James achieved his Microsoft Certification and took his first steps into software testing. From there he has worked with several boutique specialist consultancy firms and delivered on major programmes for companies like Microsoft, Barclays, HSBC, NHS and Swinton Insurance. James’ time with Microsoft taught him about software testing and the mechanics of automation along with continuous deployment, before the term even existed. Over 4 years he and his colleagues practised delivering an automation eco-system which involved UI, API, Database automation, Environment management and data management all feeding into version control and daily builds. Now with IDS and over 20 years experience in the industry, James has established a repeatable framework which provides programmes with a turn-key quality assurance solution. He also spends his time coaching and mentoring several different organisations with their data issues.