Planit joins Australian Banking & Financial Technology Summit as a Gold Sponsor


Software is the lifeblood of modern organisations, and the foundation for value creation and competitive advantage. Yet each year countless software projects run over budget, over time or suffer a significant change in the scope of their deliverables. Some are cancelled altogether.

It doesn’t need to be this way.

For five years now the Planit Testing Index has shone a light on the positive impact that quality assurance practices have on the delivery of projects, surveying over 1,000 software development and testing professionals from across Australia and New Zealand.

Year after year, the Index has clearly demonstrated the ambition of its respondents to garner greater investment in quality assurance procedures and practices for their organisations’ software development projects. But while significant strides to the implementation of software quality assurance practices have been made, many organisations still have some way to go to achieve best practice.

Results show that there is significant room for improvement throughout the software development cycle, particularly in the early stages when requirements are being defined.

The Index found near-unanimity in the belief that greater investment in quality assurance and testing leads to better software development outcomes, and a resounding desire to improve quality assurance practices. Each year respondents report a strong desire for further investment in testing tools and procedures, and the implementation of those earlier in the software development cycle. This Index is no exception.

The Planit Software Testing Index is a key tool for software and quality assurance professionals, enabling them benchmark their organisation and understand the maturity of their quality assurance practices. It also provides essential supporting evidence when making arguments in favour of greater investment in quality assurance.

Ultimately, it is hoped that the Index will drive improvements in quality assurance practices through the software development life cycle, leading to better quality software projects delivered on time, on budget, and as their funders expected.

Graham Davis, Director of Testing Services at Planit will present the findings from the Planit Testing Index, a survey conducted with over 200 organisation’s IT projects at the upcoming Australian Banking & Financial Technology Summit from 17 to 18 September at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney.  Graham has played a pivotal role in the continued growth and success of Planit. As the Director of Testing Services in Sydney since 2005, Graham has managed key accounts including Commonwealth Bank, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, MLC, Westpac, Foxtel, Medibank, News Limited, Salmat and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Responsible for over 180 Sydney-based testers, Graham works closely with Planit’s clients to address their organisational needs by developing testing solutions and establishing testing teams. Planit is proud to be associated with the Summit as a Gold Sponsor.

Australian Banking & Financial Technology Innovation Summit is expected to attract over 150 senior level executives from the banking and financial services industry in Australia. The Banking & Financial Technology Summit will provide its delegates with a platform to learn of the latest trends in place and the opportunities that exist to drive change through innovation now and into the future.

For more information on the Australian Banking & Financial Technology Innovation Summit, please visit or contact Expotrade on +613-95450360.


Banking Technology & Innovation Summit in Dubai is gearing up for a big show this year

Over 150 senior banking and financial professionals have already confirmed their participation at the 2nd Annual Middle East Banking Technology & Innovation Summit, due to be held at the Emirates Towers in Dubai from 1st to 2nd October 2012.

Brad Hariharan, Project Director of Expotrade Middle East, the organizer of the Summit said “Technology is becoming a major differentiator in the banking industry. Technology and innovation will dramatically impact the strategies of banks in the next few years. Banks have started to redirect their focus and reinvent themselves as customer centric organizations.  Consumers are used to having technology integrated into aspects of their work and personal lives and banking is no exception. Consumer’s expectations have incorporated online and mobile technology into their banking experiences. This year, the Summit will have a strong focus on the importance of robust innovation in the banking and financial industry.”

Worldwide bank IT spending continues to grow at a 5.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to a new report from Framingham.  The report found that Latin America and the Middle East are among the fastest growing bank IT spending regions, with IT spending predicted to increase by 10% in these areas. Banks in some of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets are struggling to keep up with changing customer expectations.

According to a research conducted by Celent, most consumers are prolific online and mobile users yet many of the surveyed banks do not offer a fully integrated multi-channel experience. Only 34% of Southeast Asian banks and 17% of Middle Eastern banks currently have tablet offerings and most mobile banking offerings are still basic. While 63% of banks in Asia are now offering native apps (i.e. built for Android or iPhone) only 25% are doing so in the Middle East. Less than 50% of respondents in the Middle East felt their bank understands their needs well, with just over half agreeing with this statement in Asia. Barely half of consumers perceived their bank to be a technology innovator. 28% of respondents have a 360 degree customer view across products and delivery channels. Customer analytics and relationship pricing are similarly lacking.

The aim of the Middle East Banking Innovation Summit is to provide the information and tools needed to encourage innovation within the banks and financial institutions of the Middle East in order to facilitate financial growth. The Summit is designed to promote the networking, learning and idea sharing that will result in competitive offerings, improved customer engagement and reduced costs.

Some of the key speakers at the Banking Technology & Innovation Summit includes Ashraf Shoukry, CIO Ajman Bank, Sheikh Dr Hussain Hamed Hassan, Chairman Sharia Board, Dubai Islamic Bank Group, Nasar Siddiqui, Head of Electronic Channels, National Bank of Fujairah, Mufaddal Khumri, Head of Islamic Banking, Rakbank along with many other senior banking professionals.

The Summit will address major needs such as Increasing customer centricity, Synergizing IT and Operations, Instilling a culture for innovation, Leveraging innovation and addressing regulatory requirements and understanding on how best to work with them.

Major technology players in the Banking industry have joined the Middle East Banking Innovation Summit  this year including Intertech, Capgemini, Trend Micro, Infowatch, Voicetrust, AIMIA as Gold Sponsors, Misys as Knowledge Sponsor, Datacard Group & Vision Solutions as Silver Sponsors, Soft Flow as Name Badge Sponsor. The Summit is being organized in strategic partnership with Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone. Other participants include Gemalto, Ramco, Bankers Lab, Infotec Systems, Iycon, Brand Touch, ACT, Ceitcon and Keybs.

For more information, visit or contact Expotrade on +9714-4542135.

Expotrade announces Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

On the 5-6 November 2012 high-level experts and decision-makers driving the evolution of energy efficient lighting systems throughout the Middle East will convene at the Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit. This is a must attend event for anyone looking for information on the most efficient lighting solutions and systems in the market.

From construction and product development, to architectural and urban lighting, Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit will provide the most up-to-date information on the case studies, solutions and companies driving this fast growing market.

Join over 200 senior professionals committed to the deployment of innovative, intelligent and energy-efficient lighting solutions. In-depth and unique case studies, a comprehensive exhibition of the most innovative solutions and industry-recognised speakers make the Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit the leading intelligent lighting event of 2012.

Lighting consumes 19% of all electricity in the world. As governments and municipalities focus on increasing energy efficiency, the different lighting sources and systems being applied come under scrutiny. By adding intelligence to lighting, energy consumption and carbon emissions will be reduced significantly.

In UAE itself the population and urban development continue to grow at a record pace, the emphasis on energy efficient solution becomes increasingly important, for governments and municipalities. Lighting systems, sources and controls used for roads transport infrastructure, public buildings such sports stadiums and shopping malls, and private buildings are being optimized to meet the regulatory demands and standardization.

With hundreds of urban development projects and new buildings coming to fruition within the next 5 years, it is essential that lighting systems and sources chosen are intelligent.

Recently in China more than 1.9 million LED lights were installed in over 20,000 street lights.  This was the largest municipal intelligent lighting control projects which included 16 miles of highway, 119 streets and 1 tunnel.  The installation resulted in electricity savings of approx USD 3 million and 17.6 million kWh. The lights were installed with 1.9 million Cree XLamp XP-E and XP-G LEDs in an effort to improve living conditions for local citizens and to meet China’s stringent roadway lighting requirements for light efficacy, brightness, luminance, heat dissipation, and service lifespan.

Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit will explore the different opportunities in Smart & Intelligent Lighting, offering you all the information that you need to make the most informed decision for your project. Join your peers and meet the leaders of this rapidly evolving market.

For more information on the Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit, visit or contact Expotrade on +9714-4542135.