TestExpo 2014 - Defining the Digital Testing Strategy
Date: 21 October 2014
Location: London

"As long as software exists, it will need to be tested" – whilst this well-known sentiment is true, technology and software are evolving rapidly with a move into a newer, increasingly digital landscape, where users are ruthless when it comes to quality, usability and performance, and companies are working harder than ever to innovate. To ensure testing continues to meet expectations it must also develop and continue to prove its value to the business.

TestExpo 2014 aims to consider the ways in which we might rethink our testing practices and incorporate new digital technologies into our testing plans to support the delivery of high quality digital applications.

This one-day conference will be structured around a series of themes, with keynote presentations and roundtable sessions where all participants can join in and discuss their own experiences, consider how the testing industry is progressing and find new ways to approach digital testing challenges.

Themes include:

  • Defining the digital testing strategy and considering which methods and tools will provide the right mechanisms for success: including Agile, Cloud, SOA, Automation and standardised processes
  • Incorporating new technologies and devices into testing plans: Feedback from social media and Big Data/analytics, and channels such as Mobile, Smart TV, and the Internet of Things
  • Budgets: How much of the testing budget should go into new channels and the need to prove the value of QA and focus on ROI
  • The Changing role of the tester: from technical testers to new skills, the role of new testers coming up into the market, and do testing certifications cater for new waves of applications and devices? Differentiating between ‘testing’ and ‘checking’ and Bug hunter vs. bug preventer

About TestExpo
TestExpo™ was launched initially in 1996 and has since become one of the biggest and most renowned software testing events in the UK. This year TestExpo will return to London on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

TestExpo is a one day conference that enables sharing of information and guidance on the hottest testing and Quality Assurance topics that impact today’s businesses. Over the years the event has grown into a highly valuable forum for debate, discussion and networking amongst a software testing and quality assurance professionals.

Historically the event has been hosted by Sogeti, but this last year Sogeti was thrilled to announce UNICOM’s involvement. UNICOM’s heritage as an event and conference organiser, and depth of specialist knowledge, through its own series of Next Generation Testing Conferences in this arena made UNICOM the ideal choice to co-host TestExpo.

REGISTRATION: http://www.testexpo.co.uk/


Agile Business Conference: Agile – The Next Frontier
Dates: 8th and 9th October 2014
Location: London

Organisational change is essential in today’s business climate where competitive pressures, changing customer needs, new technology, legislation, regulatory compliance and other business issues need to be addressed – fast.  Introducing and managing change to ensure that the organisational objectives are met relies on the commitment and buy-in of everyone involved throughout the organisation and this is often a challenging time for all concerned.

Our conference provides you with an opportunity to meet and engage with the experts and thought leaders who have implemented focused, efficient change programmes in a wide variety of industries.  Their experiences cut across all levels in both public and private sectors and above all they share a passion for the Agile approach to implementing change.

In the full two-day programme of presentations, workshops and interactive sessions, the emphasis will be on in-depth exploration of the topics, issues and challenges facing a wealth of organisations and individuals as they move beyond the initial implementation and strive to embrace and master Agile to achieve its full potential in any sector and in any culture.

Who should attend? CEOs, CIOs, IT Directors, Programme Managers, Project Managers, Product Managers, Change Leaders and Managers, Business Analysts, Team Leaders, PMO managers, Procurement Professionals and those interested in enterprise Agile and its governance.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the ABC 2014.

REGISTRATION: http://www.agileconference.org/registration-types/


Making Changes in Enterprise Architecture
Date: 20 November 2014
Location: London

The current difficult economic environment forces businesses to be as proactive as possible when it comes to implementing strategies, methods and frameworks that may strengthen their market position. In this context Enterprise Architecture could be a precious tool to achieve several business objectives, including efficient decision making and effective utilization of resources. However, it is important to be updated on the best tools and methods to ensure a successful implementation of Enterprise Architecture and its principles.

This event will provide an overview of changes and current best practices in Enterprise Architecture to help businesses make the most out of its potential.

REGISTRATION: http://www.entarchitecture.com/


DevOps Summit: Doing DevOps Right
Date: 20 November 2014
Location: London

DevOps is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology (IT) professionals and while there are many ways to define DevOps, the goal of the concept is to be able to deliver IT solutions faster, leveraging several technology tools to add value for business.

But adopting a new capability requires a plan that includes people, process, and technology. Although the name DevOps suggests development- and operations-based way of working, DevOps is an enterprise capability that includes stakeholders, business owners, architecture, design, development, quality assurance (QA), operations, security, partners, and suppliers. Excluding any stakeholder will lead to incomplete implementation of DevOps.

Changes need to be made, but it is difficult to go against the usual flow and investments too are also required.  But before you consider adopting new technology and methods, consider the challenges within your organization that that needs addressing.  The expert practitioners and thought leaders at this DevOps Summit will give help you to develop your business case and build the foundation towards getting significant return on investment. 

This one day programme is designed to connect a wide range of stakeholders and provide informational as well as and educational experience for all. This summit will engage not just existing DevOps pros, but also managers and executives like CIOs and CISOs, Dev and Ops managers, business leaders and architects. 

  • LEARN exactly why DevOps is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  • HEAR first-hand from industry experts how development and operations teams work together to make it easy to develop and upgrade applications and how to improve IT service delivery agility.
  • FIND OUT how the core values of collaboration, integration, and communication will allow enterprises to benefit from this new approach and how to improve collaboration between operations and development teams.
  • FIND OUT what works, what doesn't, and what's next

REGISTRATION: http://www.devopssummit.com/london-2014/


Real-Time Analytics: Making better, faster business decisions
Date: 27 November 2014
Location: London

Real-Time Analytics (RTA) helps organisations to gain immediate insights into their data, providing ultra-fast, flexible analytics of streaming data and enabling them to make better, faster business decisions.   While there is no doubt that business intelligence is fundamental to growing and managing a successful business, many organisations have not yet managed to use business analytics to optimise everyday business operations.  High velocity non-transactional (Big) Data is now being analysed and captured at scale in everyday business operations. The requirement and perspective of Big Data makes scalability imperative.  Therefore NoSQL DBMSs such as Cassandra and document databases are used to capture shopping cart data, clickstream data, markets data, sensor data and machine generated log data, all of which are new high value data sources available for analysis. Integrating traditional BI and big data operational analytics into business operations would move companies beyond traditional use business intelligence (BI) towards using operational BI and analytics for right-time business process optimisation. This conference addresses how to do this to create the ‘always on’ Smart Business.

Speakers at this conference focus on the rationale and the use cases for real-time analytics; its application in multiple sectors; and the challenges, the do’s and the don’ts of implementing these powerful new technologies and tools.

REGISTRATION: http://conferences.unicom.co.uk/real-time-analytics/index.php

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This was first published in March 2014


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