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New Albany IT Martini is First of Its Kind

IT Martini 19, which will be held from 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday, September 1, marks another first for New Albany as well as the movement that brings local IT communities together to focus on leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and fun. For the first time, IT Martini will take place in a suburban and corporate setting at Tween Brands’ headquarters, 8323 Walton Parkway in New Albany; includes an extended educational format for participants; and features a New Albany sponsor, Janova. Janova, which offers automated testing software in the clouds that improves efficiency, eliminates human error, decreases deployment time and reduces operating expenses, was the recipient of last year’s IT Martini Hour Community Choice Award.

IT Martini Hour 19: QA or the Highway offers a half day conference that offers sessions related to software quality assurance, including QTP versus open source tools, combined automation and manual testing and testing in the cloud. As the conference’s key note speaker, Ben Blanquera, technology entrepreneur and cofounder of the technology blog TechLife, will discuss the evolution from quality control to quality assurance.

The four conference sessions feature technology experts, including Ann Hungate, director of software quality assurance at Nationwide Insurance; Tim Geraghty, manager of IT analysis at Nationwide Insurance; Mark Harris, enterprise QA manager at Grange Insurance; Cameron Wolff, director of IT at Nationwide Insurance; and Ron Savoia, founder of Stratus Innovations Group. Session participants are eligible for PDU Credit for QAI and PMI Certifications.

The experts also will take part in an interactive panel discussion entitled “What’s the Business Value of Quality Assurance?” at a 5:30 pm reception. Startups from Innovate New Albany, the New Albany technology incubator, will conduct demos for attendees and this year’s Community Choice Award will be presented.

The program’s charity partner is the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, a 120-piece community orchestra made up of professional, community and student musicians provides local programming as well as learning opportunities.

The sessions are sold out, but click here to register for the reception.


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