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The agenda and theme for TestExpo 2014 will be announced very soon – please keep checking back. In the meantime, why not get a feel for TestExpo by reviewing last year’s programme and downloading some of last year's presentations?

Transforming Testing: Identifying Solutions that Work

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Improved quality, reduced time to market and lower testing costs remain firmly at the top of all test teams’ wish lists. Last year’s event aimed to turn these wishes into reality, giving you the opportunity to take a fresh look at your testing problems, discuss and debate them with peers and gain invaluable insight from top industry experts. Ultimately last year’s event provided the solutions, tools and knowledge to effectively transform your testing function.

Last year’s TestExpo conference was structured around a series of themes, with keynote presentations and round-table sessions where all participants could join in, discussed their own unique testing issues, considered broader industry level concerns, and found practical solutions that suited their own requirements.

Themes that were discussed and explored include:

  • Test Transformation: introducing an outcome-focused model to optimise your testing function, minimise risk and guarantee substantial cost savings
  • Agile: challenges in implementation and practice
  • Mobile Testing: the increasing importance of Mobile and Application Testing, and how to carry it out successfully
  • Performance Testing: adding value to agile performance testing to help you achieve your performance testing goals
  • Testing Budgets: their impact on the test team as well as the wider organisation
  • The Testing Organisation: establishing a Centre for Excellence and other ways of effectively managing your testing
  • Test Environments and Test Data Management: designing an effective test environment, maximising the use of Test Data and keeping Test Data secure
  • Cloud: Testing on the Cloud and Testing Cloud Services

Last Year's Programme:

The presentations from the programme below can be downloaded here.

Time

Session Details

08.30    

Registration

09.00    

Welcome and Introduction
Stefan Gerstner, Vice President Global Service Line Testing, Sogeti

09.15    

Opening Keynote: World Quality Report 2013-14: An Overview
- Stefan Gerstner, Vice President Global Service Line Testing, Sogeti
Overview of the new World Quality Report 2013-14 findings and trends at a global and local UK level. Stefan Gerstner will focus on key areas such as Agile, Mobile Testing, Test Budgets and the Cloud.

10.00

Overcoming Infrastructure Constraints with Performance Test Labs in the Cloud
- Giles Davies – Visual Studio Technical Specialist, Microsoft; Danny Crone – Technical Director, nFocus; Paul Greenhouse, Technical Test Lead, Avelo
The cloud provides opportunities to scale your infrastructure on demand.  nFocus, a Microsoft ALM Gold Partner, shares a journey with Avelo helping them to overcome an oversubscribed Performance Test Lab and projects consuming too much time in the on-premise lab, with the use of Windows Azure.

10.30

Speed Introduction to Sponsors

10.50

Coffee

11.20    

Second Keynote: Testing Evolution – the Quality Driven Lifecycle
- David Silverstone, Testing Solutions / Delivery Director,  Left Shift IT
Innovation in IT has focused primarily on enhancements to the build process. But the advent of tools like Green Hat have brought to the fore the ability of intelligent testing to positively impact the entire SDLC and IT change delivery lifecycle. This is the dawning of the Quality Driven Lifecycle.

12.00    

The Mobile Application Lifecycle
- Gary Voller, HP Software, EMEA Strategy & Technology
Balancing quality and velocity in mobile application delivery.

12.30  

Round Table Session 1
– Participants join a table to discuss one or more of the Conference themes (Agile; Mobile Testing; Performance Testing; Testing Budgets, Etc.) Each table has a “Topic Guru” to facilitate the discussion.

13.00    

Lunch

14.00    

The Application of Model-Based Test Design and Automation to Transform Testing Effectiveness
- Remco Kwinkelenberg, Solution Development Manager, TRICENTIS

Remco demonstrates the application of model-based test design and automation to transform testing effectiveness.

14.30

Why Can’t We Get the Reports We Need?
- Gordon Alexander,
Seapine Software Ltd 
Learn why reporting—or lack of good reporting—can lead to project success or failure. During this presentation, Gordon will discuss some of the struggles test teams face with generating useful reports, highlight key metrics and measures that are needed to enable better test management, and provide examples of reports that include the information teams need to be successful.

15.00

Tea

15.30

Case Study - A Journey through Agile
- Steve Watson, Test Manager, UK Product Development, Reed Business Information
Since moving from Waterfall to Agile back in 2011, the teams have been regularly re-organising themselves to become better at delivering quality code to the end users. This case study will take you on that journey to see what has been learned along the way.

16.00  

New and disruptive solutions for delivering better software
- Antony Edwards, CTO, TestPlant
Disruptive changes in technology, user expectations, and software development methods are continually challenging testers. This talk presents four case-studies where the old ap-proaches and tools just weren't working anymore and new thinking was needed.

16.20  

Round Table Session 2
– Participants join a table to discuss one or more of the Conference themes
(Agile; Mobile Testing; Performance Testing; Testing Budgets, Etc.) Each table has a “Topic Guru” to facilitate the discussion.

16.50

Interactive Panel Session

17.15

Closing remarks

17.30

Drinks reception

18.30

CLOSE

 

About TestExpo

TestExpo™ was launched initially in 1996 and has since become one of the biggest and most renowned software testing events in the UK. In January 2013, TestExpo was launched in Denmark and following a hugely successful event, the conference will returned to London on Thursday 24th October 2013.

TestExpo is a one day conference that enables sharing of information and guidance on the hottest testing and Quality Assurance topics that impact today’s businesses. Over the years the event has grown into a highly valuable forum for debate, discussion and networking amongst a software testing and quality assurance professionals.

Historically the event has been hosted by Sogeti, but this last year Sogeti was thrilled to announce UNICOM’s involvement. UNICOM’s heritage as an event and conference organiser, and depth of specialist knowledge, through its own series of Next Generation Testing Conferences in this arena made UNICOM the ideal choice to co-host TestExpo.

TestExpo 2013

As usual TestExpo offered keynotes, case studies and presentations delivered by thought leaders and experts, as well as an exhibition where visitors and exhibitors networked, viewed demos, and learnt about new ideas and techniques.

Whilst offering thought leadership and future thinking, TestExpo2013 had a strong focus on knowledge sharing and "real life" case studies, to provide participants with insight into how other organisations are leading the field in testing and quality assurance.

One of our prime objectives last year was to provide IT, Quality Assurance and Test Managers with guidance and advice and to bring them in contact with relevant solutions, consultancy and services providers. Following feedback from TestExpo2012, last year’s event had a number of structured break outs to provide our delegates with the opportunity to interact more, to learn about joint opportunities and have their say on the process and tools they use.

Past Events

Last Year's Speakers:


Gordon Alexander

Gordon Alexander, Seapine Software

Gordon Alexander is a senior application lifecycle management consultant at Seapine Software. Gordon has 25 years’ experience in application development working for major organizations such as BT and Eurostar. For the last 10 years Gordon has provided consultancy to many organizations, from small software houses to large international banks, helping them to improve the way they develop software through the application of improved practice and the effective use of technology.

Gordon Alexander holds a BSc Hons in Physics from the University of Glasgow and a PgDip in Information Engineering from Robert Gordon University.

Danny Crone

Danny Crone, nFocus Testing

Danny Crone is a Test Practitioner and Technical Director at nFocus Testing, the first Test Consultancy in the world to attain Microsoft’s ALM Gold Competency. Danny has been in Software engineering for over 20 years and although he is a developer at heart, most of his IT career has been spent in Quality Assurance. He is a regular speaker at Testing events and also Microsoft ALM events and has a real passion for Automated Testing.

Danny is a thought leader in the field of automated testing and has setup automated frameworks and approaches for many different clients. He has worked extensively with Visual Studio throughout the years and this includes being a Microsoft ALM Ranger, collaborating with other Rangers to produce “out of band” solutions for missing features and guidance in Visual Studio.

He loves challenges and helping others with their challenges, testing is always tough and he enjoys driving efficiencies into the test process to help build better software.

Giles Davies, Microsoft UK

Giles Davies works in the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group in Microsoft UK as a technical specialist covering development tools, specializing in the full Application Lifecycle Management tooling of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio.

Giles started his development career with Microsoft technologies in the days of client/server applications before becoming an early adopter for Java, working with CORBA and subsequently J2EE. Having worked in the Java space for a number of organisations including Borland and IBM Rational, Giles joined Microsoft in 2008, and is enjoying working with the Microsoft tools and frameworks. He has had various roles including that of developer, technical lead, software architect, consultant and project manager, and has used a range of development processes including formal methods, Rational Unified Process and Scrum. Giles is a regular speaker at both Microsoft and independent development events.

Antony Edwards

Antony Edwards, CTO, TestPlant

Antony Edwards studied computer engineering at the University of South Wales, Australia. He worked as a developer in Sydney before joining IBM Research in New York. Moving to London, Antony joined mobile operating system builder Symbian, moving from system architecture to eventually become a VP and member of the executive team. More recently he held the position of CTO with a major US on-line entertainment company. Australian born Antony lives in London with his Swiss wife and culturally confused daughters.

Stefna Gerstner

Stefan Gerstner, Sogeti

Stefan Gerstner is Vice President of Global Service Line Testing at Sogeti. For the last 10 years he has been responsible for co-ordinating Global Testing Services across both Sogeti and its parent company, Capgemini. He also acts as an international Testing Evangelist for the group, having a keen interest in the challenges which Testing Services are facing, be it from a technology, organizational or economic perspective.

Paul Greenhouse

Paul Greenhouse, Avelo

Paul Greenhouse is the Technical Test Lead at Avelo. In his role Paul is responsible for defining how Technical Testing is delivered at Avelo. This includes defining the approach to Test Automation, Performance Testing, Security Testing, Mobile Testing, Compatibility Testing and Accessibility/Usability Testing.  Paul then provides hands-on consultancy and support to projects to deliver all aspects of Technical Testing and ensure that the process is governed and assured throughout.

Paul started off in testing in 1996 where he worked in Laboratory as a Laboratory Assistant. He then progressed to testing software in 2000 and has worked exclusively in the Financial Services arena. He has been at Avelo for nearly 10 years and before his current role he specialised in Automated Testing.

Paul is passionate about the delivery of high quality, well-engineered, software solutions which meet the customer and regulatory demands of a complex and rapidly changing financial services industry.  Outside of work Paul enjoys spending time with his family and following the fortunes of Liverpool FC.

Remco Kwinkelenberg, TRICENTIS

Remco Kwinkelenberg, TRICENTIS

Remco Kwinkelenberg is a Solution Development Manager for TRICENTIS, provider of TOSCA for automated software testing, test management and software quality assurance solutions. In this role he is responsible for demonstrating the value of TOSCA in the European market.

Remco has been involved with software testing for more than 18 years. He started his testing career as a Test engineer and became later a tool consultant. Remco worked at an insurance company, 2 software suppliers and a System Integrator where he worked with various test automation, test management and requirements management tools. Remco is also a co-writer of a For Dummies book about Model Based testing.

Gary Voller

Gary Voller, HP

Gary currently works for the HP Software EMEA Strategy and Technology Team with a focus on Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps. In this role Gary is able to use his 15 years of hands-on experience to better understand the needs of customers and how this relates to HP’s industry leading solutions and their strategic direction.

Steve Watson

Steve Watson, Reed Business Information (RBI)

Steve has been involved in testing for just over 20 years at various levels - Test Analyst, Senior Test Analyst and Test Lead/Manager - and is currently leading a small team of testers in one of the most profitable areas within RBI.

His test career started off in banking, but he has also worked in futures & options, vehicle leasing, automotive information & data provision before joining RBI, a market leader in providing information and marketing solutions to business professionals worldwide.

Steve spent many years working on traditional Waterfall projects before moving across to Agile a couple of years ago.

Presentations from the 2013 Event:

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About Sogeti UK

Sogeti UK is a leading provider of software testing services, with over 20 years of experience in delivering cutting-edge, structured testing solutions that help customers to achieve high quality, measurable, and cost-effective results. For the last 17 years Sogeti has been a founding organiser of what has now become the UK’s premier software testing event, TestExpo. This year Sogeti returns to co-host the event with UNICOM. This year’s theme is ‘Transforming Testing’ and Sogeti looks forward to sharing insights and best practices on how testing can deliver innovation and continuous improvements to the business.

Sogeti also offers a number of innovative non-testing services, these include High-Tech engineering, as well as Business Intelligence & Analytics, smarter commerce, social business and desktop migration. Sogeti brings together more than 20,000 professionals in 15 countries and has a strong local presence in over 100 locations in Europe, USA and India. Sogeti is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini S.A., listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

For more information please visit http://uk.sogeti.com/

Last Year's Sponsors



Platinum Sponsors:


IBM® Rational®
Software is transforming today’s products, companies, industries and societies at an accelerated pace. To remain competitive, companies look to transform the design, development, and delivery of both software, and software-embedded hardware (e.g., software in cars and phones), in order to create more innovative products and services, faster than the competition, with lower costs and reduced risk.

IBM® Rational® offers the only solution in the industry that enables clients to transform software and systems delivery, for both IT operations as well as embedded software development, by providing the solutions required to integrate software, systems, tools and processes across the application and systems lifecycle.

For companies who want to be the best in their industry, or merely to keep pace with where their industry is heading, only Rational can provide the platform and the integrated solution required for software and systems delivery. With IBM Rational, clients can take advantage of the industry's only open, standards-based software delivery platform. The Jazz platform provides a highly collaborative, productive and transparent software development environment that transforms how people work together throughout every phase of the software and systems lifecycle.

IBM Rational offers best-of-breed solutions in the following categories: Application Lifecycle Management, Business Planning and Alignment, Complex and Embedded Systems, Design, Development and Deployment, and Enterprise Modernization.

For more information, please visit the Rational homepage http://www-01.ibm.com/software/uk/rational/

Gold Sponsors:


About HP Software

Software is the glue that makes the new style of IT happen. HP Software provides the essential tools to help manage infrastructure, application life cycles and information across platforms and delivery environments. We also provide solutions for security and analyzing structured and unstructured Big Data.

HP has the essential collection of software tools in four Performance Suites: IT, Security, Legal & Compliance and Marketing. HP delivers the products and technologies that arm customers to address:

-Increasing demand from lines of business
-Balancing current and next generation infrastructure
-Taking advantage of new trends including Cloud and mobility
-Responding to increased security threats
-Harnessing the power of infinite data


About Seapine Software

Founded in 1995, Seapine Software is the leading provider of process-centric product development and QA solutions. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Africa, Seapine's tools and services ensure the consistent release of high quality products, while providing traceability, metrics and reporting, and compliance. Visit www.seapine.com to learn more.

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About Testplant

TestPlant is an international software business based in London. TestPlant's products are used in over 30 countries by well over 300 enterprise customers in sectors which include Financial Services, Automotive, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment, Retail and Defense and Aerospace.

The eggPlant range is a set of tools which supports the design, development, test and management of software applications for mainframe, desktop and mobile use in any technology platform environment. The tools are relevant in agile, mobile, web and DevOps deployments. eggPlant use improves and reports on the quality and responsiveness of software systems, reduces time to market and lowers costs by introducing process automation.

The company's achievements have been recognised within the software industry and by the venture capital community. TestPlant is also a Red Herring Global Top 100 company and was awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2013.

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About TRICENTIS

With a rapidly expanding list of 350+ customers, including many of the largest global companies in the world, TRICENTIS offers cross-industry expertise in all aspects of software testing and test management. The flagship product TOSCA Testsuite enables companies to test and assess business-critical enterprise applications with unprecedented effectiveness and efficiency. Reusable test modules, test objects and test cases across technologies result in lower total costs of ownership and faster time-to-market for software testing. TRICENTIS as a group has a global presence with offices in Europe, the USA and Australia. TRICENTIS’ customer base includes companies like Auckland Savings Bank, Bank West, UBS, Allianz Insurance, Zurich Insurance, HBO, and many more. See www.tricentis.com for more information.

MicroSoft
About Microsoft - Visual Studio

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

ALM is core to the success of development teams throughout the world. Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate is an integrated development environment that helps simplify the entire process from design to deployment. This complete Application Lifecycle Management solution includes a powerful prototyping, modeling and design tool that brings any vision to life. With Visual Studio integrated testing and debugging tools enables the delivery of high-quality solutions allowing developers and testers to work more efficiently together.

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About Zephyr

Zephyr is a leading provider of on-demand, real-time enterprise test management solutions, offering innovative applications and unparalleled, metrics based visibility via real time dashboards into the quality and status of software projects. The feature rich solutions address today’s dynamic and global needs across a variety of industries including finance, healthcare, mobile, IT services, and enterprise software. Zephyr’s global customers experience improved productivity, faster time to market and dramatic cost savings. For more information, please visit www.getzephyr.com.

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