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June 16, 2016 15:01 ET

Light Reading's Upskill University Kicks Off Free Online Analytics Courses

Stanford, Princeton, Masergy and Disney Deliver Lectures on Big Data Analytics and Its Impact on Virtualization, Customer Experience, Security and IoT

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 16, 2016) - Upskill U, a free online educational forum that focuses on delivering must-have education on the overall business transformation occurring in the telecommunications industry, has kicked off a four-part, online lecture series on big data analytics. During these courses, lecturers from Stanford, Princeton, Masergy and Disney will cover the impact of analytics on network virtualization, customer experience, cyber security and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Upskill U is a unique online community hosted by Light Reading in association with Cisco where service provider and enterprise decision-makers can crowdsource the mission-critical intelligence they need to formulate business technology strategies and gain the know-how required to architect and monetize next-generation, all-IP networks.

Upskill U's curriculum is always built around some of the hottest topics in the industry. The four-part analytics series includes the following lectures:

  • Analytics & Virtualization 101 (Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 p.m. ET): Sachin Katti, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Stanford University, will examine the fundamental questions as to the role of big data and advanced analytics and explain what service providers need to be doing as they prepare for virtualized networks.
  • Big Data Analytics & Network Security (Friday, June 17, 1:00 p.m. ET): In this lecture, Ray Watson, Vice President, Global Technology, Masergy, explains how analytics can be used to strengthen network and advanced threat protection capabilities, and automate threat intelligence to detect, analyze and remediate attacks.
  • Big Data Analytics Meets Customer Experience Management (Wednesday, June 22, 1:00 p.m. ET): During this course, Juan F. Gorricho, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Partners Federal Credit Union, The Walt Disney Company, will discuss how businesses can tackle data integration and the lack of skilled staff to implement strategies that can boost the bottom line.
  • Big Data Analytics & IoT (Friday, June 24, 1:00 p.m. ET): Nick Feamster, Acting Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, returns to Upskill U to lecture on the role of the telco, cloud providers and other stakeholders in developing an integrated IoT and data analytics strategy. Centralized intelligence versus the edge of the network will also be addressed.

Each course is a 45-minute session where students can ask questions, interact with other students with similar business and technological challenges (and expertise) and download a wealth of additional learning materials. Courses are archived, and online educational discussions take place 24 hours a day.

Weekly Upskill U courses will continue to highlight some of the biggest names in the industry. So don't get left in the dark when it comes to NFV, SDN, IoT and more. Let Upskill U be your guiding light. Register for our current courses and upskill yourself today.

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