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Nov 13-14 | Accelerate Vienna

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09:00 am – 10:35 am

9:00 a.m. – 09:10 a.m.
Keynote AB

Welcome to Accelerate Vienna

  • Brent

9:00 a.m. – 09:10 a.m.
Keynote AB

Welcome to Accelerate Vienna

Brent Remai, Tricentis
Join us as we kick off Europe’s #1 automation conference with a bang!

Brent

Brent Remai

Chief Marketing Officer, Tricentis

Brent is a strategic, growth-oriented CMO with a proven track record in SaaS/Cloud accelerating revenue growth for both well-known organizations such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), FireEye, McAfee, and HP, as well as top tier VC-backed startups. Recipient of several industry awards; recognized by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) as a top 10 marketing executive in Silicon Valley.

Leveraging a full stack skill set in running global marketing for billion-dollar businesses and rapidly scaling startups to IPO, Brent’s experience emphasizes creating new categories, driving corporate storytelling and positioning, building B2C and B2B campaigns tied to ROI, overseeing high velocity, self-service SaaS web adoption and pipeline for the field, and creating massive tailwind by bringing consumer flair to B2B marketing. He has deep expertise in SaaS apps, cloud storage, security, cloud compute, infrastructure and IoT.

Brent led global marketing as the ‘CMO’ for both multi-billion dollar core services and emerging businesses of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the #1 SaaS/Cloud provider, including running cloud storage, SaaS apps, IoT, security, and several other businesses. Instrumental in driving significant growth for the SaaS and cloud businesses, with ~50% growth each year and a $30B run rate.

Earlier in his career he transformed Sequoia-backed FireEye from a young, 55 person startup to a 1,200+ employee company with $250M+ revenue and a $4 billion IPO within 3 years, the second largest tech IPO of the year behind Twitter. He followed this by re-igniting Andreessen Horowitz-backed Bromium to 6X growth.

9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Keynote AB

Keynote | Leadership in Enterprise Automation

  • Sandeep Johri

9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Keynote AB

Keynote | Leadership in Enterprise Automation

Sandeep Johri, Tricentis
Tricentis CEO Sandeep Johri explores how digital transformation and DevOps are altering expectations, what’s needed to stay ahead of the curve, and how Tricentis is helping leading organizations navigate the path forward.

Sandeep Johri

Sandeep Johri

CEO, Tricentis

As the CEO of Tricentis, Sandeep brings over 25 years of enterprise software experience. He manages all business-related functions including business strategy, products, services, sales, marketing, and operations to achieve business profit and sales objectives.

Sandeep most recently served as the COO of Appcelerator, the leading open source mobile application development platform. He was Vice President of Strategy and Industry Solutions at HP, where he also served as Vice President of Corporate Development.

There, he was instrumental in developing and implementing the growth strategy that resulted in the software business growing 2X market over the last four years. Sandeep was instrumental in the formation of two startups, Determina (VMware) and Bluelane (VMware). He was also the CEO and founder of Oblix (Oracle), and co-founded eBoodle (EW Scripps), one of the first ecommerce comparison shopping services.

 

Sandeep has an MBA from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, India. Sandeep is involved as an advisor and investor in various startups in Silicon Valley and India.

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Keynote AB

Keynote | Tackling Digital Transformation Today

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9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Keynote AB

Keynote | Tackling Digital Transformation Today

Anil Cheriyan, Former SunTrust Bank CIO and current technology transformation leader
From public agencies to private companies, digital transformation is imperative today—or you risk becoming obsolete tomorrow. Anil Cheriyan has led many large-scale transformation projects across both private and public organizations. In this keynote, Anil shares the story behind successful digital transformation initiatives and why continuous change is the new reality for every organization. He explores the top challenges that IT leaders face in getting these projects to the finish line, as well as how attendees can best contribute to project success.

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Anil Cheriyan

Former SunTrust Bank CIO and Current Technology Transformation Leader

10:10 a.m. – 10:35a.m.
Keynote AB

What’s Required for Enterprise Automation Success? + Customer Awards

  • Christian Plaichner
  • Viktoria Praschl

10:10 a.m. – 10:35a.m.
Keynote AB

What’s Required for Enterprise Automation Success? + Customer Awards

Christian Plaichner & Viktoria Praschl, Tricentis
When it comes to the fast-changing world of digital transformation, the road to success can wind through rugged conditions. At Tricentis, we work closely with our customers from the outset, building a roadmap to success, then showing you how to effectively (and rapidly) drive your digital transformation to a successful outcome and beyond. This session outlines the challenges commonly faced along the journey to automation and the methods + methodologies that Tricentis has developed to guide you towards success. We’ll conclude by recognizing the year’s most remarkable success stories with our Customer awards.

Christian Plaichner

Christian Plaichner

CXO, Tricentis

Christian Plaichner joined Tricentis in Dec 2017 to drive the company’s customer experience strategy, leading Customer Success Mgmt., Transformation Strategy, Consulting & Education and Support teams worldwide. Christian Plaichner is a serial entrepreneur and senior executive with 15+ years of experience leading companies at the forefront of high-tech industries.

He is a veteran of numerous successes and brings deep experience spanning setting-up start-ups, driving growth into global organizations and improving operational performance – leveraging his in-depth understanding of critical business drivers and processes across multiple markets and sectors. Christian’s extensive expertise in technology and international management enables him to create product visions and growth roadmaps and drive business development to position companies to fulfill customer needs – and their market potential.

Christian Plaichner works and lives in Silicon Valley, CA.

Viktoria Praschl

Viktoria Praschl

VP Customer Experience Strategy, Tricentis

Viktoria Praschl

VP Customer Experience Strategy, Tricentis

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote A

Panel | Testing Transformation – Why Now?

  • Viktoria Praschl
  • Sandra Baker
  • Tammie Davis
  • Alex Kyriazis

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote A

Panel | Testing Transformation – Why Now?

Viktoria Praschl, Tricentis
Sandra Baker, Worldpay
Tammie Davis, IHG
Alex Kyriazis, ANZ

Viktoria Praschl leads a panel discussion with quality leaders from a variety of enterprise organizations. We’ll explore what’s been driving so many quality leaders to launch testing transformation initiatives in the past 2 years, the challenges they’ve faced, and their strategies for success.

Viktoria Praschl

Viktoria Praschl

VP Customer Experience Strategy, Tricentis

Viktoria Praschl

VP Customer Experience Strategy, Tricentis

Sandra Baker

Sandra Baker

QA Manager, Worldpay

Sandra Baker is the QA Manager at Worldpay. With expertise in agile methodologies, quality assurance, process improvements and building teams, Sandr has a proven ability to transform QA organizations at the enterprise level. She is passionate about continuous improvements and accelerating testing practices.

Tammie Davis

Tammie Davis

Director Global Qualtiy Engineering, IHG

Alex Kyriazis

Alex Kyriazis

Senior Manager – Testing, ANZ

With over 30 years’ experience working in large corporate organisations, Alex has provided services to a broad spectrum of industry verticals including Banking, Telecommunications, Media, Gaming and Government sectors in management and senior leadership roles.

A specialist in Testing, Program and Release Management, he has worked across all facets of the Software Delivery Life Cycle utilising Waterfall, Iterative and Agile Methodologies.

Currently, Alex heads up the Quality Assurance and Vendor Management for the Group Payments Division with ANZ.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Keynote A

The Convergence of RPA and Software Test Automation

  • Wayne Ariola

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Keynote A

The Convergence of RPA and Software Test Automation

Wayne Ariola, Tricentis
At its core, RPA is ultimately the same as software test automation. Both automatically exercise applications to make repetitive work faster, less burdensome, and more accurate. In many respects, RPA is actually simpler than software test automation. Yet, while software testing is commonly an underappreciated discipline, RPA was recently declared the fastest-growing market in enterprise software. Is a convergence inevitable? And how would it impact the future of RPA, test automation, and the larger category of “enterprise automation”?

Wayne Ariola

Wayne Ariola

General Manager, Tricentis RPA

With a customer-centric approach and fostering partnerships with industry leaders, Wayne has created and marketed products that have evolved to support the dynamic software development, test and delivery landscape. He has contributed to the design of many innovative technologies and has been awarded several patents for his inventions. A recognized leader on topics such as Service Virtualization, SOA and API quality, software quality governance, and application security, he is a frequent contributor to industry publications and the author of the book Continuous Testing for IT Leaders. Wayne has been a contributor to the software testing space for 15 years and in the software industry for over 20 years. He holds a BA in Business Economics and a MBA in Finance and Business Strategy.

02:00 pm – 02:30 pm

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Keynote A

Introducing a New Continuous Testing Framework: ACT

  • Jori Ramakers

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Keynote A

Introducing a New Continuous Testing Framework: ACT

Jori Ramakers, Tricentis
What is the most efficient path to “Quality at Speed”? How do you scale Continuous Testing for the enterprise? How can you eliminate testing as the bottleneck in the Software Delivery Lifecycle? How should you set up your organization? What metrics should you measure? And where do you start? At Tricentis, we’ve helped hundreds of enterprise organizations answer these questions. We’ve distilled the resulting strategies and best practices into the ACT Framework. Join us to learn how the ACT Framework can help your organization achieve your quality objectives.

Jori Ramakers

Jori Ramakers

Digital Transformation Strategist, Tricentis

Jori Ramakers is a Digital Transformation Strategist specialized in  defining vision, concepts and strategy to achieve DevOps in enterprise  environments. He has a strong focus on Continuous Testing and a very strong customer-centric mindset.

02:30 pm – 03:00 pm

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Keynote A

Accelerate Your SAP Releases with AI-Powered Testing

  • Chris Trueman

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Keynote A

Accelerate Your SAP Releases with AI-Powered Testing

Chris Trueman, Tricentis
This talk will explore how AI-powered test automation helps you deliver higher quality SAP releases for less effort. Chris will share learnings from SAP customers that have adopted continuous test automation to help them increase release velocity, reduce cost, minimize risk, and maximize quality.

Chris Trueman

Chris Trueman

Tricentis LiveCompare

Chris Trueman is responsible for the Tricentis solutions for packaged applications, including SAP applications. He has a particular focus on the use of AI-powered change impact analysis to optimise SAP application testing. He joined Tricentis in 2019 from IntelliCorp where he was CTO. He still occasionally gets to write code.

03:00 pm – 03:30 pm

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Keynote A

Why (and How) Guardian Replaced HP ALM

  • Robina Laughlin

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Keynote A

Why (and How) Guardian Replaced HP ALM

Robina Laughlin, Guardian
Guardian Life Insurance is a 158-year-old U.S. insurance and wealth management services provider – and a pioneer in creating the digital experiences today’s customers demand. The company began making some big changes about five years ago to digitize its business, including the introduction of an agile operating model, the migration of 200+ apps onto AWS and significant investments in technology to improve customer service, products and business operations. In this session, Robina Laughlin shares how she evolved her team’s approach to testing to support this transformation. Join us to learn how Guardian is modernizing testing with Tricentis qTest.

Robina Laughlin

Robina Laughlin

Assistant Vice President, IT Quality Management, Guardian

03:30 pm – 04:00 pm

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Keynote A

Agile Doesn’t Require More Testing or Faster Testing—It Requires BETTER Testing

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3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Keynote A

Agile Doesn’t Require More Testing or Faster Testing—It Requires BETTER Testing

Leandro Melendez, Señor Performo
The old ways of just trying to automate many things and trying to keep up and survive through the constant changes that appear sprint by sprint does not work anymore (if it ever did). We must change our ways and test smarter. Not faster not more, but better. This applies not only to performance and load testing, but to all QA practices. Join this session to hear Senor Performo’s thoughts on how to evolve traditional testing practices to progressive automation at multiple levels.

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Leandro Melendez

Performance Testing Manager, QualiTest Group

Leandro has more than 20 years of experience on the IT business from Developer, DBA, Project Manager and others. The last 10 years he worked on the QA area, specifically on the Performance and Load testing area using tools as LoadRunner, JMeter, NeoLoad, AppDyn, Dynatrace and others. Has served multiple S&P500 customers all over the USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Austria. Author of the popular performance testing blog Señor Performo (www.srperf.com) where he curates a diverse set of learning material for performance testers and engineers. He is the producer and host of the Spanish language version of the PerfBytes podcast.

04:00 pm – 04:30 pm

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Keynote A

S/4HANA Migration Challenges and Best Practices

  • Alexander Ertl

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Keynote A

S/4HANA Migration Challenges and Best Practices

Alexander Ertl, Tricentis
Implementing a new SAP system or migrating from ECC 6.0 to S/4HANA requires a precise testing approach. In this session, Alexander Ertl Product Manager for SAP, will share real-world examples of the major challenges associated with S/4HANA migration projects, then follow up with best practices for accelerating your journey to S/4HANA.

Alexander Ertl

Alexander Ertl

Product Manager for SAP, Tricentis

Alex is a Product Management at Tricentis, focused on setting strategy for the core products and delivering features for SAP testing. Alex is passionate about incorporating customer feedback, as he joined Tricentis as Consultant first . Alex has previous experience in consulting, implementing CI/CD for SAP projects and Solution Manager 7.2 for a global oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas.

04:45 pm – 05:30 pm

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Keynote AB

The “Great Debate”: How Automation Impacts Jobs

  • Wayne Ariola
  • Wolfgang Platz
  • Jeff Wilkinson
  • Ramesh Pai

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Keynote AB

The “Great Debate”: How Automation Impacts Jobs

Wolfgang Platz, Tricentis, Jeff Wilkinson, Accenture & Ramesh Pai, Wipro
In polite conversation moderated by Wayne Ariola, technologists focus on how automation improves employee morale by relieving workers from boring, repetitive tasks. They paint the picture of a not-so-distant future where automation magically completes that work that everyone dreads, allowing humans to focus on creative, interesting, and value-added tasks. But is this too optimistic? If you ask a CFO about why they are investing in automation, it’s clear that the ROI is driven by “productivity “ and ultimately the reduction of headcount—not employee happiness.
It’s time to take an honest look at the true impact that automation has on the workforce. This all-star panel will explore questions such as:
• Does automation truly replace jobs—or does it help the worker achieve more?
• If jobs are truly shifted, what do these jobs look like?
• How can you work with (or without) automation to avoid becoming obsolete?
• What can you do now to prepare for the shift?

Wayne Ariola

Wayne Ariola

General Manager, Tricentis RPA

With a customer-centric approach and fostering partnerships with industry leaders, Wayne has created and marketed products that have evolved to support the dynamic software development, test and delivery landscape. He has contributed to the design of many innovative technologies and has been awarded several patents for his inventions. A recognized leader on topics such as Service Virtualization, SOA and API quality, software quality governance, and application security, he is a frequent contributor to industry publications and the author of the book Continuous Testing for IT Leaders. Wayne has been a contributor to the software testing space for 15 years and in the software industry for over 20 years. He holds a BA in Business Economics and a MBA in Finance and Business Strategy.

Wolfgang Platz

Wolfgang Platz

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Tricentis

Wolfgang Platz brings over 20 years of technology experience to Tricentis. Wolfgang founded Tricentis in 2007 as a testing consultancy and laid the cornerstone for the development of our enterprise software testing product, Tricentis Tosca. Today, he is responsible for driving Tricentis’ vision for making Continuous Testing a reality for enterprise DevOps. Platz also oversees the delivery of product-related support and services to our customers. Prior to Tricentis, Wolfgang was at Capgemini as a group head of IT development for one of the world’s largest IT insurance-development projects. There, he was responsible for architecture and implementation of life insurance policies and project management for several projects in banks. Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Technical Physics as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Technology.

Jeff Wilkinson

Jeff Wilkinson

Managing Director, Global Intelligent Testing Platform Lead, Accenture

Jeff Wilkinson is the Accenture Testing Practice Lead for North America. He has more than 24 years of quality management, application testing, and test assessment experience at several companies across multiple industries. Jeff has the responsibility for managing the growth and development of Accenture Testing Services and the Global Testing Center of Excellence Network. He is based in Indianapolis.

Ramesh Pai

Ramesh Pai

Global Head of QA, Wipro

Ramesh is currently the global head for quality engineering and testing practice, he is responsible for delivery, sales management, solutions, go to market and building new service offerings imperative for customer success.

He has had over two decades of successful association with Wipro executing important roles including practice building, strategic test consulting, large QA programs management, oganizational QA strategy creation, portfolio analysis & optimization, client relationship management and account management. QA CoE blueprinting with focus on process standardization, implementing custom functional and regression automation solutions and emphasis on increased use of tools & accelerators for productivity improvement, QA CoE implementation and optimization for customers across industries.