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.
Bala Mukund is a Director of Technology for Charles Schwab with over 15 years of experience in managing, designing, and building enterprise level applications ranging from finance, sales, marketing, and banking systems. In the current role, Bala is the Technology Director and Solutions Architect for the Intelligent Portfolios platform – which provides automated investment advice. Bala worked closely with the IP technology teams to establish best development and quality automation practices leading to improved quality and delivery. Prior to joining Charles Schwab in 2015, Bala was a Technology Director at Morningstar and VP at Nationwide, in Chicago.
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.
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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
Speakers: Bala Mukund, Director of Technology & Michael Schober, Managing Director, Technology - Charles Schwab
Charles Schwab transformed the quality assurance process for its Intelligent Portfolios robo-advisory platform product team by adopting a “shift left” continuous testing approach and validating quality through automation. In this presentation, Michael Schober and Bala Mukund will detail how they led this transformation of Schwab’s Wealth Management Technology team with the help of automated continuous testing. Delegates will learn how to streamline the software development process, practical processes for implementing continuous testing and how to reshape the DevOps culture to better meet customer needs and expectations.
There are several reasons large financial firms are looking to establish consistent code and app quality standards across the enterprise. To disseminate best technical practice, taking advantage of new methodologies, such as value stream management, and new software development platforms. Increasingly, also, to demonstrate best practice in compliance, as regulators and supervisors increasingly focus on operational resilience and IT risk management. Our speaker from a leading UK bank explains how it has developed software quality standards and dashboards for firm-wide dashboards and scorecards.
For financial institutions, 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. Join our speaker to hear how financial firms are driving the digital experience, from infrastructure up, utilising self-service automation to transform their lab and accelerate innovation.
Vicki Jackson, Head of Delivery Platforms - Deutsche Bank
DevOps and Agile are widely recognised as keys to better quality assurance and testing, but one size does not fit all. Our experts will share the successes, challenges and obstacles on their DevOps journeys. We will also touch on DevSecOps - how and why it is important that security should be embedded into the SDLC.
Speaker: Paul Trotter, Deputy CTO - Atom Bank
Managing the transition to the cloud - and ensuring apps are ready for that move - remains a key challenge for financial firms, large and small. Paul Trotter will discuss why Atom Bank took the decision to not launch straight to the cloud in 2016, and why it has waited until now to make the change in tandem with the launch of a new mobile app to complement the move. Paul will detail how Atom is now using the cloud as its platform for CI/CD, and how it is optimised.
This session will discuss the demands of the new open banking landscape, and also the Basel-driven shift from a world of risk modeling to one of real-time risk reporting. The discussion will focus on key technologies for testing APIs, with particular emphasis on containerization and virtualization. As capital markets firms are increasingly looking to link their trading desks, in real-time, to their risk engines trading and risk systems will be upgraded accordingly. Our panellists will discuss the key challenges in testing that multiple data streams are being rendered accurately in these systems and dashboards of both traders and risk managers.
How do firms ensure more effective testing, and not just faster testing? This session will explore different testing methodologies and tools. It will also discuss the building blocks of continuous testing: from test creation to test analytics, in particular the key challenge of test environment management. We will cover the data requirements of the latest automation technologies, including artificial intelligence, and the impact of GDPR requirements on test data management, in particular the growing use of virtualization and containerization.
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.
Giorgos Ampavis, Head of Mobile and Web Engineering - Tide
Better UX is the key to winning market share. This panel session will cover testing options including traditional test farms, cloud-based cross-browser test and also crowd testing. Mindful of planned EU legislation, we will also touch on technologies for testing accessibility for customers with handicaps. And we’ll be asking: how will customers be defining a five-star app experience in 12 months time?
Financial firms they have big decisions to make about how they manage software risk and compliance requirements. This is especially true of decisions around the out-sourcing of code development and testing and also the use of open-source and third-party components. This session will discuss embedding regulatory compliance into outsourcing decisions, how to bench-mark code quality, security and risk, and consider new models for managing off-shoring.
Speaker: Vasiliy Malychev, UK Mobile Lead - Google
Voice technologies are a key priority for financial firms, both for customer-facing and internal apps. Vasiliy will discuss some cases of financial firms among Google’s client base, that have successfully - and less successfully - implemented voice technologies. How are technologies for testing AI outputs evolving, and how can firms avoid the pitfall of bias?