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Background and Focus

Technology, in the business landscape, is ever-evolving as business challenges have become increasingly complex. To keep up, organisations must build and deploy innovative, timely solutions.

Many emerging technologies are set to impact every aspect of a business. But there is considerable work to be done to create a comprehensive strategy and architecture to be able to turn the stored data into valuable business assets through scalable and flexible Cloud and AI solutions. In Agile, DevOps, and Testing new technologies keep maturing and it has changed the traditional way of working. Accepting these technologies can be a daunting task as every enterprise will have to deal with the innumerable technologies, and stakeholders as well as prioritize their efforts in making the changes.

There is an exhibition featuring leading service providers, consultants, and vendors from the areas of Agile, Testing, and DevOps.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

New Directions:

  • Experimentation & Innovation
  • Evolutionary Prototyping
  • Low Code / No Code
  • Visual Programming
  • Rapid Application Development
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Multi-User Development
  • Model-Driven Development
  • DevSecOps
  • Cloud Adoption
  • Analytics and automation

Testing:

  • Mobile Test Automation
  • Site Reliability Engineering
  • Implementing Security Testing
  • Big Data Testing
  • Cloud Testing
  • Leveraging AI&ML into Testing
  • Barriers to adoption of Testing
  • Testers as Quality advocates
  • TDD And BDD
  • Cloud-Based Performance Testing
  • Performance Testing
  • Enterprise Application Testing

Agile:

  • Agile Software Testing
  • Success metrics of Agile
  • Agile Scrum and Agile XP
  • Agile frameworks provide guidance for efficient operational software
  • Adopt a “build-and-run” teams concept
  • Automation and SAFe

DevOps:

  • DevOps and Continuous Integration Testing (CI)
  • Automation for continuous deployment
  • Serverless CI\CD
  • Chaos Engineering
  • Rise Of TestOps
  • DevOps as a tool for process change
  • DevFinOps; BusDevOps ; No-Ops;
  • Individuals and interactions over process and tools

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    Our approach is that our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff.

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    Call for Participation

    We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start-up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and vision in these three fields. Please let us know too if you would like to participate in the panel sessions only.

    We are also planning short “how to do” sessions or full-day workshops to run as pre or post conference events. Let us know if you have a related topic that you want to run as a workshop or an extended briefing.

    Please complete the speaker’s response form submit a proposal to present at this event.

    Programme

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME BELOW ARE IN BST.
    DAY ONE

    JOINT SESSION

    10:00: UNICOM’S INTRODUCTION

    10:05: INTRODUCTION TO SPONSORS AND SUPPORTING BODIES

    10:10 – 10:30: KEYNOTE: Micro-service delivery without the pitfalls Read More
    Seb Rose, Continuous Improvement Lead, SmartBear

    10:30 – 10:40: Q&A Session

    Seb Rose, Continuous Improvement Lead, SmartBear

    The days of delivering a monolithic desktop application once a year on physical media are long gone. Today we expect continuous (or at least frequent) delivery of upgrades and security patches with zero downtime. To support this, more and more companies are moving to a distributed, cloud-based architecture of collaborating micro-services. But managing the parallel creation and evolution of a micro-service ecosystem is not without it’s challenges.

    In this session we’ll examine what can go wrong when organisations jump headfirst into micro-service architectures without understanding the potential pitfalls. You’ll leave with an understanding of the techniques and tooling necessary to reap the benefits of increased flexibility and velocity without creating additional risk or deployment nightmares.

    10:42 – 11:02: KEYNOTE: Five pitfalls of low-code Read More
    Marjolein Pordon, Lead consultant low-code testing Squerist

    11:02 – 11:12: Q&A Session

    Marjolein Pordon, Lead consultant low-code testing Squerist

    Low-code is conquering software development, but alas it’s not the holy grail. In my talk I will name the five major pitfalls of low-code development, and I will offer five testing solutions to conquer these issues.

    11:12 – 11:22: Networking break and booth viewing

    11:22 – 11:42: KEYNOTE: The Unreasonable man (person) – Being a Change Agent for Continuous Delivery! Read More
    Keith Watson | Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

    11:42 – 11:52: Q&A Session

    Keith Watson | Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

    Most commentors agree that DevOps is not just about tools but also about culture change. George Bernard Shaw postulated the “all progress depends on the unreasonable man!”. Using examples for projects in two industry sectors, this session reviews how to be an agent for change in organisations to promote DevOps and continuous delivery in particular when to be reasonable and unreasonable.

    11:54 – 12:14: KEYNOTE: Engaging Users Read More
    Dave Snowden, Director, Cynefin Centre, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

    12:14 – 12:24: Q&A Session

    Dave Snowden, Director, Cynefin Centre, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

    12:25 – 13:10: Roundtable discussion: Methods and Tools for Business Value – Read More

    Moderator

    Keith Watson | Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

    Panellists:

    Seb Rose, Continuous Improvement Lead, SmartBear
    Marjolein Pordon, Lead consultant low-code testing Squerist
    Dave Snowden, Director, Cynefin Centre, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

    13:10 – 13:30: Lunch break & networking

    SEPARATE TRACK ON AGILE, DEVOPS AND TESTING

    13:30 – 13:50: Break the Testing Limits with Container…! empowered by Test Container Platform Read More
    Dr Nandakumar Ramakrishnan, Product Owner – DevOps Platform Testing & Chaos Engineering and Saravanan RaviKumar, DevOps Engineer, ING Belgium

    13:50 – 14:00: Q&A Session

    Dr Nandakumar Ramakrishnan, Product Owner – DevOps Platform Testing & Chaos Engineering and Saravanan RaviKumar, DevOps Engineer, ING Belgium

    Today, Testing Challenges are increasing rapidly and the Velocity of Agile is extremely fast that we need technology power to solve. One of The best solutions is enabling a Container Journey in Quality Engineering.

    Containerization has revolutionized cloud environments by allowing businesses to build, deploy and manage applications faster through continuous delivery and the Same technology can exponentially improve the Testing Ecosystem.

    Our session will focus on Testing Solution with Container called Test Container Platform empowers Testing Ecosystem to Cutting Edge Containerised Solution using Cloud-based OpenShift or Google K8s, a docker Container orchestrate with Kubernetes managed system, preparing DevOps Team for Next-Generation Quality Engineering. It enables a secured containerization solution in DevOps Pipeline into Testing Ecology which breaks testing challenges with its power of

    • Consistent Environment
    • Isolation
    • Run Anywhere

    Beyond that our Test Container platform enables us to integrate all leading Continuous integration pipelines such as Azure, Jenkin & TFS. The platform is built with end-to-end SSL ensuring all major Security and Compliance factors such as SOX, PCI-DSS and GDPR compliance. Test Container Platform in short we call TCP is easy to use with very minimum or zero knowledge of the container. Our Vision is to make a TCP -One-Stop solution which breaks the testing limits.

    14:02 – 14:22: Instant and Automatic Network Configuration: As Easy as A-B-CI/CD Read More
    Stuart Clark, Senior Technical Leader & Senior Developer Advocate, Cisco Systems

    14:22 – 14:32: Q&A Session

    Stuart Clark, Senior Technical Leader & Senior Developer Advocate, Cisco Systems

    The network used to rely on manual configurations, siloed and separated groups, and slow provisioning processes. Thanks to technology advancements, companies can now deploy code hundreds of thousands of times per day, quickly and accurately updating their network configurations and security policies. They can even instantly provision private circuits and SD-WAN from the branch/edge to cloud – and everything in between. NetDevOps automated continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) allows the testing and validation to take place. SD-WAN is NetDevOps, agility, speed and automation. Learn how to apply modern agile methods and tools to the deployment of Cisco SD-WAN topologies. Take a step towards NetDevOps by using devops provisioning and configuration management tools and Cisco CML to build test environments, create infrastructure-as-code, and automate Day 0, Day 1 and Day 2 configurations

    14:34 – 14:54: MLOps 101: Building a ML Pipeline with Kubeflow Read More
    Florian Pachinger, Developer Advocate, Cisco DevNet

    14:54 – 15:04: Q&A Session

    Florian Pachinger, Developer Advocate, Cisco DevNet

    The code of a machine learning model is just a small part of the whole application or ML-based function. However, other components such as data sourcing, feature engineering, model development and model serving are vitally important as well. Therefore, this session will focus on the operations part known as MLOps and will provide an example of how an end-to-end ML architecture can be built with the machine learning toolkit Kubeflow, which leverages Kubernetes.

    After a general overview of MLOps Open-Source tools and the MLOps architecture, a sample ML application will be presented. Then, the focus will be on Kubeflow and the ML workflow of this application. It will be shown how the data is being sourced and validated, and how the ML model is being developed with the specific Kubeflow components. The performance of the model, experiment handling and model serving will be elaborated and discussed.

    After this session, the attendee will be more familiar with the architecture of end-to-end ML workflows and the capabilities of Kubeflow.

    15:04 – 15:19: Networking break and booth viewing

    15:19 – 15:39: Presentation to be confirmed Read More
    Speaker from mabl

    16:11 – 16:21: Q&A Session

    Speaker from mabl

    15:51 – 16:11: Testing AI: Model Cards Will Add Value Read More
    Richard J Self, Senior Lecturer in Governance of Advanced and Emerging Technologies, University of Derby

    16:11 – 16:21: Q&A Session

    Richard J Self, Senior Lecturer in Governance of Advanced and Emerging Technologies, University of Derby

    The EU AI Act 2021 (draft), will have an impact on AI and Analytics software testing across the world. As a result, we need to understand how Model Cards will assist developers and testers to provide confidence to the users of the systems and how this use of model cards will be an added value activity rather than an extra and unnecessary cost.

    16:23 – 17:00: Panel Session: Individuals & Interactions over process & tool – Read More

    Moderator

    Richard J Self, Senior Lecturer in Governance of Advanced and Emerging Technologies, University of Derby

    Panellists:

    Seb Rose, Continuous Improvement Lead, SmartBear
    Marjolein Pordon, Lead consultant low-code testing Squerist
    Keith Watson | Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP
    Dave Snowden, Director, Cynefin Centre, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge
    Stuart Clark, Senior Technical Leader & Senior Developer Advocate, Cisco Systems

    17:00: END OF CONFERENCE

    Speakers

    Stuart Clark

    Stuart Clark

    Senior Technical Leader & Senior Developer Advocate, Cisco Systems, UK

    Florian Pachinger

    Developer Advocate, Cisco DevNet
    Marjolein Pordon

    Marjolein Pordon

    Lead consultant low-code testing Squerist

    Dr Nandakumar Ramakrishnan

    Product Owner – DevOps Platform Testing & Chaos Engineering
    Seb Rose

    Seb Rose

    Continuous Improvement Lead, SmartBear
    Richard J Self

    Richard J Self

    Senior Lecturer in Governance of Advanced and Emerging Technologies, University of Derby
    Dave Snowden

    Dave Snowden

    Director, Cynefin Centre, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge
    Keith Watson

    Keith Watson

    Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

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