STAREAST 2020 Concurrent Session : Alexa Skill: Say Hello to Voice-Enabled Quality Engineering


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Alexa Skill: Say Hello to Voice-Enabled Quality Engineering

A torrent of technology is disrupting the status quo like never before, and digital transformation is paving the way for more engaging user experiences. We’ve all experienced different levels of interacting with technology: command-line interfaces, graphical user interfaces, app-program interfaces, peripheral devices, and, now, the human voice. Voice is becoming an efficient input modality, allowing users to interact with systems quickly, on their own terms. This fun-infused session will explore and demonstrate some use cases of voice-enabled interaction models to execute tasks like starting a Jenkins pipeline, triggering a test automation suite, updating artifacts in an enterprise-class platform, and many more. Learn how you can use a voice service like Alexa to come up with ideas and build new capabilities, and walk away with a shot of dopamine. You'll discover how the worlds of AI, ML, and speech synthesis are driving digital disruption, and what this can mean for quality engineering.

Neil Suryanarayana
Physicians Mutual Insurance

Neil is a seasoned software professional with interests in technology and project management. His credentials and certifications are reflective of the fact that he is an ardent practitioner and explorer of quality engineering methodologies, test automation, agile values, and mobility QA solutions. Neil has had the distinct opportunity to render services and deliver solutions to high-impact projects across industries such as retail, e-learning, insurance, networking and virtualization, and health care. He is fascinated by the changing macroeconomic landscape and enjoys talking about the new style of IT, which is setting the digital agenda for every business function. Neil is also the leader for a Local User Group in Nebraska and is responsible for driving synergy among like-minded practitioners. He is very passionate about quality engineering and is a strong proponent of the dictum of "quality at speed."