There simply is no other event in 2020 that will attract as many executives working in software architecture, DevOps and digital transformation at leading financial firms in the UK.
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.
Daniel is an Executive Director and Head of Marcus UK Architecture at Goldman Sachs currently leading system architecture of Marcus UK by Goldman Sachs. He is also responsible for the global Marcus strategy of service API design focusing on standardisation, service-to-service integration and innovation. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, for over 15 years Daniel had been successfully creating and delivering banking, payments and financial compliance platforms for other financial institutions including RBS Group, Thomson Reuters and Worldpay. Daniel is passionate about cloud adoption, API and microservice architecture best practices and software engineering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mikes early career was spent as an entrepreneur, starting, building and then selling on businesses, by the time he was 25, he had already sold two successful businesses, firstly in property and then in catering and he was about to embark on his biggest challenge, trading in the former soviet union state of Kazakhstan. After a successful 5 years building the business, including learning a second language, in the year 2000, it was time for a new challenge, mainly driven by his wife’s career move to the UK. A career change beckoned and given he had always had a passion for technology, he decided the then emerging world of ‘IT’ was where he wanted to apply himself. Firstly in the TCAD arena of semiconductor simulation software, before moving into the world of website performance some 16 years ago, where he has been ever since. Mike has been involved with some of the UKs largest online projects, such as the launch of Direct Gov in 2004, the Launch of New Looks ecommerce channel in 2007, the launch of Harry Potters site Pottermore in 2012 and helping Nexts large UK online sales events go without a glitch for the past 13 years, to name just a few.
Jordan has nearly 30 years’ experience as a Test and QA professional, across a number of different organisations in both the public and private sectors. More than 20 years of that time have been in leadership roles, with the last 5 spent at the Bank of England. During that time he has built the Test Practice out across all of the Bank’s business areas and expanded its remit to cover Test Enablement and Release Management. In 2017, the focus on this work moved to evolving testing towards QA and driving best practice into the area to meet the specific challenges presented by regulatory change and the ever increasing need for more, better and newer data and data analysis.
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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.
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
Speaker: Daniel Kuras, Head of Marcus UK Architecture - Goldman Sachs
Contract Driven Architecture summarises the strategy and design philosophy the Marcus UK Engineering team has adopted during the journey of building Marcus by Goldman Sachs for the UK market. It combines set principles, industry standards and design patterns at the same time as being driven by innovation, time to market reduction and platform stability and performance.
Moderator: Antony Edwards, COO - Eggplant
Edson Ferreira, Head of Engineering (Digital Platforms) - Lloyds Banking Group
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: Yvette Berman, Director - Head of Market Risk QA and Release Management - Deutsche Bank
In conversation with Matthew Crabbe, CEO of QA Media
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: Iosif Itkin, co-founder and co-CEO - Exactpro
Speaker: Paul Downing, Head of Service Virtualization and Data - Barclays
In conversation with Matthew Crabbe, CEO of QA Media
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.
Moderator: Mike Smith, Head of Sales UK & Ireland - Neotys
Robin Allport, Application Architect - Comparethemarket
Performance and load testing remain — 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, and that users can leave if the site performs slowly. 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 performance testing. Just as importantly — when are performance or load testing not required?
Speaker: Jordan Daniel, Domain Lead – Digital Assurance & Productivity - Bank of England
In conversation with Justyn Trenner, Director QA Media Ltd. and Head of QA Vector Research - QA Media
Good software quality is essential, but how do we know what is good enough, the right amount of effort to spend on quality? And how do we compare across application types, development methodologies and institutions? Jordan Daniel, the Bank of England's Domain Lead for Digital Assurance & Productivity will discuss with Justyn Trenner the challenge and an approach to solving this problem.
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.
Most financial firms measure their cost and the effort they invest in quality assurance but they find it challenging to measure returns. In this session, we will organise each table to discuss this core challenge for 10 minutes, and a moderator for each one will report back to the room to share and debate the insights produced.
Speaker: Maya Ber Lerner, CTO - Quali
To achieve speed and capture more defects, you invest in test automation. However, there’s one barrier keeping you from optimising the RoI — you cannot trust your test environments. Provisioning test environments is a time-consuming, complex and mostly manual process that takes the automation out of test automation, and often results in mis-configuration and incorrect data sets. To achieve continuous testing and successful automation at scale, Maya Ber Lerner will explain how QA teams can access automated production-like environments they can trust and achieve true continuous testing across value stream.
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 they have ensured 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.
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.
Paul Downing walks us through how this transformation impacted quality processes and the testing organisation, and shares best practices and lessons learned.
To achieve speed and capture more defects, you invest in test automation. However, there’s one barrier keeping you from optimising the RoI — you cannot trust your test environments.
Iosif Iktin, the CEO and co-founder of Exactpro walk us through software testing for R3 Corda Blockchain.