Galway event: SoftTest West 2016 – Local heroes shining examples of engineering excellence

BY : softtestireland - Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Date: 16th June 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: Maldron Hotel, Sandy Road, Galway


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Security – What is (SSDLC) secure development?

Speaker: Desmond Ó Ceallaigh


Current position: Information Security Analyst IV, Synchronoss Technologies

Background: The majority of my experience to date has been in financial services software development with Accenture, Bank of Ireland and Fidelity Investments and a sprinkling of telco at Ericsson & Synchronoss.

I’m primarily a LAMP stack developer across the full spectrum from SPA & Enterprise Webapps to Data Warehouse/Mart development and everything in between.

Since joining the Synchronoss Global Security Information team in Galway I’ve been working my way through the security hackers handbook turning game keeper. I am interested in innovating with new technology tools, endeavouring to make the SDLC and now SSDLC run smoother.

With that in mind, our talk will cover secure development (SSDLC) processes and how it relates to the current development process with particular emphasis on threat modelling, Source Code Analysis, dynamic testing and penetration testing.

Evolution of the software testing role.

Speaker #1: Colin Quirke


Current position: Senior Software Developer, Cisco Systems

Background: Colin Quirke joined Cisco as a developer in 2008 to work on products to help people collaborate. Before joining Cisco he was a researcher with the Cork Constraint Computation Centre, working on Boolean logic and mathematical modelling. Colin is fascinated by the human side of coding and believes making great software is a team activity.

Speaker #2: Steve Connolly


Current position: Senior Software Developer, Cisco Systems

Background: My name is Steve Connolly. I am a Software Engineer with over 8 year’s experience in IT. As a graduate of NUIG I started my career with Storm Technology where I worked for 3 years and I am currently working for Cisco Systems Galway for the past 5 years. Cisco Systems Galway is one of many R&D sites across the world that develops high quality communication solutions for On Premise and Cloud based solutions.

I began working with Cisco as a QA Engineer where my focus was with automation. I worked with many teams, thus gaining crucial experience tackling the issues that different teams encounter. With each team came new challenges.

Currently I work as a Senior Software Developer responsible for developing and delivering new features Cisco’s Cloud Solution. Cloud development offers a new challenge but the fundamentals are the same and I continue to drive automation and new testing strategies.

IOT – Internet of Things.

Speaker: Dominic O’Toole


Current position: Software development manager, Marine Institute

Background: Dominic O’Toole is a Software Development Manager at the Marine Institute in Galway.  He has 20 years’ experience in Software Development during which time he has gained considerable experience in the design, implementation and delivery of multiple Telecommunication and IT infrastructure products.  His previous employers include IBM and Lucent/Alcatel.   Dominic is a graduate of DIT Kevin Street/Trinity College and holds a degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering.   He is actively involved in the CoderDojo movement and the SmartFutures programme.

DevOps – Working as a software engineer in a Dev Ops environment.

Speaker: Thérèse McHale


Current position: Senior Software Engineer, Hewlett Packard

Background: Thérèse McHale has 30 years’ experience in software engineering, currently specialising in cloud deployment automation, database technologies, shared services and high availability solutions within HPE Helion OpenStack Cloud. Thérèse graduated from NUI Galway with an honours BE degree in electronic engineering in 1987 and took up a position as a Software Engineer in Digital Equipment Corporation, ESSB, Galway. In 1992 Thérèse moved to the UK, working at ASK/Ingres, Computer Associates and Oracle before returning to Ireland in 2002, initially as a contractor at Compaq/HP and later as a HP senior software engineer. At Compaq/HP she worked in HP product development – High Performance Technical Computing (Alpha Server SC), HP SFS (Lustre Scalable File Share), HP StorageWorks (HP Extreme Data Storage Scalable File Share). She moved into HP Cloud development in 2010 and was part of the team who setup, deployed and maintained the HP Public Cloud working on the Openstack Swift and Glance teams. She is currently a member of the HPE Helion Openstack (HOS) development team working on HLM (Helion LifeCycle Manager).

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