KWality Talks ™

Member meetings consist of a speaker, panel or discussion.


Our next meeting:

DATE: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

TIME: Doors open at approximately 11:30 am. Announcements and discussion start at approximately 11:50 am. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

LOCATION: University of Waterloo, William G. Davis Computer Research Centre, Room DC1302; For maps and directions, see

Please send an email to by Friday, March 24 at 5:00 pm if you plan on attending this meeting.

SPEAKER: Arlan Nugara

TOPIC:  IT Infrastructure as Code: QA’s Critical Role

One of the major trends in IT over the past few years has been increased automation and a concurrent decrease in the need for human or manual intervention. The basic idea of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is that you treat your IT infrastructure as software. This helps you make changes to your IT infrastructure rapidly and easily and at the same time safely and reliably. By using code to automate the process of setting up and configuring a virtual machine or container, you have a fast and repeatable method for replicating the process. The code also becomes your documentation. So anyone can reference a script and know what the configuration is for the server type or node type. QA and testing play a critical role in the success of Infrastructure as Code. This talk will focus on why testing Infrastructure as Code is different than software product code and what tools and mindset you need to bring to this process.


Arlan Nugara is a software architect and has been a full stack developer for the past 18 years.

He has spent most of his time working with the Microsoft technology stack and applying it to the technology needs of large corporations such as financial institutions, telecommunication and wireless equipment companies. He has a passion for Enterprise-grade Cloud Computing Platform & Services, ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) and DevOps (collaboration, communication and automation of processes between developers and IT Pros) and is always looking for ways to work smarter.

Arlan was awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in 2017 for his technical community contributions in Azure (Cloud Computing Platform & Services).



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