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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

VIP Networking AfterParty: Fireside chat w/ Featured Speakers
Adam Frank
Adam Frank
Moogsoft, VP, Product & Design
Asanka Abeysinghe
Asanka Abeysinghe
WSO2, Chief Technology Evangelist
Kevin Goldsmith
Kevin Goldsmith
Chief Technology Officer

Join DevNetwork Co-founder Jon Pasky in this fireside chat with featured speakers on the day's hot topics!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

OPEN TALK: An Automation Journey: Testing a Cloud-Based IoT System
Mesut Durukal
Mesut Durukal
Siemens, Test Automation Lead

In this presentation, management of a test automation project experiences are told. System under test is the cloud-based, open IoT operating system.

Digitalization is the hottest topic of businesses where companies invest in transforming their processes by leveraging digital technologies. On this trend topic, applied approaches and techniques are explained to construct ideas about the whole testing lifecycle of cloud-based platform. Test levels, priorities, release scopes and regression suites and the structure of the self-developed automation framework with infrastructural components and tools are investigated.

Like all other journeys, there are ramps and landings on the way. Lessons learnt are continuously utilized and processes are improved by evaluating various strategies and adding feedbacks collected from all parties. Some applications have not resulted positively, and the project has reacted as how an agile organization should do. Challenges are listed and actions against them are summarized with visualizing the benefits by comparing before and after situations. The whole progress from the first stages to the last gives an insight about how the project develops and reaches to maturity.

This is the story of automation journey, which is started with a motto: “We are all in the same boat”. The goal is to make insights of a good test management process and best practices.

I think that this submission has an interesting content which can make great attention. Rather than theoretical claims, it consists of practical real-life experiences. A full journey will be shared with challenges and proposals against them of course. Successful adaptation of latest technologies and trends is also in the context. In this scope, I talk about API&UI testing automation frameworks, zero downtime release activities such as blue-green deployments. Initiatives like application of artificial intelligence in testing stages will be told as well. Instead of what to do, I go over how to do.

OPEN TALK: OWASP Top 10 Overview
Vanessa Sauter
Vanessa Sauter, Senior security strategy

Software is vulnerable. The good news is, software is vulnerable in ways that are known and can be addressed. For the past 15+ years, the security community has been publishing and tracking a list of common security vulnerabilities called the OWASP Top 10.This session provides a brief overview of ten common DevSecOps security vulnerability categories. It's a lot to cover in 25 minutes, so this session focuses on the general concepts.

OPEN TALK: Perfect Strangers - Successfully Working in a Cross Functional Environment
Lauren Nagel
Lauren Nagel
New Relic, Sr. Dir. Product Management
Nic Jansma
Nic Jansma
Akamai, Senior Principal Lead Developer

Successful businesses are built on the shoulders of many different roles and personas. Your personal success certainly depends on your individual contributions, but it also depends on how well you can work across different functions as a team member. Interactions between Developers and Product Management, Developers and Test, or with business focused functions such as Marketing and Sales are key to getting things done in an organization, building a great product, and ultimately your own success! Each role may have different “languages” they speak, priorities and scopes of focus. Navigating these variations is not taught in school, and may initially seem like a huge challenge. Understanding and working well with your counterparts enables everyone’s impact to grow larger than each individual’s contributions, and can help create robust products, close working relationships and increase job satisfaction.

Nic, an Engineering Manager, and Lauren, Product Line Lead, started working together 5 years ago. They have not only built a collaborative engineering/product relationship, but have become good friends as well. They’ll outline the four pillars they think are critical to a great cross-functional relationship: Respect, Empathy, Trust and Communication, and how to cultivate them in your own teams.

You’ll walk away not only with a better understanding of the importance of your colleagues in different roles and how these cross-functional relationships aid in everyone’s success, but also with clear tactics to improve your daily interactions. Nic and Lauren will share their own proven methods for a great cross-functional relationship including; how they support and amplify each others’ needs, effective methods and tools for communicating with each other, and how together they prioritize their work efforts for the most impact.

OPEN TALK: How Cisco Embraced a DevOps Culture Within Its Network Engineering Team
Stuart Clark
Stuart Clark
Cisco Systems, Network Automation Developer Evangelist

Network automation was not well practiced or well understood inside our network engineering team, but was sorely needed. We needed to decrease effort and mistakes on daily management tasks by minimizing the direct human interaction with network devices. High on our priority list of goals, was improving network security by recognizing and fixing security vulnerabilities and increasing the network performance.

We started by simplifying daily workflows, baselining our configurations and removing snowflakes. While this can be very labour-intensive at the outset when you’re working on a global scale in a highly critical customer environment, the long-term benefits far outweighed the labour.
Next, we created an inventory file which listed all network devices by type, model, location and IP address - this enabled us to retrieve info about devices and using network programming and automation, allowing us to deploy to all devices, or even a subset of devices (eg. only those in a specific area), depending on what was needed. The benefit to this is we avoided manual configuration and logging into hundreds of different devices to add configuration to each one.
Overcoming these two big challenges set us up for success and enabled us to deploy at a global scale. We lived by the mantra:

“If it’s not repeatable, it’s not automatable. And if it’s not automatable, it’s not scalable.”

So what did we learn? For starters, it can be hard to automate a use case or test in the same way you would if doing it manually. Testing that requires physical movement, for example losing service provider links or hardware failure is also a challenge, as automating something like that is very tricky. We also learned that code reviews are extremely important. Shared code ownership means the entire team can make changes anywhere, at any time.

And what we’re the measurable outcomes?

Faster deployment times - we were able to efficiently push changes to over 300 network devices and audit the configuration of our global network, taking the time to execute from days down to hours.
Removed the fear of large and complex network changes - the accuracy and efficiency with which we were able to deploy at scale, gave business and the leadership more confidence in subsequent large scale network changes and deployments.
Faster feedback on network changes - it allowed us to get reviews on network configuration changes with version control and peer review, treating infrastructure as code (IaC).
Helped with adhering to PSIRT/CSIRT challenging timeframes and security vulnerabilities.

Techniques used:
We started by simplifying daily workflows, baselining our configurations and removing snowflakes. Next, we created an inventory file which listed all network devices by type, model, location and IP address.

Metrics used:
Speed of deployment; speed of feedback on network changes; speed of adherence to PSIRT/CSIRT timeframes; confidence and buy-in from senior leadership on subsequent deployments!