EXPO Talks

If you are looking to learn more about specific products and services showcased by EXPO exhibitors, then the EXPO Talks are designed for you! Starting on Wednesday afternoon and ending with the EXPO Reception, these Talks are short 30-minute sessions featuring innovative product demos or service presentations. You will have the chance to talk with exhibitor representatives and have your questions answered away from the busy EXPO booths. The EXPO Talks are a convenient one-stop-shopping to learn the latest about products and services.


Global Performance Testing Trends

Wednesday, April 17, 2013: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Speaker: Jeff Schmidt, SQS USA

The IT industry is changing, but reports of the death of the software testing discipline have been greatly exaggerated. The Cloud, mobile computing, offshoring and virtualization all promise to have a significant impact on the performance of your applications. Software testing professionals can prepare themselves for the future, adapt to changes, and succeed in an increasingly competitive market. Jeff will highlight how these trends and new technologies are impacting the software testing industry and discuss what this means for the performance tester.

QAI Global Institute

Creating a Systematic Workforce Transformation in Software Testing

Wednesday, April 17, 2013: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Speaker: Pradeep Chennavajhula, QAI Global Institute

Organizations are constantly aligning to the changing needs, and it becomes imperative to align their available skills and build new skills to realize the business opportunities. Leveraging its experience with many multinational clients, QAI has created a unique Role Based Competency Framework for helping its clients in identifying the skill gaps in the roles and also in supporting a structured and systematic transformation for their clients. In this presentation, QAI provides a demonstration of how systematic workforce transformation was enabled in their clients using its proprietary competency framework, blended learning interventions. Each organization attending the EXPO talk will be provided individual one-on-one sessions to see how this can be put to use in their organization.

Borland - a Micro Focus Company

The Future of Requirements Definition & Management

Wednesday, April 17, 2013: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Speaker: Bryan Fangman, Borland – a Micro Focus Company

Delivering quality software begins with clear and agreed to requirements. Working from requirements that are “well formed” early in the project lifecycle will significantly reduce the frequency of defects and clearly identify testing scope. Visualizations (such as storyboards and interactive simulations) ensure requirements are understood and provide a model for creation of test cases. If your organization has embraced Agile development methodologies, you must be prepared to find the balance between large sets of formal requirements and less formal Agile user stories. This presentation will explore some of the challenges affecting requirements definition and offer techniques to meet these challenges with success.

QUEST 2013 Exhibitor: Grid-Tools

Inject Quality into Testing by Building a Complete Test Data Management Strategy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Speaker: Huw Price, Grid Tools

Huw Price will discuss how to build a complete test data management strategy for provisioning high quality, ‘fit for purpose’ test data to the right place, at the right time. Huw will introduce the concept of a Test Data Warehouse as a central location in which high quality data can be designed, created, enhanced, stored, re-used and shared between teams in parallel. He will also illustrate how coverage techniques, such as cause-and-effect graphing and logical modelling, in conjunction with synthetic data generation, can be used to improve your functional coverage.

QUEST 2013 Exhibitor: Xyon

Test Management with Ozone

Wednesday, April 17, 2013: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Speaker: Twinkle Amin, Xyon

Manage your testing projects more efficiently and effectively than ever with Ozone – A turnkey open ended solution for process automation and workflow customization. If you can dream a process, you can automate it using Ozone. In as little as a day build your own module for managing Requirements, Defects, Test Cases, Issues, Risks, Change/Work Requests and many more – all without a single line of code and exactly match your specific processes. Very intuitive and requires no technical knowledge to implement or customize. It is a single tool that supports many processes and a must have tool for IT shops.

QUEST 2013 Exhibitor: Tulkita

Optimize your Testing

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Speaker: James Campbell, Tulkita

Testing & Quality is not immune to the pressures facing IT related to cost savings, speed to market and business value. Where do you start? Focusing on the ‘critical few’ activities to improve your testing effectiveness is challenging, often resulting in failed attempts to show improvement or quantifiable gains. Tulkita’s IT Optimization Assessment Toolkit provides an assessment framework to assess your current capabilities, pinpoint improvements, & articulate IT & Business value, all within our easy-to-use tool. Optimize your Test Practice, Test Automation, Performance Testing, Agile Delivery & more. Our 25+ years of hands-on testing and IT leadership experience have been incorporated into the toolkit, saving you time and money. Learn how you can complete your assessment today – it only takes 48 hours!


APIs Gone Wild: Take Control with Service Virtualization

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Speaker: Wayne Ariola, Parasoft

Virtually any business application developed today embraces external APIs. As the number of external APIs integrated into a business process increases, so do the potential points of failure. The business impact of any application failure is the same, regardless of whether the fault lies within the components you developed or the APIs you have consumed. Learn how service virtualization and simulated test environments enable organizations to cut dependencies on external APIs so that functional and performance testing teams can exercise complete end-to-end transactions across modern applications as early and frequently as required.

Telerik Inc.

Learn to Scoff at Brittle UI Automated Tests

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Speaker: Jim Holmes, Telerik

Are you pulling your hair out over intermittently failing User Interface automated tests? Attend this session and learn practical tips for dealing with many of the common challenges for UI testing. You’ll learn when to call out to your UI developers for help, and where you’ll have to work with what they give you. Discover how to use XPath for creating flexible locators when you can’t work with ID values. See rock-solid approaches to handling asynchronous UI updates from AJAX or Jquery. You’ll also find ways to easily deal with table-based data. Demonstrations will be in C# using WebDriver and Telerik’s Test Studio; however, the fundamental concepts apply to all UI toolsets.

QUEST 2013 Exhibitor: Utopia Solutions

Is Your Test Lab Immobile?

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Speaker: Brad Johnson, SOASTA/Utopia Solutions

Mobile development moves fast. Testing mobile apps requires validation on real, always-available devices and automation frameworks that are stable and continuous. Period. In this session, Brad Johnson will show you how mobile dev and test teams are solving this issue with his mobile lab in a suitcase. He’ll also explain how continuous integration and reliable automation compresses days or weeks of manual mobile testing into hours of automated mobile assurance.

Mobile Labs

Bringing Order to Chaos: Mobile App Testing with an Internal Device Cloud

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Speaker: Dan McFall, Mobile Labs

The mobile devices used for app testing often go missing. Left in a conference room. Accidentally taken on vacation. Misplaced in a drawer that’s now locked. When devices are MIA, it’s nothing short of chaotic for you and your testers. Not to mention it negatively impacts your team’s timeline, budget and productivity levels. This session will discuss how second-generation mobile app testing tools coupled with mobile device lab management (“MDLM”) via an internal device cloud enable enterprise IT to effectively and securely manage mobile devices, apps, tester access and tester activity. Bringing order to chaos.

Keynote's DeviceAnywhere

Mobile Testing in the Cloud: Best Practices for Enterprise QA

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Speaker: Mark Shipley, Keynote DeviceAnywhere

Some of the top challenges of developing and deploying mobile apps and websites include managing many different devices, supporting multiple operating systems, and integrating the right set of testing tools. While many companies are aggressively figuring out how to monetize their mobile channels, those tasked with quality assurance need to support these efforts for all types of devices, and in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Join us in this session to learn how leading enterprises are approaching their testing challenges and have integrated mobile into their existing test plans. You will learn why mobile requires a unique approach and how cloud-based solutions can improve the quality of your testing, reduce your time to market, and work within your current testing budget. We’ll also examine techniques for integrating the testing tools you may already have such as HP QuickTest Pro, IBM Rational, and others with cloud-based solutions to get more out of the investment you’ve already made.

Hexaware Technologies

End-to-End Testing of a Mobile Financial Business Application in an Agile Model

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Speaker: Vinayak Gaur, Hexaware

With the drive to accentuate business by enabling mobility to external and enterprise applications, it’s imperative that the Mobile Testing Strategy is aligned with business objectives for better return on investments. The expectation to incorporate efficiency in testing without compromising quality and user experience must be the underlying characteristic while formulating a robust Test Strategy. Testing should encompass various levels of validation before releasing to the internal or external user base. This becomes rather challenging with the Agile implementation model. Mapping critical testing imperatives to various phases of the delivery could be overwhelming. Hexaware has helped formulate a comprehensive Mobile Testing Strategy for a Financial Client for the implementation of an iPad based private Banking Application. This talk elaborates on the Approach and Methodology used to effectively deliver QA services mapped to the business objectives.

QUEST 2013 Exhibitor: TAP Group

Switching from Spreadsheets to Microsoft Test Manager – Easily and Affordably

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Speaker: Sandra Frychel, TAP Group

Do you know which testing tool is most frequently used today for test cases and defects? Surprisingly, it’s not HP Quality Center or open source tools – it’s spreadsheets! Popular third party testing tools can be price prohibited and open source tools may lack functionality or company acceptance. Microsoft’s Test Manager (MTM) is a viable testing tool alternative for manual functional testing, exploratory testing, and test automation. We will demo how easy it is to perform manual testing including setting up a test plan with test suites, writing test cases, linking test cases to user stories, executing test cases, passing, failing, or blocking test steps, recording defects linked to test cases, and reporting testing metrics. We’ll touch upon features such as shared steps, attaching documentation, and managing multiple configurations under test. Come join us and experience testing without spreadsheets for manual testing.

QUEST 2013 Exhibitor: David Consulting Group

Quality Models and Agile: Friend or Foe?

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Speaker: Pat Eglin, David Consulting Group

With the ever increasing usage of Agile methodologies to complete projects, the question of whether quality models such as CMMI and ISO remain relevant is also increasing. To many, the word Agile immediately sparks the thought “WooHoo, no more of that process junk.” But is that really the case, and if so, is it wise? During the Quality Models and Agile; Friend or Foe? Expo session we will use real examples of Agile implementations to discuss the relevance and importance of quality models in an Agile world.