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Tasktop’s Dave West And BlackRock’s Jonathan Major To Discuss ALM And Software Integration At HP Discover 2013

June 4, 2013

Industry experts West and Major will join forces to describe BlackRock’s path to ALM integration and present an evolving case study of software development in the finance industry

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    Who:   Dave West

           Chief Product Officer

           Tasktop Technologies


            West is instrumental in building Tasktop into a transformative business that is driving
            major improvements in the software industry. He leads the strategic direction of the
            company's product line and helps to define Tasktop's market position. He is a former
            industry analyst at Forrester Research.

           Jonathan Major

           VP of Quality Assurance



            Major has more than 17 years of experience in software testing. His specialties include
            quality assurance, quality engineering and test automation architecture. Prior to
            BlackRock, Major was a test engineering manager at Barclays.

    What:   HP ALM 'the one ring to bind them:' An experience report on adopting ALM in a
            heterogeneous environment at BlackRock Investments

            Modern software development is a messy affair with complex problems, disconnected
            disciplines and immature practices. For large financial services organizations, software
            is a key enabler to delivering value to its customers, empowering employees and providing
            insights to management. The combination of increased complexity and value has led
            BlackRock to invest in the process of software delivery, and the application of the
            discipline ALM to the problem of disconnected delivery. Their desire, like many
            organizations, is to provide better insights, improve collaboration and make the process
            of software delivery flow faster. In this talk Major and West will discuss the journey
            BlackRock has taken in adopting a successful ALM practice. They will outline steps toward
            connecting the disciplines of quality and development, and how that has created increased
            traceability, visibility and reporting in a heterogeneous tool stack. They also will
            discuss the challenges of adopting an integrated approach to software, both technical and
            cultural, and the steps necessary to take the ideas of ALM and implement them. The
            journey is by no means complete, but in this talk Major and West will provide attendees
            with a description of their experience and a set of ideas for how an IT organization can
            adopt the ALM practice.

    Where: The Venetian Resort

           3355 S Las Vegas Blvd.

           Las Vegas, NV 89109


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    Info:   For more information about this event, please follow this link: (http://

            For more information on Tasktop or to speak with West about his presentation, please
            contact Christie Denniston at Catapult PR-IR:

           Office Number: 303-581-7760

           Mobile Number: 303-827-5164

           Email: (cdenniston@catapultpr-ir.com)

           Twitter: @prhightech

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