The Nigerian Software Testing Qualification Board (NGSTQB) has unveiled its intention to host the first software testing conference in Nigeria, dubbed ‘Test Nigeria Conference 1.0’.
NGSTQB is a member of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB); the world’s leading certification organization for software testing professionals.
The NGSTQB was officially registered as a Board of Trustees with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria on August 21, 2021, after formal approval by the Attorney General’s Office of the Federation.
Mr. Boye Dare, the Chairman of NGSTQB said that the TestNigeria 1.0 conference is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November 2022 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki Road, Lagos under the theme: “Impact of Software Quality Assurance in the Nigerian Digital Economy”.
He said that TestNigeria Conference 1.0 will include a networking cocktail, keynote presentations, panel discussions and fireside chats, including special sessions on improving software testing in organizations; Growth of the software testing ecosystem in the education sector in Nigeria and the need for certified testing professionals in organizations.
While re-emphasizing the need for software testing, Mr. Dare said it was vital for Nigeria to be identified as a country with high quality software.
In his own words, “Testing is necessary because we all make mistakes. Some of these errors are insignificant, but some are costly and dangerous.
“Software failures can be devastating to business value and reputation. For example, UK-based lending firm Provident Financial lost £1.7 billion (about US$2.4 billion) in market value in 2017 after a bug in its newly developed scheduling software, so barely half of its loan debts have been collected when due.
This bug cost the company 120 million pounds (US$170 million) in lost profit, and the fiasco is considered a record loss.
“In a recent report by Synopsys, Inc., in conjunction with the Consortium for Information & Software Quality (CISQ), the cost of poor software quality in the United States in 2020 was approximately $2.08 trillion .
“According to Nigeria’s Digital Economy Strategy, Nigerians are highly innovative people, and a thriving digital economy will create employment opportunities for Nigeria’s large population and lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.”
The Chairman of the NGSTQB therefore said that achieving Nigeria’s digital economy strategy is the collective responsibility of all individuals and businesses.
“It is in view of the above that the NGSTQB designed the TestNigeria Conference 1.0the premier software testing conference in Nigeria entirely dedicated to software testing and quality assurance.
He added that a range of experts and authorities in the national and global fields of software testing have been lined up to speak at the event which will take place on 22-23 November 2022 in Lagos.
Conceived as a platform for software professionals to discuss how the Nigerian IT ecosystem can start developing quality software that meets international standards and contribute to the achievement of Nigeria’s digital economy strategy, the conference is aimed at software developers, banks, government institutions, telecommunications operators, fintech companies and industry regulators. and major users of sensitive software, among others.
Interested participants should visit the website to see the details.
Featured Image: Mr. Boye Dare, the President of NGSTQB
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