The European Software Testing Awards was held on the 21 November 2017 at Old Billingsgate, London; a spectacular 19th-century market building designed by Sir Horace Jones and entirely renovated in 1988 by acclaimed architect, Richard Rogers.
For the fifth year running, the award ceremonies have grown and gone from strength to strength, with more and more participation each year, helping teams and individuals push to strive for betterment. The glittering awards gala consisted of hundreds of software testing professionals from the likes of Schroders, BT and Atom Bank – recognising exceptional efforts of individuals and teams as finalists and winners.
The event would not have been possible without the ongoing support from the Judges who work for highly successful companies: Home Office Technologies, YouView, Boots, Banco Santander, Sony Computer, Ryanair Labs, Third Bridge, Close Brothers and Aviva. To give back to the testing community, the Judges kindly took time out of their busy schedules and wrote reports based on historical and present trends, and innovations and developments from their chosen categories, which you can access here.
Each year, 31 Media raises money for Great Ormond Street. David Rose kindly took the limelight on stage, telling his story about his journey with GOSH, and how the charity helped him battle his illnesses. Without everyone’s generosity, GOSH wouldn’t have raised a fantastic £3605 to help children who are suffering the most complex illnesses.
The first award of the evening was for the Best Agile Project, which was awarded to Tata Consultancy Services. The judges felt that TCA had a clear understanding of software testing/QA challenges in an agile environment.
Cognizant was then awarded for having the Best Mobile Testing Project, because of evidence of commitment to industry standards, and verification of project goals, achievements, and of course, those all-important successful results.
In partnership with Accenture, BT won Best Test Automation Project (Functional), for demonstrating an outstanding use of automation in a functional software testing project.
The next award on the night recognised Infosys as having the Best Test Automation Project (non-functional), for utilisation of appropriate test techniques, and the ability to identify an underlying root cause.
The Graduate Tester of the Year award was happily awarded to Raul Khemlani from KPMG, for keeping up-to-date with trends, guidelines and best practices in the industry – meeting aims and targets set.
Alan Hughes from Sogeti was then welcomed on to the stage to collect his award for Test Manager of the Year, for excellent people management and communication skills, ensuring high-quality results.
For demonstrating successful software testing projects, and utilising a best practice method, Godel Tech was awarded for Best Overall Testing Project (Retail).
Infosys then took home the award for Best Overall Testing Project (Finance). This entry presented detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices.
The ninth award was awarded to Harman Services, who took home Best Overall Testing Project (Gaming) award, for its high standard and successful results.
Showing evidence of working closely with stakeholders, to deliver projects on time and within budget, judges felt Tech Mahindra was most deserving of winning the Best Overall Testing Project (Communication) award.
Lloyds Banking Group Digital in partnership with Sapient made the perfect companions, as they were honored with the Best Use of Technology in a Project award, for overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.
Infosys then took over the stage, nominating Atom Bank for Testing Team of the Year, for evidence of a strong team ethos and achieving targets and projects – now that’s what we call teamwork.
Judges felt that Schroders was deserving of the Prodapt Testing Management Team of the Year, because of exceptional efforts of high-quality commitment.
Infosys then picked up yet another award, but this time for Most Innovative Project, for their attempt to push boundaries within the industry.
Another award was then collected by Tech Mahindra, but for Best User Experience (UX), for promoting innovation, research and best practices in the wider field of UX testing.
QA Mentor was then awarded the Leading Vendor Award for proof of thought leadership and drive to further the software/QA industry.
Last but not least, the Overall Software Testing award 2017 was awarded to Schroders for excelling in all areas and surpassing every other individual, project or organisation within the industry.
ABOUT THE EUROPEAN SOFTWARE TESTING AWARDS
31 Media, organisers of The European Software Industry Awards, The National Software Testing Conference, The Software Testing Conference NORTH and publishers of TEST Magazine, DevOps Online and Software Testing News would like to thank all attendees and sponsors for their ongoing support.
A full list of the Finalists in each category can be found here.
Written by Leah Alger