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.
Mike Schober is a Managing Director in Technology at Charles Schwab leading the software development and delivery of Schwab Intelligent Portfolios an innovative automated investing platform. Prior to Schwab he worked at large companies and startups with a personal driving force to deliver new and emerging technology solutions, including one of the first internet payment systems, an early one-click shopping experience, a first of its kind internet payment chip enabled credit card, and more. Mike has a passion for leading edge industry changing technology innovations and takes pride in delivering solutions that improve individual’s experiences and lives.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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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
Justyn Trenner, Director & Head of QA Vector® Research - QA Media
Michael Schober, Managing Director, Technology - Charles Schwab
This keynote session is unmissable for anyone who needs to present the business case for investment in software automation. Charles Schwab has been at the forefront of innovation in personal wealth management, and Michael Schober has led the transformation of software quality assurance for Schwab’s Intelligent Portfolios robo-advisory platform over recent years. Mike will describe how his team delivered “shift left” continuous testing and validated quality through automation. He will describe not only how the creation of a DevOps culture has helped Schwab deliver new and better customer services – an area in which it is a true market leader – but also how its investment in new technologies has delivered a substantial and quantifiable ROI.
Maya Ber Lerner, CTO - Quali
[Joined by a representative of a leading global bank TBC]
Most financial firms recognise that the future lies in effective management of vastly increased volumes of data – including test data – in the Cloud. This session will feature experts from Quali, a cloud sandboxing specialist – and a leading global bank that has created its own “QA lab” for testing on demand. Re-inventing the digital experience requires incorporating, testing, and certifying new technologies. But doing so while maintaining control and compliance can take weeks, stifling innovation. In this session you will learn how a leading financial firm is driving development of the digital experience, from infrastructure up, utilising self-service automation to transform its ability to innovate.
Edson Ferreira, Head of Engineering (Digital Platforms) - Lloyds Banking Group
Wendy Ng, DevSecOps Director - Experian
Greg Gigon, Head of Software Engineering - Direct Line (TBC)
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?
Iosif Itkin, co-founder and co-CEO, Exactpro Systems
[Joined by a special guest]
Exactpro Systems is a specialist in automated software testing for complex financial firms and markets. In this session, Exactpro will host a discussion on the challenges of constructing and testing distributed ledgers and smart contracts for both the back office and clearing functions, as well as for low latency, high volume markets. The obvious opportunity is to build automation into the architecture from the very outset. The challenge is how to coordinate standards and processes across the network. Iosif Itkin will lead this discussion on how software technologies are shaping the future of finance.
Moderator: Eran Kinsbruner, Chief Evangelist and author - Perfecto
Giorgos Ampavis, Head of Mobile and Web Engineering - Tide
Chris Thompson, Global Head of Movile - Aviva
Capital One (TBC)
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.
Paul Downing, Head of Service Virtualization and Data - Barclays
In conversation with Christine Bentsen, Head of Continuous Testing Product Marketing - Broadcom
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.
Robin Allport, Application Architect - Comparethemarket
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?
An October 2019 survey by BoE and FCA found that machine learning (ML) in financial organisations has already passed an initial development phase, and the usage of live ML applications is about to dramatically increase over the next three years. Our panellists will talk about how ML, AI, and other technologies are being implemented at their firms, and - more importantly - how the outputs of AI are being tested. They will also discuss how compliance and regulation affect the implementation of new technologies.
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 transition programme. This session will explain how Rich set out to reduce costs and improve app delivery by modernising testing, and how his team benchmarked its success in terms of continuous delivery and quality. The presentation will cover the decisions Rich made on tooling for automation and service virtualization, and how they developed non-functional test engineering as a centralised service (including performance and security testing). It will also discuss how his team chose its strategic partners and made decisions on onshore and offshore resources.
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?
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.