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Posted by Steve Lay
Just a few days to go until the Questionmark Users Conference.  As usual I’ve been perusing the conference programme on the lookout for sessions of particular interest to people integrating with Questionmark technologies.
One that stood out to me was Using Innovative Technologies to Aid High-Volume Testing in Multiple Environments. The team from Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education will be talking about their application which was developed in partnership with Questionmark’s Solution Services team.  If you want to get an idea of what can be achieved using our application programming interfaces (APIs), you might want to check out this session.
For people who want to get a bit more technical, I’ll be giving a session on Using Web Services to Integrate with Questionmark Perception. In that session I’ll dive a bit deeper into our web service APIs – called QMWISe – and update you on our progress towards the next generation of APIs using REST and OData – but that’s enough acronyms for one blog post!
A significant theme of the conference next week is security.  To an integration specialist, security often means protocols for authentication, authorisation and cryptographic algorithms.  But this traditional concept of security is just one part of a more complex picture.  I’m currently reading “Liars and Outliers” by Bruce Schneier, which provides an accessible survey of the wider social context from the perspective of an author traditionally associated with computer security.  I touched on some of these issues in a blog post a few months ago about a session at our European conference last Autumn.
On this theme, Richard Pierce, from  Shenandoah University will be talking about proctored versus non-proctored testing, grappling directly with the effects of the assessment setting on cheating.  You might also like to attend the panel discussion on Managing Assessment Security as the Stakes are Getting Higher.  It seems unfair to pick out just one or two sessions: as you’d expect, there are plenty more for people interested in a theme that affects every part of an assessment programme.
As usual, the product owners will be available in their own track so why not come and see us to talk about our product road maps in the Future Solutions strand?  Oh, and before I go, did I mention that I’ll also be talking about how to deploy the brand new Perception 5.4 OnPremise?
I look forward to meeting everyone, and even if you can’t make it in person don’t forget to keep up with the conference hash tag (#qm12).  Finally, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the conference programme, in Richard Pierce’s words:  “Where are we eating tonight? It is New Orleans, for goodness’ sake!”
See you next week!