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Steven Soenens leads the product management and marketing activities for DataMiner, across all vertical market segments.

Prior to joining Skyline Communications, Steven served as VP Product Management and Marketing at Newtec, where he helped to bring new satellite SCPC and VSAT solutions to the market, driving convergence between those technologies. Before that, Steven served as Director Product Management at Cisco Systems, where he took product management leadership of Cisco’s Digital Media Networks business unit worldwide, which encompassed video encoders, IP streaming, DCM processing, IRDs and network management systems.

Steven holds Master Degrees in electronics engineering and B2B marketing, with additional education in project management and sales business development.

Questions & Answers
1.

For a very long time, the ground side of satellite communications was a pretty manual business. It is now going through a wave of automation. What do you think is driving it?

2. In a teleport operation, what are the biggest opportunities for automation? Can you share some specific examples?
3a.

For teleport operators, what are the most important questions to ask when considering any kind of automated management system?

3b.

What is required to introduce an automation system smoothly in a real operation ?

4.

What is the role of machine learning and artificial intelligence in today’s teleport automation systems?

5.

What capabilities do automated management systems deliver today – or will deliver soon – that you could not have imagined five years ago?

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