps and rApps, SD-WAN infrastructure, Internet visibility and cloud-native infrastructure observability.

Stephen was hired out of college by AT&T Bell Labs, where he worked in software development on T-carrier data communications systems. Leaving in search of a startup opportunity, he joined multi-protocol router pioneer Wellfleet Communications as a founding engineer, where he spent a hyperactive decade in the rapid expansion of the global internetworking market. Stephen then went on to co-found Spring Tide Networks, which developed an innovative IP service switch for service provider networks, culminating in an acquisition by Lucent Technologies for $1.5 billion.

As VP of marketing at Sonus Networks and later at Acme Packet, Stephen gained experience in service provider VoIP. At Tatara Systems, he was active in the formative years of the small cells market. At Active Broadband Networks, he was involved in applying software-defined networking to the development of a Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) router based on a white box switching platform.

Stephen has been a frequent blog contributor and speaker at industry conferences, and he has authored numerous articles for industry trade publications. He holds an M.S. in Computer, Information and Control engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

Leslie has developed membership strategies across several industries, with a focus on strategic communications, member program development, and content. She also has extensive experience leading DE&I initiatives building events focused on inclusive leadership. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. Outside of work, she is an avid world traveler, and currently lives in New York City.

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