October 14, 2016




100 Tickets


8+ Professional Speakers

About the event

The Automation Summit is the leading peer-to-peer educational and networking event for IT automation professionals. As an attendee, you’ll learn why today’s automation innovations are critical for your operation. Plan to be part of this year’s knowledge exchange, October 14 in South Africa, Johannesburg.

It has been aimed to provide IT automation industry a unique platform to converge and showcase its capabilities and products. It also allows managers and engineers working in IT Automation projects to exchange, engage and explore new opportunities.

Main coverage:

- Automation
- Innovation
- Robotics



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UNICOM has been a prominent provider of software and systems Development and Testing conferences and training. Its events and training including popular certifications such as ISTQB and Certified ScrumMaster and courses address upcoming challenges presented by moving to Agile, DevOps and Mobile environments. Conferences include SEPG Europe, Agile Business Conference, ALM Conference, TestExpo and Next Generation Testing Conference

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Conference Overview


Topic Abstract

The 4th IR is founded on the principle of mass automation and hyper connectivity, all of which have to be supported by high scale always on infrastructure to drive these levels of automation and connectivity, in this era its almost taken for granted that you need great access to compute power, higher levels of capability maturity and most of a different way of leading to power the 4th IR, as such its critical to understand where we are headed in the 4th IR, in order to understand what will be needed in these areas to support the 4th IR.

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Topic Abstract

IT Organizations today, think increased automation testing, cost reduction, increased quality assurance and reduced development time; something the “Traditional” Test Centre of Excellence (TCoE) within its current state of QA Ops, has not been able to support or deliver on.

In this workshop, we will discuss, learn and share various “Thought leadership” principles and “Industry Best Practices” which Software Quality Assurance and Testing teams should understand and adopt to remain successful in their efforts of transforming and implementing further advancement of Test Automation in an established Test Centre of Excellence (TCoE) within their organisations. The workshop will encourage the discussion of different approaches whereby some shifting the traditional Test Centre of Excellence’s (TCoE) approach from being “Supply-side producer-led” to being “Consumer demand-driven”. Workshop agenda and discussions will be further tailored to specifically address the challenges faced by Software Quality Assurance in the age of Digital Transformation, hence also supporting the move of IT organisations to Agile DevOps.

With this workshop approach, whilst introducing industrialised, innovative and agile test automation practices, together with discussions into the “Thought Leadership” and “Industry Best Practice” learnings, we will discuss how to transform a traditional Test Centre of Excellence, into an Agile Test Centre of Excellence (ATCoE), whereby enabling the discipline of Software Quality Assurance and Testing to not only transform and optimise its own servicing capability, but to further have a significant impact beyond its operational boundaries, whereby creating a more collaborative “Agile Quality” orientated approach to the IT Organisation’s Application or Solutions Development Life-Cycle, as a whole!

- Where is the traditional TCoE in its current Test Automation capability and maturity?
- What are the reasons to why traditional TCoE’s are unable to support Test Automation? Why should traditional TCoE’s embrace the need to optimise its Test Automation services capability and thus align with the evolution of Test Automation maturity?
- How does the traditional TCoE achieve enabling their Test Automation capability, in support of Agile DevOps in the age of Digital Transformation?
- What are the benefits of an Automated Test Centre of Excellence (ATCoE)?

Key Learnings for participants in this workshop
- Know, understand and learn the principles behind the evolution of Test Automation Maturity
- Learn various best practices to successfully implement further Test Automation advancement within an established Test Centre of Excellence (ATCoE)
- Understand and learn “Thought leadership” and “Industry Best Practice”, essential for structuring, implementing and operating an Automated testing services capability within an Agile Test Centre of excellence (ATCoE)
- Learnings within the workshop, will include a 30 min introduction to the TCoE-Next® TCOM (TCoE Capability Optimisation Model)

Speaker Profile

Reginald Mudaly is a highly accomplished Software Quality Assurance Advisory Professional with over 20 years in Software Quality Assurance and Software Testing experience with excellent track record of conceptualizing and directing strategic “Enterprise-wide” Software Quality Assurance(TCoE Transformational) initiatives and projects to align with organizational objectives. Strategic thinker with astute analytical abilities, able to identify and improve operating efficiencies. Effective communicator with strong teambuilding skills and ability to coordinate cross-functional groups to accomplish organizational or business unit objectives and meet critical deadlines in a fast-paced, high-growth, and diverse environment

Reginald has established, implemented and managed many SQA divisions and large TCoE’s, within both major listed and privately owned Blue Chip organizations within the South African Financial Services, Banking, Retail, Media and Telecoms industries. I have particular experience in Strategic and Advisory SQA Consultation and full SDLC Programme / Portfolio Test Management and Programme Test management, in a number of major organizations, responsible for large teams (in excess of > 100) including offshore and outsourced TCoE engagements. The roles were based on large scale system developments and integration projects and involved management of multiple quality assurance vendors and many third party testing suppliers and responsibilities at board level.


Topic Abstract

The workspace, as we traditionally know it, is changing every day. Where people work and where they perform critical work tasks isn’t always on a desktop or in the office — more often than not, they’re working off their device of choice, from any location, and at just about any time of the day. Some activities require working alone, but many projects require collaboration - and access to instant messaging, video, or meeting spaces.

In order to be productive, users demand agile access to information, communication, and business applications. They want the flexibility to achieve a work-life balance and, most importantly, the peace of mind to perform these functions securely and seamlessly.

At Dimension Data, we understand the challenges of an increasingly mobile workforce and the evolving end-user culture present for technology decision makers and business leaders. We know the complexity constrains your ability to keep up the pace in a highly competitive market.

With our suite of services, we give our clients the agility and innovation to enable workspaces for tomorrow - to empower your business, your employees, supply chain, and customers. We help you extend end-user technology to business processes, changing how the business function is delivered, no matter where that function is being performed.

Speaker Profile

Basha Pillay has a passion for innovation and has been operating in the IT sector for well over 20 years. He has built his reputation around his skillset, experience and ability to deliver across multiple domains. His experience ranges from web and software development, project and programme management, resource management, innovation and Strategy facilitation and building solutions and services within the space of Enterprise mobility. He has been involved in numerous industries and has a good overall view of where IT and business need to come together. He believes very strongly in the upliftment of the business sector of South Africa to a bigger and brighter future through technology innovation.


Topic Abstract

Demonstration of Calabash Cucumber tests for mobile applications

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Topic Abstract

Automation for the sake of automation is a hollow goal. Automation as a business and product strategy is a major enabler of competitive advantage. The ability to quickly and reliably deliver software into the hands of users can change the game, allowing fast and frequent feedback from real-world users. Join me as we delve into some of the fundamental reasons for automation of software product delivery.

Speaker Profile

Joshua Lewis is a senior Developer Coach at nReality where he helps clients get better at creating software products that delight customers. nReality is a boutique software product development company that provides software product development, coaching and training services. Joshua also lectures part-time at post-graduate level for the Jo'burg Centre for Software Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.


Benefits of sponsorship

This is a great opportunity to strategically brand your organization. As a sponsor, you will receive a tremendous amount of visibility and numerous other benefits at the conference.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsor (Limited to 2)

Gold Sponsor (Limited to 3)

Knowledge Partner (Limited to 1)

Silver Sponsor (Limited to 4)

Bronze Sponsor (Limited to 4)

Conference Bag Sponsor (Limited to 1)

Track Sponsor (Limited to 2)

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Instant Sponsorship includes:

 Logo/link on UNICOM website

 Logo on presentation screens throughout conference

 2-day Conference Pass

Past Sponsors


Event Speakers

Robert Boccia

Chief Executive Officer

Leapfrog Innovation Technology Group

Reginald Mudaly

SQA Advisory Consultant and Testing SME

TestWorx Pty Ltd

Joshua Lewis



Basha Pillay

Head of Technology: End User Computing

Dimension Data (MEA)

Neville (Mpumelelo) Sibiya

Automation Test Specialist

Discovery Limited

Marcus Henry


Micro To Mainframe

Event Price list (14th)

Super Early Bird

$ 299
(RAND 4154)
Till 31st August

Early Bird

$ 399
(RAND 5543)
Till 20th September


$ 499
(RAND 6932)
Till 14th October

Event FAQS

IT Automation Summit in Johannesburg is open to anyone who has an interest in the Automation works in the technology/telecoms industry or any related field.


Yes, all conference attendees must register in advance to attend the event.

A. As this is predominantly an event for the IT Testing Industry, if you are interested in attending. Please note that there will be a charge to attend as a student(can avail special discount as a student).


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