From Scripting to AI, the Journey to Network Automation
Date / Time: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London
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James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading

Robert Tang, Product Marketing Lead, Network Automation, Juniper Networks

Victor Manuel Sola, IP Networks Technology Senior Manager, Telefónica

Network automation consists of a transformational journey that involves foundational changes in technology, processes and organizational culture. From a technology perspective, it is about using technology to augment or replace the manual tasks involved in configuring, managing and operating network equipment and the services that it supports. Furthermore, network automation is not a single technology, but rather a "Swiss army knife" of protocols, tools, methodologies and processes.

The scope of network automation may first appear daunting. As such, it would be helpful to think of automation as a journey, and to break this journey down into discrete, manageable phases. In this webinar, Telefónica, Juniper Networks and Heavy Reading will discuss the following key topics:

  • What are the stages of network automation?
  • Telefónica’s road to Self-Driving Network
  • What are the automation tools in each stage?
  • What are specific use cases?

Learn how service providers and enterprises alike are reaping benefits from network automation with different protocols, tools, methodologies and processes.


James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
James leads Heavy Reading's OSS/BSS research service. He examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service and infrastructure management. James's areas of focus include BSS, OSS, SDP, policy management, revenue assurance, service assurance, analytics and business intelligence. He is particularly interested in the impact of SDN and NFV on operator's IT systems.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, James worked for more than 15 years as an analyst covering technology and telecom companies for various investment banks and industry research firms. He previously worked as a management consultant in industry.

James holds a BSc and MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester, England.

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Robert Tang, Product Marketing Lead, Network Automation, Juniper Networks
Robert Tang has more than 17 years of experience in the telecommunications and networking industries in roles including product marketing, business development and business analysis. He has developed multiple communication services, including satellite communications, messaging services, consumer applications and video solutions. He has worked closely with global service providers to define service offers, develop ROI models, translate solution requirements and create go-to-market plans. Robert’s diverse background brings expertise in transforming networks to differentiate in the cloud era.

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Victor Manuel Sola, IP Networks Technology Senior Manager, Telefónica
Víctor Manuel Sola joined Telefónica in 1990, where he has developed different roles in the areas of support, technology and deployment of fixed and mobile networks, as well as IMS and FMC solutions. He is currently responsible for IP network technology at Telefónica Spain, where he led the transformation of IP networks and the design of intelligent networks for insight-driven network automation in the near future.

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Steven Teitzel, Global Solution Executive, Network & OSS Transformation, IBM
Steven Teitzel is responsible for the strategy and business development for IBM cloud-based networking with NFV/SDN, OSS and security enabling network and OSS transformations. He applies cognitive analytics, cloud, assurance and agile DevOps to build IBM cloud-based networking for the service provider network operations and infrastructure to take out cost and drive monetization of the network. Steven has been with IBM for 35 years as a solution executive, a managing principal, principal, consultant and architect within IBM Sales and Global Services for IT Strategy, Networking and Service Management.

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