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Managed testing services under the spotlight at iqnite 2011

SQS, the organiser of iqnite 2011, the UK’s dedicated software testing and quality assurance conference and exhibition, has today announced the speaker line up, workshops and exhibitors at the 2011 event. With keynotes from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Jason Taylor of Specsavers, the event will tackle software testing concerns including: independence, automation, agile and security testing.

Taking place on 6 October 2011 at the Russell Hotel in London, the annual iqnite conference and exhibition features exhibition stands from many of the key players within the software testing market.

Olympic gold medallist and now a “people‘s peer” in the House of Lords, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE will open the event with her “Individual Success is Not Always about Individuals” presentation at 9.45 am.

The conference offers Innovation and Industries streams, chaired by
Helen Willington of Sodexo and the Chartered Institute of IT’s Michiel van der Voort respectively, and Agile and Metrics presentations in the afternoon, chaired by Thomas Spielmann of Centrica and Deutsche Bank’s Mark Mitton MBE.

Bola Rotibi will present the findings of an in-depth report conducted on behalf of the Application Security Advisory Board by surveying members of the Information Security Professional Body, (ISC)2, and the International Association of Software Architects. The presentation reveals how security is being addressed across the application lifecycle while identifying the gaps and challenges that are currently preventing organisations from tackling software security successfully.

Closing the day is Jason Taylor of Specsavers, with a presentation on the retailer’s experience of and benefits from implementing Managed Testing Services. The presentation will cover the transition of Specsavers’ testing functions to the new Specsaver Testing Service, combining Specsavers’ leadership with a Managed Testing Service provided by SQS. It will also highlight key objectives and expectations from the three year transition-phase including the experience of transitioning to 90% off-shore delivery; the focus on metrics and governance to ensure quality and the success in building a One Team philosophy.

The programme

Following the introductory keynote, the programme begins at 11am with Innovation and Industries’ presentations including:

• 11am – 11.40am: Axel Naumann, CERN “How CERN Opens a New Dimension of Software Quality: Static Analysis Meets 50 MLOC”
• 11am – 11.40am: Den Fitzpatrick, Dixons Retail Group, and Deri Jones, SciVisum “Uniting the Tribes: Bringing IT and Business Together Through Testing”
• 11.45am – 12.30pm: Paul Shatwell, Cooperative Financial Services’ (CFS), and Kiruba Vijayaraghavan, Infosys “The CFS Approach to a One-Test Service Transformation”
11.45am – 12.30pm: Bola Rotibi, (ISC)2 Application Security Advisory Board (ASAB), “The Gaps in the Integration of Security Testing in Quality Frameworks”
After a lunch break and panel discussion on “Perception vs Reality in Quality Assurance and Testing”, the afternoon‘s agile and metrics presentations include:
• 2.45pm – 3.25pm: Leo van der Aalst, Fontys University of Applied Sciences “No Test Levels needed in Agile Software Development”
• 2.45pm – 3.25pm: Margarethe de Cafmeyer, Allan Gray SA “The Value of QA Metrics”
• 3.30pm – 4.15pm: Stevan Zivanovic, BJSS “Top 10 Quality Tips to Agile”
• 3.30pm – 4.15pm: Jan van Moll, Philips Healthcare “Making Problem Analysis & Resolution a Success”
• SQS’ Tom Roden and Marco Milone will also be hosting limited capacity workshops on agile testing experiences.
Following Jason Taylor from Specsavers’ presentation at 4.45 pm, the 2011 iqnite conference will end with a networking session from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
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SQS Software Quality Systems

SQS is the largest independent provider of software quality management, quality assurance and testing services, with principal focus on Europe. Established in Cologne in 1982, SQS employs around 2,000 staff. SQS has a strong presence in Germany and the UK, as well as subsidiaries in Egypt, Finland, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and the USA. SQS also has a minor stake in an operation in Portugal and a partnership operation in Spain. In 2010, SQS generated sales of 162.9 million euros.

SQS is the first German company to have a primary listing on the AIM (Alternative Investment Market) in London. In addition, SQS has a dual listing on the open market of the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt am Main.

With over 5,000 completed projects under its belt, SQS has a strong client base, including more than half of DAX 30 companies, nearly one third of STOXX 50 companies, and 20 FTSE 100 companies. These include Allianz, Beazley, BP, Centrica, Commerzbank, Daimler, Deutsche Post, Generali, Meteor, Reuters and Volkswagen as well as companies from every other conceivable sector.

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