TesLA: Enabling multivendor Test Automation
The TesLA (Test Lab Automation) Alliance is an open industry alliance of IP test vendors working together to author, publish, support and implement standards that enable seamless and vendor agnostic Test Lab Automation.
The alliance is guided by the TesLA Customer Advisory Board (CAB) which is a group of representatives from leading global service providers and network equipment manufacturers that have a vested interest in the goals of the alliance. These advisory board members and their companies are the ultimate stake-holders of the alliance. The CAB provides a customer's perspective of the future of IP test automation and provides advice and guidance to the TesLA Alliance as it moves forward with the strategic planning and implementation of the framework.
The TesLA CAB also has representation and voting rights on the TesLA Board of Directors, thereby allowing them the power to influence the direction that the standards and other activities of this alliance.
Members of the CAB come from industry leading enterprises such as BT, HP, F5 Networks, Verizon and Vodafone. Each advisor is a recognized leader in the IP test automation community and brings a unique perspective to the challenges facing IP test labs worldwide.
In addition to advising the alliance, CAB members speak on occasion at industry and alliance functions on a broad range of topics related to the IP Network test industry and test automation.
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The alliance also has many representatives from leading global service providers, network equipment manufacturers and otherís who are interested in TesLA alliance, support its initiatives and are plugged into the TesLA alliance activities. The Customer Council though do not have representation or voting rights on the TesLA Board of Directors, are not involved in the operational activities of the alliance and do not have to be present for the TesLA quarterly meetings.
The Customer council feedback is used in guiding the alliance activities and the council is kept abreast of all developments and TesLA alliance activities.
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|Keith Kidd is a Director in Verizon's Network and Technology Labs|
Keith Kidd is a Director in Verizon's Network and Technology Labs with responsibility for the organization's Automation strategy as well as testing of Enterprise class equipment utilized by Verizon's customers.
Prior his experience in the Labs, Mr. Kidd served in various IT roles spanning 22 years, including the development of systems in support of Verizon's ISP business and various internal and external development efforts and data center operations.
Mr. Kidd's adventures in automation began in the data center with various efforts to automate management of key online systems. Following his success in the data center, Mr. Kidd applied his knowledge and expertise to processes improvements in the maintenance cycles and developed key automation to eliminate errors in system and software upgrade process. Mr. Kidd then moved on to challenges in software development where his automation leadership skills were put to the test in a number of development efforts spanning multi-tiered applications across many systems development efforts.
|Vince Mendoza, TC - Edge Fabric Testing, HP ProCurve Networking|
Vince Mendoza has been working in the computer network industry for over 18 years. Currently he holds a position as a Master Technical Consultant in the Solutions Test Center at ProCurve Networking by Hewlett-Packard (Roseville California). Mr. Mendoza has spent the last 13+ years at Hewlett-Packard focused on testing, software development of test tools, and test automation architecture. Currently for automation, he is leading a cross-geographical development team in building an automated test framework as well as automated tests for ProCurve Network devices.
Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, Vince held positions at Bay Networks / SynOptics Communications, UltraNetwork Technologies, and The Wollongong Group. Vince received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from The University of the Pacific in 1991.
|Steve Mitchell, Senior Test Manager, F5 Networks|
Steve Mitchell is the Manager of the Integrated Systems Test Team for F5 Networks, and leads the performance and sizing test efforts for the entire organization. In addition, Mr. Mitchell is responsible for the organization's strategy, tools, and solutions for performance and stress testing. Steve has been at F5 Networks for 9 years, and has been involved in engineering and design, performance testing, test and lab automation, and facilities design and deployment.
Mr. Mitchell is very active in the performance testing community, and has provided guidance to many organizations to optimize their use of automation. His 17 years of experience includes time at F5 Networks, as well as ETM Entertainment Network, Sierra On-Line, Sagem Morpho, and Frank Russell.
|Brian Buege, Head of Test Strategy and Development of new capabilities, BT|
Brian Buege is the Head of BT's Test Strategy and Development of new capabilities. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy, process, tools, and technologies used to verify the capabilities of solutions across all BT lines of business. Throughout his career, he has held a wide variety of technical leadership positions such as: CIO of a research university, head of information systems security for a major airline, independent consultant specializing in the design and deployment of large-scale, enterprise technology architectures, and director of information systems for a unit of the US military. He has project-based experience in the Telecommunications, Financial Services, Transport, Healthcare, Defence, and Education sectors.
Brian holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science along with numerous technical certifications and long-standing membership in several professional societies related to computing. He has co-authored or contributed to several books relating to the security of information systems. Some of his personal interests are exploring alternative forms of power generation and keeping his video game skills honed to the point that he can still defeat his eight year old son...
Customers interested in joining the TesLA Alliance Customer Advisory Board are encouraged to contact us to discuss the opportunities and responsibilities of being a board member. Benefits of being a member of TesLA CAB include: