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Goodbye Apps, Hello Bots!

Sairam Vedam, VP & Global Head of Marketing, Cigniti Technologies, says that Business in digital world has a new fulcrum of operations called conversational commerce. Read this full article to know why Bots are going to replace the Apps.


CIO Review Magazine:10 Software Testing trends that are powering the future

The Software testing industry is undergoing a transformation in order to support the swiftly altering technologies. Technology concepts such as such as Social, Cloud, IoT, Mobile and Analytics (SCIMA), are driving innovation in business. In this article of, Pradeep G, CTO & President – North America, Cigniti Technologies, talks about the 10 Software Testing trends that are powering the future.


10 Emerging Trends in Software Testing


Software testing industry is experiencing transformation to align with the rapidly changing technologies (SMAC & IOT), development methodologies (Agile, DevOps) & tools (Significantly open source coupled with low cost commercial tools). This session will showcase insights and trends observed in the software testing space based on individual experiences, leading analyst reports, empirical findings and observations from independent testing services provider perspective. Emphasis will be on top 10 testing trends that every testing organization and testing practitioner should watch out and align to stay ahead.

In this session, Kalyan will focus on:

  • Emergence of SDET role & why it will become “a new normal” by 2020
  • Market share and ever growing interest in Open source test tools and why they will rule the future?
  • Is TCoE approach still relevant in the context of raise in Agile/DevOps?
  • Why new test approaches are required to deliver “Quality at high speed”?
  • Digital is disrupting every industry. What it means for Testing?
  • Important considerations in Big Data testing
  • In the Era of connected devices (IOT), what it means to testing?
  • Why do we need to move to “Quality Engineering” from “Quality Assurance” in DevOps ?
  • Business case for “Autonomous Test automation architectures”
  • Qualities of a modern day tester



Kalyana Rao Konda

Kalyana Rao Konda is the President & Global Head of Gallop Solutions Inc., a Philadelphia based software testing services company which helps businesses maximize returns on investments in their software quality initiatives. With nearly two decades of experience in IT Services, particularly testing, Kalyan led large QA teams of 2000+ people at AppLabs as VP- Global Delivery and had been in QA leadership roles with Virtusa & BaaN earlier. He has a rare mix of high technical understanding with a pragmatic approach to testing services delivery.

He has a patent pending with USPTO for ‘iGenerate test Scenario’ and ‘Web Services Validator’ filed last year. He was a speaker at many international testing conferences and the recent ones include DevOps East, Star East etc.. Kalyan also received the prestigious 40 Under 40 Award 2016 from Philadelphia Business Journal this month and has been awarded with Philadelphia Cornerstone CEO awards as well.

Cigniti releases test platform with predictive analytics

BlueSwan is the ideal testing tool for banks seeking to accelerate their digital transformation, firm says.
BlueSwan- Cigniti’s recently launched next generation proprietary testing platform gets featured in QA Financial, a London based Quality Assurance and Financial services portal. In this interview, Sairam Vedam, VP & Head – Global Marketing at Cigniti, highlighted how Cigniti’s BlueSwan can help accelerate the quality engineering initiatives for digital transformation of Banks, Financial Institutions and other industries.

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APAC CIO Outlook Positions Cigniti Technologies as a “25 Most Promising QA Testing Solutions Provider.”

APAC CIO Outlook, in its current edition, recognised “25 Most Promising QA Testing Solutions Providers in 2015.” This list highlighted Cigniti Technologies as the 25 Most Promising QA Testing Solutions Provider in the industry and leads the QA space with unparalleled year on year growth of 50 percent on an average.

Webinar on Migrate2Selenium

Webinar on Migrate2Selenium


Adopting Agile and DevOps practices have become imperative in order to support organizational goals both in terms of reducing time to market and for improving product Quality. One of the key levers for reducing time for test cycles is by developing a robust test automation suite that can help you continuously validate the quality of the application being delivered to production.

Selenium has been a popular automation tool of choice by leading Enterprises specially those who have embarked on the Agile / Devops journey. Enterprises that are currently undergoing the transformation journey are often compelled to write off their current automation investments due to the change in the choice of automation tools.

In this unique webinar, Gallop is pleased to evangelize one-of-a-kind test automation solution that can help you seamlessly migrate your current test automation scripts of commercial tools - for example, HP UFT, Test Complete, Silk Test, and all the other popular ones - to the Selenium test suite. This will help you retain, and enhance the value of your current investments.

This webinar will provide detailed insight into drivers for migrating to Selenium, challenges that you are likely to encounter when embarking on the transformation journey, and shall also provide you a systematic approach to drive transformation.


Speaker Profiles

Rajesh Sarangapani,
Asst. Vice President

Rajesh Sarangapani is Asst. Vice President, Global delivery and heads the Technology CoEs at Gallop Solutions. Over the last 17 years, Rajesh has been instrumental in helping clients implement processes that helped them build application performance by design rather than as an afterthought. He holds couple of patents to his name in the testing space and is a prominent speaker in various conferences, events and webinars on Software testing. Prior to joining Gallop, Rajesh has worked with reputed organizations like Accenture, AppLabs, Virtusa, Baan & others. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Electronics from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India.

Cigniti Technologies is a Proud Sponsor at SASTQB TEST-IT AFRICA 2016

Meet Raviram Karra, Senior Delivery Manager at Table #8 to know more about Cigniti

SASTQB TEST-IT AFRICA 2016 will take place on 14, 15 and 16 September 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton South Africa.

Themed "Software Quality for Africa" the SASTQB and its partners hope to make this a truly African event, exploring software testing opportunities and finding solutions to testing challenges on the African continent.

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Cigniti Technologies is a Proud Sponsor at SASTQB TEST-IT AFRICA 2016

Meet Raviram Karra, Senior Delivery Manager at Table #8 to know more about Cigniti

SASTQB TEST-IT AFRICA 2016 will take place on 14, 15 and 16 September 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton South Africa.

Themed "Software Quality for Africa" the SASTQB and its partners hope to make this a truly African event, exploring software testing opportunities and finding solutions to testing challenges on the African continent.

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Sneak Peek into Selenium 3.0

Sneak Peek into Selenium 3.0


At a 2013 conference session, Simon Stewart, the Selenium project lead and inventor of WebDriver, announced that Selenium 3.0, a widely used tool for user-focused automation of mobile and web apps, would be released by Christmas. Three years after that announcement, Selenium 3.0 still hasn't been released, but this month we got more information about Selenium 3.0 and a more likely release time frame. On 25th May 2016, in a webinar, Stewart did reveal further details about Selenium 3.0. The webinar only had room for 1,000 participants, but the registration list was well over 10,000.

We at Gallop Solutions, Silver Sponsors of Selenium project, bring you the highlights of the announcement and provide insights into roadmap of Selenium project in our webinar.

In this webinar we covered:

  • Big changes regarding old Selenium core libraries and focus on Webdriver API
  • Impact or changes to WebDriver API of Selenium 2.0
  • Changes in the Selenium Java APIs
  • Advantages of having W3C WebDriver specifications
  • Increasing importance of browser vendors
  • Roadmap of Selenium

This webinar is based on things we have known from our direct references and information obtained in SeleniumHQ webinars. Folks attending the webinar would gain insights on Selenium 3.0 & what changes are needed to be done to the existing Selenium suites to make them 3.0 ready. We will also cover a peek view into the Selenium roadmap beyond 3.0, that is, 4.0 and 5.0. View the webinar recording below.


Soujanya Jaggu
Senior Architect at Gallop

Soujanya has over 14 years of experience in Quality Assurance Engineering and is an expert with diverse automation solutions such as SilkTest, WinRunner, QTP, Selenium using Java, FlexMonkium, FlexMonkey, Selenium-flex-ui, Native Driver, Eclipse TPTP, Twist, Calabash cucumber (for iOS), Calabash android, NodeJS tools protractor and nightwatchJS.

She leads the automation practice at Gallop. Her command over build tools such as ANT and Maven to build the automation suites and execution flow, Test Frameworks like TestNG to build the configuration files for automation & Selenium Grid to implement parallel execution of automation suites is exemplary.

Cigniti is Recognized as a ‘Leader’ in NelsonHall NEAT Report for Software Testing 2016

Cigniti Technologies is recognized as a Leader by NelsonHall, in the Pure-Play market segment in the recently published NEAT report for Software Testing, 2016. Cigniti has also been identified as a Leader in the Overall, Digital, and Consulting market segments.

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According to NelsonHall’s 2016 Cigniti Software Testing profile by Dominique Raviart, IT Services Practice Director, “Cigniti’s visibility among testing pure-plays is a strength: with its 2,200+ career testers, Cigniti is the second largest software testing pure-play by headcount.” Dominique further added, “Cigniti continues to develop IP and accelerators, like SMART Tools, Migration Tools (QuickLean, Migrate2Selenium) and new age DevOps Dashboard, Agile & Digital IPs. This is in line with NelsonHall’s view that the future of software testing industry is about complementing testing tools with proprietary IP and platforms.”

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Accelerating Digital Transformation Journey with Digital Assurance QA


Enterprises are undergoing a rapid Digital transformation journey as digitization has become a mandate today as opposed to just being an innovative trend. Based on Industry estimates, spending on “Digital transformation” initiatives will increase to 40% to 50% of the overall IT budget by 2020. CXOs need to deliver on these initiatives in a high speed, iterative, and continuous manner while delivering quality @ speed.

Delivering with high quality @ speed in digital transformation initiatives requires a completely new way of approaching testing because of the trending development approaches (Agile, DevOps), Technologies (Social, Mobile, Cloud, Big Data, Analytics & IoT) & Tools (Significant open source seamlessly coupled with commercial).

Digital Assurance QA calls for the need for a new testing role titled “Digital Test Engineer”. To assure high quality customer experience in digital era, along with traditional types of tests, Digital Test Engineer is required to perform tests like, Social Media Web Services integration tests, Omni Channel testing, A/B testing with multiple variants, High volume & high velocity data tests, Customer Sentiment analysis & experience testing, Devices/sensors/Wearables testing, Big Data testing (Capture, Ingestion, processing & visualization), Responsive Web Design testing (Browsers, wearables, tablets, mobiles etc..), Machine to Machine testing and testing in production.

In this webinar, the presenter, Sai Chintala, Senior Vice President, Global Pre-Sales has addressed all of the above topics and more, such as:

  • How Digital assurance is different from traditional QA
  • Test case automation to Life cycle automation
  • Descriptive metrics to Predictive and prescriptive metrics
  • Effectively combining Shift-Left and Shift-Right testing approaches to enable continuous testing


Sai Chintala
Senior Vice President

Sai Chintala is Senior Vice President, Global Pre-Sales and brings more than 21 years of rich technical and business experience on board. He has worked extensively in North America and India. He has dealt in detail with Global Enterprises, Fortune companies, and ISVs across technologies and domains. He is responsible for overall business growth from existing and new customers. In addition, he also runs the solution development team. As an accomplished, recognized thought leader in the testing space, Sai works very closely with delivery & sales teams.

Earlier, Sai was an integral part of AppLabs (now a CSC company) executive leadership teams. He has seen AppLabs grow to become a 2500 head count world leader in testing space with a modest beginning of 20 people at the time of his joining. Spending close to a decade at AppLabs, Sai was instrumental in providing leadership to the Global Solutions Engineering Group. He drove new business development efforts by strongly leveraging AppLabs IP and its innovative solution approach. He also lead the delivery teams providing business rich testing services for customers across verticals such as Transportation, Media, Entertainment, Retail, Technology, E-Learning, and Energy. An authority in multiple areas of Software Testing, he drove centers of excellence in Performance & Security Testing, Test Automation, Device / Hardware Certification, Mobile, and ERP Testing Services.

DataQuest: IoT, its impact and the importance of Testing

Sairam Vedam, VP & Head – Global Marketing at Cignti Technologies talks about the impact of IoT in future and the importance of Testing.

IoT is the networking of physical object through embedded sensors, actuators and devices that collect and transmit information about the object. Computers, vehicles, machinery, gadgets, smartphones, just about everything can be connected and made to talk to each other without human intervention. IoT is revolutionizing the way we operate our business, irrespective of the industry or geography.

Importance of Quality Control and Software Testing in Telecom

In an interview with magazine, Sai Chintala, SVP–Global Presales at Cigniti Technologies, talks about the quality control and the need for an extensive software testing in Telecom.

Quality can be achieved through rigorous and continuous testing of the respective systems in a given ecosystem, which, in turn, would help in increasing customer satisfaction. In this article, Sai Chintala, SVP, explains the various quality assurance/testing in Telecom industry to keep ahead in the race.

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Testing Banking & Financial Applications

Testing Banking & Financial Applications


In this webinar, Sachin Srivastava, Director Delivery, Gallop Solutions have shared some thought provoking insights including best practices, strategies and key testing areas while dealing with testing banking and financial applications

This webinar discusses about:

  • How can we benefit from the latest test strategies that are being laid out for the next world?
  • Testing ATM to the new age NFC, mobile wallets and many more
  • Ways and means to help the industry to achieve most of their BFSI testing
  • Right set of knowledge and tools to tackle the next generation hurdles
  • Best practices and strategies while dealing with the specifics of the Banking and Financial industry projects


Sachin Srivastava

Sachin is an avid learner and contributor to the testing society with 12+ years of experience in testing of BFSI applications. Sachin has been training various teams on banking, trading and insurance related projects, testing and conducting webinars on the latest trends in this sector. With the rich experience of domain and technology, he understands the typical challenges faced and possible solutions. He initiated the concept of having a domain COE within the organization and has managed to scale it to a 300+ member group from a handful of people.

Sai Chintala featured in the Digital Terminal Magazine

Sai Chintala, SVP- Global Presales at Cigniti, talked about IoT in the Digital Terminal Magazine.

“IoT for India means enabling over 1 billion people to connect to the internet via various devices in context, for efficient and optimal usage of resources to create a sustainable India’’, said Sai Chintala, SVP- Global Presales at Cigniti, in an interview in Digital Terminal magazine.

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Cigniti Technologies featured in CIO Magazine

Pradeep Govindasamy, CTO & President – Americas, in an interview for CIO magazine talked about building quality software while improving time-to-market. Banks across the globe are embracing digital transformation. He highlighted the challenges in the process and how Cigniti Technologies can help the clients enhance the customer experience through its Digital Assurance services.