Global Testing Retreat #ATAGTR2019 welcomes Arpan Sarkar as our esteemed speaker

We would like to Welcome Arpan Sarkar as our esteemed speaker for Global Testing Retreat #ATAGTR2019
Arpan Sarkar is currently working with Cognizant as a Senior Business Development Manager in the Banking and Financial Services (BFS) Quality Engineering and Assurance (QE&A) practice and have an overall experience of 12+ years. His gamut of experience ranges from software development to technology consulting, core banking and business development. His techno-functional expertise is complemented by his deep research and experience on next-gen technologies such as blockchain and IoT. Beside managing delivery of complex engagements, he have authored several papers that have been presented at international conferences.
He hold a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University and an MBA degree from XLRI Jamshedpur. Prior to joining Cognizant, he have worked with TCS, Bank of Baroda & Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Arpan is our esteemed speaker for #ATAGTR2019.
Arpan will be taking a Lightning Talk Session on “Swallowables – The Next QA Frontier?” – Track 1 on Day 1


Internet of Things (IoT) has gradually evolved to take the centre stage of the consumer technology market with an astounding projected market size of $520 Bn by 2021*. Although the potential market volume grabs the eyeballs easily, the product types have not kept pace until recently, with the market being comprised of the same basic products like smart watches, health and fitness trackers, cameras, headsets and smart glasses.

Conditions, however, are ripe for the next evolution in IoT with the advent of smart clothing (e.g. self-tying shoelaces, temperature-regulating fabric), bio-wearables (e.g. smart contact lenses) and, most importantly, “Swallowables” or Ingestible IoTs. The recent FDA approval of digital pills / swallowable sensors has given further boost to this technology, which we expect to garner ~ $8 Bn in IoT services revenue by 2026. This is too large a pie to be ignored and hence charting out the right Quality Assurance strategy for swallowables is of utmost importance.

Our paper analyzes the swallowables ecosystem and identifies 5 representative layers, viz. Device (ingestible + wearable), Patient Smartphone App, Gateway, Cloud Platform & Physician / Caregiver App. Further, a comprehensive QA strategy for the entire ecosystem has been charted out and the QA needs for each layer have been identified. The paper also delves deep into each of these types of testing and proposes a test orchestration process to showcase how the entire gamut of testing can be performed for a typical business flow.

We had posted some questions to Arpan as a part of his #ATAMyStory
1. Why should someone choose testing as a career ? Or What does testing really mean to you ?
Testing for me is more than just a profession; it is a philosophy of life! It makes one a keen observer, a virtue that eventually assists him/her circumvent many perils in life.
In addition, a tester gets to understand the end-to-end functionalities of a system, which helps him / her graduate to aspirational roles like Business Analyst, Product Owner etc. in the future.
2. While practice makes all of us perfect, share an everyday practice that has made things better for you at work
Let me talk about 2 skills developed through everyday practices (one hard skill and another soft skill), that have worked wonders for me.
The hard skill is to maintain a task backlog tracker diligently, that ensures I do not leave any task pending.
The more important one, the soft skill, is to be able to smile in difficult situations. As they say, nothing you wear is more important than your smile. I have indeed seen it for myself!
3. The most challenging bug or issue that I have found and learnings from it ? Or The most challenging testing task that I have done and how I accomplished the same
The most challenging testing task for me was certainly the one that I did for one of my healthcare clients. It involved testing a lab solution; the very thought that it impacts millions of lives made it challenging.
My mantra for accomplishing the task successfully was to put myself in the patients’ shoes. The moment I did that, my energy and commitment were doubled. It became more than just work; it became a way of giving something back to the society!

About Global Testing Retreat, #ATAGTR2019

#ATAGTR2019 is one of the largest, most fun filled and learning filled global testing conference. #ATAGTR2019 is back again in its 4th edition with more fun and more learnings than in the past. The conference is scheduled on 14th and 15th December in Pune.

  • 2 Days
  • 2 Panel Discussions
  • 4 Keynotes
  • 5 Skits and Games
  • 38 Interactive Sessions
  • 18+ Labs
    Loads of fun, competitions and much much more.

Day 1 has 5 tracks and Day 2 has 6 tracks.
Focusing on interactive sessions, labs/workshops, skit performances and fun activities and quizzes and much much more.
The conference scale as is evident has increased substantially. We hope that everyone can be part of this most fun filled and one of the largest global testing conference.
To know more about the conference, click here or on the image below

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