In-person event

Red Hat Ireland Day

22. November 2022Dublin, IrelandThe Convention Centre Dublin
Event menu

Thank you

Thank you for being part of Red Hat Ireland Day, it was great to have you there. We hope your experience will inspire ongoing collaboration across our ecosystem, to support and achieve your business ambitions. To keep the collaboration going please reach out to your account team. 

Thanks again for joining us,
Your Red Hat Team

Customer Notebook

Find out more how Red Hat’s Open Hybrid Approach can help you to reduce the complexity in today’s IT environments and provide a consistent foundation for applications in nearly any environment. 




Speaker sponsors



Accenture embraces the power of change to create 360° value and shared success in Ireland for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. The post-digital age shows no signs of slowing down. And the need for rapid business transformation has never been greater. We meet clients wherever they are on their paths to change—in every industry across the globe—and partner with them to create lasting value in every direction.

Version 1

Version 1

Version 1 is a leading Red Hat Partner specialising in open source technologies. We are recognised by our customers for our expertise in developing and deploying innovative, enterprise solutions through Red Hat technologies. Our multi-cloud Partnership approach allows us to extract maximum value from our customers’ hybrid-cloud models with our expertise in Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform. Version 1 provides a host of Red Hat services to our customers including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and many more.


At Deloitte, we make an impact that matters for our clients, our people, our profession, and in the wider society by delivering the solutions and insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. As the largest global professional services and consulting network, we bring world-class business and technology capabilities and high-quality services to help clients marshal joined-up transformation from the inside-out: business-led and tech-enabled. Whether you’re looking to optimize IT, shift to a hybrid multicloud strategy, or innovate using open-source solutions, Deloitte and Red Hat have the solutions and technology to make that vision a reality.

Workshop sponsors


Securelinx is an award-winning Enterprise Linux and Open Source solutions supplier. We have been at the forefront of Linux adoption since 2002 and are a Red Hat Premier Plus Partner. Our portfolio includes technologies such as hybrid cloud infrastructure, Kubernetes, HPC & AI, management frameworks and storage - all designed to assist organisations become more agile, efficient, and interconnected. Securelinx provides Linux based infrastructure solutions such as subscriptions, services, support and training to customers throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. We win and retain customers through the provision of superior Open Source expertise, dedicated service and exceptional commitment to customer satisfaction.

eir Evo

eir evo has been a Red Hat Premier Business Partner since 2006 and is the largest and longest established Red Hat Partner in Ireland offering extensive services across the complete product portfolio. Their dedicated team of Red Hat Specialists are equipped with full lifecycle experience delivering projects from inception through to implementation, support and product upgrades. By combining innovation, expertise and intelligent design, eir evo delivers holistic solutions that suit the exact needs of each business – seamlessly.

Classic Sponsors


Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service.  With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance.

Island Networks

Island Networks

Island Networks is a global systems integrator and digital transformation provider with deep technology expertise. We focus on providing innovative digital, hybrid and security solutions to large organizations across the US, Europe, and Asia. Our expertise enables us to help reduce the complexity, risks and costs associated with digital and hybrid transformation. While our focus on partnership and integrity helps our customers realize the full potential of technology and deliver change faster. We partner with the most innovative platform, software, and hybrid architectures to help simplify, optimize, automate, and secure ecosystems.



Triangle add significant value to our customers by providing a broad range of professional services, local design and implementations skills, to on-going support through Managed Services. Our managed services team are highly skilled in Red Hat core technologies such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite, OpenShift and Ansible.

Agile networks

Agile Networks is a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner, recognising our technical expertise and competency in designing, building and supporting projects encompassing Red Hat technology. With growing market demand for open source technology and use of AI/ML, we specialise in network automation, building operational efficiencies and improved network resiliency for organisations across Ireland.

What's on

Get all the latest news from Red Hat and our partner ecosystem about open hybrid cloud, creating consistency across IT environments and streamlining processes via containers, workloads and automation.

Join us for breakouts, demos, Ask the Expert sessions, workshops and much more. 


08:30 - 09:30


09:30 – 09:45


Keith Lynch,

Country Manager for Ireland, Red Hat

09:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Digital Enablement in Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's Application Delivery, DevOps & Enterprise Architecture Modernisation Journey

Louise McKeever,

Chief Information Officer at Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Weaponising procurement: Transforming procurement to build value and partnership

Procurement leaders are facing the toughest market environment in at least 20 or 30 years as new and changing circumstances have upended decades of procurement practices and management capabilities. Weaponisation is the act of making something into a weapon or making it more effective as a weapon: it is perhaps a slightly alarming term to associate with procurement. However, as the saying goes, we live in "Interesting Times". The Red Hat Global Financial Pursuits team and our account managers construct committed financial models for and with our customers' procurement leaders that focus on financially de-risking change and positioning procurement as a powerful and more accurate tool (or weapon) for the achievement of business outcomes. More specifically, we financially engineer and close deals that help make the execution of strategy financially possible, align our customers' procurement models with Red Hat to their business models and create Value and Partnership.

Casandra Prerost,

Global Enterprise Deal Director, Red Hat

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Development on Red Hat OpenShift - IMT Fisheries in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

This session will cover: * How the Department established the Red Hat OpenShift platform and enabled teams to use it * How development teams used the platform and collaborated with EAG/Platform support team to deliver solutions on Red Hat OpenShift using a microservices architecture * Project leadership of the projects and the impact of the deliveries to marine divisions

Brian Callaghan,

Director, Deloitte Ireland

Fatih Kemal Akcay,

Software Engineering Architect and Manager, Deloitte Ireland

Martina Toner,

Systems Analyst, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Gareth Sheerin,

Enterprise Architect, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Lessons learnt at the Department of Work & Pensions (UK) on their digital transformation journey

Dean Clark (ex-DWP Digital Senior Technical Lead - Integration technologies for Shared Platforms) has recently joined Red Hat. He would like to share his learnings regarding creating a coalition of the willing within the government to drive forward the benefits of platform thinking. The Department for Work and Pensions recently won the Innovator of the year award for their 'one platform' work. With solid collaboration from Red Hat, the department has demonstrated the benefits of creating communities of contributors using open-source values to drive the department's cloud-native aspirations. With a radical focus on developer productivity and self-service, using the concepts from team topologies, the team could catalyse a change in culture needed to increase collaboration across the delivery units and, as a result, create more re-use and standardisation. Through this initiative and guided by industry-recognised metrics for high-performing teams, the department was able to structure an effective learning and development program to enable engineers at all levels to contribute to value delivery on day one, proving a valuable strategy against the war for talent.

Dean Clarke,

EMEA Platforming Lead, Red Hat

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Partner Exhibition

11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Empathetic collaboration as a cornerstone of DevSecOps

Organisations globally are recognising the necessity of embracing digital transformation, in order to not only stay competitive, but to grow, thrive, and expand. Simultaneously, organisations are becoming more aware of the increasing need to secure digital assets, as cyber attacks are rising in frequency and impact at a terrifying rate. Organisations are finding these two needs - transformative digital adoption and a growing requirement for security - are often diametrically opposed, within the context of their organisations' culture and philosophy. How can we ensure that security is embedded in both our technology and our culture, from ideation through delivery? In this session, we will focus on educating organisations on how to create and sustain a culture of DevSecOps, through embracing empathetic collaboration and a sharing of expertise, and talk about how to embed this cultural shift across all capabilities: people, processes, and technology.

Robert Erenberg-Andersen,

Cyber Security Lead, EMEA, Red Hat

11:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

The World Health Organisations transformational journey with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs

Donal Spring ,

Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

12:10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Platform engineering and hybrid multi cloud

Ruth will outline the client use cases for a platform approach to hybrid multi cloud environments. She will highlight the challenges and opportunities that organisations face as they balance stability and agility in the cloud transformation programmes.

Ruth O Kelly Lynch,

Cloud First Senior Manager, Accenture

12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Building solutions that accelerate our sustainable future

This session will highlight the project Version 1 have recently completed evaluating emissions and sustainability for IT footprints, comparing traditional data centres to the cloud, considering the role of containerisation and modernisation can play with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift – and ultimately considering how IT solutions will drive sustainability in a business.

Ronan Laffan ,

Head of Advisory Services, Version 1

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions

Infrastructure Track

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux in 2022 - The engine for innovation

For two decades, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has served as the backbone of enterprise IT, both in the datacenter and in the cloud. In this session, we'll discuss how Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 has evolved to keep pace with current trends in software delivery. We will also take a look at reference architectures for use cases across data center, hybrid cloud, and edge.


Principal Solution Architect, Red Hat

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

How automation supports your journey to the cloud

Do you remember your last 'transformation' project? Imagine you had to do an upgrade nearly 200,000 VMs now, fix overdue patching, remove underutilised VMs, increase low reproducibility and also decrease the amount of hand-offs per team. Sal and Adam will share their experiences where they had to address exactly this and succeeded, by combining their lessons learned and a cloud first strategy, you can avoid their pitfalls.

Sal Elrahal and Adam Seeley,

Sal Elrahal, Principal Architect, Red Hat and Adam Seeley, Senior Manager, Consulting Services, Red Hat

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ansible - works well with others

I'll be talking about how we Ansible can be used effectively to automate across teams, platforms and technologies to allow more people to deliver faster and more consistently.

Matt York,

Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat

Developer Track

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Integrating systems in the age of Quarkus, Serverless and Kafka

Have you ever got the task to implement an exchange of data between two systems that were not designed to communicate with each other? We bet you have, and we dare to introduce a couple of tools and approaches making the task easier to accomplish. This talk will cover: Apache Camel, Quarkus dev mode and Knative First, we’ll speak about Apache Camel, the Swiss knife of integrating heterogeneous systems. It offers 300+ connectors out of the box, to transfer data to and from a wide variety of systems. The toolbox also brings options to route, filter and transform data based on the wildest requirements of a modern or legacy enterprise. Second, we will show what fun it is to write Camel integrations on top of Quarkus. You’ll learn about the famous Quarkus dev mode - the background compilation & live reload of the application while coding for faster dev cycles. Further, we’ll talk about dev services - an automatic provisioning of a required external service, such as Kafka broker or a database when testing or developing. Bonus: Quarkus applications start in milliseconds and consume just a few tens of megabytes of RAM. Third, we will explain how the outstanding integration capabilities of Apache Camel enrich serverless architectures based on Knative. We will touch topics like auto-scaling and scaling to zero, content based routing of cloud events, as well as streaming data between Apache Kafka and the 300+ kinds of systems supported by Apache Camel.

Zineb Bendhiba,

Senior Software Engineer

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Developer joy with Quarkus

In this presentation we will introduce the main Quarkus features and dive into securing a Hibernate DB application with Keycloak OpenID Connect Provider using Quarkus devmode features such as continuous testing, live reload, and DevServices for DB and Keycloak, and making it work without having to read the OpenID Connect specification.

Sergey Beryozkin ,

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

How Openshift Cloud Services can accelerate your Kubernetes journey on the cloud

Kubernetes as a concept may sound simple, its implementation though its another story. DIY Kubernetes is a dangerous/painful sport that definitely is not tailored for every enterprise as the hassle is not aligned with the point where business value is produced. In this presentation I will speak about Kubernetes to Self Managed Openshift to Fully Managed Openshift , gradually showing the benefits that are gained and how this accelerates the path to the "sweet spot" which is the business value.

George Pagiatakis,

Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat

Exec Track (1:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m)

Women in Technology

Women Reboot programme - Mary O'Connell and Women in Tech academies - Dominika Glanc

Mary O'Connell and Dominika Glanc,

Mary O'Connell, Project Manager, Version 1 and Dominika Glanc, Early Careers Operations Manager, Version 1

Cyber security practices and principles for today's world

Cyber Security Practices and Principles for Today's World Panel chaired by Robert Erenberg-Andersen (Red Hat), with 4 Securitas CEO, Stefan Uygur, EY Security Expert, Thrubu Jv & Elaine Hanley, Partner, IBM Security Services

Panel discussion with Robert Erenberg-Andersen, Lead for Cyber Security, EMEA, Red Hat

Open Source and InnerSource Skills in Ireland: A Call for Action

Earlier this year, Skillnet Ireland released an industry insight report titled “Open Source and InnerSource Skills in Ireland: A Call for Action”. In this session, one of the authors, Clare Dillon will give an overview of the global and local trends that led to the research and a summary of the findings. Come along to hear at the changing nature of open source consumption and development, as well as the economic opportunities that exist for Ireland in this rapidly changing landscape.

Clare Dillon,

Executive Director of InnerSource Commons

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee break & Partner Exhibition

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Workshop Track 1

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Upgrading to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 - Planning and execution

While many organisations are now leveraging the power and flexibility of containers, for some workloads, most also still have traditional Linux servers or VMs providing mission critical functionality. With security a top priority for most IT administrators, keeping these systems fully updated and on supported versions is a key concern. In this hands-on session we will look at what's needed to upgrade to RHEL 8 or RHEL 9, and see how Red Hat Satellite Server can help to achieve this at scale. PLEASE NOTE: LAPTOPS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS SESSION

Andrew Harford,

Senior Linux Systems Specialist, Securelinx

Workshop Track 2

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Automate using Ansible

Learn the fundamentals of Ansible in this interactive hands-on workshop. You will learn how to automate using Ansible in our lab environment. A laptop will be required to take part in this lab.

Vincent Kiely ,

Principal Consultant at Eir Evo

Workshop Track 3

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Azure Red Hat OpenShift Workshop

Azure Red Hat OpenShift is a fully managed Red Hat OpenShift service in Azure that is jointly engineered and supported by Microsoft and Red Hat. In this lab, you’ll go through a set of tasks that will help you understand some of the concepts of deploying and securing container based applications on top of Azure Red Hat OpenShift.

Niall Paterson, Mark Hughes and Kirillos Sawiras,

Niall Paterson, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft, Mark Hughes, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft and Kirillos Sawiras, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft


4:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m

How Open Source software is vital for sustainability

These days, sustainability is a key priority for every organisation. However, it is such a broad topic that it often helps to examine the topic from a number of different perspectives to identify all the opportunities we have to get us to a better future. In this talk, Clare will look at sustainability through the lens of open source. From reducing environmental impact of technology, to sustainable software development practices, to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, open source has a huge part to play in positively impacting sustainability in both software and hardware ecosystems.

Clare Dillon,

Executive Director of InnerSource Commons, Open Ireland Network

4:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m

Open, hybrid cloud with Red Hat & IBM

With Red Hat, IBM acquired one of the most important software companies in the IT industry. Red Hat's pioneering business model helped bring open source into the mainstream for enterprises and today, it’s Red Hat’s open technology that underpins IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy. In this session we’ll take a look at the importance of Red Hat solutions to IBM’s future direction and explore the positioning of Red Hat capabilities alongside IBM’s technology portfolio.

Ronan Dalton,

Chief Architect & CTO - Partner Ecosystem, IBM Ireland

5:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m

Networking drinks

Event logistics

Date: November 22nd, 2022

Time: 08:30 - 17:30 (includes networking drinks)

Location: The Convention Centre,
Spencer Dock, Dublin 1, D01 T1W6,

If you have any questions about the event, contact us via