Newspaper: Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh
March 29, 2013

On April 25 – 26, 2013, Vietnam International Software Testing and Automation Conference (VISTACON 2013) will take place with the theme “Testing modern software in a rapidly changing world”.

The Keynotes of VISTACON this year will be covering the latest trends in software testing, including mobile testing, cloud testing, test automation and testing complex and big systems. In February 2013, the total number of Android applications was approximately 650,000 with an average of 20,000 new applications being developed monthly (Appbrain). As such, many software companies have focused on mobile application development for mobile devices operating on Android, iOS and WindowMobile. Additionally, other software companies and clients who use the Windows operating system should change to Cloud Computing in order to catch up the lastest IT development trends.

According to the annual global software service report from Gartner, Vietnam ranks in the Top 30 of the world’s leading software outsourcing countries for software outsourcing and Top 10 in the Asia – Pacific region. Software testing is a new industry and holds a lot of potential for Vietnam, especially in the software outsourcing and development field where software testing is attracting the youth’s attention.

Software testing engineers are a vital human resource, contributing to 30%-40% of project success, guaranteeing software’s quality before it is released. The fact that human resource in Vietnam’s IT field are lacking is of great importance for creating a population of  professional software testing engineers, is of particular interest for Mr. Vuong Bao Long, Director of Human Resources of LogiGear Vietnam. He said, "In the eight years since its establishment, LogiGear has always required and provided at least six months training for new employees. The rate of recruitment success of the company is about 1:10, but some are missing the skills to be able to work, especially soft skills and work experience".

Vice President of HCA, Mr. Lu Hong Chuong said: “VISTACON 2013 opens many new opportunities for cooperation in the software testing field and creates motivation to develop software testing in Vietnam. Vietnam believes in the ability to become a premier destination for software testing. The Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association is ready to support all enterprises in the training of human resources so that Vietnamese companies can reach the top local and international software testing fields.

VISTACON 2013 participants include international speakers from leading technology companies. Mr. Julian Harty (Author of A Practical Guide to Testing Wireless Smartphone Applications) has worked for eBay, Google and a variety of other companies, Mr. Hans Buwalda (Chief Technology Officer, LogiGear US), Mr. BJ Rollison (Test Architect at Microsoft), etc. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to speak directly with top speakers during the Key Notes sessions and practice testing on applications for mobile devices in the lab sessions.