Unlocking the Power of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS): Use Cases and Deployment Options

Fall 2023

Our in-depth exploration into Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) will illuminate its diverse use cases and versatile deployment options, emphasizing the pivotal role of network engineers in shaping next-generation enterprise technology and cloud strategies with NaaS. We will delve into how NaaS is reshaping the network landscape, enabling businesses to achieve greater flexibility, scalability, and operational efficiency.
-Introduction to Network-as-a-Service (NaaS)
-Exploring Diverse Use Cases of NaaS in the Enterprise Environment
-Evaluating NaaS Deployment Options: Best Practices and Considerations
-The Pivotal Role of Network Engineers in the NaaS Era
-Case Study Analysis: Successful NaaS Implementations
-Open Discussion and Q&A: Future Trends in NaaS

Who Should Attend: Network engineers, IT managers, cloud solution architects, CIOs, CTOs, and decision-makers involved in network and cloud strategy development would find this session beneficial. It’s also recommended for any professionals keen on understanding how NaaS can transform network management and facilitate cloud strategy in the next-gen enterprise ecosystem.


Christopher Moretti has been an executive leader with Evernorth Health Services (formerly Cigna) since October, 2015 and is currently responsible for all infrastructure engineering Leading the Global Engineering & Infrastructure Services.  In this role, Chris provides executive leadership over the teams that deliver Cigna’s voice & data networks, security engineering, contact center, database, compute, storage, information management, mainframe, cloud & devops.

Previous to Cigna, Chris spent 14 years at General Electric and its subsidiaries in various executive leadership roles supporting its insurance, consumer and commercial banking businesses.  While at GE, Chris attended and graduated many of their prestigious management training classes including AIMC and EIMP.  Most recently, Christopher was Managing Director of Global Networks for J.P. Morgan Chase & Company based in midtown Manhattan.

Chris started his career in IT performing many different hands on technical roles in client/server, network and security for various sized firms in the greater New York market including a period where he consulted for Greenwich Technology Partners.

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut and currently resides in Shelton, CT with his wife and 3 sons.

Yesim Akdeniz is a senior Managing Director in Citi technology organization and has been responsible to driving significant transformation across the technology infrastructure landscape over the last 5 years. She has been part of the core leadership team that has driven 30%+ savings across the operating expense, while significantly modernizing Citigroup’s technology capabilities, enhancing customer experience, business agility and managing risk.

Citi technology organization supports business operations in 100+ countries that Citi operates in, across multiple lines of business spanning both Institutional and Retail businesses. The technology engineering organization is designing and deploying industry leading solutions across the Citi footprint as the bank continues to leverage product and business model innovation to maintain and increase Citi’s competitive edge in the market place. Yesim is at the forefront of the innovative thinking that CATE (Citigroup Architecture and Technology Engineering) is delivering.

She has held several senior management positions across Citigroup technology, Yesim has a Masters in Business Administration, Wilmington College and a Bachelors of Art in Computer Science, East Carolina University. As one of the senior most women in technology and co-chair of Enterprise O&T Women Leadership Council at Citigroup, Yesim is actively involved with various ‘Women in Technology’ initiatives, including the Women’s Bond Club and Citigroup sponsorship programs. Additionally, Yesim was awarded the top 100 CIOs award by the CIO magazine in 2010, http://www.citigroup.com/citi/press/2010/100603e.htm, and she was inducted into the 42nd Annual YWCA Academy of Women Leaders on in 2016.

Ricky partners with AT&T’s largest Fortune 1000 enterprise clients, playing the role of trusted advisor by
assisting them with business, technology & market transitions. Ricky provides strategic direction and practical guidance across business and technology landscapes. His experience covers the full spectrum: From development of vision and strategy, to tactical implementation and service assurance.

In his current role, Ricky leads a diverse team of Sales Engineers & Principal Solution Architects responsible for consulting with sales teams, clients & partners to provide technical expertise in the design, customization, and implementation of the most complex technical products and services. Ricky also plays the role of Group CTO as he builds direct relationships with client C-Suite leaders to establish AT&T as a trusted advisor & strategic business partner.

Ricky is focused on positioning AT&T’s evolving suite of Programmable Network API based solutions as well as the latest in Fiber & 5G services to enhance partner/client platforms and drive Go-to-Market partnerships with select AT&T partners. He provides innovative, enterprise-wide solutions across multiple technology domains that align with client business objectives. Ricky provides Integrated Sales leadership & GTM Technical Business Development leadership for the evolving capabilities of the entire suite of AT&T Fiber, 5G, Cybersecurity & IOT portfolio of services.

With his strong engineering background and acute business acumen; Ricky has been able to bridge the gap between IT requirements, objectives and business needs. Ricky is equally comfortable leading conversations with technical IT groups, business leaders as well as executive stakeholders. Ricky has been in the Telecommunications Industry for more than 16 years in various engineering, people leadership, and enterprise sales roles. He has been recognized for his achievements by receiving the AT&T Diamond Club Award (for Top Sales Production) twice and AT&T Service Excellence Award (for Outstanding Customer Service) 3 times. Ricky holds a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Network Engineering from Ryerson University (Canada) & Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Windsor (Canada). He also holds several industry certifications including the coveted
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) accreditation. Outside of work, Ricky competes globally in the sport of Dragon Boat racing & currently resides in San
Francisco, CA with his wife, Carmen.

Amir Khan is a computer networking visionary who founded and led Viptela’s market-leading, cloud-first, Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) business before the acquisition by Cisco. As prescient as he was in identifying the $8B opportunity for SD-WAN, Amir recognized that network hampered the cloud journey and founded Alkira in 2018 with Atif Khan to reinvent networking for the cloud era. Amir’s vision is to deliver the cloud network as a utility. As CEO/Founder, he has led Alkira’s delivery of the industry’s first on-demand, as-a-service, point and click, unified multi-cloud networking service that enables cloud architects to design, build, and deploy a global multi-cloud network in minutes. Alkira enables enterprises to implement 50% less firewall capacity, and reduce TCO by up to 40%. Before Viptela, Amir held leadership roles at Cisco, Juniper, and Nortel. He holds 4 patents. Amir earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

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