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India Testing Awards 2018 – Bangalore

21 Mar

ABOUT THE AWARD
India Testing Awards will recognise those organisations and practitioners that have stepped away from legacy tools and processes to create Testing programs that define the future of IT Software Development, services and support. Executives and teams leading IT and testing at these companies will be recognised among their peers at the India Testing Awards ceremony co-hosted with World Conference Next Gen Testing 2018 on Thursday, 19th July 2018, in Bangalore.

WHY ENTER INDIA NEXT GEN TESTING AWARDS?
Entering The India Testing Awards is an opportunity for the market as a whole to be acknowledged and recognised, as well as bringing high levels of exposure and acclaim for individuals, teams, and organisations. This is a unique platform that provides an opportunity to network, interact and gain knowledge.

A Leadership forum enabling complete reach and engagement to showcase some of the best capabilities from India’s top brass software testing fraternity.

REASON TO ENTER:
> A win at The India Testing Awards gives a seal of approval to your activities and is a sign of quality and high standards within your business
> Just being shortlisted can boost your brand awareness and promote your business.
> The India Testing Awards recognises the hard work and achievements of your employees, helping to boost staff confidence.
> Being shortlisted can impress your business partners, clients, investors and potential investors.
> Winning awards boosts your hiring stature within the market, helping to attract the very best talent.

Link: http://www.unicomlearning.com/India_Testing_Awards_2018/

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES INCLUDE :

1. Testing Lifetime Achievement of the Year 2018 (Honorary)
The veteran Testing Thought leader whose contribution to the industry is memorable. The jury, comprising of CIOs of end user companies and celebrated thought-leaders, shall chose the winner.

2. Testing Leader of the Year 2018
This will be awarded to the most outstanding software Testing leader.

Jury will be looking for:

> Excellent people management and communication skills
> Evidence of achieving project aims and targets through effective leadership
> Proof of commitment to the wider testing and QA community
> Examples of procedures put in place to ensure high quality results
> Evidence of a commitment to high quality and standards
> Demonstration of self-evaluation, commitment to self-learning and improvement
> Evangelise modern test practices, methods and find new ways of doing things – Ex: Usage of machine learning tools, analysis et al

CORPORATE CATEGORIES INCLUDE :

1. Testing Project of the Year 2018
Awarded to the most outstanding testing project
Jury will be looking for:

Evidence of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
Demonstration of a successful software testing project utilising a best practice method/technique
Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices
Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards
Evidence of cost savings, revenue generation or any value generated to the customer (internal, external)

2. Emerging Technology in Testing of the Year 2018
Awarded to the most outstanding Emerging Technology in Testing
Jury will be looking for:

Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of Emerging technology choices and application
Cutting-edge and fit-for-purpose technology was correctly and effectively used Evidence of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
Evidence and evaluation of technology being used to overcome project challenges/obstacles Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards
Evidence of adoption of technology and that resulted in significant business benefits (cost savings or revenue generation)

3. Testing Team of the Year 2018
Awarded to the most outstanding overall testing team of the year.
Judges will be looking for:

Evidence of a cohesive team identity and unity
Outstanding communication demonstrated within the software testing team and with other stakeholders
Evidence of achieving project aims and targets through effective team work
Commitment to the wider testing and QA community
Evidence of a strong team ethos
Proof of continued commitment to improving, up-skilling and self-development
Evidence of teams creating or contributing to open source, intellectual property like publications, or testing community contribution
4. Testing Tool/Product of the year 2018
Awarded to the most outstanding testing tool/product
Judges will be looking for:

Did the product provide cost saving or revenue generation to the organization?
Did it improve productivity of the testing teams?
Did the product provide any “wow” factor that impacted customer (internal/external) business?
How did the product perform in terms of product adoption, ease of use, implementation Is it referred/used in community and usage at various levels of eco system in the industry?

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Award submission guidelines:

1. More than one submissions are allowed in any category.

2. There can be more than one submission from a company.

3. A nominal fee will be a onetime payment per category to ensure serious nominations

4. All submitted proposals shall be refered to jury members who shall be selecting the best 5 proposals in each category.

5.Your project will be evaluated based on the information you provide. We hence request you to spend comprehensive time in filling out the details pertaining to your project.

6. Once the proposal qualifies for the final nominations, the same shall be informed to you.

7. All the final nominees should be present on the awards day.

8. Winner’s name shall be declared on the awards day.

9. Winner’s trophy shall be handed over a gala ceremony on the awards day.

Submission Deadlines:

Early Bird Submission : 1st June 2018
Standard Submission : 10th July 2018

For More Information :

Contact Mr Gokul by telephone at +91 95388 78795 or by email at contact@unicomlearning.com / gokul@unicomseminars.org

Link: http://www.unicomlearning.com/India_Testing_Awards_2018/

Events List: http://www.unicomlearning.com/Conferences.html

 

What is bitcoin and how much is it worth?

30 Aug

Bitcoin event

Blockchain Summit Sydney

What is a bitcoin?
Bitcoin is decentralised, which means that no single authority or institution holds or controls the bitcoins.
Regular currency is controlled by one governing authority such as a central bank. If the country requires more money it can print more money but that devalues the currency and leads to inflation.
Bitcoins can be transferred electronically and practically instantly and have historically had low transaction fees, though this is something that has recently changed.

How are bitcoins created?
Only 21 million bitcoins can ever be created in order to protect the value of the bitcoin system. Bitcoins can be ‘mined’, which is the process of actually creating bitcoins, or they can be bought using regular currency.
Bitcoins can be mined using computer software and a mathematical formula designed by the Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto.
Satoshi Nakamoto is anonymous and could be one person or a group of software developers.
Some people have claimed to be the Bitcoin founder but to date, the Bitcoin inventor’s identity remains anonymous.
Bitcoins are created digitally by a community of people that anyone can join.
Each machine that mines bitcoins makes up part of the network and each machine works together.
Bitcoins are made or ‘mined’ by computer power on the bitcoin network. Miners use the computer software to follow the mathematical formula to produce bitcoins.
The mathematical formula is freely available for anyone to check and the software used is open source, meaning anyone can check it.
Bitcoins are not based on gold or federal reserves but on mathematics.
Bitcoins are created as a reward for mining, they can be exchanged for other currencies, products or services.
They are used to purchase goods or services on the digital black market.

Blockchain Melbourne

How do bitcoins work?
There are certain rules governing the creation of bitcoins; miners cannot just keep producing bitcoins as they please.
Because only 21 million bitcoins can ever be produced by miners, the value of the system is preserved and the value of the bitcoins fluctuates wildly, depending on supply and demand. the bitcoins can then be divided into smaller parts.
Bitcoins can then be divided into smaller parts – you do not have to buy an entire bitcoin.
The smallest divisible bitcoin amount is one hundred millionth and is called a Satoshi after the founder of bitcoin.
Bitcoin transactions are sent to and from Bitcoin wallets, which is where your bitcoins are stored electronically.
Bitcoin transactions are completely transparent, any bitcoin transaction can be traced back to the point where the bitcoins were produced.
However bitcoin is completely anonymous as bitcoin addresses are not linked to names, addresses or other personally identifying information and any one user can hold multiple bitcoin addresses.
Anyone can see how many bitcoins are held at a certain address but they don’t know who the address belongs to.
Once you have made a transaction using bitcoins there is no way to get them back unless the recipient returns them.


How can you use bitcoins?

You can start trading with bitcoins by buying bitcoins using your credit card.
Then once you have acquired some bitcoins you need to get yourself a bitcoin wallet to store it.
You need a special key to make transactions to other bitcoin users.
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How much is a bitcoin worth?
Much to economists’ confusion, bitcoins are traded and used as a form of currency.
For a form of currency to be successful it must be both a store of value and a medium of exchange.
Many users of Bitcoin will rave about how effective Bitcoin is as a medium of exchange.
Traditional currency is backed by reserves assets or unconsumed goods. In the past currency was backed by gold.
However, there is no consensus as to what exactly gives bitcoins its intrinsic value. Some say it’s the maths and technology behind it. Others say it is the effort of the miners to make the bitcoins.
Investing in bitcoin is a gamble just like investing in any over-inflated industry, good or service.
One Bitcoin is currently worth £3337.98 ($4309.30/€3612), but this figure fluctuates a lot and bitcoin has almost doubled in value since July.
As it stands, if you invested $2,000 into bitcoin five years ago you could be a millionaire today.

Up coming conferences

 

How Blockchain makes the online content economy fair and transparent

11 Aug

IT Conferences in India
blockchain Details
Online publishing and advertising is a very profitable market. Yet not everyone is profiting equally from it. Content hosting services, social media giants and advertising intermediaries are raking in huge sums of the revenue. Meanwhile the users who create, curate and share the content take away little or nothing from the value they help create, effectively becoming cogs in the wheel of tech giants.

Hopefully, blockchain, the technology that powers digital currencies, provides an alternative to the centralized ad and content delivery model. Blockchain, which rose to fame with the advent of Bitcoin, is a distributed ledger controlled by no single gatekeeper. It provides a platform to perform secure transactions without the need for brokers and middlemen. In recent years, blockchain has expanded its reach from monetary exchange to other fields where parties want to trade assets of value.

In the online content and digital advertising industry, blockchain can help level the playing field and create platforms where everyone gets compensated fairly for their contribution to the economy.

Blockchain-based digital advertising

blockchain Summit
Over the years, digital advertising has transformed into an inefficient marketplace that’s causing a lot of harm. Advertisers pay huge sums to intermediaries to reach their audience while publishers get meager portions of the ad revenue. And users’ share of the economy is annoying ads, slower page loads and tons of privacy-invading tracking code.

Blockchain creates an entirely new way to serve ads and reward publishers without the need for opaque intermediaries. One of the most notable projects in this regard is Brave, a browser developed by the namesake company cofounded by Brendan Eich, the inventor of JavaScript and cofounder the Mozilla project.

Brave natively blocks ads and trackers when you browse the web. In exchange users can opt-in to turn on ads, in which case both viewer and publisher get awarded Basic Attention Tokens (BATs), the company’s proprietary digital currency which exists on top of the Ethereum blockchain. Users can also choose to send BATs to the creators of their favorite content. Brave comes integrated with a BAT wallet. The browser uses local algorithms to assess user attention and optimize ads while preventing fraud and avoiding privacy invasions.

The system uses anonymization methods to protect user identities while providing advertisers with a verifiable audit trail on the blockchain. The main hurdle for Brave’s method of advertising and monetizing content is to get publishers and advertisers to adopt the model.

Rewarding content creators and curators
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Everyday, the internet generates millions of dollars worth of curated, shared and consumed content. However, centralized content hosting and distribution platforms reap most of the rewards. The people who are distributing the content have no say over how the dividends are distributed.

This is something that blockchain and a decentralized attention economy can change. Blockchain startup Synereo is aiming to remedy this situation with WildSpark, a new application it launched on August 10, which empowers consumers and curators directly to support content creators and be rewarded for their efforts as well.

WildSpark, which installs as a browser plugin, lets you send AMPs, Synereo’s cryptocurrency, to directly reward content creators when consuming their content—say a YouTube video. Afterwards, WildSpark generates a unique link that you can use to share the supported content with your followers on social media or embed it in your own blog or website, or send it through email

If other users view the content through your shared link and they too decide to send AMPs to the content creator, you will receive a percentage of the reward as the curator of the content. Every transaction is stored on the blockchain, which provides full transparency into the revenue that is channeled to each creator and curator.

The concept can enable users who have put hard efforts into creating large social media and and web followings to reward the creators of their favorite content and monetize their own platforms.

Supported by the blockchain, the decentralized attention economy makes sure everyone gets rewarded for their efforts in providing quality content.

Software Conferences In India

 

World Next Generation Testing Summit 2017

11 Jul


World Conference Next Generation Testing 2017 will be happening in Bangalore on 20 – 21 July 2017, with focus on Technical Sessions featuring over 25+ Presentation exploring the depth and breadth of Software Testing. The Summit will be a key meeting place for Test Professionals and Executives from leading IT organizations globally .

India Testing Awards 2017 : India Testing Awards will recognise those organisations and practitioners that have stepped away from legacy tools and processes to create Testing programs that define the future of IT Software Development, services and support. Executives and teams leading IT and Testing at these companies will be recognised among their peers at the India Testing Awards ceremony co-hosted with World Conference Next Gen Testing 2017 on Thursday, 21st July 2017, in Bangalore.

This will be a quiz contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable Software tester. This globally has run successfully by Next Gen Testing Community in Singapore, UK, USA, Australia & India and is organised annually in India.

Over 3000 testers from 320+ companies in India shall be participating in this knowledge oriented game/quiz, with experience ranging from 1 years to 20 years in software testing.

Agile Olympiad 2017

Agile Olympiad is an initiative of KPMG and UNICOM to run India’s most prestigious Corporate Quiz on Agile.

The Purpose of this contest is to identify India’s most knowledgeable Agile professionals. Will you bring laurel to your organization and to yourself?

Agile Olympiad will be organized by UNICOM and presented by KPMG in 2017.

Over 1500 IT professionals from 140+ companies in India and abroad would be participating, with experience ranging from 6 months to 25 years and professionals in Agile.

 

Next Generation Testing World Conference 2017

19 Jun

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World Conference Next Generation Testing 2017 will be happening in Bangalore on 20 – 21 July 2017, with focus on Technical Sessions featuring over 25+ Presentation exploring the depth and breadth of Software Testing. The Summit will be a key meeting place for Test Professionals and Executives from leading IT organizations globally .

Workshop Abstract

Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce Queuing Theory & its applications for evaluating the system performance during Performance Testing. This course provides a strong foundation on how to use mathematical principles to improve your performance tests & accelerate problem analysis in strategic manner.

This course will bring in a practical view of how to use operational principles of Queuing theory to engineer system performance evaluation. Though there are several sources available about the operational laws, but the engineering thought process about how to practically apply them for solving some of the key performance testing challenges is always missing. This course is an attempt to teach mathematical principles for non-mathematicians, through a simple & practical way. Hence, the course is designed carefully with many practical case studies to help Performance Testers to apply the mathematical laws to address day to day challenges in performance testing projects.

This course will serve as the foundation course on Queuing Theory for specializing in advanced areas like performance modelling or capacity sizing activities. At the end of this course, Performance Testers will understand how much mathematics is required / involved behind performance problem analysis & how to apply them in the projects.

In nutshell, this is a tool agnostic & domain agnostic course which deals with concepts & mathematical principles of Queuing Theory that can be applied for system performance evaluation during Performance Testing & for Performance Modelling.

Course Outline:
Introduction to Queuing Theory & its Importance for Performance Testing
Operational Laws
How to practically apply & solve Performance testing challenges mathematically
How to building a simple model – Practice session
Practical Case Studies
Assessment

Course Objective:
To teach queuing theory from the basics, particularly simple fundamental mathematical principles which can be applied by Performance Testers to validate the NFRs, validate performance tests, validate the workload used for performance testing, validate the bottleneck area, quantify scalability issues, etc. This course will aid in providing the fundamentals for application capacity sizing & performance modelling activities.

Target Audience:
Performance Testers, Performance Test Leads & Architects, Performance Engineers

Prerequisites:
Should have atleast 2 years of experience in web application performance testing using any commercial or Open source tools like HP LoadRunner, JMeter ,etc.
Trainer Profile
Ramya Ramalinga Moorthy

Ramya carries about 14+ years of industry wide experience in Performance Testing & Performance Engineering. She has handled performance engineering assignments for several Fortune 500 clients across wide range of business domains. She has great passion for learning & experimentation. She has held several senior leadership roles in her previous organizations (in Cognizant & Brillio) before starting her startup companies in India (www.elitesouls.in) & US (www.qaelitesouls.com) which focuses on Performance Testing & Engineering Services and Educational services. She enjoys solving technical problems for assuring the system for its performance, scalability, availability & capacity. Her key areas of interest include application capacity sizing, performance prediction analysis, performance modeling & predictive performance analytics. She runs an online academy for Performance Testers & Engineers.

She is a conference speaker & well known writer. She has published several papers, authored many articles & e-book. Her recent conferences presentations were at QAI-STC 2016, CMG India 2016 & NFTCON 2016 on topics related to statistical modelling, use of machine learning techniques for anomaly detection, performance forecasting, etc. Recently, she has won the CMG India 2016 best paper award & she is a board member in CMG India.
Visit us for Program details:
http://www.nextgentesting.org/bangalore/2017/World_Conference_Testing/program

 

Will you be the Agile Champion of 2015?

17 Apr

Agile Olympiad is an initiative of India Agile Week (IAW 2015) June 12-17 and UNICOM Agile Thoughtleaders to run India’s most prestigious Corporate Quiz on Agile Methodology. This contest also gets participation from several other countries, making it a global contest.

Every year hundreds of Agile Enthusiasts participate and enjoy this experience and bring laurels to themselves as well as to their companies, whose contribution in building an Agile champion cannot be denied.

Visit our website to learn about Agile Olympiad‘s past winners

What makes this corporate contest unique is that almost every company, that is running an Agile project, encourage their employees to participate. Participants then form a team within the organization to do group preparation on the topics provided by the Olympiad committee. Several HR’s of reputed organization have confirmed to me that they have found this active learning more effective than any training they have given on Agile. This sounds as music to our ears as UNICOM’s core belief is to Develop professionals into a global though leader and minimize the learning cost via maximizing the skills gained.

Additional bonus to the contestants is to attend India Agile Week conference @ their city. India Agile Week runs across 6 cities every year in 2nd week of June. In this conference, we share the best practices followed by Indian companies where they are innovating to run Agile suiting their culture and employees temperaments. While other Agile conferences suggest their delegates to change themselves, India Agile Week encourages them to focus on innovation. Our patrons understand this difference and join us all over India to share their stories and learn from their peers.

To view Conference website visit our home page: Click Here

Our Sincere thanks to Tathagat Varma, Founder ThoughtLeadership for agreeing to host the Finals of Agile Olympiad 2015. His work for Agile Olympaid 2014 finale can be seen here:

These are my thoughts. Please do write to me if you think you shall like to participate or join the Olympiad committee.

 

India is fast adopting UX as a practice – Interview with Sudhindra V – Part 1

07 Apr
Sudhindra V Interview with Sudhindra V – Design Director for Sapient Nitroin India, talks to Unicom Tech Editorial team about his journey, future plans and Opportunities in UX field. He tells to our team that “India is fast adopting UX as a practice. Customers are now seeking high quality services, they expect great products and they want to find delight in using them.”
  • How has been your journey as the Experience Design Director for Sapient Nitro in India?

The journey has been significant and memorable. It has been an important journey for the company. We have made strategic decisions and realigned our vision. And amid all this, it has been heartening to see Experience playing a huge part in all what we are thinking of doing. We are looking to create meaningful experiences that touch human lives – beyond content, commerce, creative and other expressions of it. Which means experiences that matter and that last long. We have pioneered the concept of Storyscaping and that has helped shape the right way of looking at things. And we have grown tremendously in the design team. Today we are a talented bunch of a lot of people each one trying to make a mark in this field. And I am happy to say that Sapient is a company lots of designers aspire for. And a lot of companies look upto Sapient on how we are doing things here. We have built our portfolio of some large clients in India and globally as well. All in all, I can say that it has been very satisfying and fulfilling

And its still a wonderful journey. After all, success is a journey, not the destination.

  • How will you define User Experience? How shall you rate adoption of UX in India?

User Experience goes by several definitions but the most appropriate one goes something likes this – “An experience is a story, emerging from the dialogue of a person with her or his world through action”. And another great one goes like this “…the perception left in someone’s mind following a series of interactions between people, devices, and events or any combination thereof.” One can explain User Experience in any no. of ways. At the heart of it all, it really means dealing with people in “their” environments (think holistically) and how they feel with respect to those interactions (emotions). And thats at the heart of all experiential offerings.

India is fast adopting UX as a practice. Customers are now seeking high quality services, they expect great products and they want to find delight in using them. Which means they are seeking high quality experiences in their everyday life. So businesses and brands are forced to walk the line of delivering great experiences no matter what industry one may be in. Having said that, I must say given the enormity of India, this is still miniscule. We still have a long way to go. We are well behind in terms of thinking design. Areas like healthcare and education can benefit a lot from design thinking.

The new age internet start ups are doing a great job here. And the economy playing its part is forcing businesses to think from a consumer point of view a whole lot more than ever before, which essentially means reorganizing and restructuring all touchpoints to deliver maximum value and benefit to the consumer. And young and aspirational multitudes of Indians demand the best of the breed in all that they interact today. So businesses and brands have a long way to go.

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  • What is the significance of UX for an Organization?

Today organizations have realized the significance and business sense in thinking about consumers. An S & P study indicates Customer Experience Leaders outperform the laggards by a whopping 77%. Which means a laggard would be on its way out if they dont pull up soon enough. Even companies who follow standard practices of customer experiences and not really ‘leaders’ outperform the market by 15%. Companies are realizing this today. And that’s good. But while the numbers make a lot of sense, the emotional connect it brings about is huge. Being true to the Emotions of the moment in the experience brings about the right results. And Emotions are the very foundation of “loyalty” (not loyalty programs but unwavering loyalty to a brand or a company). And the loyalty it creates transcends generations.

  • How do you see evolution of User Experience (UX) practice in last 10 years?

The last 10 years there has been a huge amount of learning in the market about creating experiences. Brands and companies are dedicating effort and resources in conducting research, in designing right and offering new types of technology interventions to make the experiences better. Digital has come to the forefront in the marketing offices of many a company. They have realized that there is a lot of value and profits to be made if the right experiences are created. Be it financial institutions, technology providers or a traditional agency, every company is investing in UX. We have seen this change particularly in the last couple of years. Just like everything else in India, the incremental maturity over long periods of time that other developed markets go through don’t apply as much in India. It takes a long time for the right solutions or approaches to make its presence in India but when the market realizes it, it laps it up. So you see a leapfrog in its adoption and maturity and the volumes push it lot further. Similarly in the UX, while the US and Europe have been steadily making progress, India is seeing the same lot more rapidly in the last couple of years. For e.g. SBI’s digital banking initiatives which would have been unthinkable 2 years ago is already true in metros in India.

  • What are the future possibilities for UX? Has it reached its maturity?

Far from it. The world over, we are gradually moving towards better experiences everywhere. The internet of things is playing a big role in it. We are talking about Smart homes, digital-physical experiences in consumer facing touch points and enhance our lifestyle in many ways. There are still a lot of things to do. Banks can become better, cars and their service stations can communicate a lot more, travels can become smoother. We are far from having reached anywhere near maturity. The best part about Experiences though is this. It can never be “done”. There is always more to do. We constantly innovate the world over, we get accustomed to new behaviours, our societies evolve. And so do our expectations of what we consider as a great experience.

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  • You have spoken at UNICOM Seminar’s UXUI Design Summit, last year. This year we are running a 2 day event and focus is more on “How” rather than what and why of Design. What significant difference you see we are doing to make 2015 event more useful to our delegates?

World UXUI Design Summit 2015 and the larger picture of the community UNICOM is committed towards creating is a great initiative. There is a lot more awareness and interest in people today in the value they derive out of such conferences. The gatherings, whether they are formal or informal, is an opportunity to meaningfully connect with peers. Most often, the best knowledge comes from within such shared spaces. And ultimately people do come and evaluate what was their “take away” from conferences. Addressing the How question therefore is very important.

  • India doesn’t have many UX designers and UNICOM Endeavour’s to create more awareness and organize knowledge forums in this area. Do you see your company engaging closely with UNICOM seminars in this Endeavour?

Sapient has always been actively involved in design events the world over – be it the SXSW or the IxDA. Sapient will continue to engage in all forms of engagement with the right talent through such forums.

  • Please let the readers know who is your role model in UX Design?

As in every field, there are plenty. The most important designer people love to emulate is Jonathan Ive – Apple’s legendary design leader. He worked closely with Steve Jobs and was able to translate a lot of his vision to real artifacts. Another important design leader who has made significant contributions to the field is Dan Saffer. Academicians like Donald Norman and Marcus Hassenzal and usability experts like Jakob Nielsen have done a lot of work in clarifying and articulating the largely subjective world of design.

  • You are looked upon as significant contributor in UX design in India. Kindly share some of your significant contribution and future plans.

I have been involved in the UX design field in India for the past several years – 8 to be precise. There is always this fulfilment one gets when one gives back to the community. I learnt a lot from ixda.org online discussions which helped me in my career. And I have been an active IxDA volunteer over the years to give something back to the community. I have contributed actively to 3 large scale World Usability Day events in Bangalore. We conducted events such as d-camps. I became a Regional Co-ordinator of IxDA for Asia in 2007 and helped form many chapters across Asia – such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Mumbai, Hyderabad. Also engaging with students in a few events in NID was quite fulfilling. Aaron Marcus, a renowned expert in the field, came visiting to Bangalore and we organized him to speak at SapientNitro and also at a local IxDA event. Sapient has been extremely supportive in these activities and also have been able to sponsor a few of the events in Bangalore and elsewhere. I have also attempted to share my knowledge through some mainstream and online media and time to time write articles and pieces so I hope that has helped the community. Apart from that, I have conducted User Experience sessions in Srishti Design Labs, served as a mentor to a few design enthusiasts in Bangalore and am happy to share that many of them are now in mainstream design jobs.

Most importantly, when I speak to my colleagues in other geographies, I don’t believe I only represent my team in Sapient. I believe I represent a culture which is India and I have tried my best to bring that to bare in my interactions with other creative leaders in Sapient as well as other organizations. I have got a few of the design leaders from the US visit design colleges in Bangalore and see the potential that India has to offer to the creative world today. Overall, India continues in its upward path towards creative excellence and we need design leaders to help shape the community.

  • If you had not been in design world, which other area would have interested you?

I love to write so that’s another area may be I would have explored a bit. I did a bit of modelling in my younger days so that would be interesting too. And I have participated in plays in schools; my first play was when I was in my primary school. In any case, I think I would have landed in the creative field..

Continued

 

Tech- Mahindra emerges as the winners at ‘World Business Excellence Summit’

01 Apr
1st Winner of IQL 2015

1st Winner of IQL 2015

Unicom Learning, a Global B2B platform for IT industry and KPMG India together presented the 2ndedition of ‘World Business Excellence Summit 2015’ at Movenpick, Bangalore recently with the theme “Meet Leaders in Business Assurance”. Two contests viz. INDIA QUALITY LEAGUE 2015 and the IT MANAGER OLYMPIAD 2015 was held together under the World Business Excellence summit. The contest had several rounds including online written tests, on stage quiz etc. This event saw thousands of QA professionals from 112 companies participating from across the nation.

Mrinal Chatterjee and Dipan Lahiri from Tech Mahindra emerged as the proud winners of the prestigious India Quality League 2015. Whereas, Samgram Das, Associate Director – IT IS and Arvind Rao, Director – Development from Team Zyme Techno Camp Zyme Solutions emerged as the winners and grabbed the Gold.

In the earlier edition of one day conference on World Business Excellence Summit, the best practices used like the Balanced Scorecard, Lean, the Six Sigma, Agile, ISO, CMMI, Change Management, People and cultural issues were discussed. This year the focus was on LEAN, KANBAN, ScrumBan, DevOps, Innovation Games and Mind Mapping along with other important frameworks and issues related to quality assurance and change management. Like last year, this year too the focus was to have INTENSE, HANDS-ON and PRACTICAL presentations, so that one can learn and execute these frameworks at their organization.

Congratulating the winners Nitesh Naveen, Co-founder and CEO of UNICOM Learning shared, “I wish all the best to the winners and my heartiest congratulation to Tech Mahindra and Zyme Solutions for having this year’s India’s most knowledgeable quality champions with them”.

World Business Excellence Summit 2015

INDIA QUALITY LEAGUE 2015

1st Place “Gold”- Team the Dark Horses Won “GOLD – 1st Place” from Tech Mahindra – Mrinal Chatterjee & Dipan Lahiri
2nd Place “Silver” – Team Atos Excellence Won “SILVER – 2nd Place” from @ATOS – Samir Umrikar & Ramesh Ramanathan
3rd Place “Bronze” – Team QRM Deloitte Won “Bronze – 3rd Place” from Deloitte Consulting – Neetu Kar & Shrikrishna Pandey. 

IT MANAGER OLYMPIAD 2015

1st Place “Gold” – Team Zyme Techno Champ from Zyme Solutions- Sangram Das, Associate Director – ITIS & Arvind Rao, Director – Development.

2nd Place “Silver” – Team Zyme IT Team from @Zyme Solutions – Santosh Phalle, IT Manager & Binaybhusan Nanda, IT Manager

3rd Place “Bronze” – Team TechMighty from Tech Mahindra- Pankaj Kumar, Test Manager & Piyush Sinha, Test Lead.

About UNICOM Learning

Unicom Learning is a leading player in the Knowledge Forum industry giving a Global B2B platform for the IT industry founded by Professor Gautam Mitra (Chairman & Co-Founder) and Nitesh Naveen (CEO & Co-Founder). The organisation holds 150 knowledge conferences (forums) across the globe annually, out of which 100 are held in India. UNICOM has close to 10,000 professionals attending each of these conferences cum training platforms. Over the years, Unicom Learning has gained deep insights with organising knowledge forums in multiple disruptive technology domains like, Agile, Big Data, Cloud computing, Internet of All Things among others. UNICOM Learning’s knowledge partners include KPMG, CISCO, INTEL, Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Satyam among others.  For further information; visit www.unicomlearning.com

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THE BEST CONFERENCE THAT I EVER ATTENDED IN MY SOFTWARE TESTING CAREER

05 Aug

How about starting this blog post with this as I cannot stop myself saying it. WCNGT by Unicom Learning was the best conference that I have attended so far. What do I mean by best? Well, that’s a great feeling inside my heart. Be it organizing committee or be it the participants, everyone were lovely. And not to forget that the food was insanely delicious. Usually, I always used to feel like “When will the conference end? / Let me get out of this and hang-out with friends or let me do something else”, but here it was very unique experience where my heart wanted to stick around with people. There was so much love shown by participants after my talk and before the talk. I made many friends.

Something that made my heart beat so fast with the happy tune was, many people shared their business cards with me and this was first time that I did not go to people proactively and shared my card and asking for one. That’s a heuristic for me that, my talk was loved literally by people. I met some great human-beings like Avinash from Sasken, Prasanth from KPMG, Natarajan from Chennai, Buddhini from Sri Lanka, Anand Bagmar from Thoughtworks, Aparajitha, Ashok T from Stag and many other people.

After the Day 1 Conference

I was sitting in the lobby of Le Meridien and there were few groups which came and talked to me. Some people said, we missed your talk and my instant response was, “No, you did not!” I made the lobby as stage and gave 1ish hour talk on Hacking and Life (That’s the beauty of my talk, I have mixed thoughts that come up during my technical talk. I see how I can relate certain things to life while that acts as motivation). I even spoke about my life as it is without having conditions apply, the only reason I share things about my life is, “It makes me feel lighter and may be it helps someone who was or is in same hard-ship”.

Now, let us rewind a bit. It was 10:30 AM and my talk was scheduled at 10:30 AM. When I entered, I was asked to hurry up and I said, I never like to hurry in my life. And then I heard, “You got to hurry and manage”, and my response was “I do not want to manage, I want to rock”. I was asked if my talk can be re-scheduled, I said “Why not? Please do”. People have always judged me and I am thankful to them that they spend their time on me thinking about me. Isn’t it lovely?

Now, is the time for my talk and I wanted to rock. Well, it did happen! My talk appeared to be motivating, inspirational, informative, enthusiastic, fun / humorous etc. This is not what I am telling, but the people who gave feedback. Here are some pictures that you can have a look at https://www.facebook.com/testinsane/posts/682938915121470

Now, let us forward a bit. I came home and I was so happy to have been at the conference; I logged into my Facebook account and I see so many friend requests and also some people had pinged me to convey that my talk was great / awesome / fun etc. Beautiful!

A trainee at Le Meridien appreciated by talk

Now, I was happy to see a message by a Trainee at Le Meridien who appreciated my talk. Here is the message by Mr. Mukesh Priya Darsan [No editing done, copied and pasted as it is].

“Hi sir I am Priya darsan… I am a Trainee in le Meridien bangalore.. I heared ur speech…. awesome bit funny too.. I was working and listening to your words… I was near by u putting water in the glass.. I think u dint knw… hope c u back sir…. #YouHackedMe”

During Day 2 Conference

The intention was only meeting people and also sharing by business cards as I call myself “I’m a BASTARD of Marketing”. I met some awesome people and had long conversations. Some people complimented for my talk which was on Day 1 and I was thankful to them as it bought smile on my face.

After the conference

Some more messages started landing in my inbox and there is this girl known by this name, and she is Monica A N Kumar [Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/monicaswathi?fref=ts] who wrote this post https://www.facebook.com/monicaswathi/posts/846303835389514

Here is goes, [No editing done]

“When I announced the next speaking session on the stage at ‪#‎WCNGT14‬ I noticed Santhosh Tuppad and honestly for a minute wondered “WHAAAT!! HIM? I MEAN SERIOUSLY!!” Being from technical background but not really liking it much i jus sat n listened to ds person on stage!! What a speaking session that was!! U jus conveyed the technical knowledge in a very non-technical way!! This s exactly how a Mentor shud be!! You proved tat a Mentor need nt necessarily be old or not necessarily look geeky…All tat matters is conveying the subject in an interesting way.. I oly wanted to listen more..U jus changed de definition of conference totally tat day to me…! I would definitely not think oderwise if given a chance to attend ur speaking session!! We want Mentors like U!! Thank you once again”

I just loved it and made me smile. At times motivation from other people is bonus for me however, I rely on self-motivation always. One of the beautiful thing about Monica A N Kumar is, she conveyed it while many people don’t like to do so thinking that, Why should I? What’s in it for me? When I speak good about people [Well, I only speak good and don’t like to speak bad], it gives me happiness. Sometimes, I find my motivation in motivating others.

Few words about conference

Sexy, Awesome, Lovely conference.
Organizing committee – Wow!
Participants – Lovely people. Never felt so good meeting people.

And hell yeah! I am going to make it to the future conferences for sure based on my priorities. WCNGT ROCKS! Thanks to Unicom Learning.

 

CTS is India’s most favourite software testing company by software testers

30 Jul
Greetings from UNICOM Learning – Global professional conference organising company on emerging technology and processes (Big Data, Cloud, Internet of Things, UXUI, Quality, Agile, Next Gen Testing, Mobility, Social, DevOps, Next Gen Programming and Technology Leadership) across 10 lacs+ IT professionals, 5 continents and 10 countries.

Please join me in congratulating Cognizant Technologies for being voted as India’s most favourite Company in Software Testing. This position was earned by CTS thanks to the robust voting by 14000+ testers in India.

L&T Infotech and TCS bagged the 2nd and 3rd position respectively. More details on our website.

Selection Process

UNICOM Learning conducted India Testing League – #1 corporate contest on Software Testing. Based on round one of Indian Testing League that was held on June 17, 2014, where 3402 teams from 796 companies participated, we selected the top 50 organizations whose testers participated in ITL 2014 and made it to the semi-finals. This was the first time when employees of a company worked hard to get his/her company to the top.

With these Top 50 selected organizations we started a massive voting campaign to identify the most popular software organization in India in testing. 14000+ online votes were given in 13 days.

List of Top 50 companies in 2014 are :

Aditi Technologies Alcatel-Lucent India Limited Allstate Aricent
Attra Infotech Pvt Ltd Avaya India Pvt Ltd Barclays Technology Centre India Cognizant Technology Solutions (Winners)
3DPLM Software Solutions Limited Ericsson Globallogic HCL
Hexaware Technologies Ltd HP IBM iGATE Global Solutions
Impetus InfoTech (I),Pvt. Ltd InfoCepts Infosys InMage System
Intuit L&T Infotech Lexmark International (India)Pvt Ltd Magic Software Pvt Ltd
Mahindra Comviva Mindfire Solutions Mindtree Ltd Mphasis
Nagarro Software Nitor Infotech Pvt Ltd NTT Data INC Persistent Systems
Philips Quanticate International QUINNOX Safenet Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
Samsung Schneider Electric Scientech Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Solartis Technology Services Pvt. Ltd
SPAN Infotech India Pvt Ltd TCS Techizen Tech Mahindra
Thinksoft ThoughtWorks Vlogic lab WELLSFARGO
Winshuttle Wipro