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STC conference by QAI

I recently attended the STC conference by QAI that was held in Bangalore on Dec 1st and 2nd. It is one of the largest international testing conferences in India and this year's theme was 'Testing Enterprise 2.0 - Getting Ready for the Quantum Leap". I was particularly looking forward to the insightful sessions by leading testing leaders and practitioners. There were some sessions that were conspicuous with their new perspectives.

The conference began with a thought provoking session on "The New Age QA delivery models - A Quantum leap in the way testing is Delivered and Measured" by Manish Tandon, Global Head - Independent Validation and Testing Solutions, Infosys.

The session highlighted the need for QA professionals to think out-of-box and look beyond the traditional boundaries of QA. He began interestingly with an analogy that a testing practitioner needs to be charged like an electron and keep progressing from one level to another. The session focused on understanding the importance of the business value of QA and its alignment to an organizations business goals. He cited some relevant and captivating examples that demonstrated the importance of business value in testing and the need for specialization in testing. To read more about the session, please visit http://www.infosys.com/newsroom/events/pages/annual-international-STC-2011.aspx.

Another noteworthy session was by Sidharth Malik, Sr. Director - Developer Platform Business, Microsoft who emphasized the need to integrate several testing tools into a single package for greater testing efficiency. His session also stressed on the fact that QA professionals need to give detailed information on a defect which would facilitate a much faster and accurate correction by developers. Manish Gupta's (Business Manager, HP) session on "Modern Application Delivery - Structuring a Testing Approach" emphasized on the need for the modernization of the testing mindset, attitude and the integration of automation, which should also be a default skillset for today's testing practitioners.

At the stalls, Neoload, a performance testing product for the cloud, attracted a lot of attention. Another product that interested me in particular was the Eggplant, an automation tool for GUI testing that would support mobile applications and has many good features.

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