Accelerate SF
Speakers

Hans Pauley

Global Next Generation Test Automation Lead, Accenture

Hans Pauley, senior director in Accenture’s Testing practice, focuses on advancing next-generation testing solutions. Additionally, he works with clients, leading the implementation of quality engineering transformational change.

Tuesday, May 8:
AI and Automation for the Intelligent Enterprise
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Hans Pauley

Global Next Generation Test Automation Lead
Accenture

Tuesday, May 8
5:30 pm

Dr. Nicole Forsgren Founder & Chief Executive Officer, DevOps Research and Assessment

Dr. Nicole Forsgren

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, DevOps Research and Assessment

Dr. Nicole Forsgren is an IT impacts expert who is best known for her work with tech professionals and as the lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She is a consultant, expert, and researcher in knowledge management, IT adoption and impacts, and DevOps. In a previous life, she was a professor, sysadmin, and hardware performance analyst. She has been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and her work has been featured in various media outlets and several peer-reviewed journals and conferences. She holds a PhD in management information systems and a masters in accounting.

Tuesday, May 8:
Introducing Accelerate by Nicole Forsgren
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Dr. Nicole Forsgren

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
DevOps Research and Assessment

Tuesday, May 8
10:30 am

Chris Rolls The Testing Consultancy

Chris Rolls

Executive Director Americas, TTC

Chris is an experienced testing practitioner and leader of organization wide quality transformations.
In his current role Chris oversees TTC’s American operations where he assists organizations with implementing modern quality assurance solutions to accelerate their digital transformation efforts.

Previously he has held various consulting roles advising Banks & Financial institutions, Utilities, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Travel, Oil & Gas, Government and Technology companies, as well as running TTC’s global Test Engineering practice.

Chris is passionate about the positive change that digital disruption can bring and knows that the key to business success is the ability to release quality software at speed to ensure that your software is a competitive advantage.

Tuesday, May 8:
DevOps Transformation Journey | 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Chris Rolls

Executive Director Americas
The Testing Consultancy

Tuesday, May 8
1:15 pm

Jeff Wilkinson

Managing Director, 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.

Tuesday, May 8:
The Next Great Debate in Software Development | 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Jeff Wilkinson

Managing Director
Accenture

Tuesday, May 8
8:00 am

Anders Wallgren CTO Electric Cloud

Anders Wallgren

Chief Technology Officer, Electric Cloud

Anders Wallgren is Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 15 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software.

Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director 7 and various Shockwave products.
Anders holds a B.SC from MIT.

Tuesday, May 8:
The Next Great Debate in Software Development | 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Anders Wallgren

Chief Technology Officer
Electric Cloud

Tuesday, May 8
8:00 am

Benjamin Tan Head of Mobile Testing, Infometis

Benjamin Tan

Test Genius, Infometis

As head of Mobile Testing, his focus is on introducing new test methods, tools, and the development of web and mobile applications. Benjamin Tan is the specialist when it comes to connecting your needs with the new technologies.

Tuesday, May 8:
Value Stream Integration from a Testing Perspectiv | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Benjamin Tan

Test Genius
Infometis

Tuesday, May 8
11:30 am

António Barros Product Manager OutSystems

António Barros

Product Manager, OutSystems

Tuesday, May 8:
Low Code: What Testers Need to Know | 3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

António Barros

Product Manager
OutSystems

Tuesday, May 8
3:00 pm

Jacci Modrzewski Software Quality Manager, Sentry

Jacci Modrzewski

Software Quality Manager, Sentry

I am the Software Quality Manager at Sentry Insurance located in Stevens Point Wisconsin. In this role I lead a team of resources on testing automation for the Commercial Lines insurance software platform.

I have worked in the software testing industry for 20 years. During this time, I have experienced the many stages of testing advancements from manual testing into automated testing. With the many advancements in automation, I’ve been able to implement and utilize several different automation tools.
Prior to joining Sentry Insurance, I worked as the IT Director of Release Management at a travel insurance company overseeing resources globally for the Quality Assurance and Software Release Management teams.

I am very passionate about software testing. Vision and guidance of leadership, successful release of projects, constant learning, new technology and testing techniques, keeps me enthusiastic and eager to learn and continue to do more with software testing.

In my spare time my husband, daughter and I run a Holstein beef farm. My daughter is preparing for her first time showing steers at two local county fairs. As time allows, I also enjoy scrapbooking.

Tuesday, May 8:
Why a 110-year old Company Left Legacy Behind: Sentry Case Study | 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Jacci Modrzewski

Software Quality Manager
Sentry

Tuesday, May 8
2:15 pm

Raj Kanuparthi Sr Leader Technology Vantiv

Raj Kanuparthi

Head of Enterprise QA, Engineering Tools and DevOps, Vantiv - Now Worldpay

Raj heads Enterprise Quality Assurance, SDLC Tools, DevOps and Program delivery for Pricing at Worldpay. In his role, Raj is responsible for managing a large QA team, evolving QA and tooling strategy, transformation, Automation, and DevOps capabilities.

Prior to Vantiv, Raj held senior leadership roles within Liberty Mutual Insurance managing delivery of large programs and teams supporting modernization of legacy systems, high-revenue generating applications, development of new products and capabilities, integrating acquired operations across functional domains.

Raj has 20+ years of experience in technology space, predominantly in financial services and insurance industries. Raj has well-rounded experience and success in variety of senior leadership roles from software development, Planning, Strategy, Large Program Delivery and Portfolio management. Raj has MBA from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

Tuesday, May 8:
From Test Automation Zero to Continuous Testing Hero
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Raj Kanuparthi

Head of Enterprise QA, Engineering Tools and DevOps
Vantiv, Now Worldpay

Tuesday, May 8
11:00 am

Ivan Vanderbyl

Product Engineer & Co-Founder, Flood IO

Ivan Vanderbyl is the co-founder and leads Product Engineering at Flood IO. Ivan has dedicated the last 10 years to building easy to use cloud based testing tools and infrastructure for Continuous Integration, Deployment, and Performance Testing at industry leading Cloud Compute companies. Ivan co-founded Flood IO with a focus to bring the best user experience and technologies to Load Testing by leveraging Cloud based infrastructure and modern automation techniques for Browser Level and Protocol Level Load Testing.

Monday, May 7:
Discover: Load Testing
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Ivan Vanderbyl

Product Engineer & Co-Founder, Flood IO

Monday, May 7
4:00 pm

Sanil Pillai Head of Innovation, Infostretch

Sanil Pillai

Head of Innovation, Infostretch

Sanil Pillai is Head of Innovation. He is an experienced engineering leader for digital and enterprise applications. He has built and managed offshore and onsite engineering teams, managed mobile projects for Fortune 500 clients, and has deep technical and functional expertise.

At Infostretch, Sanil has established agile development and Continuous Integration methodologies, tracking metrics and monitoring processes to ensure continuous improvement in the development organization.

Prior to Infostretch, Sanil was the Director of Project Management at AirKast, Inc. where he managed development and successful delivery of iOS, Android and Blackberry applications for clients like Disney, Univision, Salem Communications, Musicians Institute and Bloomberg. Before AirKast, Sanil held various engineering and engineering management roles with companies including Oracle, Citi and Workday.

Tuesday, May 8:
Harness the Power of AI to Optimize Testing Processes | 11:30 am - 12:00 am

Sanil Pillai

Head of Innovation
Infostretch

Tuesday, May 8
11:30 am

Susan Brockley

Independent Consultant

Susan Brockley has over 27 years of software engineering experience working in the areas of quality assurance, testing, requirements, and project management. Her background also includes security and controls and requirements management. She has held the Quality Assurance Institute CSQA designation since 2002 along with a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from the University of Texas. Susan is a guest lecturer at the University of Texas for a course on Measures and Metrics and has spoken at Quality Assurance Institute Conferences in Chicago (Usability – What you Need to Know to Begin Testing NOW) and Toronto (A View from the Back Seat – Past, Present, and Future Thoughts on Test Management).

Tuesday, May 8:
Testware or Shelfware | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Susan Brockley

Independent Consultant

Tuesday, May 8
12:00 pm

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Tatiana Salazar

Information Technology Manager, Experian

Tuesday, May 8:
More than Quick Wins: How Experian Launched a Transformational Quality Program in 3 Months Flat | 4:00 pm - 4:40 am

Tatiana Salazar

Information Technology Manager & Process Improvement Specialist
Experian

Tuesday, May 8
4:00 am

Clint Sprauve PRODUCT MARKETING DIRECTOR, SAUCE LABS

Clint Sprauve

Product Marketing Director, Sauce Labs

Clint Sprauve is the Product Marketing Director for Mobile at Sauce Labs. Previously he was the senior product marketing manager for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise functional testing. He was also the director of product strategy for the Borland Solutions Division of Micro Focus, where he created Borland’s mobile strategy for functional test automation.

Tuesday, May 8:
Continuous Testing Strategies for Mobile Applications | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Clint Sprauve

Product Marketing Director
Sauce Labs

Tuesday, May 8
4:45 pm

Kevin Dunne Senior Vice President QASymphony

Kevin Dunne

Senior Vice President, QASymphony

Kevin Dunne is the SVP of Global Channels at QASymphony, ensuring their continued commitment to innovation and delivering tools to create better software. With a deep interest in the emerging trends in software development and testing, Kevin is dedicated to collaborating with thought leaders in this space.

Kevin comes to QASymphony from Deloitte, where he managed testing on large government and Fortune 500 engagements delivering ERP implementations and custom software development. As one of the first employees at QASymphony, Kevin has seen many facets of the business working in sales, customer support, marketing, and product management.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University.

Tuesday, May 8:
Modernizing Test Management: Say Goodbye to HP QC | 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Kevin Dunne

Senior Vice President
QASymphony

Tuesday, May 8
1:15 pm

Tim Koopmans

Founder & Director of Load Testing, Flood IO

Tim Koopmans is a performance testing expert dedicated to making open source load testing tools and cloud testing infrastructure accessible to everyone. Tim engineered the Flood “shared nothing” architecture and holds the key to its unparalleled scalability and throughput. He also developed Ruby JMeter. Prior to Flood, Tim spent more than ten years as a performance and development consultant for companies across retail, finance, telecom, and government sectors. Tim also served as an Australian Army Officer for ten years.

Tuesday, May 8:
Continuous Load Testing | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Tim Koopmans

Founder & Director of Load Testing
Flood IO

Tuesday, May 8
12:00 pm

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Paul Downes

Senior Principal, Accenture

He is the Global Test Tools and Automation Lead, one of the asset owners for the Accenture Delivery Methods for Testing, and the Delivery Lead for Accenture’s Testing-as-a-Service capability. Paul works with Accenture’s clients to establish effective testing organizations and testing practices, as well as implement the right tools to support them. He conducts testing assessments for clients, and helps them define transformation strategies to improve their testing operations and delivery capabilities. Paul has been with Accenture for 8 years. Prior to that, he held management positions in software testing and quality assurance for Bay Area financial services and healthcare companies.

Tuesday, May 8:
AI and Automation for the Intelligent Enterprise | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Paul Downes

Senior Principal
Accenture

Tuesday, May 8
5:30 pm

Jonathan Morar Tricentis

Jonathan Morar

Senior Solution Architect, Tricentis

Jonathan Morar is a Senior Solution Architect at Tricentis. He’s been with Tricentis for over 5 and a half years, and in the software testing industry for over 15 years. Jonathan is currently based in the USA; he previously lived and worked in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia.

Monday, May 7:
Discover: Test Data Management | 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Jonathan Morar

Senior Solution Architect
Tricentis

Monday, May 7
2:15 pm

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.

Tuesday, May 8:
Digital Transformation: Navigating the Future of Testing
9:45 am - 10:30 am

Wolfgang Platz

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer Tricentis

Tuesday, May 8
9:45 am

Sandeep Johri

Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Tuesday, May 8:
The State of Software Testing | 9:15 am - 9:45 am

Sandeep Johri

Chief Executive Officer
Tricentis

Tuesday, May 8
9:15 am

Franz Fuchsberger

Franz Fuchsberger

Co-founder & Chief Sales Officer, Tricentis

With over 20 years of experience in global enterprise sales, Franz is the co-founder of Tricentis. He heads up its global sales force and supports its internationalization and global expansion.

Franz previously was in charge of Compuware’s business in Central- and Eastern Europe in his role as Managing Director at Compuware for Austria and Central Eastern Europe. During his tenure he started and substantially grew the software and service business of Compuware in Central and Eastern Europe. Between 2000 and 2007, Compuware’s CEE-Business was among the fastest growing units within the company worldwide. Franz has held several sales- and sales management positions at PTC in Austria and Germany. When leaving PTC, he looked after PTC’s Major Account Business in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in the role of Regional Sales Director.

Franz started his professional career in 1993 at IBM as a Sales Representative for IBM Services, which offered a broad range of IT-based services centered on the IT data center.

Franz Fuchsberger

Co-founder & Chief Sales Officer
Tricentis

Monday, May 7
3:00 pm

Gerd Weishaar

Dr. Gerd Weishaar

Chief Product Officer, Tricentis

Dr. Gerd Weishaar has over 20 years of experience in product development and product management from various software companies, including Segue Software, Rational Software and IBM. As Chief Product Officer at Tricentis, Dr. Weishaar is responsible for all aspects of product strategy, roadmap, and development across the complete product portfolio. Prior to joining Tricentis, Dr. Weishaar was responsible for the product management of Update Software, a leading vendor in the field of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.

Dr. Gerd Weishaar is a computer science graduate of the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, where he also obtained his Ph.D. He is also an MBA graduate of the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Monday, May 7:
Roadmap 2018 | 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Dr. Gerd Weishaar

Chief Product Officer
Tricentis

Monday, May 7
6:15 pm

Ingo Philipp

Ingo Philipp

Distinguished Evangelist, Tricentis

Ingo Philipp, Distinguished Evangelist at Tricentis, champions the methodologies, best practices, and technologies at the core of the company’s Continuous Testing solution. His insights on rethinking software testing and passion for elevating the role of the software tester have made him a sought-after speaker/author across the global software testing community. In his previous position as a senior product manager at Tricentis, he orchestrated the development and product marketing for exploratory testing, test management, test conception, test design, and test automation technologies. Before Ingo entered the multifaceted world of software testing and development, he worked as a theoretical astrophysicist in the field of high-energy particle physics and computational fluid dynamics at the University of Vienna and the Berlin Institute for Technology. He holds a Master of Science degree.

Monday, May 7:
Deep Dive: Exploratory Testing | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Discover: Exploratory Testing | 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 8:
Reality Check: The Role of Manual Testing in DevOps
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Ingo Philipp

Distinguished Evangelist
Tricentis

Tuesday, May 8
11:00 am

Lev Kushnir

Lev Kushnir

Product Manager, Tricentis

Lev Kushnir is a product manager for SAP Testing at Tricentis, specializing in developing new Tricentis Tosca products for SAP testing. Lev has over 10 years of experience in test center and training management, documentation for SAP testing tools, and conceptualizing new product offerings within the competitive landscape. As a long-time SAP user, Lev has extensive knowledge on SAP's functionalities and offerings, uniquely positioning him to define new product vision within the space.

Monday, May 7:
Discover: SAP Testing | 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, May 8:
New Strategies for SAP Testing | 4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Lev Kushnir

Product Manager
Tricentis

Tuesday, May 8
4:00 pm

Alain Traechslin

Product Manager, Tricentis

Alain is Product Manager at Tricentis looking after Tosca BI. He has spent the last few years advocating test management & test automation practices amongst Tricentis’ customer base. His current focus is how to best test data warehouse and business intelligence systems.

Monday, May 7:
Deep Dive: BI/DWH Testing | 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Discover: BI/DWH Testing | 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, May 8:
Top BI/Data Warehouse Testing Challenges—and How to Solve Them
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Alain Traechslin

Product Manager
Tricentis

Tuesday, May 8
3:00 pm

Dr. Elmar Pauwels

Product Manager, Tricentis

Dr. Elmar Pauwels is on the product management team at Tricentis. In this role, his responsibilities range from product development and product marketing
to test management, test conception, test design, and test automation. His experiences with software testing embrace the application of agile
as well as classical testing methodologies in various sectors including financial services, consumer goods, commercial services, healthcare, materials, telecommunications, and energy.

Monday, May 7:
Discover: Test Planning | 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Discover: Tosca Analytics | 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Increase Risk Coverage While Reducing Your Test Suite
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Dr. Elmar Pauwels

Product Manager
Tricentis

Monday, May 7
4:30 pm

Thomas Stocker

Product Manager, Tricentis

Thomas Stocker is currently Product Manager at Tricentis. He is mainly responsible for Distributed Execution, Continuous Integration and the Automation Platform. Prior to his current role, Thomas has been working directly on the Tricentis Tosca Testsuite as a Lead Engineer. Thomas studied Business Informatics at the Vienna University and has over 10 years experience of software development and over 3 years experience of agile Product Ownership.

Monday, May 7:
Deep Dive: Continuous Testing | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Discover: Model-Based Test Automation | 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Thomas Stocker

Product Manager
Tricentis

Monday, May 7
3:15 pm

Robert Wagner

Product Manager, Tricentis

Robert Wagner is currently a Product Manager in API and Service Virtualization and has been with Tricentis for the past 10 years building up business readable and codeless service virtualization and API testing. Robert has extensive experience with web APIs and message-oriented middleware systems.

Monday, May 7:
Discover: API Testing & Service Virtualization
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Tuesday, May 8:
API Testing and Service Virtualization for Continuous Testing
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Robert Wagner

Product Manager
Tricentis

Tuesday, May 8
2:15 pm

Paulina Steidel Product Manager, Tricentis

Paulina Steidel

Product Manager, Tricentis

Paulina Steidel is Product Manager of Mobile technologies at Tricentis. Paulina has a history of working in the IT and services sector and is passionate about improving the world of Mobile Test Automation. Paulina holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Computer Science and Information Technology.

Monday, May 7:
Discover: Mobile Testing | 4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Tuesday, May 8:
Exploratory Testing for Mobile | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Paulina Steidel

Product Manager
Tricentis

Tuesday, May 8
4:45 pm

James Senecal Director of Solution Architecture NA at Tricentis

James Senecal

Director of Solution Architecture, Tricentis

Monday, May 7:
Discover: Risk-Based Testing | 5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

James Senecal

Director of Solution Architecture
Tricentis

Monday, May 7
5:15 pm

Gernot Brandl

Product Manager, Tricentis

Gernot Brandl has more than 20 years of experience in software development and product management. He joined Tricentis in early 2007 after working as a freelance developer, consultant and trainer for several years. At Tricentis he worked as a developer, software architect, technical project lead and line manager. In 2014 he joined product management and currently works there as a Senior Product Manager for cloud services.

Monday, May 7:
Discover: Tricentis Cloud | 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, May 8 :
How the Cloud Enhances Software Testing | 3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Gernot Brandl

Product Manager
Tricentis

Monday, May 7
4:30 pm

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