Under the cloud of sequestration, IT contractors face the challenge of delivering large, highly complex software systems for the government and its agencies with increasingly limited resources. We are expected to maintain the same high standards while budgets tighten. The mission-critical nature of government software systems, including those for the Department of Defense, leaves no room for error. To keep up with the demands inherent in building systems of this size and complexity, we must find ways to streamline processes. One area ripe for re-evaluation is software testing, which now consumes more than 50 percent of the resources, both in cost and time, of most development schedules. In his keynote address, Bernie will discuss how traditional testing of complex systems is labor intensive, time consuming, and limited. Instead, new technologies in the form of automated software testing (AST) are available and must be embraced.
- Software testing challenges in a reduced budget climate
- Current software testing methods are outdated, new approaches must embraced
- New software testing approaches
Keynote Speaker: Bernie Gauf, Innovative Defense Technologies, LLC
Bernie Gauf has more than twenty years of experience leading the design, development and delivery of innovative technologies for defense industry customers. As the CEO of Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT), Mr. Gauf directs the company’s efforts to develop automated software testing solutions, including Automated Test and Re-Test (ATRT), IDT’s pioneering product suite. Mr. Gauf is co-author of the book Implementing Automated Software Testing (Addison-Wesley, 2009). He has written numerous articles and speaks frequently on software development and testing. Prior to IDT, Bernie was a founder and the President of Digital System Resources, Inc. (DSR), a system integration and software company. DSR became one of the top 100 largest prime DoD contractors for RDT&E and was acquired by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GD-AIS) in 2003.