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Red Hat Forum South Africa 2015

  • 29. Juli 2015
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • AxizWorkgroup

The Red Hat Forum South Africa 2015.

This is the third yearly event: Red Hat Forum 2015 where we will be showcasing our latest technologies and developments. The Red Hat Forum will show you how to take full advantage of open source technology solutions, from delivering innovative and open IT services to cost savings and staying competitive.


  • Customer stories and references
  • IT Transformation - the open source way - Transform your business with innovation
  • Mobility, applications and business processes
  • Cloud infrastructure


08:30 - 09:00 Registration, Coffee and Exhibition Area
09:00 - 09:20 Welcome and Introduction
Brendan Mcerlain, Director Marketing EMEA, Red Hat
09:20 - 10:05 Keynote: The Innovation Driver
Werner Knoblich, SVP & GM EMEA, Red Hat
10:05 - 10:20 Q&A Session
10:20 - 10:40 The Red Hat Training Experience
10:40 - 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 - 11:35 Training Session 
Florian Brand, Training Quality Manager EMEA, Red Hat
11:35 - 12:10 Red Hat Container Strategy, an Introduction to Atomic Platform and Openshift V3
Gavin McDougall, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat
12:10 - 13:40 Lunch Break
13:40 - 14:15 Devops with EAP and Openshift 
Jaen Swart, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat
14:15 - 14:50 Next Generation Data Center with Scalable Infrastructure with OSP
Gavin McDougall, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat
14:50 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 15:50 Introduction to Red Hat Mobile Application Platform 
Jaen Swart, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat
15:50 - 16:25 Build an open Hybrid Cloud with Red Hat Cloudforms
Ross Addis, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat
16:30 - 16:45 Wrap Up, Q&A and Closing
16:45 - open end Networking and Drinks



Werner Knoblich
Senior VP and GM EMEA, Red Hat

Werner Knoblich is responsible for developing and executing Red Hat’s business strategy across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). His primary focus is on sales, marketing, and services. Since joining Red Hat in 2003, Werner has led the EMEA region to consistently exceed financial targets and deliver innovative solutions to overcome customer business challenges in both established and emerging markets. Prior to joining Red Hat, Knoblich spent more than 6 years working in the IT asset management sector for MainControl and MRO in the United States. Knoblich began his sales career working for USU Softwarehaus in Germany.

Brendan McErlain
Director EMEA Marketing, Red Hat

Brendan McErlain is Director EMEA Marketing at Red Hat. Brendan is responsible for orchestrating and implementing Red Hat's marketing and communications strategy in EMEA, across both direct and indirect channels. Brendan has more than 15 years international marketing experience in the enterprise software sector and joined Red Hat in October 2013.

Florian Brand
Training Quality Manager EMEA, Red Hat

Florian Brand is the Training Quality Manager EMEA for Red Hat and has more that 15 years of international experience as an instructor, courseware author and education manager. He was first Red Hat Certified Architect worldwide. His teaching experience features Linux Administration, Performance Tuning, Security, Storage and Network topics. He has delivered training in more than 40 countries all over the globe.

Ross Addis
Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Ross Addis is a Senior Solution Architect for Infrastructure and Cloud for the past 2 years at Red Hat. He has logged 17 years in the Linux and Open Source space. Previously, he was a Technical Architect at Siemens IT Solutions and Services. Before that, co-founder of, and Solution Architect at the first commercial South African Linux Distribution, Impi Linux.

Gavin McDougall
Senior Security Architect, Red Hat

Gavin McDougall is a Senior Security Architect for Red Hat Southern Africa, his primary focus is on Cloud Computing as well as emerging trends in Information Technology. Although fairly new to Red Hat, Gavin is no stranger to Linux and Open Source with over 15 years of experience behind him. Before joining Red Hat, Gavin spent 9 years working for a local ISP in Operations where he had various roles in Networking, Security and System Administration, and was also responsible for the launch of one of South Africa's first commercial OpenStack cloud platforms.


Linux Warehouse is a ‘pure’, value-added distributor of Enterprise Open Source with more than 10 years of experience. We operate in conjunction with and through local resellers . Linux Warehouse takes an active role in educating the end-user and Reseller about Enterprise Open Source solutions and creates mutually benefiting partnerships.


The Red Hat Forum South Africa 2015.

The Red Hat Forum was an enriching and knowledgeable experience to all those interested in innovative technology covering topics on Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Middleware, Red Hat Mobility, and more. Check out some of the highlights from the event in Johnnesburg.


Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Time: 8:30 – 17:20

International Business Gateway
Crn. New and 6th Road
Midrand,1685, South Africa

If you have any questions please contact Jenaan Al-Suwaidijalsuwai@redhat.com


Session presentations

Red Hat Container Strategy
An introduction to Atomic Enterprise Platform and OpenShift 3 4.72 MB
Market dynamics and the role of open
See how open source is impacting today's technology landscape.
The next generation datacenter
Scalable infrastructure with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
The industrial revolution of the datacenter
Build an open hybrid cloud with Red Hat CloudForms 2.72 MB
Accelerate DevOps with Red Hat
Learn more about DevOps with Red Hat JBoss EAP and OpenShift by Red Hat 1.22 MB
Red Hat Training
A smart investment toward an even smarter team 1.86 MB
CTU Training Solutions
See how CTU is growing the Red Hat community 1.13 MB

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