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Red Hat Forum BeNeLux 2017

Event Locations

  • October 10, 2017
  • Breda, Netherlands
  • Chassé Theater

Driving innovation in your digital world

Red Hat Forum in Breda is the number one premier conference for open innovation technologies. This event brings together senior executives, IT decision makers, customers, partners and developers to discuss cloud innovation, System management containers, IoT and more.

Join us on this unique day and take advantage of the opportunity to learn from industry thought leaders in the Benelux as they share success stories of their digital journeys.

Other highlights include:
  • Keynotes from industry thought leaders
  • Customer case studies
  • Technical breakouts
  • Partner exhibition
  • Peer to peer networking

Do you have any questions regarding the event? Send an email to Red Hat Netherlands.

Preliminary Agenda

9:15 Registration
10:00 Opening and Welcome
Dick Lans, Regional Manager, Red Hat Benelux
Margaret Dawson, Maxim Burgerhout, Red Hat
11:15 Coffee Break
11:45 Keynote
Microsoft, Platinum Sponsor
Digital Transformation Journey
Sjoerd Blum, CIO Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
13:00 Lunch served continuously until 14:30
13:15 Red Hat Ansible Tower
Jørgen van der Meulen,Conclusion Xforce
System Management Update
Fred van Zwieten, Red Hat


Customer Case
UZ Leuven
14:00 OpenShift Update
Roel Hodzelmans, Red Hat
Customer Case Customer Case
ChaOps, chaos engineering in the world of DevOps
Steven Trescinski, DevOps & Container Architect
Do's & dont's @DICTU. Case management with OpenShift, PEGA and Alfresco
Harry van der Haar, Product Manager case management in the Cloud
14:45 IoT Demo
Tim de Borger, Red Hat
Customer Case
Customer Case The Three Pillars That Solve Your Integration Problems In An Agile Way
Manfred Bortenschlager, Red Hat
Customer Case
15:30 "Ansible and Windows provisioning... What?"
Jaron Vervynckt & Filip Lenaerts, Consultants, Devoteam
Experiences running OpenShift on OpenStack
Jan Van Hoorick, Bastiaan Ceuppens, Nicolaz Kczmarek, Proximus
Container Native Storage
Marcel Hergaarden, Red Hat
Empower SAP HANA with Red Hat Solutions
Orhan Alici, Red Hat
Consolidating manageability using Ansible Tower
Jeanou Smulders, Solution Architect, Gemeente Amsterdam
16:15 Closing Keynote
17:00 Networking with drinks and snacks - open end



Agello is a 24x7 managed container & microservices platform that allows software developers -individuals, teams, or entire companies- to develop faster, easier and release to the market sooner. Our mission is to enable your business by delivering the most developer-friendly platform for running containerised microservices applications, entirely built on opensource components and using industry standards, like Red Hat OpenShift, Docker and Kubernetes. Together with our partners Agello takes care of the onboarding proces, training, CI/CD tools, 24x7 support and more. All of this to make sure developers can do what they do best… code!

Agello is a subsidiary of Rhodix IT Services B.V., a Red Hat Premier Cloud Infrastructure and Datacentre Infrastructure Partner situated in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Rhodix provides IT infrastructure and Managed Services to small and medium enterprises. We’re specialised in the Red Hat management and the cloud infrastructure portfolio.

To learn more you can contact our customer manager Frank de Groodt at +31 6 4210 3778, e-mail Frank@agello.io or take a look at our website www.agello.io

Axians is the VINCI Energies brand entirely dedicated to ICT. We offer smart ICT- and telecom solutions with a human touch, for a wide variety of sectors: health care, industrial environment, banking & insurance, research & education, service providers & operators and local authorities. Our approach covers the entire project life cycle, from design, implementation and operation up to commissioning, management & maintenance. Moreover, we present an extensive service offer and customized software and hardware for various sectors. Axians offers the unique combination of a local partner, situated nearby its customers, and the advantages and power of a global, multi-specialist network. Internationally, Axians is present in 15 different countries, employing over 7.000 people. In Belgium 150 experts are at your service, operating from 4 main sites: Ghent, Nivelles, Brussels and Antwerp.

Conclusion Xforce is one of the leading consultancy companies in the Netherlands with extensive and versatile expertise in the areas of Linux & Unix, Middleware, Hybrid Cloud Solutions, Automation and Monitoring. We provide our clients with knowledge, continuity and innovation. We focus on building, administrating and improving their critical infrastructures. Our clients are business and government enterprises in the top 500 of the Netherlands, where reliable infrastructure is essential. Our consultants work on solutions for our clients. We believe in Open Source. To us Open Source is collaboration, sharing knowledge and assembling capacities. Values that reflect on our people. Almost all recent, new ICT innovations about Cloud, Big Data or Container technology have their origins in the Open Source world. We present ourselves as a total service provider who, in addition to our consultancy services, shows an increasing growth in projects and solutions.

Entrepreneurs in disruptive technology, 400 professionals and 3 offices at your service in Benelux. At Devoteam, we deliver innovative technology consulting for business. We are 4,000 professionals dedicated to ensuring our clients win their digital battles. Present in 20 countries in EMEA, and drawing on 20 years of experience, we improve business performance making their companies truly digital. We build IT infrastructure for digital, and make sure people are along for the ride. Pioneering in open source technology innovations, the international Devoteam Open Solutions center-of-expertise groups our specialists that are dedicated to global leading open source solutions and corresponding technology consulting. With our main technology partner Redhat we focus in Benelux on Redhat Cloud Solutions and Redhat JBoss Middleware.

Piros, brand new unit of the Cronos Group (+4200 employees and biggest solution provider in the Benelux), is a Red Hat eco-system within Cronos and Xplore Group that covers the full Red Hat product portfolio. From web-application development to system administration, mobile development, e-commerce implementation, data science, storage and cloud hosting solutions, Piros can support you! Our team has a unique approach, combining the experience of world leading platforms and open source technologies with best practices in digital commerce and cloud infrastructure.

We make time to understand your business and objectives in order to help you design the digital future roadmap of your company and create a state of the art digital experience. Our clients are companies in the mid- and high-end market in B2C and B2B with HQ in the Benelux. With a heritage spanning three decades, we continue to invest in our position as market leader in digital solutions as real 'digital Xplorers'. As the one and only Belgian Red Hat Premier Business partner and recently named Belgium’s Red Hat Services partner of the year, we are your partner of choice when it comes to adopting Open-Source technology.

Sogeti is a leading provider of technology and software testing, specializing in Application, Infrastructure and Engineering Services. Sogeti offers cutting-edge solutions around Testing, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Mobile, Cloud and Cyber Security, combining world class methodologies and its global delivery model, Rightshore®. Sogeti brings together more than 20,000 professionals in 15 countries and has a strong local presence in over 100 locations in Europe, USA and India. Sogeti is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini S.A., listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. For more information please visit www.sogeti.com.

At Trivento we believe that digital innovation makes customers, partners and co-workers more and more powerful and demanding. In a digital era, organizations need to invest in next gen technology to engage with online customers. This requires cloud native architectures, API platforms and frontend solutions that are data driven, elastic scalable and resilient. Meet Trivento, next generation software that delights you!



CoScale provides full stack performance monitoring, optimized for container and microservices environments. The CoScale platform continuously monitors your containerized infrastructure and in-container applications, as well as the impact on user experience and key business metrics. CoScale simplifies monitoring and troubleshooting with automated anomaly detection and contextual insights. This lets you act proactively on performance changes that impact your end users or bottom line.

Dynatrace has redefined how you monitor today’s digital ecosystems. AI-powered, full stack and completely automated, it’s the only solution that provides answers, not just data, based on deep insight into every user, every transaction, across every application. Our unrivaled leadership in the application performance monitoring space is underscored by the fact that the biggest and brightest global companies choose to partner with us – 9/10 global retailers, 9/10 tech brands, 8/10 banks, 8/10 retailers, 9/10 cloud providers and 9/10 manufacturers. Not only do we monitor our customers’ most critical applications, we power their digital transformation strategies. We allow them to scale to the cloud, delight end users, innovate faster and modernize their IT operations with absolute confidence. http://www.dynatrace.com

HCS Company is a small but knowledgeable company specializing in DevOps with a technology focus on Red Hat and Enterprise Open Source Solutions. Our > 30 engineers are highly qualified DevOps Architects and DevOps Consultants and Engineers working on strategic, tactical and operational level maintaining and migrating Infrastructure and Middleware environments. About 40% of our staff is working on a daily basis pro-actively on Red Hat Solutions. Our mission is to Help Clients Succeed by helping them to Simplify IT. Please find a short introduction of our company here: https://vimeo.com/204951600

Kangaroot is Benelux’s top Linux & open source service provider. Since 2000 we design, implement, maintain & support IT infrastructures based on Linux and open source. Innovation & creativity are key when Kangaroot looks for the perfect tailor-made solution for an IT-infrastructure. This optimizing the flexibility and continuity of an organization. On top of that organizations lower their IT capital costs and operational expenses. 
Our support engineers are always on call. Every training aligns perfectly with the organizational and business needs of the customer. The seminars, workshops, hands-on training sessions & mentoring of Kangaroot are all based on best practices & extensive experience. 
With an office in Antwerp (Belgium) the company serves customers like: Brussels Airport, Digipolis, Federal Government Internal Affairs, European Parliament, Thomas Cook, Essent, Greenpeace International, …. Find out what Kangaroot can do for you at www.kangaroot.net

Open Circle Solutions was founded in 2014 with a vision aimed at autonomy, but also flexibility and a welcoming attitude towards new ideas, formed around a team of experienced consultants. The founders realised that from the first moment, the employees would determine the success of the company. We pay a lot of attention to communication and maintaining the open culture. We commit to fun and transparency, during informal social events and trips with partners included and also during the quarterly theme days, frequent knowledge sessions and evenings to train soft skills. From day one, Open Circle Solutions has had a focus on Open Source technology. Our consultants actively participate in these communities, where we share our experience and find new ways to optimise our services. The next few years we will continue to focus on the growth of our three units: • Java for building custom applications for business critical processes and integration • Mobile for realising B2C and B2B apps on smartphones and tablets that integrate with business applications • Business Intelligence for reporting, but especially for the analysis of Big Data We also explore new and upcoming technologies in our Research and Development unit, called Digital Labs. This is also where we develop our own, innovative products.

Open Line, cloud computing starts here! Open Line specialises in developing and managing ICT infrastructures and cloud solutions. With more than 160 employees, Open Line is a healthy, stable and constantly expanding organisation with a growing customer base and two highly professional data centres. Open Line has various contract forms, such as consultancy, managed services and projects. They support organisations in the development and implementation of complex ICT projects. Quality is paramount and Open Line was one of the first ICT companies in the Netherlands to achieve ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 certification for service management. This ensures that Open Line meets all its obligations to its customers and carries them out within a controllable system. This is what it means, this is your reliable and innovative cloud solution specialist!



Basefarm is the European managed services provider for mission critical IT. We manage and run it-solutions on cloud platforms best suitable to your needs. With 17 years’ experience in managing on-line solutions, we help our customers achieve their digital ambitions. In June 2017 Basefarm acquired The unbelievable machine company, the leading service provider for Big Data, cloud and managed cloud services in Germany and Austria. With the acquisition Basefarm adds Big Data analytics- and operations services supporting customers on the strategic and analytical level linking to their business processes. Our services range from secure management of your systems, applications and cloud based infrastructure to Big Data analytics.. We are your local hybrid cloud provider delivering the perfect balance between colocation or private and public clouds.

Basefarm’s DevOps Hotel which is an OpenShift as a Service solution allows you to quickly and efficiently develop, host and scale applications in a cloud environment. This complete, integrated, hybrid platform as a service (PaaS) is a result of Basefarm’s partnership with Red Hat.

Global Knowledge is in EMEA Red Hat training reseller of the year and worldwide leader in IT training and learning services. We empower organizations, teams and individuals with the skills and best practices necessary to leverage the technologies and competencies critical for sustained success and to create competitive advantages. With over 15 corporate offices around the world, our 1,500 employees are helping clients succeed in over 100 countries.

How do you build a secure network, which is still flexible and scalable and which is still being developed? That was our challenge and we are proud of the end result: a super safe network based on Cisco ACI, which has proven itself in the field of security, in combination with Red Hat OpenStack. That's why our unique infrastructure is not only safe, but also flexible: a combination that is almost unprecedented. Our servers are safe in the Netherlands and therefore we don’t have to deal with the so-called 'Patriot Act'. The NSA cannot force us to give information and we have been well-armed against illegal ways of hacking servers.

With Hot Potatoes your applications, websites and other complex software are in safe Dutch hands. We know exactly what we need to do to host your data super secure, while you can have access always and anywhere.

Super Micro Computer, Inc. or Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI) is global leader in high performance, high efficiency server technology and innovation. We develop and provide end-to-end green computing solutions to the data center, cloud computing, enterprise IT, big data, high performance computing, or HPC, and embedded markets. Our solutions range from complete server, storage, blade and workstations to full racks, networking devices, server management software and technology support and services. We offer our customers a high degree of flexibility and customization by providing what we believe to be the industry's broadest array of server configurations from which they can choose the optimal solution which fits their computing needs. Our server systems, subsystems and accessories are architecturally designed to provide high levels of reliability, quality and scalability, thereby enabling our customers benefits in the areas of compute performance, density, thermal management and power efficiency to lower their overall total cost of ownership.

Supermicro established in 1993 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Supermicro employs approximately 1,000 people worldwide and has been profitable every year since inception, generating over $2 billion in sales during its initial 16 years of operation.


Margaret Dawson, Red Hat

A 20-year tech industry veteran, Margaret is a frequent author and speaker on cloud computing, big data, open source, women in tech, and the intersection of business and technology. Currently, Margaret leads global product marketing at Red Hat, the world's leading open source software company. Prior to Red Hat, she was Vice President of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist for the cloud computing division of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Margaret has worked and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America. She was a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine, and spent ten years in the Greater China region, consulting with many technology companies and governmental agencies.

Maxim Burgerhout, Red Hat

Maxim is a firm believer in the concepts of open source and open society. He has worked in IT full-time for over a decade, but has been involved in open source for much longer. He installed his first copy of Red Hat Linux while working at Leiden University back in the 90s and has been submitting patches since 2003. Maxim works for Red Hat in the Cloud Solution.

Dr. Manfred Bortenschlager, Red Hat

Currently at Red Hat (after the acquisition of 3scale API Management), Manfred is responsible for business development of Red Hat's API-based Integration Middleware solutions in EMEA. He is directly involved in winning strategic opportunities. He leads the activities to grow awareness of the value of Integration and API Management and to establish strategic partnerships, to create API thought leadership content, and support in API strategy consulting. He completed an Executive MBA program and holds a PhD in mobile computing.

Roel Hodzelmans, Red Hat

Roel is one of the Red Hat Solution Architects for Red Hat’s Middleware (JBoss) portfolio, for the Red Hat PaaS en Container platform OpenShift and Red Hat's Internet of Things. Roel works predominantly on advising potential and existing customers of Red Hat on determining their way to the Open Hybrid Clouds: How do you design applications for the Cloud, how does one bring (existing or legacy) applications to Clouds and how does one manage applications in Clouds. He also regularly speaks at customer, partner and Red Hat events to help create awareness, introduce the Red Hat portfolio and solutions and share how Open Source can help in future proofing companies.

Orhan Alici, Red Hat

Orhan is a Solution Architect within Red Hat Benelux, with a specific focus on SAP businesses. With over 25 years’ IT experience in Enterprise environments, he has a proven track record in designing and delivering high quality infrastructure services in complex IT environments. With his experience, technology and managerial view he is able to translate business language into IT language. Consequently, at the end to meet customer and business expectations.

Fred van Zwieten, Red Hat

Fred is a Red Hat Solution Architect for Platform and Cloud infrastructure. He has worked in IT infrastructure as long as he can remember. His first computer was a Sinclair ZX81 (that's right, the one with 1K of memory and the membrane keyboard). He has been active in Open Source Infrastructure for well over a decade.

Harry van der Haar, Dictu

Harry can best be described as an very experienced, creative, flexible and result driven program manager. He booked successes in the rol of program-, project-, product manager and Product Owner in Agile as well as more traditional approaches.  Harry operated in commercial and non commercial organizations where he is able to motivate the teams and people he works with, to get the best possible results. Meet Harry @Redhat Forum Benelux 2017.

Steven Trescinski

Steven is a DevOps minded, Cloud focused Open Source enthusiast with an increasingly growing passion for Containers, Orchestrators, Microservices and Chaos Engineering. Steven is always on the lookout for new technologies that help drive automation in your development and operational teams.

Jørgen van der Meulen, Solutions Consultant, Conclusion Xforce

Jørgen is a solutions consultant who started his IT career as a unix administrator. The first linux distribution he tried was Slackware in 1997. Over the years he had different roles including Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, Middleware Specialist, Product- and Project Manager. Nowadays he helps customers with Red Hat infrastructure solutions and is passionate about open source and open standards.

Jeanou Smulders, Solution Architect, Gemeente Amsterdam

Jeanou Smulders is hired by the City of Amsterdam to manage various projects from initiation to design to implementation stage. His background as an architect in the middleware area, as well as his experience with integration issues, provides the necessary competencies that ensure the changes in the organization are carried out well by the organization itself. This is enhanced by his own motivation to improve and share his knowledge.

Jaron Vervynckt, Consultant, Devoteam

Jaron is working as a open source consultant on openstack and ansible. He is part of the team installing and managing the RH OSP, as well as responsible for the technical implementation of the managed windows offering on that platform.

Filip Lenaerts, Consultant, Devoteam

Filip is leading the Open Source Team at Devoteam and has multiple years of experience in the UNIX, Linux and BSD world. Next to this, he advises customers on their datacenter design, with a strong focus on BSS and infrastructure systems.

Travel Information

Date: 10.10.2017

Time: 09:00 - 18:00

Location: Chasse Theater
Claudius Prinsenlaan 8
4811 DK Breda

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