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Accelerate Virtual – APAC

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Now that we’ve reformatted Accelerate San Francisco as an online experience, we have added additional regional events so you can experience the excitement of Accelerate anywhere. Accelerate Virtual – Asia-Pacific will deliver a full program of inspiration and enablement direct to you, completely online and free of cost. Tune in to hear the latest from top thinkers in the industry, as well as our most innovative customers, partners and Tricentis leaders.


Tune into the same great industry-leading sessions & workshops you’ve come to expect at Accelerate – each with practical takeaways and ideas to keep pace with automation at the speed of change.

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Gain insights from experts on the hottest topics, including continuous testing, digital transformation, agile test management, load testing and more.


Get ideas for tackling challenges, leading transformation and more from testing and technology leaders who have been in your shoes.


Connect with a global community of technology leaders, automation experts, and testing pros from wherever you are in the world.


All times are shown in AEST.

11:00 a.m.

Welcome to Accelerate Virtual

Let’s get the day started as we kick off the world’s largest testing and automation conference!

Brent Remai
Chief Marketing Officer,

11:00 a.m.

Speed Changes Everything: Shifting Your Digital Transformation into Overdrive

In this keynote, Sandeep Johri will share his perspective on the industry trends affecting every CIO and IT leader, including how COVID-19 has amplified the need for speed. Digital transformation is at the heart of every enterprise and has never been more critical. The path to success is rethinking how your enterprise delivers software. Find out the top barriers to speed and how to overcome them, how several Fortune 500 companies have put their business into overdrive using automation, and what you can do to power your organization through these unprecedented times.


Sandeep Johri
Chief Executive Officer, Tricentis

11:30 a.m.

Keynote | Software Testing Post-COVID-19

While several countries start easing the lockdowns established with COVID-19, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development calls COVID-19 the “greatest disruption to global economic activity since the Second World War.” The U.S. economy already deals with the highest number of unemployed citizens since the Great Depression of 1930. The impact of COVID-19 puts an unprecedented pressure on enterprises, particularly from a cost perspective, and emphasizes the need for speed, efficiency and digital transformation more than ever. What consequences should we expect from a software testing perspective? Which trends do we see emerging even faster? And how does Tricentis help its customers, especially in and after COVID-19? We’ll answer these questions and more in this keynote.

Wolfgang Platz

Wolfgang Platz
Chief Strategy Officer, Tricentis

12:10 p.m.

Keynote | Tricentis Product Keynote: A Lap Around the Modern Testing Universe

In this demo-packed product keynote, you’ll hear from our new Chief Product Officer Dr. Grigori Melnik, who will cover all that’s new and exciting in the Tricentis Continuous Testing Platform. Grigori will reflect on our journey and discuss how we’re raising the bar in the areas of test management, test design, distributed test execution, AI-driven test automation and test impact analysis. Grigori will share Tricentis’ vision to deliver the industry’s most innovative testing platform, which enables collaborative testing practices from inception to delivery and helps your teams become more productive, more confident in their development and deployment efforts, and better equipped to respond to change.

Dr. Grigori Melnik

Grigori Melnik
Chief Product Officer, Tricentis

12:55 p.m.

Introducing NEO, Tricentis’ AI Engine

Over the past two years, Tricentis has been investing in a new approach to artificial intelligence for testing. In this session, we will be unveiling Tricentis’ AI engine, code-named NEO. Join this session to understand how NEO enables coders, business people and testers to all reach stable automation through the next generation of automation technology. We will be discussing how NEO works, how it achieves self healing, how we work across technologies, and how anyone — from a coder to an attorney — can all use it in the way they feel most comfortable.

David Colwell

David Colwell
VP, AI & Machine Learning, Tricentis

1:30 p.m.

Nationwide Journey to Automation and Beyond

Nationwide has been on a journey of shifting from a manual testing mindset to an automation first mindset in the form of Test Engineering & Automation initiative. During this session, they will share the far-reaching impact this initiative has had on their organization – including improving processes that enable the organization to release higher quality software faster and delivering excellent customer experiences and driving innovation in their industries.

Nibs Mishra

Nibs Mishra
AVP, Testing Service Owner, Nationwide

Tina Oelschlager

Tina Oelschlager
Director, IT Analysis, Nationwide

1:55 p.m.

How Experian Modernized a Legacy Test Suite for Advanced Automation

Switching automation tools or modernizing automated test cases at a Global 2000 organization is complicated by the quantity and quality of test cases that need to be migrated, improved, or even left aside. Experian was tasked with migrating an automated regression test suite that was built years ago, required a lot of maintenance and manual intervention, and was not stable at all. Join Braulio as he shares their migration experience, strategies, and lessons learned. He will address both technical challenges (number of test cases migrated, team involved during development, timeframe and phases for migration, dynamic data handling) and non-technical challenges (data management, technical resources, becoming agile, Continuous Testing, maturity, etc.).

Braulio Obando
Software Developer, Experian

2:15 p.m.

Application Lifecycle Management with SAP Solution Manager, SAP Focused Run and SAP Cloud ALM

Application Lifecycle Management from SAP provides processes, tools, best practices and services to manage SAP and non-SAP solutions throughout the complete application lifecycle. Managing the application lifecycle covers multiple phases:

  • Requirements – Collect business demand regarding new or changed business processes
  • Design – Convert requirements into detailed specifications
  • Build & Test – Configure the applications and check if they match the requirements
  • Deploy – Transfer changes from a test environment into the live business
  • Operate – Provide services required for ongoing operations
  • Optimize – Analyze service-level fulfillment and perform any activities required to improve results

This session will position the three strategic product lines for Application Lifecycle Management: SAP Solution Manager, SAP Focused Run and SAP Cloud ALM, and take a deeper look into the roadmap of SAP Cloud ALM.

Marc Thier

Marc Thier
SVP Application Lifecycle Management, SAP

2:35 p.m.

LiveCompare, Not Hypercare: How to Accelerate SAP Updates and Ensure Zero-Defect Releases

In real-world SAP release cycles, key users bear the brunt of the testing burden. Given the high risk of defects slipping into production, organizations add “hypercare” periods immediately following the go-live of an SAP update, bringing their most expensive resources together to respond to emergency production issues. In this session, Chris will show how best-in-class organization use AI-powered smart impact analysis to make their testing more efficient, so they can release to production with zero defects and eliminate the need for hypercare altogether.

Chris Trueman

Chris Trueman
SVP LiveCompare, Tricentis

3:00 p.m.

Closing the Test Automation Loop: How McKesson Unified and Scaled Automation to Ship Software Updates in Record Time

As one of the largest enterprises in the United States, McKesson operates a complex, distributed IT environment that includes a broad set of enterprise and custom applications and one of the largest SAP environments in healthcare. Join this session to learn how McKesson’s testing team is developing a unified test automation strategy that spans a diverse toolset to accommodate testing complex, end-to-end processes across mainframe, on-premise environments and the cloud. McKesson’s Danial Khan will share how his team modernized the testing toolset, centralized test automation and established cohesiveness across the software delivery pipeline, ultimately enabling the organization to ship software updates in record time — even amid recent skyrocketing demand. Khan will also share the team’s plans to significantly streamline SAP testing with automation and AI-powered impact analysis.

Danial Khan
North America Service Transition & Business Operations Leader, McKesson

3:25 p.m.

How Guardian Modernized QA, Replaced Legacy Toolsets and Successfully Implemented qTest

Learn how Guardian Insurance, a 150+ year old company, transformed their IT QA process leveraging qTest as the central testing tool. Guardian was heavily invested in the HP ALM suite, but as the company moved forward with a significant digital transformation, the IT QA team needed to move to a nimble tool that would support a geographically diverse testing team and an agile operating model. Join this session to hear how Guardian successfully transformed testing, from planning, implementation and measurements to change management. You will leave with an clear understanding of Guardian’s transformation process and playbook for consideration in your own transformation journey.

Robina Laughlin

Robina Laughlin
Assistant Vice President, IT QA, Guardian

3:45 p.m.

Demonstrate — and Increase — Testing’s Business Value in Uncertain Times

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What is the fast-track to quality @ speed?” then this talk is for you! Demonstrating the business value that you add is always important, but it’s especially critical in uncertain times like these. In this session, Tricentis Customer Experience leaders Viktoria Praschl and Christian Plaichner will share IT leaders’ concerns, what matters most to the business and how to turn big challenges into quick wins to provide immediate — and measurable — results. You’ll learn about the Tricentis industry benchmarks that provide insights into testing cost reductions, delivery speed and quality improvements, as well as a clear roadmap, a bulletproof business case (ROI) and measurable metrics and KPIs that will help you stay the course and achieve outstanding results.

Christian Plaichner

Christian Plaichner
Customer Experience Officer, Tricentis

Viktoria Praschl

Viktoria Praschl
VP Customer Experience Strategy, Tricentis

4:05 p.m.

Testing, Deep and Shallow

One of the most fundamental questions you can ask about testing is “Did I test that?” But there isn’t a binary answer to that question. We know when we haven’t tested at all, but there is no such thing as infinite testing. We test in different ways, at different times, in different situations, for different reasons. And so, responsible testers must be able to reason about and assess the relative depth of their testing.

This talk is how to think about testing depth. We’re not simply thinking about structural depth unit testing, sub-system testing, system testing, or end-to-end testing. Instead, we’re talking about the thoroughness of testing — and the capacity of testing to find elusive bugs that matter.

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton
Consulting Software Tester & Testing Teacher

4:30 p.m.

Accelerate Virtual – Closing

We’ll have a recap of the day’s events and get ready to close out another great Accelerate!


Sandeep Johri
Chief Executive Officer, Tricentis