The leading networking and information event on the subject of software quality assurance returns to New York for its 8th year. Join us to discuss the latest in software risk management and technologies for quality engineering and DevOps. Featuring speakers from leading banks, insurers and trading firms.
The QA Financial Forum New York
May 24th 2023 at the Harvard Club
The leading networking and information event on the subject of software quality assurance returns to New York next spring.
Free to attend for delegates from financial firms, our audience will hear from experts and pioneers in new QA technologies from banks, insurance companies, exchanges and trading venues.
There will also be presentations on cutting-edge tools for accelerating DevOps and continuous testing from the world's most innovative software technology vendors.
As always, our QA Financial Forum is a discreet meeting place, where ideas are shared confidentially. We allow the maximum time for questions and discussion breaks.
The Forum will cover:
Stephen is the Cyber Risk Engineer for Sompo Pro. He joined Sompo Pro in October 2022 and brings over 15 years of cybersecurity consulting experience. In his role, Stephen is responsible for setting the technical guidelines for assessing cybersecurity controls from applicants, assisting in the development of cyber products offerings, and the research of cybersecurity controls for emerging technologies. Prior to joining Sompo, Stephen was a Director of Advisory Services at Arete Advisors and helped companies secure their perimeter, test their operational procedures, and investigate unauthorized access. He has advised clients through ransom negotiations to recover decryption keys and investigate ransomware infections, unauthorized access to and data theft from AWS cloud accounts, and assessed organizations cyber security programs. Stephen also serves as an advisory board member for the Ithaca College Cyber Security Certificate program. His previous employment includes startups specializing in cyber security and artificial intelligence, Deloitte, PwC, and EY. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University.
Ramkumar Ayyadurai is the Quality Assurance and Test Engineering Director for Equities at Citi. At Citi, his team is responsible for providing Quality Assurance and Engineering services for over 100+ applications globally. Ram is currently leading a multiyear Global QA transformation strategy around migrating away from archaic QA practices to a “Best in class” Test Engineering focused organization. His team is leading the charge around Enterprise Test Automation Framework, Virtualization, DevOps, Containerization, Cloud adoption within Quality Assurance/Test Engineering space. Ram has over 18 years of IT experience and majority of his career in Investment banking across banks including JP Morgan chase (UK), Merrill Lynch (US), Credit Suisse (US). Prior to Citi, Ram led the Quality Assurance function at Credit Suisse – Investment Banking division. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, he has established Industry award winning QA Engineering practices across Equities, Fixed Income, FX, Risk and Trading technologies IT.
Joel Montvelisky is a Co-Founder and Chief Solution Architect at PractiTest. Joel has been in testing and QA since 1997, working as a tester, QA Manager and Director, and Consultant for companies in Israel, the US, and the EU. Joel is a Forbes council member, and a blogger and is constantly imparting webinars on a number of testing and Quality Related topics. In addition, Joel is the founder and Chair of the OnlineTestConf, the co-founder of the State of Testing survey and report, and a Director at the Association of Software Testing.
Visionary and goal-oriented IT Test Architect (QA Process and Tools) with demonstrated experience in Implementation of Test Tools enterprise wide for adoption including training Global SAP FSRI implementation Test Manager. Currently responsible for managing the Test Process to align with NYL SDLC and Test Tools for Test Management, Automation and Performance Testing.
Adam Satterfield is Sr Director of Engineering Enablement at Global Payments and has been in the software testing industry for 20 years. He has a wide industrial background, having worked in the military, SaaS, telecoms, mobile, healthcare and finance. Adam enjoys leading and mentoring quality assurance teams as well as teaching testers how to find their inner testing star. He has spoken at multiple conferences internationally and in the US and authored blog posts related to automation, DevSecOps and testing leadership. Currently, Adam is working at Global Payments to lead Test Engineering and DevSecOps to drive best practices across multiple projects and modernization initiatives. He is also working on innovations within test engineering, Cloud CI/CD and AI/ML.
Matthew Crabbe, CEO and Founder – QA Media
Speaker: Stephen Ramey, VP Cyber Risk Engineer, Sompo International
Stephen will review how Sompo has evolved its cyber risk insurance products in the wake of the President's 2021 executive order on cybersecurity, recent high-profile vulnerabilities including Log4j and the Microsoft Exchange Zero Day vulnerabilities, and how financial firms can best embed security into their DevOps platforms and processes. These major cybersecurity events generate countless data points that can be aggregated, analyzed, and interpreted to assess the maturity of cybersecurity practices within an organization or as an industry whole. Structuring the information is critical to the successful detection of trends and improvement of cybersecurity practices.
Speaker: Ramkumar Ayyadurai, Director, Engineering Productivity and DevOps, Equities, Prime Service and Futures, Citi
All large financial enterprises face a similar challenge as they modernize their legacy stack; how to build a scalable and reliable application in the distributed cloud infrastructure and microservices world.
Standard software and performance testing is not enough to meet these demands, particularly when it comes to finding the "unknown unknowns" in software risk management across the thousands of apps large firms typically have to manage.
Ram believes that chaos engineering could be a big part of the answer to these questions. He'll provide a general introduction to chaos engineering, and share his experience of how teams can integrate chaos engineering into their SDLC and manage a “mindset shift” across development and production support in their organization for improving reliability. He will dive deeper into how Citi's chaos engineering platform works, using the example of chaos testing for low latency trading and payment platforms. He'll cover tests for different layers of app complexity (the application, the network and the infrastructure), and how you can automatically create and automate chaos testing scenarios based on your systems design.
• Kannan Kuppuswamy, Corporate Vice President, New York Life Insurance
• Joel Montvelisky, Co-Founder and Chief Solution Architect, PractiTest
We'll be discussing two key, interlocking, trends. Financial firms are consolidating their test tooling for cost and efficiency reasons. They are also responding to the broader challenge of establishing new standards for enterprise IT risk management and digital resilience. Our panelists will cover tooling and platform decisions they are making, with a focus on release orchestration and the development of test centers of excellence (TCoEs) that enable leading insurance companies such as New York Life to facilitate reporting of key data for internal risk management and audit requirements. Separately, we'll also be discussing how the consolidation of your test automation toolkit can facilitate regulatory external reporting requirements as supervisors increase their scrutiny of how leading firms are benchmarking their digital resilience. The aim of this session is to provide you with some fresh ideas on how you can manage your QA and testing technology assets effectively.
• How firms are leveraging Cloud for high-performance architectures: virtualization and microservices.
• Creating a "center of excellence" for new automation technologies
• How microservices, Cloud and container technologies are changing the landscape of trading software development and increasing the potential for deep observability.
• How to monitor complex architectures
• How financial firms are creating enterprise standards for software quality management
• How regulators are increasing their scrutiny of software risk management
• Towards enterprise and market benchmarks for software quality
• Tools for value stream management and sharing best practice
• Automated testing chat bots for bias
• Testing apps for complex, low-latency markets
• Creating the Five Star mobile app experience
• The business opportunities in better accessibility testing
Speaker: Adam Satterfield, Senior Director, Engineering Enablement, Global Payments
Global Payments is a Fortune 500 company that provides payments technology platforms to merchants and their customers. This case study illustrates how firms can adapt their existing practices for maximum leverage at minimum disruption and cost. Adam will describe how his team is automating and testing Global Payments' processes for compliance with Payment and Card Industry (PCI) standards, which require an audit of all changes to applications. He'll explain how a massive manual undertaking has been transformed with a Cloud-based automation framework and how success has been benchmarked in terms of increased profitability, cost savings and app optimization. Automation also means shifting security testing left, and Adam will be sharing his insights on DevSecOps and on how complex requirements can be simplified.