Accelerating digital transformation is increasingly a top priority for CIOs—and everyone who reports up them. Even though software testing is consistently cited as the #1 obstacle for accelerated software delivery, few organizations have addressed testing as part of their digital transformation strategy. That must change.

Reinventing testing is undeniably essential for achieving the speed and agility required to thrive in the digital future. Recent research reports from Forrester and DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment) both show that Continuous Testing is essential for the success of DevOps and other digital transformation initiatives. Continuous Testing adoption levels are low, even among teams already “practicing” DevOps. Yet, the select organizations that have already gone after this low-hanging fruit have already achieved remarkable results in terms of accelerating innovation while improving cost efficiency and reducing business risks.

But the question remains: how does your organization get there? Few companies have the luxury of building a new quality process from the ground up. And most need to address extremely complex systems and regulatory requirements—as well as avoid disruption to business-critical operations. If you’re not a unicorn, how do you realign your well-established quality process with the unrelenting drive towards “Continuous Everything?”

That’s the primary question that Accelerate 2018 Vienna, the largest Continuous Testing event in Europe,  aims to address. Our goal is for attendees to learn how their peers are tackling this challenge, and walk away with ideas, best practices, and inspiration for optimizing their own quality strategies.

Here are the top things that I’m personally looking forward to at Accelerate 2018:

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Digital Transformation Requires… Continuous Testing

The opening keynote will feature Merck CIO, Clark Golestani. Clark will be sharing his insights on why digital transformation is so important to every business, and why Continuous Testing is so essential for digital transformation success. He’ll also talk about what testers should be doing to elevate their status within the organization.

Transforming Testing in the Real World

We’ll hear firsthand accounts of what drove companies like HSBC, Swiss Re, Duke Energy, SPAR, Linde, IATA, Lloyds Bank and Toll Group to transform their testing processes.  Quality teams across every industry are facing the same pressure to “just speed it up.” Learn what strategies worked for these different organizations and get their tips on steering clear of common pitfalls.

The Next Great Debate in Software Testing

This session is right after lunch —but I promise that the passionate debate will combat that  “after lunch crash.” Although the debate itself is all in good fun, the topic is dead serious: it’s about the future of the software testing profession. It’s obvious that DevOps requires Continuous Testing—but does Continuous Testing require professional testers? Exactly what type of testing is really needed for Agile and DevOps—and can developers and SDETs achieve it better/faster/cheaper than testers? Or, will machine learning and AI take over testing from humans across all roles?

Wolfgang Platz (Tricentis Founder and Chief Strategy Officer), Jeff Wilkinson (Managing Director of Accenture), and Mik Kerstan (Creator of Eclipse Mylyn and CEO/Founder  of Tasktop) will be taking on those issues.

CIO Roundtable: What CIOs Really Think about Software Testing

Emmet Keeffe of Insight Venture Partners will host a roundtable discussion on software testing featuring several CIOs from a variety of industries. You can expect a lively discussion on the game-changing digital transformation initiatives currently on the CIO agenda—and how software testing impacts their ultimate success. The goal is to move the discussion beyond the buzzwords by looking at specific examples of digital transformation initiatives already in the works.

Panel: What’s Really Needed to Transform Testing?

Learn what’s really needed to transform testing—straight from Ann Lewis (Manager, Testing Enterprise Services Team at ExxonMobil), Amber Woods (VP of Enterprise IT and Platforms at Tyson), Tatiana Salazar (IT Manager at Experian). These panelists will provide a candid look at what’s really needed to transform enterprise testing. We’ll explore strategies for 1) gaining buy-in for quality initiatives, 2) achieving visible time-to-market gains, 3) phasing in adoption across huge globally-distributed organizations, 4) maximizing engagement without overwhelming staff, and 5) tying quality progress into the company’s strategic goals. In addition to the moderator-led discussion, we’ll reserve plenty of time for the panelists to address your questions.

Tricentis Insights and Announcements

Based on the crowds at Accelerate 2017, you’ll want to arrive early to grab a seat before Wolfgang Platz (Tricentis Founder and Chief Strategy Officer) takes the stage. Here, the theme will be Digital Transformation: Navigating the Future of Testing. Expect Wolfgang to address topics ranging from the role of AI in software testing, to the logistics of testing blockchain and big data, to new strategies for bridging the gap currently dividing Dev and Test, and—of course—Continuous Testing.

Sandeep Johri (Tricentis CEO) will also be delivering a keynote: Tricentis and the State of Software Testing. It’s been an eventful year for Tricentis. Sandeep is eager to recap what we’ve accomplished so far and share details about exciting developments on the horizon.

You’ll also have to decide among sessions on the latest advancements in test impact analysis—a way to uncover 90% of faulty builds in 2% of the time, new SAP testing innovations that make manual testing obsolete, new options for mobile testing, load testing with Tricentis Tosca test cases, and much much more.

The Latest Innovations in Software Testing

You’ve probably heard about Tricentis’ merger with QASymphony and acquisition of Q-up test data management. And you’re probably curious to learn about how qTest and our new TDM offerings complement your existing Tricentis deployments, see them in action, and learn what you expect, over both the short-term and long-term. Accelerate is your opportunity to do just that. We’ll have numerous opportunities for you to engage with these new capabilties—from 15-minute discovery sessions, to deep-dive workshops, to booths, to a variety of session talks.

A Broad Spectrum of Industry Perspectives

Accelerate is designed to foster an interactive exchange of ideas, experiences, and best practices that will help software testing professionals address the demands of digital transformation. From well-known software testing speakers like Eran Kinsbruner (Perfecto),  Clint Sprauve (Sauce Labs), and Dr. Elmar Juergens (CQSE) to our industry-leading partners like Accenture, Wipro, BearingPoint, Automators, SQS, Sogeti, , Mobile Labs, Neotys, Perfecto, QACube, Tasktop, Qualysoft,  The Testing Consultancy, and Tasktop,  you will gain access to a diversity of viewpoints, as well as countless opportunities for collaboration, networking, and your own “great debates.”.

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