Galway Event – SoftTest West in association with ITAG Skillnet

BY : softtestireland - Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 10:00 am

SoftTest West in association with ITAG Skillnet are proud to present an afternoon event on the theme of
“Improving engineering quality through better tools and practices”.

Venue: Maldon Hotel, Sandy Road, Galway
Date: November 16th 2017
Time: 14:00 – 16:00

We are delighted to have speakers share their experiences with us on these insightful and engaging topics:

  • “Automation testing in an Agile environment”
    Faron Coyne (Bank of Ireland)
  • “Vulnerability scanners: Acunetix verses Zap”
    Mary Gilmartin (Channel Advisor)
  • “Solving the trillion dollar problem”: Dashboard creation for performance testing and development (Splunk@Murex)
    Robert Lynch (Murex)

Engineers are being empowered with advanced tooling and engineering practices to meet the challenges of rapidly evolving software delivery paradigms. Join us to hear more about these technology adventures.

This is a free event but booking is essential.

To book your place now contact Dee Timoney (ITAG)

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Speaker Biographies

Talk 1: Automation testing in an Agile environment

Abstract: Faron will talk about how his organisation implemented solutions for common pitfalls/obstacles that test teams face when moving from a Waterfall environment to Agile.

Pitfalls like:

  • Writing/re-using/maintaining test cases
  • Reporting test results
  • Logging & archiving test case execution results

He will also touch on how the manual testers upskilled and moved into automation roles.

Speaker: Faron Coyne

Faron Coyne is SDET Manager with Bank of Ireland, Group Websites Division where he manages a team of 4 automation testers. He joined Bank of Ireland in May 2015 having similar roles in Buy4Now, Unum and Microsoft.
Talk 2: Vulnerability Scanners: Acunetix verses Zap

Abstract: Ever looked at security tools and wondered how they compare? Or which tool to use in which situation? This covers our everyday experience with using both Vulnerability Scanners in a large SAAS company and in which situations we found they shined.

What will be covered in this session:

  • What is a vulnerability scanner?
  • Comparing these vulnerability scanners.
  • How can vulnerability scanners improve your testing?
  • What disadvantages do you need to consider?
  • Assessing the security scanners.
  • Some consideration if you want to run these against the cloud.


Those attending should be more familiar with security scanning tools and when they might choose to use a vulnerability scanner. They will have the confidence to make a choice for their own testing strategy. I will go through these two tools in detail and include some generalized examples.

Speaker: Mary Gilmartin

Mary Gilmartin (B.Sc. CS) works as a Test Engineer at Channel Advisor. She is the founder of the Limerick Software Testing meetup. All her days are spent toiling in Global e-commerce but is most interested in security and automation. Mary contributes to open source projects including Cucumber and Specflow. Outside of work, she is found reading and doing Tai-chi.
Talk 3: “Solving The Trillion Dollar Problem”: Dashboard Creation for Performance

Testing and Development (Splunk@Murex)

Abstract: Performance analysis on financial software is massively complex and challenging. This is the story of how Murex started to use Splunk to help debug performance problems (Murex is a world leader in trading platforms used by financial institutions).

Before Splunk we had millions and millions of timings logs, the problem was displaying them quickly so they are usable for developers and testers. Up to this point, we were using a basic PDF report with graphs with static mathematics. However when we were able to dynamically graph this data with Splunk the analysis became much quicker and easier. The turnaround time decreased for resolution for testing and development.

In addition to this we developed multiple functions in the dashboard to enhance the usability. A developer could attach their environment to Splunk in 5 seconds for live monitoring, they could save a test as a URL to share with colleagues.
Dashboard for Developers/Testers

Speaker: Robert Lynch

Robert Lynch is the Splunk global manager and performance test manager at Murex (Murex is a world leader in trading platforms). Robert is the winner of the 2017 “Splunk Ninja” revolution award. award-winners.html

He is responsible for Splunk development, administration and leading performance testing on major financial institutions at Murex. Robert holds a “Computer Science” degree and a masters from Trinity college in “High Performance Computing”. He introduced Splunk to Murex in 2014 because the current tools were inadequate for analysis. Based mainly in Dublin, Ireland, he has spent 13 years investigating nonfunctional mission-critical problems.

Financial institutions produce a lot of data, and knowing how to investigate a problem quickly is essential. He has taken this skill set and has applied it to producing userspecific dashboards and has brought about change at Murex. Robert also teaches Splunk development to other teams and takes on board new user stories for future development.

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