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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bonus Session

Best Practices in Transforming to World-class QA

Businesses today are looking at the Quality Assurance function as a primary enabler for quality led business differentiation. Leading organizations are transforming their QA functions to create increased value for business and customers. QA transformation involves identifying improvement opportunities to bring in newer  capabilities to enhance overall SDLC maturity to achieve top quartile performance. True transformation is achieved by challenging the current status quo, reinventing solutions through innovative approaches and by making a significant impact through business outcomes. This entails optimization of test processes, leveraging  best-in-class frameworks, and processes and tools. Embracing the shift requires a robust governance structure to drive seamless transition to higher levels of QA maturity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the business drivers and need for QA transformation
  • Driving transformation through Best-in-Class frameworks and levers
  • Deriving key outcomes to improve cost efficiency, reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and faster time to market
Prakash Kandasamy, Cognizant

Prakash Kandasamy is a strategic IT leader from Cognizant Technology Solutions with over 12 years of experience in Quality Assurance. He specializes in QA transformation, test delivery management, test process consulting, business development and spear heading Center of Excellence for global clients. He also has a deep domain expertise in establishing various sourcing models, tools, frameworks, governance and processes based on latest technology & trends within the Insurance industry.

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Dianne Bertolet-Duff, The Hartford

Dianne Bertolet-Duff is the AVP of Enterprise QA for The Hartford, a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds.  She began her career as a developer and has held positions of increasing responsibility, leading teams across the software development lifecycle, specializing in project and vendor management.  Dianne has extensive experience planning, executing and directing projects from inception through implementation within budget and under deadline pressure.

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