TUE May, 6 13:30 - 15:15
Securing the Managed World
Room: Beta 1 and Beta 2
Recent revelations of the extent of government surveillance and some high profile attempts to hack into critical infrastructure are raising a number of questions on how to protect the reliable operation of managed elements. At the same time, devices become increasingly smarter and connected, and expose even greater functionality to the outside world. The challenges are increasing in a number of industries and applications: smart grid, natural resources, smarter home, connected vehicles, etc.
The panel will examine the latest challenges in securing the management world and encourage a discussion around the most pressing issues in making management secure.
Moderator: Nikos Anerousis (IBM)
  • Joe Betser (AeroSpace Corp)
  • Emil Lupu (Imperial College London)
  • Mark Lacoste (Orange Labs)

TUE May, 6 15:45 - 17:30
DevOps and ITIL: Conflict or Coexistence?
Room: Beta 1 and Beta 2
This panel will explore key questions that relate core ITIL management functions to the unique requirements that DevOps brings to the table, and how the latter affects a defined process structure. For example, in managing changes, is a tight adherence to process doable in an IT environment that requires major releases on a weekly basis, often coupled with daily drops of additional functionality? How does Testing work in such an environment? Is there still a need for user acceptance testing (and a set of corresponding test environments) or is it supplanted by rolling out changes to a small(er) part of the production infrastructure? When do you need to break out of the prescribed method and create a new one? How does ITIL view the Agile world and vice-versa? Is there such a thing as rapid ITIL or light weight ITIL management interpretation? Is the domain of ITIL management a better fit for rigorous models with little flexibility compared to development functions or must it do both? And finally, what is the next wave of innovation likely to be, and will it allow coexistence between those planning the management framework or those using it?
For attendees this session will be of interest as several diverse specialists in ITIL management functions will present both reinforcing and alternative view points on this rich subject and allow for extensive audience engagement in a deep but free flowing conversation. 

Moderator: Alexander Keller (IBM Global Technology Services)


  • Sven Graupner (HP)
  • Joe Clarke (Cisco Systems) 
  • Gabi Dreo Rodosek (UniBW)

WED May, 7 15:45 - 17:30
Management of the Internet of Things (IoT and M2M)
Room: Beta 1 and Beta 2
In the near future not only network equipment, servers, and IT services need management, but also a huge number of different types of devices and entities, ranging from industrial systems, to automated machines, to electrical equipment, to waste containers, to basically anything one can attach a microcontroller or a microprocessor to. 
While these devices are extremely heterogeneous, their remote monitoring and management presents some common issues and themes. Some of these 'things' have a long history of being remote controlled (usually via proprietary protocols) but our community has largely ignored how this is being done. Other 'things' are new and it is not clear what management is needed or necessary (e.g., light bulbs that can be controlled over the Internet). Besides many technical aspects, the management of a fair share of those smart ‘things’ needs to keep into consideration how their respective markets work. Finally, the "management-of-things" is a strongly interdisciplinary research topic, which raises the opportunity to explore common themes from/with other research communities. 

Moderator: Mauro Tortonesi (University of Ferrara)
  • Marc-Oliver Pahl (Universität Bremen)
  • Juergen Schoenwalder (Jacobs University)
  • Olaf Bergmann (Universität Bremen)

THU May, 8 13:30 - 15:15
Bridging Network Management and Software-Defined Networking
Room: Beta 1 and Beta 2
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has been extensively sold not only as a new networking paradigm, but also as a network management solution. That can be seen, for example, in the IETF meetings. Although SDN does tackle some classical problems (e.g., network discovery and inventory), introducing SDN also leads to network management challenges. There exists two complementary, yet different perspectives on network management and SDN: (a) the more frequent argument that SDN improves network management, and (b) the fact that SDN is itself also another target of network management. From these two perspective, some questions take place, such as: (a.i) Which classical management functions SDN supports? (a.ii) Which classical functions SDN does NOT support? (b.i) What are the requirements for managing SDN networks? (b.ii) To which extend are these requirements already covered by today's network management solutions?

Moderator: Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville (UFRGS) (slides)
  • Alex Clemm (Cisco) (slides)
  • Slawomir Kuklinski (Orange Telecom) (slides)
  • Raouf Boutaba (University of Waterloo, Canada) (slides)