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On Thursday March 12th, QA Media successful ran the QA Financial Forum London. We are grateful to the speakers, sponsors and delegates who attended, and pleased to report that it was a busy and productive day.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are rescheduling other QA Financial Forum events. We have no plans to cancel.

  • The QA Financial Forum Chicago will now take place on September 21st, 2020 (instead of the planned April 1st). The venue remains unchanged: The Mid-Americas Club, Chicago.
  • The AI and Automation for Finance and E-Commerce Forum London will now take place on December 9th. The venue remains unchanged: The Bloomsbury Hotel, London.

You can see details of our events at, and if you have any queries about attending or sponsoring, e-mail us

Back to the QA Financial Forum London on March 12th. While some speakers and delegates could not attend because of their company’s policies regarding external meetings, we were able to complete an agenda that maintained our high standards of content and discussion relevant to our audience of decision makers working in software quality assurance at financial firms. Among the highlights:

  • Paul Downing, Head of Service Virtualization and Data at Barclays, described how he has championed test service virtualisation as a technology and how he has demonstrated the value it delivers in terms of improving the customer experience.
  • Yvette Berman, Head of Market Risk QA at Deutsche Bank, explained how scaled Agile working practices have helped embed the requirements of  FRTB and Basel capital rules in software development.
  • Rich Jordan, Test Engineering Manager at Nationwide, charted the course the UK’s leading building society has followed in its IT transition over the past two years, and the role automated testing has played in its dramatic increase in the volume of software it is delivering.
  • Iosif Itkin, Co-CEO at Exactpro, the automation specialist for complex financial markets, detailed his work for R3, the Blockchain consortium, and its Corda platform. Testing the inter-operability of the giant networks of nodes required by markets to make Blockchain a reality is one of the great challenges in financial IT.
  • Maya Ber Lerner, CTO at Quali, the cloud sandboxing provider, talked about how financial firms can overcome a common problem in accelerating test automation: how you can generate production-quality test environments simply and quickly.
  • Antony Edward, COO at Eggplant, was in conversation with Edson Ferreira, Head of Engineering for Digital Platforms ant Lloyds Bank and Julie Fraulo, Engineering Lead at JP Morgan Chase. Top of the agenda: how are these leading firms accelerating their software delivery, and how do AI-driven tools help them identify risks in their development processes?
  • Jordan Daniel, Domain Lead for Digital Assurance and Productivity at the Bank of England, was interviewed by QA Financial’s Justyn Trenner. on the topic of how the Bank of England is benchmarking software quality and what “good” software really means.
  • Mike Smith of Neotys discussed the specific challenges of performance testing with Robin Allport, Application Architect at Compare The Market, the leading retail financial services hub.


Again, we’d like to thank our expert speakers for supporting the event, as well as our sponsor partners, all of whom worked with us to make the best of a difficult situation. At QA Financial, we are now working on our revised schedule for events later in the year, as well as offering our customers the services of our digital meetings platform and our research and thought-leadership products to help them continue to generate business through the coming weeks.