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Keynote: Becoming a Digital Leader through Culture, Process & Technology: Thomas Cameron, Digital Transformation Strategist, Red Hat
Keynote: Deploy and manage with confidence: Maxim Burgerhout, Red Hat
Keynote: Empowering You with Microsoft & Red Hat Technology - The world has changed: Hans Bos, National Technology Officer Microsoft
Red Hat Breakout Sessions
Container Native Storage: Marcel Hergaarden, Red Hat
OpenShift Update: Roel Hodzelmans, Red Hat
The Three Pillars That Solve Your Integration Problems In An Agile Way: Manfred Bortenschlager, Red Hat
System Management Update: Fred van Zwieten, Red Hat
Empower SAP HANA with Red Hat Solutions: Orhan Alici, Red Hat
IoT Demo: Tim de Borger, Red Hat
Constraint solving A.I. with OptaPlanner: Geoffrey De Smet, OptaPlanner lead, Red Hat
Partner Breakout Sessions
ChaOps, chaos engineering in the world of DevOps: Steven Trescinski, DevOps & Container Architect, Gluo Offered by Piros
“no Cloud, no DevOps, no Digital”: Robert-Jan ten Dijke & Rene Nulkes, Sogeti
Red Hat Fuse at TUI: Joris De Veirman, Branch Manager Industry Software Solutions, Axians
“Ansible and Windows provisioning... What?”: Jaron Vervynckt & Filip Lenaerts, Consultants, Devoteam
Experiences running OpenShift on OpenStack: Jan Van Hoorick, Bastiaan Ceuppens, Nicolaz Kczmarek, Proximus
Create real business impact: where data science and PaaS come together!: Merwin de Jongh, Building Blocks Offered by Agello
Do’s & dont’s @DICTU. Case management with OpenShift, PEGA and Alfresco: Harry van der Haar, Product Manager case management in the Cloud, Offered by Trivento
Open Source Driven Innovation in the Cloud: Jorge Palma, Open Source Technical Lead, Microsoft
Deploying a monitoring framework using Ansible Tower: Jørgen van der Meulen, Conclusion Xforce
Check out the interviews with Maxim Burgerhout and Thomas Cameron from the event and take a look at all the photos in our FORUM PHOTO ALBUM.
Customer Breakout Sessions
Sheer Deploying Pleasure - Shifting gear towards Agile delivery of mobility services: Patrick Verpaalen, Start-up Manager, Rens Voogt, IT Lead Alphabet
Consolidating manageability using Ansible Tower: Jeanou Smulders, Solution Architect, Gemeente Amsterdam
The journey to a new way of application deployment at UZ Leuven, using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform: Mark Vinkx, System Manager, UZ Leuven
Implementing multi-tenant isolation in a single OpenShift cluster: Philippe Monnaie & Nicolas Denis, Smals
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.
|9:45||Opening and Welcome
Dick Lans, Regional Manager, Red Hat Benelux
Thomas Cameron, Digital Transformation Strategist & Maxim Burgerhout, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat
Digital Transformation Journey
Sjoerd Blüm, CIO Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
|12:45||Lunch served continuously until 14:30|
|13:00||Sheer Deploying Pleasure
Shifting gear towards Agile delivery of mobility services
Patrick Verpaalen, Start-up Manager,
Rens Voogt, IT Lead, Alphabet
|ChaOps, chaos engineering in the world of DevOps
Steven Trescinski, DevOps & Container Architect
Offered by Piros
|Container Native Storage
Marcel Hergaarden, Red Hat
|no Cloud, no DevOps, no Digital
Robert-Jan ten Dijke & Rene Nulkes, Sogeti
|Consolidating manageability using Ansible Tower
Jeanou Smulders, Solution Architect
|13:50||Red Hat Fuse at TUI
Joris De Veirman, Branch Manager Industry Software Solutions, Axians
Roel Hodzelmans, Red Hat
|The Three Pillars That Solve Your Integration Problems In An Agile Way
Manfred Bortenschlager, Red Hat
|Ansible and Windows provisioning... What?
Jaron Vervynckt & Filip Lenaerts, Consultants, Devoteam
|The journey to a new way of application deployment at UZ Leuven, using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
Mark Vinkx, System Manager, UZ Leuven
|14:40||Experiences running OpenShift on OpenStack
Jan Van Hoorick, Bastiaan Ceuppens, Nicolaz Kczmarek, Proximus
|System Management Update
Fred van Zwieten, Red Hat
|Empower SAP HANA with Red Hat Solutions
Orhan Alici, Red Hat
|Create real business impact: where data science and PaaS come together!
Merwin de Jongh, Building Blocks
Offered by Agello
|Do's & dont's @DICTU. Case management with OpenShift, PEGA and Alfresco
Harry van der Haar, Product Manager, case management in the Cloud
|15:30||Open Source Driven Innovation in the Cloud
Jorge Palma, Open Source Technical Lead, Microsoft
Tim de Borger, Red Hat
|Constraint solving A.I. with OptaPlanner
Geoffrey De Smet, OptaPlanner lead, Red Hat
|Deploying a monitoring framework using Ansible Tower?
Jørgen van der Meulen,
|Implementing multi-tenant isolation in a single Openshift cluster
Philippe Monnaie & Nicolas Denis, Smals
|16:20||Closing Keynote: Special Guest Speaker|
|17:00||Networking with drinks and snacks - open end|
Customers aren’t choosing Red Hat or Microsoft, they choose to use both technologies. Microsoft and Red Hat joined forces in late 2015. We started by making Red Hat solutions available natively to Microsoft Azure customers, delivering integrated enterprise support across hybrid environments, collaborating on .NET for a new generation of applications. We’re also adding Windows support in OpenShift, OpenShift Dedicated on Azure and SQL Server support in OpenShift and Red Hat Linux to our joint roadmap, and extending the integrated, co-located support that has been a signature of our partnership.
With Azure, Microsoft offers a comprehensive set of cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of datacenters. Integrated tools, DevOps, and a marketplace support you in efficiently building anything from simple mobile apps to internet-scale solutions.
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 is the name of our unique ecosystem. An ecosystem specialized in Business Transformation and IT Services. Within this ecosystem, Conclusion Xforce has extensive and versatile expertise in the areas of Linux & Unix, Middleware, Hybrid Cloud Solutions, Automation and Monitoring with a focus on building, administrating and improving critical infrastructures. First8 is a specialist and developer of critical Java applications in which the integration of systems, high demand on security and many transactions play an important role. Conclusion Xforce and First8 both believe in Open Source and Open Source standards. It represents collaboration, sharing knowledge and assembling capacities. Values that match with our corporate philosophies. Almost all recent, new IT innovations about Cloud, Big Data or Container technology have their origins in the Open Source world. Our consultants are experienced and passionate about their profession, they are vigorous, flexible and agile. We love technology, complex challenges and processes that are the core business of our customers. First8 is Advanced Red Hat Partner and specialized in Red Hats Middleware technology, like JBoss, OpenShift, Single Sign On and Fuse. Conclusion Xforce is Premier Business Partner and specialized in Red Hat Linux, Satellite, Ansible, Cloudforms and Virtualization.
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!
As a cloud integrator, PQR recommends, delivers and manages hybrid cloud environments. With her years of knowledge of safe and manageable data, applications and workplaces, including managed services, PQR transforms your infrastructure into a stable and dynamic work environment. PQR has a thorough knowledge of the verticals education, government, profit and healthcare markets. PQR believes that IT is the way in which organizations can be leading in their industry and make their ambitions possible. Our IT professionals strive to work in a fun and surprising way, challenging to deliver the highest quality products, services and service for their customers and their end users, every day. In addition to proven references, PQR has high partner statuses and certifications. PQR is Citrix Platinum Solution Advisor, Commvault Platinum Partner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner, Microsoft Gold Partner, Nutanix Elite Partner, NVIDIA Elite Partner, RES Platinum Partner and VMware Premier Partner. PQR was founded in 1990, based in De Meern and Amsterdam and employs more than 160 employees.
Simtech facilitates innovation by implementing IT infrastructure agility and smart infrastructure solutions for application hosting based on today’s automation standards. All tailored to your precise operational needs on almost any existing infrastructure and with a modern view on IT-service management. Or, simply put, our approach allows for seamless alignment of your business processes and application delivery through built-in agile development systematics. The objective is to make efficient, fast, reliable, synchronised and repeatable changes with the simple touch of a button.
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.
DEVOPS HOTEL: OPENSHIFT AS A SERVICE
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.
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.
Jorge Palma, Open Source Technical Lead, Microsoft
Jorge is the Open Source Technical Lead @ Microsoft in Western Europe. He is responsible to ensure that every organization and every person is able to leverage Azure to become more successful while using the tools and software they already know and love. He is one of the Azure Global Black Belts, a worldwide team that specializes in advanced cloud workloads and helps customers accelerate their innovation journey. Prior to this role he was helping startups grow and use the cloud as Technical Evangelist and supporting Microsoft’s Premier customers as one of its Premier Field Engineers. He has mix of Dev and Ops background, having started his career as a developer before moving to a sysadmin and then DevOps engineer role and has always worked with Open Source technologies both before and after joining Microsoft.
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 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.
Joris De Veirman, Branch Manager Industry Software Solutions, Axians
Joris De Veirman has been working for more than 12 years at Axians in various markets (utilities, oil&gas, pharma, …) as a software consultant. Started as a software engineer and currently responsible for Industrial software solutions activities in Axians Belgium. Joris assists companies in their digital transformation and evangelize Enterprise Open Source.
Geoffrey De Smet, OptaPlanner lead
Geoffrey De Smet is the founder and lead of OptaPlanner (www.optaplanner.org), the open source A.I. constraint solver in Java.
Hans Bos, National Technology Officer Microsoft The Netherlands
Hans Bos has been working for Microsoft The Netherlands since 2006, the last eight years as National Technology Officer (NTO). In this role his focus is on the areas of technology in combination with society and economy. On a daily basis he connects with users, board of directors, regulators, policymakers and specialists on how the current and future technology can help organizations and people to achieve more.
Merwin de Jongh, Building Blocks
Merwin de Jongh (27), founder and CTO of Dutch data science company Building Blocks, has the drive and ability to bring state-of-the-art data science to life at places where they make most business impact. He has a strong focus on business value and is backed with strong technical skills, which enables him to implement complex solutions in business infrastructures. Empowering major companies to bring their data science practices to the next level! He holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics and has extensive experience in supply chain management. But in 2013 Merwin followed his entrepreneurial heart and joined forces with Alexander van Eerden (32), together they created the fundament of Building Blocks as we know it today. In the past four years Building Blocks built an impressive track record in the Dutch market by bringing data science solutions into daily practice for organizations like Nationale Nederlanden, Corendon and Swarovski, all based on a clear vision and roadmap. Merwin and his colleagues are now ready for the European adventure!
I have been working for about 15 years as a system engineer in the operations department. My main focus points being UNIX administration, management of the JBoss application servers and Identity and access management. The last 2 year also working with a lot of enthusiasm on our openshift project