Fast Forward to High Quality

How to invent the future while managing the present?

Annual International Software Testing Conference (STC) has been a highly popular offering that brings together practitioners and thought leaders from the software industry, academia and government for sharing and exchange of experiences, ideas and learning. In today’s knowledge age, the ability to transform information into innovative insights in response to market movements is core to value creation & growth.

Often organizations fail to invest wisely in their futures while instead placing dominant emphasis on the present. It is true – the present is vitally important and the current business is the performance engine. It both funds day-to-day operations and generates profits for the future. However, when problems arise, the present crowds out other strategic priorities. What’s missing is a way for practitioners to allocate their—and their organization’s—time and attention and resources on a day-to-day basis across the competing demands of managing today’s requirements and tomorrow’s possibilities. But we all know that the challenge goes beyond being ambidextrous enough to manage today’s business while creating tomorrow’s. There is a third, and even more intractable, problem: letting go of yesterday’s values and beliefs that keep the company stuck in the past.

To get to the future, you must build it day by day. That means being able to selectively set aside certain beliefs, assumptions, and practices created in and by the past that would otherwise become a rock wall between your business of today and its future potential. Built on the theme of Inventing the Future while Managing the Present, this year the conference will be a display of ideas, experiments and experiences to explore challenges and suggest techniques and Best Practices to successfully involved in engineering for the future of Software Testing & Quality.

The 16th Annual International Software Testing Conference (STC 2016) will take place on 1-2 December 2016 at Park Plaza Hotel, Bangalore, India.

Key Notes


Business Leadership

Track focusing on Business Trends, Developments, Market Indicators, New Business Models, Customer Expectations & Value Management, Acquisition and Retention of Customers, Pricing Strategies, Outsourcing & Crowd Sourcing Models, and Demonstration of ROI for the projects.


Test Outsourcing | Business Trends | Customer Retention | Innovation | Test Factory | Growth Strategy & Directions | Crowd Sourcing | Customer Acquisition | Customer Expectation & Value Management | Pricing Strategies | Testing CoE | CIO Expectations | ROI Measurement | Scaling TCoE | Reducing Cost of Quality

Emerging Areas

Track focusing on Emerging Technologies, Life cycle Models, Innovations, Ideas, Research Developments, Tools, Techniques, Methodologies, and ideas that are currently being experimented by the industry to move to the next level of growth and maturity.


Cloud Testing | Internet of Things | Compliance Testing | Model Based Testing | Virtualization | Agile Testing | Testing BIG Data | Security Testing | Managed Services | SOA Testing | SAAS Testing | Non Functional Testing Techniques | Performance Modeling | Maturity Models | New Standards & Frameworks | Latest Research


Program Management

Track focusing on Designing Delivery Models & Mechanisms with a focus on optimal use of tools, people, time, scope and quality. Discussions focus on methods that have successfully helped companies in estimating, planning, measuring, managing and controlling  the projects and programs.


Requirement Management | Scope Management | Test Planning | Test Estimation | Test Project Management | Test Execution & Reporting | Measurement & Metrics | Team Building | Distributed Testing | Test Process Improvement | Infrastructure Management | Earned Value Management | Lean Testing

Agile & DevOps

Agile methods encourage frequent inspection and adaptation, a leadership philosophy that encourages teamwork, self-organization and accountability, a set of engineering best practices intended to allow for rapid delivery of high-quality software, and a business approach that aligns development with customer needs and company goals.


Agile Testing & Quality Strategies | Test Driven Development | Quality Control in Xtreme Programming | Automation in Agile Testing | Agility in Testing & Quality Control | Approaches / Examples for/of adopting Agile Principles to Testing Services | Agile Quality | Scaled Agile Framework for Testing | Integrating SAFe and TMMi

Tools & Automation

Track focusing on techniques and tools for enabling increased scalability, adoption, and thus providing non-linear growth for the organizational practices. Discussions focus on the best practices used by organizations to scale and increase the efficiency multi-fold.


Test Architecture | Automation | Enterprise Application Testing | Key Word Driven Testing | Embedded Application Testing | Tool Identification | Automation Frameworks | Tool Selection & Implementations | Lessons Learnt | Best Tools and Techniques for Test Case Definition | Reporting & Defect Analysis | Statistical Models | Predictive Modeling


Conference Program & Agenda

01 December 2016

02 December 2016

Key Highlights


Learn from Leaders

14 Plenary Key Notes by Gurus, 25 Best Practice Presentations, 10 Poster Presentations, 04 Knowledge Tracks, 15+ Tools & Automation Demonstrations, Pre-Conference & Post Conference Tutorials, Pre-Conference Webinars. All in 2 days.


Showcase & Demonstrate

Your practice, expertise, tools, technologies, technique, experiences, and opinions to a global audience of senior professionals and practitioners. Create awareness, and get feedback with a community of over 12,000+ professionals.


Get Recognized

By contesting for the Best of Best Awards with 750+ best practices from over 300 organizations across 06+ countries. Winners of the Best of the Best – Testing Leadership Award get a featured speaker slot at QUEST 2016 in USA.


Meet, Interact & Network

Meet with over 800+ practitioners, International Experts, 100+ Leaders, Decision Makers, Influencers, and Thought Leaders in the field of Software Testing & Quality.


Explore & Partner

With individuals & organizations, expand your network influencers. Best place to find a new technology, new trend and new associates for your ideas and goals.


Get Inspired

By influential speakers, quality practitioners, evangelists, who have experienced quality from other walks of life, and other lines of work from across the world.


Get Tested & Win

A Challenge, a puzzle, a contest and finally an award and recognition. We encourage you to test your knowledge through online assessments, and skills by testing future products and take home a host of prizes and goodies. STC has 15+ different awards to recognize excellence.


Explore the Future

At the technology & innovation show case by the leading technology providers in the field of Software Testing & Quality. Live labs and tool demonstration sessions for you to experience the amazing new developments from various technology companies.


Support Profession

By attending, promoting, supporting, debating, joining the discussions and helping others in gaining insights and right perspectives, and providing feedback to the individuals and organizations through both online and offline interventions.


Have Fun

Work Hard, Play Harder is the motto at STC 2016. The Gala Dinner, Best of the Best Awards Night, lightening sessions, contests, quizzes, competitions and mock paper presentations, are just some of the many avenues created to make the professionals show their lighter side as well.

Submission Process

  • Submit Author Intent Form

    Individual authors submit the author intent forms with details on the title, abstract, and key category where they would like to present the paper.

  • Initial Screening by Jury Members

    During this step, we screen for alignment with theme, relevance of the topic, relevance to the audience.

  • Present to Jury at Regional Rounds

    The shortlisted papers are then required to present to a Jury at 6 different cities in India on a designated date. (September 17, 2016).

  • Ranking & Finalization of Presenters

    All the presenters at regional rounds are then graded based on the normalized national score. The top 25 scorers are then provided an opportunity to present at the final conference for the best of the best awards.

  • Best of the Best Awards

    The top 3 papers, and top poster are then finalized based on their final presentation at the conference.

Testing Leadership Awards

The Testing Leadership Award recognizes leadership and contribution in the field of software testing. It will provide impetus and encourage contribution to the testing processes, skills and principles that make testing an imperative part of the software development life cycle. It will also encourage breakthrough achievements and innovative approaches in the testing process that aim to make successful products and services in the IT Industry.

Best of Best Awards

The Best of the Best Awards have been instituted to recognize practitioners for their excellence in the practice of Software Testing & Quality. Instituted in 1999, the awards have become an industry standard recognition for the practitioners.

In the past year 2016, over 536 submissions were received from over 351+ organizations from 06+ countries to contest for the Testing Leadership Awards, 2016. After screening the submissions for relevance and appropriateness of content, 345 papers were shortlisted for regional rounds in 6 cities across India.

The regional rounds were hosted by Cognizant in Chennai, Deloitte in Mumbai, QA Infotech in Delhi, CGI in Bangalore, CSC in Hyderabad, and Capgemini in Pune. A Jury Board of over 78+ industry leaders evaluated each paper and finally gave opportunity to 36 best of the best papers at STC 2016 in Bangalore.

Winners of this year’s award ceremony conducted at STC 2016.



Greater Agility & DevOps QA Strategy Towards Micro service Architecture Style
Krishnachander Kaliyaperumal, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Agility started with Scrum practices, then advanced in development and testing practices like Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development and Behavior Driven Development, then advanced with Operations practice using DevOps tools & technologies. But even then the agility of time to market a change in large monolithic architecture design is still a challenging task. There has been a shift in service based architectures over the last few years towards smaller, more focused \”micro\” services architecture style. This paper outlines how we can achieve greater agility and accelerate DevOps QA strategy with microservice architecture built Applications

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1st Runner Up

Seamless Integration & Automation Using Jenkins
Karanjeet Singh & Aanchal Maheshwari, Adobe

Worried about daily manual efforts? Jenkins is here for rescue. Create multi-job builds, modular jobs and seamlessly integrate them using pipeline. Create a Jenkins dashboard to enhance result viewing experience, Extend the power of Open Source by modifying Jenkins Plugins. Need to manage too many machines? Don\’t worry about having too many slaves or infra, Docker is there for rescue. Create docker images manually or via Jenkins, Use docker images for daily testing jobs and automate them easily via Jenkins.

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2nd Runner Up

Effective Performance Testing in Agile and DevOps
Deepak Khatri, NIIT Technologies

Effective Performance Testing in Agile and DevOps Application performance is essential part of user expectation. Unexpected performance always have very high negative impact on business. Usually performance testing is started once application has been developed and reasonable amount of functional testing has been done. In today’s dynamic and rapid development environment where we are more Agile it is important that application performance testing should be started in early stage of the development in automated & integrated way. It is also in line with time to market objective of business. There is always scope of performance improvement in any application. Major challenge is to identify the performance issue and fix them on time.

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Best Poster Presentation Award



Non-functional Testing & Engineering Framework for DevOps
Jay Mehta, Cognizant Technology Solutions

In recent times as more and more projects opt for Agile Methodology to expedite Time-to-Market integrating non-functional testing (viz. Performance Security and Accessibility) as part of the DevOps framework has become a key imperative. The key intent to move non-functional testing early is to identify the performance security and accessibility related defects early for faster remediation at a reduced cost. The traditional way of identifying non-functional bugs late in the lifecycle is changing and the approach is to integrate non-functional testing with Continuous Integration tools such that as and when a build is created non-functional tests can be initiated almost instantaneously and provide an early feedback on the code quality. An additional benefit of introducing non-functional testing early is to capture trends across builds. This paper presents a succinct approach to implement the different non-functional testing types of Performance Security and Accessibility in a DevOps set-up to ensure fantastic customer experience. There are various kinds of non-functional analysis that could be automated on integration with Continuous Integration (CI) tools. Some of the key aspects covered as part of the paper include early performance testing in a CI set-up leveraging Selenium and JUnit test cases Continuous Monitoring with Integration of APM tools Static code validation (SAST) using Security testing tools and Automated Accessibility validation. In summary the paper provides a holistic perspective on how to integrate non-functional testing types of Performance Security and Accessibility with CI tools and guarantee superior customer experience.

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Community Choice Speaker Award


New Age Testing- Are You Game?
Mahesh Venkataraman, Managing Director – Technology, Testing, Accenture

Organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver faster with superior quality and with enhanced customer experience. Balancing these contradictory demands cannot be achieved through conventional paradigms of design, development & testing. “New Age Testing” brings new paradigms in testing and seeks to achieve this continuous quality engineering by deploying integrated innovation and purposeful automation being guided by cognitive engines enabling quantum improvements in agility and quality while lowering total cost of delivery and ownership.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are a provider of IT quality and/or testing tools and services, this is a great opportunity to reinforce your brand’s presence by being represented and making yourself known at STC 2016 through the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

The conference features a two-day Exhibitor EXPO for “one-stop-shopping” of IT quality and testing tools, and services. Conference attendees can browse the exhibitor booths in the exhibition hall to gather information and speak with representatives from the vendor organizations. The Expo, gives sponsors direct access to conference delegates. Companies with software testing and development products and services will certainly benefit from direct sales interaction with this highly targeted and motivated audience.

The conference sponsors and exhibitors will host an EXPO reception on Thursday evening with conference attendees for additional networking opportunities.

Participation as a sponsor or exhibitor at this conference provides high visibility for your company. Your company’s name and logo will appear on the STC conference website. Secondly, your company’s name and logo will appear in all marketing materials for the conference which will be distributed to over 50,000 IT professionals across the India and globally. Lastly, your company will have direct contact with IT professionals attending the conference, which include management at all levels as well as practitioners who take information back to their companies that they gathered during the conference and Exhibitor EXPO. You can view past STC sponsors and exhibitors at STC 2015, STC 2014, STC 2013, and STC 2012.

We are now accepting requests for serving as a conference sponsor and/or participating in the Exhibitor EXPO. For more information please contact Pradeep Chennavajhula ( for a detailed proposal.

Interested to Sponsor

Important Dates

September 10, 2016:
Submission of Author Intent Form.

September 10, 2016:
Submission of Final Paper/Practice/Tutorial & Copyright Release Form signed by all authors.

September 12, 2016:
Submission of presentations for the Regional Qualifying Rounds through online submission form.

September 17, 2016:
Regional Qualifying Rounds.

October 04, 2016:
Announcement of results for Regional Qualifying Rounds.

November 15, 2016:
Submission of Final Presentation for the conference.

December 01-02, 2016:
16th Annual International Software Testing Conference (STC 2016).

Regional Rounds Results Announced

Regional Rounds & Jury


Kumud Iyer

Vice President
NIIT Technologies

Kapil Saxena

Senior Architect

Sanjay Sircar


Mukesh Sharma

Founder and CEO
QA InfoTech

Rahul Vishwaroop

Quality Leader, Creative Cloud Experience
Adobe Systems


Diwakar Menon

Last Mile Consultants Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd

Meeta Prakash

Senior Project Manager

Bharathi Venugopal

Manager Development (Quality Management)

Basavaraj Hugar

Director(Quality Assurance and Testing)
NTT Data

Nikhil Gupta

Senior Director
NTT Data

Lakshmy P Usha

Lastmile Consultants

Praveen Kumar Prem

Manager – Agile Testing Practice
Capgemini India

Ramesh Kumar Natesan

Senior Manager – QA
IMS Health

Shekar Hariharan

IMS Health India Pvt Ltd

Shanmguam Sibbala

Senior Manager QA
Support Dot Com India Pvt Ltd

Muralidharan Regupathy

Head Of Engineering
Nagravision India P Ltd

Mahantesh Maganur

Sr Project Manager
Philips India Ltd


Chandrashekar Ramadas

Executive Consultant, Testing CoE

Venkatesvaran Pandiyan

Group Manager / Vice President
iNautix Technologies Pvt Ltd

Vinoth Pappannan

Vice President
iNautix Technologies Pvt Ltd


Nagaraju Vunnava

Associate Director
Hitachi Consulting

Murali Alluri

Director, QA
Oracle India


BisolQ Software Services

Srinath Komandur

Global Head – Application Testing Services


Dr Shankar Ramamoorthy

Quality Business Partner

Sagar Pise

Sr. Technical Architect
Larsen and Toubro Infotech Ltd


Sunil Mavinkurve

Head – Enterprise Vertical
SQS India Infosystems Pvt Ltd

Tejas Modi

Head – Quality Assurance

Rakesh K Chauhan

Freelance Chief Testing Consultant



Mahesh Venkataraman

Managing Director – Technology, Testing

Mili Mitra

Associate Director
United Health Group

Haribabu Nandyal Padmanaban

Head – Quality Engineering

Raghavendra Manavalli

Director of Product Development & Site Leader
Allscripts India Pvt. Ltd

Dr Shankar Ramamoorthy

Quality Business Partner

Rajini Padmanaban

Vice President
QA InfoTech

Dana Natan Katz

VP Marketing

Stéphane Jammet

Managing Director

Ashok Kumar Mysore

Head – APAC MIG Business Excellence | Head – India Agile & DevOps COE

Stephan Schulz

Chief Technical Officer

Shrini Kulkarni

Vice President
JP Morgan

Indranil Das

Vice-President & Head, IT & Cloud
Ericsson Global Service (I) Ltd

Sridhar Throvagunta

Head – IME Testing Services and Marketing, Analyst, Adviser & Alliance Relations

Parallel Track
Best Practice Presentations

Rajat Taheem

Krishnachander Kaliyaperumal

Janaiah Gera & Lakshmisravanthi Satarajupalli

Anvita Chaturvedi

Vikas Gautam & Nandagopal

Surendran Ethiraj

Anil Jain

Sushil Tade & Mahantesh Maganur

Manjunath Peerappa Bagalkote, Gaurav Sharma & Suvish Nair

Prasanna Kuppusamy & Velmurugan Sangaiah

Govind Soni & Dhaval Patel

Pooja & Nandan Jha

Stuti Jaiswal

Deepak Khatri

Ramesh Chandra Veeturi, Rinku Hazarika & Syed Mohammed Nadeem

Amit Chourasia & Sanjay Rai

Muthu Venkatesh Sivakadatcham

Karanjeet Singh & Aanchal Maheshwari

Arun Girdhar

Janith Gunasekara, Pulasthi Perera & Ann Roshali Silva

Ramya Ramalinga Moorthy

Venkatesh Jayaraman & Ram Kumar Chandrasekaran

Ravi Kumar BN

Hardik Verma

Rajive R & Shanmugam Sibbala

Umesh C kulkarni & Aditi V Kulkarni

Dinesh Rawat

Meghashyam Varanasi

Bhakti Purandare & Ghanshyam Tiwari

Sriram Sitaraman, Rameshkumar Bar & Shinde Nandan

Saranya KGopinath M & Babu VL

Sindhu SelvakumarHarikrishnan RadhakrishnanKanniappan RPrashanta Tyagaraju

Durgesh Joshi & Harsh Agarwal

Poster Presentations

Mohana Krishna Munukutla & Vilas Palleda Jagadish

Ajay Sohal & Rohan Sharma

Dhanush Rajavel Umakandan

Karthik Jegannathan, Aishwarya V R & N Nandakumar

Leeja George, Sharmila Devi Boopathi & Suman Chakraborthy

Karthik R

Muthu Venkatesh Sivakadatcham

Jay Mehta

Himansha Tyagi & Pradeep Lingan

Balamurali L & Shajeena Shahul Hameed

Tripsy D Jain

Surendran Ethiraj

Mohana Krishna Munukutla, Krishna Pomar & Gollapelly Kiran Kumar

Nori Meherphani, Krishna Kankipati & Mohan Pujari

Hari Kishan Kurapati, Sumiya Faruq & Venkat Gorrela

Indrajit Ghatak, Arnab Patra & Arghyadip Ghosh

Panel Discussion


Regional Hosts


Media Partners


Registration & Fees

  • Complete Pass
    Rs.10,500 /mo
    • For individuals, corporate sponsored professionals/ teams interested in attending the complete 2 day event, including Entertainment Evening/ Gala Dinner and Awards Night.
    • Early bird pass closes on 13th November, 2016.
    • Use Coupon code: early16 at cart to get 10% discount.
  • Day Pass
    Rs.6,825 /mo
    • For Professionals  interested in attending the complete 1 day event.  Choose either Day 1 (includes entertainment evening/ gala dinner) or Day 2 (includes awards night).
    • No Early bird pass for this category.
    • Special Packages available for Task Force of 4, 8, 10 and 15 Member Groups

Venue Details

Conference Date: 01 – 02 December, 2016 | Thursday & Friday

Conference Venue: The Park Plaza, Sy #90/4 Marathahalli, Outer Ring Road, Munnekollalu Village | Bangalore 560037 | India

Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley of India”, now officially known as Bengaluru, is situated in the southeast of the South Indian state of Karnataka.It is called the “Silicon Valley of India” because of the large number of Information Technology companies located in the city. As headquarters to 38% of global SEI-CMM Level 5 Companies, Bangalore’s place in the global IT map is prominent. Bengaluru’s Rs. 260,260 crore makes it a major economic center in India. Indeed, Bangalore is India’s fourth largest and fastest growing market. Bangalore’s per capita income of Rs. .49 lakh (US$ 1,160) is the highest for any Indian city. It is also known as the Garden City of India because of its climate, greenery and the presence of many public parks, including the Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park.

The Park Plaza epitomizes an urban Art of Living far exceeding other hotels in Bangalore. This 5 star deluxe hotel is strategically located, connecting travelers and guests to Bangalore’s IT hubs in Whitefield, Sarjapur and along the highway.

Boasting some of the most advanced and expansive facilities in the entire city, Park Plaza Bengaluru have an unbeatable venue for conferences in Bangalore. The venue is accentuated by grand design lines, full audiovisual support and urbane interiors, adding style and grandeur to the event.