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Unicom Seminars

18 September 2014
Congress Plaza Hotel

Conference Speakers and Panellists

Stan Adams, Prolifics

Stan Adams is the Strategic Accounts manager in the Testing practice at Prolifics. He has over 20 years of experience in emerging technology markets where he spent his career shaping trans-formative technologies within consumer and financial markets at their key junctures. Prior to joining Prolifics, Stan Adams held senior management positions at Citicorp, Symantec, McAfee and Charles Schwab where he pioneered the use of various QA methodologies within complex multi-OS environments.

Bob Binder, System Verification Associates, LLC

Bob Binder is a high-assurance entrepreneur. He has developed hundreds of application systems and advanced automated testing solutions. As test process architect for Microsoft's Open Protocol Initiative, he led the application of model-based testing to all of Microsoft's server-side APIs. He is the author of the definitive Testing Object-Oriented Systems: Models, Patterns, and Tools and two other books. He holds a US patent for model-based testing of mobile systems.

Donald Firesmith, Principal Engineer, Software Engineering Institute (SEI)

Donald Firesmith is a principal engineer in the Software Solutions Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), where he helps the United States Military and other Governmental Agencies acquire large and complex software-reliant systems. He has 36 years of experience in both commercial and governmental software and systems development in numerous application domains that range from software applications and management information systems to embedded aviation and space systems. His primary areas of expertise include requirements engineering, system and software architecture engineering, object-oriented development, testing, quality engineering, and process improvement including situational method engineering.

Donald Firesmith has published dozens of technical articles, spoken at numerous international conferences, and has been the program chair or on the program committee of multiple conferences and workshops. He has taught several hundred courses in industry and numerous tutorials at conferences. These articles, presentations, and conference papers can be downloaded from his website: He is the developer of the OPEN Process Framework (OPF) Repository,, the world's largest free open-source website documenting over 1,100 reusable system/software development method components.

Anant Hariharan, Senior Director, Technology Center of Excellence, Quality Engineering and Assurance, Cognizant

Anant Leads the Technology Center of Excellence for North America within Cognizant, which is a technology strategy and thought leadership arm of the Quality Engineering and Assurance practice. He has over 16 years of experience in the application testing field and earlier worked with Mercury/HP for 11 years prior to joining Cognizant.

Natalie Koltun, Sr. Manager, Software Quality Assurance and Engineering, Walgreens

Natalie is a Senior Manager, Software Quality Assurance and Engineering at Walgreens. She has been in the Technology Industry for almost 20 years. Natalie leads Quality Assurance and Engineering Shared Services within BSS QA&E Organization. QA&E Shared Services provide support for multiple lines of business within Business Services and Solutions. Areas of support include Performance Testing, Automation Testing, SOA Testing and Service Virtualization. QA&E Share Services Team focuses on high complexity technical support and provides technical testing solutions for critical programs and applications. Natalie drives innovation and creativity, builds optimized and efficient operations through consistency and effective strategy.

Dhiraj Sehgal, Technical Marketing, Piston Cloud Computing

Dhiraj Sehgal is Director in marketing team of Piston Cloud Computing. He brings immense product marketing and management experience from various enterprise technology companies. His focus has been customers, technologies and products and how to they interact with each other.

Iris Trout, VP Global QA, TD Bank

Iris Trout is an IT professional with several years of experience in the financial sector. She is an experienced global leader of Information Technology projects and quality initiatives. She is currently a Vice President , Directorof US Technology Testing for TD Bank.

Iris has focused most of her career in the quality arena. She has lead several IT continuous process improvement and quality efforts. In the recent past she has worked for many large banks and brokerage firms to drive quality, IT strategy, large QA transformations and business process improvements. Iris has conducted several Software Quality Assurance transformations in organizations like the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg and is currently transforming the testing organization at TD Bank. Iris' industry strength is in Software Quality Assurance, process improvement, Six Sigma and project management. Iris holds a black belt in Six Sigma, has Lean Six Sigma Sensei training, holds a certification in testing and was a CMM lead assessor.

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