Join us at the leading forum for professionals working in quality assurance and testing for software at banks, insurance and asset management companies. Featuring in-depth coverage on technologies for automation and continuous app delivery, including artificial intelligence.
Maya Ber Lerner joined Quali in 2007 and serves as Vice-President of Product Management. Prior to this role, Maya served in a variety of key management roles including systems engineering and sales. In her sales management roles, Maya was VP of International Sales, Director of Channel Development as well as Director of Asia-Pacific Sales. Prior to Quali, Maya held technical roles at Amdocs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Biomedical engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Antony is a proven product and technology leader with extensive experience in enterprise software and mobile computing. Prior to Eggplant, Antony served as CTO of The Global Draw Group—a leading supplier of networked gaming products, which includes subsidiaries Barcrest and Games Media. Antony also served as a member of the Executive Team and EVP of Ecosystem and Technical Services at mobile operating system specialist Symbian. While at Symbian, Antony was a founder of the Symbian open-source foundation. Prior to this, Antony held a position with IBM Research in New York, where he made several contributions to the development of the Linux kernel, with a particular focus on security.
Edson Ferreira is a Technology Leader and Cloud Architecture enthusiast, passionate about Servant Leadership and building high-performance Engineering Teams. He is the Head Of Engineering for the Digital Platforms Team at Lloyds Banking Group and is helping to deliver a £3bn Digital Transformation project.
Wendy is DevSecOps Director within the Enterprise Architecture office at Experian, where she guides deelopment teams to integrte security principles into the software development cycle. Providing oversight and support through tooling to ensure quality code which addresses business and security goals, she works cosely with the company's development teams to ensure minimally-frictional integration of secure design and secure coding principles into the source code. Wendy has a background in infrastructure and security architecture design. She completed her scientific doctoral studies at the University of Oxford and has made contributions to the scientific community through peer-reviewed publications. She is keen to share her experience and expertise across the wider cyber community, addressing key challenges within the security industry through her blogs.
Greg is leading Software Engineering Teams in Direct Line Group. He is responsible for strategy and practices, tooling and ways of working. His experience and knowledge help to align Software Engineers and Business Stakeholders on the Customer-focused outcomes. His mission is to enable Direct Line to build secure, performant and cost-effective software at a high pace.
Julie is an Executive Director at JPMorgan with over 20 years experience in technology in the financial sector. Julie has held a variety of roles across Technology Infrastructure and Application Development as a developer, architect & engineering lead. Her current areas of focus are application resiliency and availability as well as dev modernisation and transformation.
Iosif is co-founder and co-CEO of Exactpro, a specialist firm focused on functional and non-functional testing for market infrastructures. Founded in 2009 with ten core specialists on board, Exactpro now employs over 550 specialists. In May 2015 - January 2018, Exactpro was part of the Technology Services division of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). In January 2018, the founders of Exactpro completed a management buyout from LSEG. Iosif manages business development and research in the field of high-load trading systems reliability. He is actively involved in delivering strategic software testing initiatives. Iosif has organized several industry conferences, including EXTENT - Software Testing and Trading Technology Trends Conference. He frequently speaks at worldwide FinTech events. Iosif started his professional career in 2000 as a software engineer in a US-based software development company. For seven years, he worked as a Team Lead and a Technology Architect on projects for a number of US companies. In 2006, Iosif joined a company providing QA services in the financial sector. His extensive software development experience helped him to establish a Performance Testing Department specialising in testing high load trading systems. As a Technical Lead, Iosif was responsible for developing testing tools and implementing technical solutions for a number of leading exchanges and global investment banks. Iosif also has experience managing a consulting practice with a focus on advanced execution systems. As VP of Technology, he was responsible for implementing testing solutions on a number of complex projects for customers worldwide.
Moray started his career as a research physicist working in the fields of molecular electronics, space physics, and artificial intelligence. Industry roles included one year at ESA as a spacecraft engineer; ten years at complex event processing vendor Apama, building and managing the test and solutions engineering teams; and six years at two investment banks as a senior FX algo developer. Prior to joining R3 Moray built out the test, data and platform engineering functions at Audio Analytic, creating the world’s largest primary sourced data platform for the machine learning of sounds.
Eran Kinsbruner is the chief evangelist at Perfecto (a Perforce company) and the author of ‘The Digital Quality Handbook’ and ‘Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals’, as well as a monthly columnist at the Enterprisers Project. He is a software engineering professional with nearly twenty years of experience at companies such as Matrix, Sun Microsystems, General Electric, Texas Instruments and NeuStar. He holds various industry certifications from ISTQB, CMMI, and others. Eran is a recognized mobile and web testing influencer and thought leader, as well as an experienced speaker in the major software engineering conferences. He is also a patent-holding inventor for a test exclusion automated mechanism for mobile J2ME testing, public speaker, researcher, and blogger. He can be found all over social media, including on Facebook, Twitter (@ek121268), LinkedIn, and his professional continuous testing blog – http://continuoustesting.blog
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Chris joined Aviva in 2017 to improve the presence and capabilities of mobile as a viable insurance channel and created a dedicated Mobile team. Chris also leads the aviva.co.uk and Aviva.com teams. His focus is on creating engaging customer journeys through both channels and championing innovation. Prior to these roles, Chris has lead mobile and web teams across a number of media businesses, including the BBC and has built and released his own successful mobile apps.
Robbie has been heading up Mobile Quality Engineering at Capital One since 2014. He is an experienced and passionate Quality Engineering leader, with great leadership skills, proven record of agile delivery, love for all things around CI/CD and test automation. Focused on the delivery of great customer centric products through continually learning, inspiring his team and growing the people around him.
Christine Bentsen leads Continuous Testing and APIM Product Marketing at Broadcom. In this role, she is responsible for several products and solutions spanning the CT and APIM space, including DevOps go to market. Prior to Broadcom and CA, Christine spent 5 years at SolarWinds as a product manager and product marketer. She has also worked at several startups, including her own design and development firm, and has 25+ years of experience in technology. She holds an M. Phil from the University of Stirling, Scotland and an MBA from the University of Texas.
Paul has over 30 years IT experience in the finance industry in both Build the Bank and Run the Bank roles, having led complex, global, multi-partner teams across a variety of technical platforms. Paul Is currently accountable for the implementation of Service Virtualisation across Barclays. He is a change agent who drives the adoption of new technologies through building deep relationships across the business. His focus is on reducing time to market by simplifying the pre-production estate and removing the need for multiple end-to-end dev & test environments.
Paul has worked with Atom since 2015 and was Head of Change prior to his current role of Deputy CTO. Paul is accountable for the strategic planning and implementation of all Change across the Bank, through the management of Studio, Change, Test, Service Delivery, and DevOps. With over 20 years of strategic IT Programme Management experience in roles at Accenture, Capco and FIS, Paul brings wide ranging knowledge and expertise on critical success factors for leading multifaceted teams through large scale business and IT systems change across the insurance and banking sector.
Robin Allport is Application Architect for the Marketing IT team at Compare The Market. With over 20 years in the industry, Robin has become a specialist in performance and optimisation of high traffic, consumer websites.
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Yvette has over 30 years’ experience across financial risk technology, which includes working at 3 Investment Banks including Deutsche Bank and a specialist consulting firm. She has spent the last 24 years specialising in QA and Testing and the last 11 years of that with Deutsche Bank. During that time she has built out QA functions across Deutsche Bank’s Risk Systems and has been a key influencer in defining, shaping and implementing the banks QA practices across Risk platforms. With a strong focus on regulation across the Bank, in the past 5 years Yvette’s focus has been on building the QA and Testing, and Release Management capability across Market and Counterparty Credit Risk.
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Vasiliy is a Mobile Lead in the UK and has been at Google for over 5 years. Prior to the UK, he worked as a mobile product strategist at Google in Mountain View, California for 3 years. In his current role, he helps large businesses in the UK improve their mobile website performance by focusing on webpage speed, UX, and functionality. Vasiliy specialises in the Finance & Services vertical working with clients that range from banks to insurance companies to aggregators.
Matthew Crabbe, CEO and Founder – QA Media
There are several reasons large financial firms are looking to establish consistent testing and quality standards across the enterprise. Our keynote speaker will outline how a leading bank has set up testing for DevOps and how it has ensured the art of testing remains intact, while responding to new technologies. The presentation will also outline plans to continue to mature in terms of investment and adoption of automation technologies and processes.
Speaker: Maya Ber Lerner, CTO - Quali
To achieve speed and capture more defects, you and your team heavily invest in test automation. However, there’s one barrier keeping you from getting ROI on your test automation – you can’t trust your test environments. Provisioning test environments is time-consuming, complex, and mostly manual — taking the automation out of test automation, and often resulting in misconfiguration and incorrect data sets that wrecks any value you hoped to find in test automation. To achieve continuous testing and successful automation at scale, QA teams need access to automated production-like environments they can trust. Join this session to learn industry approaches to test environments, the advantages of dynamic test environments and how to achieve true continuous testing across value stream.
Moderator: Antony Edwards, COO - Eggplant
Edson Ferreira, Head of Engineering (Digital Platforms) - Lloyds Banking Group
Wendy Ng, DevSecOps Director - Experian
Greg Gigon, Head of Software Engineering - Direct Line
Julie Fraulo, Engineering Lead - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
DevOps and Agile are keys to better quality assurance and testing. But customer experience should ultimately define success. Our experts will discuss their firms’ approach to delivering better software, faster, and how they benchmark their progress in continuous testing. In particular, how can AI help identify software risk and enable a more holistic view of business process testing? How does QA differ for business critical apps? How does microservices technology affect your approach to QA? Ultimately: is it possible to have a single, firm-wide, benchmark for quality?
Speaker: Moray Grieve, Head of QA - R3
In conversation with Iosif Itkin, co-founder and co-CEO - Exactpro Systems
One of the key QA challenges for financial firms over coming years will be the testing of distributed ledger platforms and smart contracts. To unleash the potential of blockchain, the interoperability of large, heterogenous, networks of nodes connecting complex markets, has to be assured; and that is potentially a near-infinite challenge. State-of -the-art automated testing is the only answer. In this Q&A interview, QA Financial's Matthew Crabbe will be putting questions to Iosif Itkin, co-CEO of Exactpro Systems, the financial markets test automation specialist firm, and Moray Grieve, Head of QA at R3 which has launched the Corda open-source blockchain platform
Moderator: Eran Kinsbruner, Chief Evangelist and author - Perfecto
Giorgos Ampavis, Head of Mobile and Web Engineering - Tide
Chris Thompson, Global Head of Mobile - Aviva
Robbie Paschal, Quality Engineering Manager - Capital One
Better UX is the key to winning market share. But IT architects are faced with a growing range of development and QA platform choices. What are the metrics for decisions? This panel session will cover testing options ranging from traditional mobile app testing farms to cloud-based, cross-browser, testing farms. Our experts will cover test automation stabilisation for the dynamic mobile landscape across the plethora of test frameworks including Appium, Espresso, and XCUITest. Also on the agenda: best practices for mixing real devices and virtual platforms and the hot topic of accessibility testing to improve UX for customers with disabilities.
Speaker: Paul Downing, Head of Service Virtualization and Data - Barclays
In conversation with Christine Bentsen, Head of Continuous Testing Product Marketing - Broadcom
In the retail banking space, over 90% of customer journeys are now self-served through digital channels. Barclays continues to break new ground with innovation and new capabilities and has been on the forefront of successfully connecting the business and IT to transform to a customer-led business. Paul Downing walks us through how this transformation impacted quality processes and the testing organisation, and shares best practices and lessons learned.
Speaker: Justyn Trenner, Director QA Media Ltd. and Head of QA Vector Research - QA Media
An effective quality process architecture gets better software to market faster. But how do you prove this? And what are the risks and threats of not tracking the value achieved? Based on original QA VectorⓇ research, this session will identify the best practices for proving the value of QA to the business.
Speaker: Paul Trotter, Deputy CTO - Atom Bank
When Atom Bank launched in 2016, it decided not to build straight to the cloud. The cloud wasn’t ready for the technologies and capabilities that Atom wanted to employ. Paul will explain why now is the right time to move development and testing, and how it combined the move with the launch of a new mobile app. Paul will detail the key differences between building and testing in the cloud, including the tooling they have chosen to use and why. Finally he will describe how the move has impacted delivery timescales and what they key QA challenges have been along the way.
Moderator: Mike Smith, Head of Sales UK & Ireland - Neotys
Robin Allport, Application Architect - Comparethemarket
Tim Swallow, Head of Capacity Planning and Availability Management - Hargreaves Lansdown
Deutsche Bank (TBC)
Load testing remains – perhaps surprisingly – a critical challenge for even the largest firms. Banks are still learning the hard way that sites can suddenly crash due to unexpected loads. So what are the critical load events; how can they be forecast and mapped and what is the best practice in testing apps? Our panel offers their perspectives on the challenges financial firms face and the opportunity they have to improve QA with the cloud-based data and test environments that are dramatically improving the range of load testing. Just as importantly – when is load testing not required?
Speaker: Rich Jordan, Test Engineering Manager - Nationwide
How do you transform testing at scale in an enterprise? This was the challenge facing Nationwide, the world’s largest building society when it embarked on its digital transformation programme. This session will explain how Nationwide set out to reduce costs and accelerate delivery by modernising testing, and how its team benchmarked its success in terms of continuous delivery and quality. The presentation will cover the challenges Nationwide face, and strategies they’ve adopted to overcome them to achieve greater automation and a better understanding of quality.
Daad Abou Saleh, Managing Director - Head of Model Validation Department - Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd
Pierpaolo Montana, Group Chief Risk Officer - Mediobanca
Yvette Berman, Director - Head of Market Risk QA and Release Management - Deutsche Bank
Bank of America (TBC)
How are banks testing the systems and apps required for major regulatory change, such as FRTB and the IBOR transition? Regulators are pushing capital markets firms to link their trading desks, in real-time, to their risk engines and this means new challenges in testing. Is a sort of “Netflix for market and risk data” possible, providing streaming data for upgrades risk and trading systems? Are trading firms moving towards shared standards for test data for regulatory compliance, and perhaps even shared data sets? What exactly do the regulators want to see? And will these new quality standards for core applications widen the technology gap between the largest and the far larger number of smaller banks?
Speaker: Vasiliy Malychev, UK Mobile Lead - Google
Vasiliy will detail how AI is being applied at the leading edge of voice technologies, including some cases of financial firms among Google’s huge client base. Who has succeeded successfully implementing voice technologies and how have they ensure those technologies work effectively. How are technologies for testing AI outputs evolving, and how are firms avoiding the pitfalls of bias and selective confirmation? We will end the day with a discussion on what technologies customers will be asking for in 2021, and how robust those technologies will have to be.