Accelerate Virtual – Americas

Accelerate Virtual 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, our most innovative customers, partners, and Tricentis leaders. The event will take place from 12:00 – 5:10 p.m. EST, 9:00 – 2:10 p.m. PST on April 29th.

Register now to reserve your spot! All registrants will receive access to on-demand sessions immediately following the live event.


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 EST.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Welcome to Accelerate Virtual

Join us as we kick off North America’s Largest Testing & Automation Conference with a bang!


Sandeep Johri
Chief Executive Officer, Tricentis

12:35 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Keynote | AI in Software Testing, Today and in the Future

After the “AI winter” in the late 80s, the exciting promise of artificial intelligence rose again in the 2010s – this time invigorated by an unprecedented computing power combined with new data management capabilities. All hell broke loose, as every vendor in any IT-related business (and which business is not IT-related these days?) scrambled to incorporate this must-have technology into their product strategy. Now that the fog has lifted, it is time for a level-headed look at AI. In this keynote, Tricentis founder Wolfgang Platz will share his thoughts on the evolution of AI in software testing and enterprise automation, the most promising use cases today, and what we can expect in the decade ahead — including how AI plays a role in the Tricentis Platform and roadmap.

Wolfgang Platz

Wolfgang Platz
Chief Strategy Officer, Tricentis

1:10 p.m. – 1:50 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 share progress on our journey into the cloud, as well as how we’re raising the bar in the areas of test management, test design, distributed test execution, risk-based testing and impact analysis across all kinds of deployment targets, from mainframe to private or public cloud to mobile. 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

1:55 p.m. – 2:15 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

2:20 p.m. – 2:40 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

2:45 p.m. – 3:05 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

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 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

3:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Customer Success Story

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 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

4:25 p.m. – 4:50 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

4:55 p.m. – 5:25 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

5:25 p.m. – 5:35 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