Meet Bridgette Daly, our new Head of Australasia
Here at Provar we’re delighted to welcome our newest team member, Bridgette Daly, who’s joining as our new Head of Australasia. Read on to learn more about Bridgette and what she’s working on right now.
Bridgette is an accomplished IT professional with over 20 years’ experience in London Investment Banking and blue-chip financial services companies. She has extensive experience in Business Analysis and Quality Assurance, leading applications testing across multiple teams and locations.
After moving back to New Zealand, Bridgette continued her role with Deutsche Bank before taking up a consultancy position with the New Zealand Office of the Ombudsman. Bridgette now heads up Provar’s Australasia office in New Zealand.
Welcome to Provar! What will you be doing in your new role?
My role is to provide support to our existing Australasian customers. I’ll also be getting the word out to all our future customers in Australia and New Zealand who haven’t yet been introduced to Provar’s team of experts, to help them achieve simplified and effective test automation.
When did you start working in testing?
I moved into manual testing as a side-effect of having displayed technical interest and abilities when working on IT projects in the late 1990s. Test automation was part of an evolutionary path with increasing complexities and integration in new applications.
From the start, I loved the variance in the quality assurance process: there is never a dull moment and always an opportunity to learn and build on my skillset with continual changes in both the development and testing domain.
What do you enjoy most about working in testing?
I enjoy the challenge involved in software testing; it’s not a routine or mundane task, but a process that requires creativity and an analytical mind.
We have to get a little innovative when testing. The process isn’t going to be spelled out for us — in fact, it takes a little detective work and a lot of persistence.
“We have to get a little innovative when testing. The process isn’t going to be spelled out for us — in fact, it takes a little detective work and a lot of persistence.”
How important do you think automation is when it comes to a good test strategy?
In today’s modern development world where everyone is moving away from Waterfall and into more Agile and DevOps with continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous testing, test automation has become a critical feature to a robust test strategy.
Test automation promotes faster deployment time to production by earlier defect identification, continuous feedback to development, reduction in regression test cycles and it allows for more time spent on intelligent, exploratory based testing.
However, automated testing is only as good as its design, so any time spent strategizing automation efforts is time well spent.
How did you first hear about Provar?
I have had a great interest in Provar since its inception, as I stayed in touch with two very clever and innovative guys who were once my work colleagues and are now the founders of the company. They had a shared passion of liberating test automation from the exclusive realm of developers and making it simple enough for anyone on a project team to create.
I was fortunate enough to be back living in New Zealand just as the growth in the Australasia market warranted a local representative.
What do you think makes Provar special?
There are many areas of Provar that make it stand out from the crowd – but the most important feature for me is the highly maintainable no-code test cases.
No-code testing is creating automation tests without writing a single piece of code. This approach has been steadily evolving with new innovation on technology, focusing on reducing the coding process and making it more user friendly. The ultimate aim is to make the setup so easy to use that automating a test scenario takes less amount of time and requires almost no coding efforts, thus reducing testing resources and the time it takes to produce quality testing results.
“There are many areas of Provar that make it stand out from the crowd – but the most important feature for me is the highly maintainable no-code test cases.”
What is the future of testing?
I think the future of testing will be removing the “testing bottleneck” and eliminating the “testing silo” by changing the way teams are built and involving testers in the software development process early on. By arming testers with automation tools that simplify tasks, not complicate them, reporting back to development is swift and focused and the process will push forwards.
The only way to achieve continuous testing successfully is through smart test automation. Since speed has become such a crucial differentiator in software development, any task or process along the way that can be automated using no-code technologies will be in high demand.
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
This year I am looking forward to developing relationships with our existing and new customers in the Australasia region.
At Provar we are working really hard to provide the best experience for our customers and are always looking for ways to improve. We want to convert customers into power users of Provar to make sure the value for our customers is realised.
Our focus is to go beyond customer satisfaction to real, true customer success.