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Democratize Test Automation with AI & Low-Code: Go Beyond the Hype

Thu Jan 19, 2023     10 AM ET | 3 PM UK

Meet The Experts

Dominique Raviart

Practice Director, NelsonHall 

Dominique is an industry analyst and IT Services Practice Director at NelsonHall, with global responsibility for IT Services research programs. He covers IT Services research in application services, software testing, big data & analytics and IoT and has been part of NelsonHall’s IT Services analyst team since 2007, providing comprehensive and insightful coverage of global IT services markets. He is widely known for his extensive knowledge and coverage of software testing. Dominique assists both buy-side and vendor organizations in assessing opportunities and supplier capability across IT service lines.

Dominique Raviart

Melissa Tondi

Director of Quality Engineering at Guild Education 

Melissa Tondi has spent most of her career working within software testing teams. She is the Director of Quality Engineering at Guild Education and a Principal Consultant at Disrupt Testing, where she assists companies to continuously improve the pursuit of quality software—from design to delivery and everything in between. In her software test and quality engineering careers, Melissa has focused on building and organizing teams around three major tenets—efficiency, innovation, and culture – and uses the Greatest Common Denominator (GCD) approach for determining ways in which team members can assess, implement and report on day to day activities so the gap between need and value is as small as possible.

Melissa Tondi

Rajesh Sarangapani

SVP of Innovation at Cigniti

Rajesh is Head of Innovation & Technology CoEs at Cigniti. He has been the architect for Cigniti’s Next Gen quality engineering platform BlueswanTM and also holds multiple patents in the quality engineering space. Over a career span of 25 years, Rajesh has been evangelizing quality “centric” approaches to build quality by design, thereby helping clients deliver exceptional IT and business outcomes.

Rajesh Sarangapani

Sairam Vedam

Chief Marketing Officer at Cigniti

Sairam oversees the planning and execution of the organization’s strategic marketing programs, develops the long-term charter towards our digital play, and helps enhance Cigniti’s mindshare as a preferred services provider and thought leader amongst our customers, partners, analysts, media, investors, influencers and employees. He is an award-winning, global marketing, branding, corporate strategy and digital engineering industry thought leader. Sairam brings over 23 years of experience with a deep understanding of technologies, solutions and IP-led solutions. He was recognized and awarded by BBC Knowledge Series, CMO Asia, World Marketing Congress and Enterprise IT, Paul Writer from 2014-2021 for demonstrating impactful global marketing leadership consistently and was an external advisor with Bain & Company.

Sairam was earlier the global CMO at Innominds, where he successfully re-positioned the brand from being an ISV-centric product engineering services player to a platform-led AI-first enterprise focused digital engineering and transformation services provider. Prior to Innominds, he was the global CMO of, a market leader in enterprise conversational AI platform space. Prior to, in his first stint at Cigniti from 2021-17, he held the role of VP and Global Head of Marketing and Inside Sales. Prior to this he has held senior roles at Pramati, Imaginea (acquired by Accenture) Apere (acquired by Citrix), CTO’s office at CA Technologies and HCL Technologies.

Sairam Vedam

Going Beyond the Hype

In fast-paced, automation-driven software development life cycles, while applications evolve rapidly, the test suites don’t. Lack of scalability and reusability, along with high maintenance needs for existing test suites, result in a huge technical debt, poor test coverage, and inefficient testing processes overall.

The gap in the skillset of resources in the modern testing teams is a major hindrance to scaling test asset development. While there is a sea of automation tools in the market, scalability & portability of test assets are concerns that are usually not addressed. You need to discard your existing artifacts and start from scratch to utilize and be aligned with the tool of your choice. Your test assets are locked within the tool and you have to continue to depend on the tool for testing, while still grappling with scalability challenges & testing complexities.

In this Digital Dialogue – Fireside Chat we are going to discuss these common pain points pertinent across the industry ecosystem and propose a comprehensive solution involving:

  • Democratization of test asset development by leveraging low-code/no-code technologies
  • Implementation of self-healing AI & visual validation to ease test suite maintenance
  • End-to-End test automation streamlining from test planning to test execution to test reporting
  • Construction of modular and scalable test scripts to accelerate time to value & improve ROI
  • Proven cases from global companies observing tangible benefits in terms of test coverage, application quality, and cost-efficiency.