ITx Innovation Days Speakers

Keynotes and Speakers for 2021 ITx Innovation Days

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Adesh Pednekar

As Co-Founder and Managing Director at QVidalabs, Adesh Pednekar builds security testing and scriptless automation testing products for the New Zealand and global market. Adesh has over 25 years’ global experience working with C-level executives to maximise business results through developing IT Strategy, optimising business processes, implementing technology solutions, in a multicultural global environment.

Adesh has a successful track record of delivering optimal results in high-growth environments across India, Middle East Africa, and Europe. Adesh has varied experience of working with Tier1 technology consulting organizations like KPMG, Oracle, and Infosys. His focus has been on business results – enhancing return in investments and reducing total cost of ownership for clients, revenue growth, margin improvements, effective team utilization, and most importantly high levels of customer satisfaction. Prior to QVidalabs, Adesh had entrepreneurial stints in IT services startups like Sagax Solutions in South Africa and Brahmaand Technologies in New Zealand.

Adesh holds an MBA from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering from the Savitribai Phule University of Pune, India.

Application Testing in the Agile (CI/CD) world

Thursday 10:55am - 11:15am, (CITRENZ 1 Room)

Ways and means of application testing have changed over the decades. I have seen how dedicated QA born for quality checks, how need of automation came to existence.

The manual testing was taken over by automation testing to reduce the turnaround of the testing time for repetitive tests thus reducing effort anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 days.

It supported the repeated tests thus reducing the dependency on the need for multiple manual testers. However, over the last few years with the advent of agile development, automation testing has become difficult for managers to manage.

Data Analytics Paper Presentations

Friday 11:20am - 12:25pm, (CITRENZ 4 Room)

11.20 - Selection and Adoption of Tools for Analytics and Business Intelligence: An Exploratory Study
11.40 - A proof-of-concept study of a system for querying homomorphically encrypted educational data.
12.00 - Is Web Application Security Really Important to You?

Selection and Adoption of Tools for Analytics and Business Intelligence: An Exploratory Study
Trevor Nesbit (with Lanxin Yu)

In the modern business environment, business intelligence plays an essential role in improving companies’ competitiveness by implementing predictive analysis. This has resulted in an increased number of organisations that have selected and implemented advanced software solutions, with the aim of more effectively managing workloads, increasing profitability and maintaining competitiveness.
The purpose of this paper is to examine and determine the main functional and non-functional factors used in the selection and adoption for business intelligence and analytics tools, with this including an analysis of the types of business intelligence and analytics tools that are widely used by New Zealand’s business and/or data analysts.


A proof-of-concept study of a system for querying homomorphically encrypted educational data.
Sandeep Vankadari (with Manish Singh)

New Zealand has had one of the highest dropout rates in high school and lowest reporting in higher education than its counterparts in the developed world (Scott, n.d.). The numbers have improved slightly in recent years, but it is still a matter of concern. To find the cause of why it is happening and preventing it from happening is very important so that the socio and economic development of the individuals and the country can be increased and sustain for a long time. Currently in New Zealand, there are 16 polytechnics in which more than 130,000 students are undertaking various courses ranging from Level 4 to Level 8 or more. (Tertiary Participation, n.d.). It would require a lot of resources and inputs from various organizations that must be collected and analyzed in a systematic order to find out the reason behind what has been happening and intervene it at early stages so that the cycle of dropouts can be prevented. Not only the drop-out rates but several other useful results can be obtained by analyzing the information.


Is Web Application Security Really Important to You?
Adesh Pednekar

Web applications today are evolved in terms of their functionality, user experience, and complexity. Web applications are considered as the face of organizations to connect with customers to provide sales and service. Today, you complete everything from your grocery shopping to school assignments via the Internet. If you manage an organization, your website serves as front door and as primary brand identity to customers who shop online. Organizations have paid a lot of attention and secured data entry points at network layer. Web application layer security has taken a fall back and emerged as the stepchild of the entire security posture. If your website is not safe or secure, the situation can create obstructions to business relations and damage your brand value. In simple terms, web application and services are under constant siege for potential data breaches.