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Gene Kim

Author, Researcher, Founder of IT Revolution

Kyle Brown

Lead Engineer, Santander UK

Kristof Bogaerts

Test Automation Manager, Proximus 

Joe Colantonio

Founder, Test Guild

Michael Stone

Director QA & QC Performance Testing, CIBC

Istiak Ahmed

SVP, Software Quality Assurance Bank of America

Hirakant Shet

Director of Software Engineering, Payment Systems for Credit Unions (PSCU)

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Pushpinder Malhotra

Senior QA Automation Manager, Northbridge Insurance

Gene Kim is the author of the WSJ bestselling book, “The Unicorn Project,” and co-author of “The Phoenix Project,” “The DevOps Handbook,” and the Shingo Publication Award-winning “Accelerate.” Since 2014, he's been the organizer of the DevOps Enterprise Summit, studying the technology transformations of large, complex organizations.

Kyle Brown is an enthusiastic engineer at Santander UK plc. Driven by constant learning, change, and innovation, he works to deliver the best solutions for his organization. He started his career in QA in 2013 and moved into software development a year later, where he has leveraged the best of both worlds. Kyle loves to innovate and architect solutions, especially in the financial sector.

Joe Colantonio has over 25 years of experience in software automation testing and is the founder of Test Guild – a dedicated independent resource for actionable and real-world technical advice from industry experts (blog, video tutorials, podcasts, and online conferences) to help improve your DevOps automation, performance, and security testing efforts.

Kristof Bogaerts has worked at Proximus for over 16 years and currently manages the organization’s test automation and testing tools, both onsite and offshore, leveraging his background in service delivery and test coordination. When he’s not focused on quality assurance and process improvements, he enjoys traveling with his family.

Michael Stone is the Director of QA at CIBC. With over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, in the last 7 years with CIBC, he has led QA automation initiatives with two goals: “increase test coverage” and “test faster.” To achieve these goals, the keys to success are effective tools and processes, people who are inspired, and an organization with a strong practice for change.

With over 16 years of experience in managing testing across domains, including Telecom, Media, and Finance, Pushpinder Malhotra is currently the Senior QA Automation Manager for Northbridge Insurance. She focuses on creating and executing strategies to enhance quality assurance and is passionate about technologies like Selenium, cloud, API test automation, and service virtualization.

With 30 years of experience and analytical thinking in multiple IT roles, Istiak Ahmed is the senior vice president of software quality assurance at Bank of America. After building two test teams for the organization, he currently manages the test management automation solutions in the CI/CD pipeline.

Hirakant Shet is a technologically savvy and seasoned thought leader with extensive experience and knowledge of enterprise architecture. As the Director of Software Engineering at PSCU, he is responsible for the API initiative with a vision to expand their offerings to include payment, retail banking, and related Fintech REST APIs.

The Intersection of the Five Ideals of DevOps With Automated Testing

Gene Kim, DevOps researcher and enthusiast; bestselling author of "The Unicorn Project," "The Phoenix Project," "Accelerate," and more; founder and organizer of the DevOps Enterprise Summit; founder and former CTO of Tripwire 

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11 – 11:40 a.m. ET

In this keynote, Gene Kim will share the Five Ideals of "The Unicorn Project" with both ideal and nonideal case studies. He'll explain why he believes that DevOps will be one of the most potent economic forces for decades to come. He'll discuss how automated testing is critical to creating fast feedback for developers and a signal that their code is architected in a way that can be easily changed over time. 

Opening Keynote by Gene Kim, Bestselling Author of "The Phoenix Project"

Santander UK Reaches for the Cloud With Simulated Environments

Kyle Brown, Lead Engineer, Santander UK

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11:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. ET

Like many organizations, Santander UK plc, a large retail and commercial bank based in the United Kingdom, is driving plans for digital transformation by migrating their application landscape to the cloud. Lead engineer Kyle Brown will share how the Santander UK team has successfully simulated existing applications to accelerate the cloud transition and describe the progress and results achieved to date.

Panel: Ways to Use Virtual Environments in Your Organization

Kristof Bogaerts, Proximus; Kyle Brown, Santander UK; Joe Colantonio, TestGuild

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12:05 – 12:35 p.m. ET

Learn how companies are using service virtualization to go beyond creating and managing assets involved with application testing, and extending it for other purposes, such as training new employees, enabling partner/vendor integration, and creating the foundation for a center of excellence.

12:35 – 12:45 p.m. ET


Chasing the Elusive Phoenix & Unicorn: Q&A With Gene Kim

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12:45 – 1:05 p.m. ET

Gene Kim digs into details about how to apply the Three Ways and the Five Ideals for improving DevOps and avoiding technical debt.

PSCU Optimizes Delivery With Simulated Test Environments

Hirakant Shet, Director of Software Engineering, Payment Systems for Credit Unions (PSCU)

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1:05 – 1:30 p.m. ET

If your test environment is unstable, you can’t have confidence in your software quality. Hear how PSCU leveraged service virtualization to create a dependable and responsive test environment to increase efficiency and manage third-party dependencies.

Panel: Taking FinTech Software Quality to the Next Level

Istiak Ahmed, Bank of America; Michael Stone, CIBC; Pushpinder Malhotra, Northbridge Financial

1:30 – 2 p.m. ET

Leading financial companies like CIBC, Northbridge, and Bank of America are deploying software quality initiatives with an eye on implementing more efficient processes and approaches. In this panel, these industry leaders will share their experiences, along with tips on how they use API testing and service virtualization to reach their quality targets.

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Improve Productivity With AI-Powered Test Automation

Igor Kirilenko, Chief Product Officer, Parasoft

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2 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Matt Klassen, CMO, and Igor Kirilenko, CPO, will discuss how artificial intelligence is a key advantage that improves developer productivity and enhances software quality and testing. Stick around for a short overview of the Parasoft Continuous Quality Platform for web and cloud application testing.

Closing Keynote

How AI Is a Game Changer for Software Testing 

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to transform the technological landscape. Its application in several facets of software development continues to grow. One of the areas of software development where the adoption of AI can advance is software testing.

AI and machine learning (ML) are important areas of ongoing research and development at Parasoft. Our findings continue to bring new and exciting ways to integrate these technologies into our products. This session will discuss several ways we leverage and apply AI and ML.

11 – 11:40 a.m. ET

» Improve the adoption of static analysis with AI-powered software testing.

» Automate unit test generation and parameterization with AI.

» Automate API test generation and maintenance with AI and ML.

» Self-heal the execution of Selenium tests with ML.

Igor Kirilenko, Chief Product Officer; Nathan Jakubiak, Senior Director of Development 

Save Time & Improve Quality on the Fast Path for JUnit Testing

Many software developers will agree that, although unit testing is extremely valuable to help find and fix issues in code, it’s time intensive and tedious to design and maintain useful unit tests to cover the entire application. Test automation enables you to save time and effort creating and maintaining meaningful JUnit tests, gain a better understanding of test coverage, and deliver a high-quality application that meets expectations. 
This technical session will demonstrate the benefits of unit testing and show you how to capture and centralize JUnit test execution and coverage results within the CI/CD pipeline.
Learn how to: 

11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET

» Quickly create JUnit tests with mocks and assertions to improve code quality and increase code coverage. 

» Identify coverage gaps and analyze key metrics, such as modified code coverage to evaluate the business impact and risk. 

» Obtain near-instant feedback to mitigate code changes in the CI/CD pipeline using test impact analysis (TIA). 

Brian McGlauflin, Sr. Software Engineer 

The Quest for Continuous Testing for Cloud & Web Applications

Watch and learn how to pursue your quest for continuous testing with AI-powered test automation. You no longer need to manually create, execute, and maintain your API tests. Level up and complete your quest smarter and faster.  

In this session, you’ll learn how to: 

12:30 – 1:10 p.m. ET

» Automatically build your test suite using AI to generate low-code/no-code API tests.

» Easily reuse functional test scenarios for penetration and load testing.

» Create a test environment with simulated backend services.

» Optimize test execution to get faster feedback with every code change.

Adam Attanasio, Product Manager

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Arthur Hicken has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for over 30 years. He has worked on numerous projects involving the software development lifecycle, software security, complex web applications, and software safety in industries like automotive, aerospace, and medical. As an expert in his field, Arthur speaks frequently at conferences on software development and testing strategies, compliance, and security best practices.

Arthur Hicken

Senior Software Evangelist, Parasoft

Matt Klassen

Chief Marketing Officer, Parasoft

Matt Klassen leads marketing strategy, campaigns, programs, messaging, and public relations to strengthen Parasoft’s market position and drive revenue growth. Since pursuing a degree in computer science, he’s been a student of how software has and will continue to change the world. Prior to joining Parasoft, Matt built several product and solution marketing teams across Borland, PTC, Ping Identity, and Cherwell.

Igor Kirilenko

Chief Product Officer, Parasoft

Igor Kirilenko focuses on the strategy and execution of all product-related activities including product vision, innovation, development, and quality. He is also responsible for managing and expanding both the Development and Product Management organizations to support the rapid growth of Parasoft offerings to the market.

Nathan Jakubiak

Senior Director of Development, Parasoft

Nathan oversees product architecture as the senior director of development at Parasoft. He leads multiple distributed development teams utilizing the agile scrum methodology to build high-quality, well-architected software solutions in the areas of API testing, service virtualization, test environment management, UI testing, static analysis, and unit testing. Nathan holds multiple patents related to software testing innovations.

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