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IHS Markit Partners with MEF18 to Support Digital Transformation

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Global networking event focuses on MEF 3.0, SD-WAN, LSO, SDN, NFV, 5G and more

LONDON (October 22, 2018) – IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is pleased to announce its support for MEF as an analyst partner at the MEF18 networking event, held October 29 to November 2, 2018, at the JW Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California. With a target audience of 1,000 attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries, MEF18 is the premier industry event for the world’s top communications service and technology innovators.

MEF will assemble executives and other leading experts who are committed to accelerating worldwide adoption of assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks powered by lifecycle service orchestration (LSO), software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Aligned with the MEF 3.0 Framework, these new, game-changing services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy.

“Automation and virtualization – specifically SDN and NFV – and all that comes with them are bringing many changes to the world around us,” said Michael Howard, executive research director for carrier networks at IHS Markit. “But like the networks themselves, these technologies are really tools that are part of a larger movement toward digital transformation. And what’s the end goal? Improving customer experience.”

“According to a recent IHS Markit digital transformation study, three-quarters of service providers polled indicated that ‘enhancing customer experience’ was their top digital transformation project,” Howard said. “Operators are earnestly striving to provide their customers with innovative online, on-demand networking services, and they’re using artificial intelligence and machine learning to make interactions easier and more pleasurable.”

“The MEF has been in lockstep with operators, providing an important framework for building this next wave of operator networks. We’re delighted to participate as an analyst partner at MEF18,” Howard said.

“MEF18 will uniquely empower industry stakeholders with the very best lineup of speakers, extraordinary peer-to-peer networking opportunities and valuable insight into assured services and automation technologies like SD-WAN and LSO that will be critical to successful digital transformation,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “A broad range of top industry analyst partners bring enormous value to our event, and we are delighted with the support we have received from IHS Markit for this year’s show.”


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About MEF18

MEF18 focuses on enabling agile, assured and orchestrated communications services for the digital economy. MEF18 is on pace to be bigger and better than last year’s popular MEF17 event, with a target audience of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries; 250+ service and technology executives; 110+ expert speakers, 115+ sponsors and partners; and more.

MEF18’s program elements include: world-class plenaries and sessions with service, technology, and enterprise expert speakers; MEF Workshops; the WAN Exchange (brought by WAN Summit); PoC demonstrations; MEF 3.0 implementation demonstrations; a vibrant Networking Hall; MEF Awards Dinner; Global Media Hub; LSO Hackathon; and on-site MEF professional certification exam preparation courses. This year, the 4Q18 MEF Members Meeting will be collocated with MEF18. For more information:

About MEF

An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF recently introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN and NFV. MEF produces service specifications, LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations and certification programs. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized carrier Ethernet, optical transport, IP, SD-WAN and layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information:

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