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Massive global changes are shifting the way people live and work-requiring organization to rethink their teams, processes and technologies to stay competitive

Join the conversation at the open source event of the year to find out how IT professionals are navigating disruption to stay competitive.

Through keynote presentations, hands-on labs, and live demos, you can learn from and network with the experts to find out how they’re bridging cloud infrastructure, delivering applications faster—and opening perspectives.

Agenda

Thursday, October 21, 2021

9:30 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.

Event Kick-off

9:35 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Digital Transformation in the new world

Marjet Andriesse, general manager and vice president for Asia Pacific, Red Hat

Marshal Correia, general manager and vice president for India & South Asia, Red Hat,

Digital transformation in the Asia Pacific region is expected to accelerate. The opportunities presented by the adoption of 5G and Edge technology in countries across Asia will fuel the growing demand for hybrid cloud services in the region. The session will highlight Red Hat's approach to take customer centricity to the next level, how Red Hat solutions have helped customers unlock the potential of the open hybrid cloud and will also outline how businesses are adopting open technologies to regain their competitive edge.

9:50 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

Red Hat APAC Innovation Awards

9:55 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.

Customer spotlight: Building open telco cloud in the digital era

Sandeep Gupta, EVP-Head of Network Strategy & Architecture, Bharti Airtel,

The need for a building a robust network based on open standards which can sustain and support the scale & demand for future.

10:05 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Fireside Chat : Building the banks of the future - Beyond 2021

Sankarson Banerjee, Chief Information Officer, RBL Bank

Prakash Shetty, Head of Sales, BFSI, Oil & Gas and Energy, Red Hat,

To highlight the need to modernise legacy core banking infrastructure and adopt cloud native solutions on open standards which can sustain and support the scale & demand for future.

10:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Leading with a Growth Mindset

A conversation with Rahul Dravid, Former India Cricket Captain,

In this session, Rahul Dravid, one of the world’s greatest cricketers will share how leaders can apply the essential rules of “growth mindset” and “resilience” to thrive in an ever-changing world. Contemporaries and cricket enthusiasts have constantly rated Rahul as the best Test batsman of his generation and one of the greatest of all time. Across his international career, Rahul has continued to reinvent himself by showcasing grit, determination and unwavering focus. Lessons that are relevant for everyone - leaders, teams and companies.

10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Accelerating business and fueling transformation

Ranganath Sadasiva, Chief Technology Officer, Hybrid IT, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, India,

With growing demand for Accelerating Business and Fueling Transformation, the HPE and Red Hat solutions help organizations realize this dream. This session will discuss the various solutions including ‘as a Service’ capability that HPE and Red Hat provides, around Hybrid Cloud with Containers, OpenStack Implementations, managing datacentre complexities and reducing time to innovation with Industry focused solutions. Hear Mr. Ranganath Sadasiva, CTO, HPE India, introduce these solutions and explain how this can accelerate your business transformation.

11:15 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

Digital transformation with MS and Red Hat – Better together

Seema Kumar, CTO, Global Partner Solutions, Microsoft,

The COVID-19 pandemic has made Digital Transformation a top priority for our customers. Given that 80% of public cloud is run by open source technologies customers are looking to run new business critical OSS workloads on cloud . Red hat + MS represent the best in open source and enterprise grade architecture and innovation along with integrated support. Following key scenarios to bring the best of Red hat technology on Azure Cloud: RHEL in Azure :- Support mission critical applications with the best price and operational performance across hyperscalars; Modernize apps with Containerization: Easily build, deploy and manage modern container based apps on openshift in Azure; Optimize and secure your data with SQL on red hat : Industry leading,most secure data platform on a leading OS and leading cloud platform.

11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Demo - Solutions for business results

Jean Pong, Director, Product Portfolio, APAC Office Of Technology, Red Hat

Steven Ellis, OpenShift Adoption Lead, Red Hat

Nicholas Chia, Senior Principal Product Manager, Ansible, Red Hat,

Speed, stability & scale are now required for IT to meet the ever growing demands of the business. At the same time, IT must deal with a hybrid mix of new & old applications, processes, skills & infrastructure. How do customers deliver solutions faster while maintaining their current systems and meeting their governance and security requirements? Open hybrid cloud is Red Hat’s answer. An OHC strategy can help customers build an architectural foundation that will let them deliver software solutions with consistency on any private, public, hybrid or multicloud infrastructure while meeting business needs both now and in the future. In this session, we will walk you through Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud strategy for meeting these challenges. We will define what open hybrid cloud is & discuss some key outcomes & capabilities that customers can realize with an open hybrid cloud strategy.

12:05 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Break & Exhibition Showcase

12:35 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Track A (Open Hybrid Cloud)

12:35 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Red Hat's Approach to Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Rahul Vijayan, Senior Principal Technical Product Manager, Red Hat,

Most industries—are experiencing stringent new requirements that are impacting both the goals and the operations of IT organizations. Speed, stability, and scale are now required to meet the ever-growing demands on IT by the business. Simultaneously, IT must deal with a hybrid of new and old applications, processes, skills, and infrastructure. In this session, hear about Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud strategy and how it can help meet these challenges. We’ll cover: What Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud strategy is and some key capabilities and outcomes of its approach. Results that some Red Hat customers have achieved on their hybrid cloud journeys. How to deliver solutions faster while maintaining your current systems and meeting your governance and security requirements. How to build an architectural foundation to deliver consistently on private, public, hybrid, or multi cloud infrastructures while meeting both your current and future needs.

Track B (Cloud Native Development)

12:35 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Build and Scale with Confidence - We Manage the Rest

Paul Whiten, Managed Services Business Development, Red Hat,

Red Hat managed cloud services help you better utilize hybrid cloud technology and use Red Hat software and our partner technologies as a fully managed service to help you more easily move to the cloud service of choice, analyze data, and build and manage applications at scale. Red Hat OpenShift as a managed service helps you build your hybrid cloud backbone. Additionally, our managed application and data services help you build robust, dynamic cloud-native applications with Red Hat OpenShift Data Science, Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, Red Hat OpenShift API Management, and more to come. Available as native services across all major clouds, Red Hat managed cloud services enable, accelerate, and ensure cloud adoption at scale. Join our panel to learn more about how Red Hat managed cloud services can help accelerate your transformation.

Track C (Automation)

12:35 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Developing automation strategy and implementing an infra code approach with Red Hat Ansible automation platform

Nicholas Chia, Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat,

Many large-scale enterprises have begun to adopt Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform at some level. In some cases, the usage is ad hoc at the lab level. In others, Ansible automation has been institutionalized across the whole IT ecosystem. As enterprises try to make the jump from ad hoc to widespread use of Ansible automation, they often stumble and don’t fully realize their automation goals. We visit some of the most common reasons for failed adoption and how to mitigate the risk of failure. In this session, we'll discuss the considerations when deploying an enterprise automation strategy and show how a Bell network business unit implemented one of the core practices, infrastructure as code, to build a Unified GitLab to enable collaboration and code reuse across the developer community. Using Ansible and other tools, the Bell Smart Core Practices and Tools team has built a platform capable of supporting thousands of developer workloads with the added capability of scaling specific components at the click of a button to adapt to changing capacity requirements. A prime example of code reuse enabled by the Unified Gitlab is around sharing existing Ansible roles and recipes that are fed to our Ansible Tower platform which has scaled out and has run over 3 million jobs in 2020, representing labor savings of 14 person-years.

Track D (Verticals / Services)

12:35 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

CNF Certification with Red Hat, Intel and Nokia Networks

Mark Longwell, Director of Alliances, OpenStack and OpenShift Hybrid Platforms BU Red Hat Inc.

Thomas Sennhauser, Chief Technologist and Business Lead, Network and Communication Business APJ Intel Corp.

Arvinder Khanna, Head of Pre-Sales – Cloud & Network Services, APJ, Nokia Networks,

Mark Longwell, Thomas Sennhauser, and Arvinder Khanna talk about telco service workloads, Nokia’s perspective on workload certification, and the new Red Hat / Intel lab that has been setup in New Mexico, USA, to enable developers and CNF vendors to test their applications in an environment that simulates real-world service provider networks. Watch this video to learn more about industry challenges and how extensive testing can reduce risk and accelerate time to market.

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Track A (Open Hybrid Cloud)

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Easing Your Transition—CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream or Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Brian (Bex) Exelbierd, Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Platforms Business Unit,

In December 2020, Red Hat announced its intent to shift focus from CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream in support of the changing needs of the Linux community and partner ecosystem. In this session, we’ll dig into the use cases for moving from CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream compared to the use cases for moving from CentOS to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Hear the details of several new, low-cost and no-cost programs made available in the first half of 2021 to support CentOS Linux users’ transition from CentOS Linux. We will also touch on additional programs that are yet to become available in 2021. Each of these programs are designed to make it easier to adopt and use Red Hat Enterprise Linux for both your development or production activities.

Track B (Cloud Native Development)

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Fast Track AI/ML Projects with an Open Hybrid Cloud

Abhinav Joshi, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Red Hat

Steven Huels , Senior Director, Product Strategy, Red Hat AI Services,

Business leaders desire data-driven insights to help improve customer experience. Data engineers, data scientists, and software developers desire a self-service, cloud-like experience to access tools/frameworks, data, and compute resources anywhere to rapidly build, scale, and share results of their projects to accelerate delivery of AI-powered intelligent applications into production. After a brief overview of AI/ML concepts and use cases, required capabilities, and execution challenges, we’ll discuss the value of an open hybrid cloud powered by containers, Kubernetes, and DevOps to help fast track AI/ML projects from pilot to production. We’ll present the Open Data Hub project and blueprint for building an AI-as-a-Service platform that can serve both data scientists and application developers to accelerate delivery of intelligent applications. Finally, you will hear about actual customer examples of how to design successful AI projects from start to continuous operation and enhancement.

Track C (Automation)

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Better together: Bridging automation for hybrid cloud deployments

Anshuman Agarwal, Associate Principal Architect, Red Hat,

Kubernetes is driving application modernization; however, the journey to application modernization is incomplete without including existing IT systems. Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes helps enterprises better manage and scale Red Hat OpenShift clusters across the hybrid cloud, lending management muscle to the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform. In this session, hear how the recently announced integration of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform with Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes can help connect your growing OpenShift environments to storage, networking, configuration management databases (CMDB), change records, and more. You'll get a look into how these technologies work together to support modern, hybrid-cloud-based IT environments, and how automation solutions for this heterogeneous environment embrace both Kubernetes and containers.

Track D (Verticals / Services)

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Stay Ahead of the Competition with the Right Hybrid Cloud Skills

Shubham Shrivastava, Technical Instructor, Red Hat

Daleep Singh Bais, Senior Technical Instructor, Red Hat,

A hybrid cloud delivers a consistent platform across bare metal, virtual, private, and public cloud environments. It is highly consistent, offering speed, agility, and portability that are essential in today’s IT world. Learn about the 5 most needed skills to stay competitive in the hybrid cloud market, and flexible learning solutions to master them, Every cloud comes with its own unique features, Enhance developer experience, Modernize your apps, Secure your microservices and Automate end-to-end.

1:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Track A (Open Hybrid Cloud)

1:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Best in class hybrid cloud with Nutanix and Red Hat

Premkumar JG, Systems Engineering Leader, Nutanix,

Nutanix and Red Hat have partnered to provide a best-in-class Hybrid Cloud experience with Nutanix’s Cloud Platform certified and supported with Red Hat product offerings, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift. Join us for this session where we would talk about Nutanix and its offering, plus the added benefits of Nutanix Cloud Platform that is now a preferred choice for HCI for RHEL and Red Hat OpenShift.

Track B (Cloud Native Development)

1:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Simplifying and accelerating enterprise grade container platforms

Srinivaschary T, Enterprise Technologist - Data Center Solutions, Dell Technologies India,

For companies looking to begin their journey into containerization and cloud native development, first steps can feel like giant leaps. But building a modern container platform comes with numerous operational challenges – security, storage, networking, monitoring and many others. Join this session and learn about deploying a robust, enterprise grade, highly scalable container platform at an accelerated pace.

Track C (Automation)

1:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Automate your way to success with Ansible

MG Chandra Babu, Head - IT Automation, Global Partner Engagement, Ingram Micro APAC,

Ingram Micro believes in the power of open-source technologies to deliver secure & scalable enterprise-ready solutions. We have used Ansible to develop a comprehensive set of use-cases like Satellite integration, Security Automation, Public Cloud Automation, Infrastructure Automation, Network Automation, Patch management etc. In our Singapore-based Technology Experience Center, we have successfully integrated products from leading OEMs like Cisco, Palo Alto, Azure, IBM Qradar, Windows, Linux etc into solutions that are automated using Ansible. Join this session to learn how you can benefit from Ingram Micro's expertise in automation.

Track D (Verticals / Services)

1:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Laying the foundation for scale out Kubernetes infrastructure

Sridhar Sabesan, Director, Platform Engineering, Western Digital

Naresh Rana, Sr. Sales Manager, Western Digital,

Western Digital Enterprise Grade Storage solutions helps to resolve scalability & performance challenges in Kubernetes infrastructure. Compostable disaggregated infrastructure using NVMe over Fabric/RoCE based solution, enables containerized Kubernetes infrastructures for seamless dynamic scaling for data-intensive containerized workloads.

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Track A (Open Hybrid Cloud)

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Tackling Security in the World of Containers, Hybrid Cloud and DevSecOps

Zak Berrie, Hybrid Cloud Security, APAC Office Of Technology, Red Hat

Ng Hwee Ming, Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Platform, Red Hat,

As traditional infrastructure evolves to a mix of bare metal, virtual, cloud, container, and Kubernetes environments, how can you improve security, governance, compliance, and reduce risk amid this growing complexity? In this session, we'll discuss some prescriptive steps you can take to tackle security in this new environment and how Red Hat can help. Specifically, we’ll discuss how to: - Mitigate supply chain security risks. - Maintain compliance and governance. - Protect, manage, and gain visibility to data. - Manage and have visibility in a hybrid environment. - Tackle the cybersecurity resource problem for better hybrid cloud security across people, process, and technology. - Address DevSecOps across a hybrid environment through automation, standardization, everything-as-code, and automated security compliance and discuss DevSecOps lessons learned, including best practices, techniques, and tools that can be used to improve security while reducing the workload.

Track B (Cloud Native Development)

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Accelerating innovation in the hybrid world through open source

Stuart Miniman, Director of Market Insights, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat

Ken Johnson, Vice President, Application Services Business Unit, Red Hat

Michael Piech, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Storage and Data Services, Red Hat

Sandra Arps, Head of the Open Innovation Labs & AI/ML Practice at Red Hat,

Development teams are constantly pushing the innovation envelope to deliver new services to their business. Today’s developers want to innovate without being hindered by yesterday’s app dev practices and infrastructure. Cloud-native development is as much a mindset as it is technology. Learn about the tools, best practices, and cloud-native development tools we offer so customers can realize the full value of their app dev assets. Learn how Red Hat can help modern developers unlock their potential through open source. The panel will also highlight customers that are overcoming challenges in the last year.

Track C (Automation)

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Red Hat Ansible is the language of love: Breaking down cultural silos with automation

Prasad Mukhedkar, Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat,

Culture is key to transformation success. More specifically, it's the lack of collaboration and communication that tends to stifle speed and innovation. We know that changing culture is no small feat, but wouldn't it be great if our technical toolset not only supported culture change but encouraged it? In this session, we'll see how an engineer used Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to reach across the traditional silo walls of operations and development to assist other teams in accomplishing their goals. We'll highlight the ways the team was able to meet business goals, like time to market and ROI, while simultaneously affecting positive culture change. There was a 90% reduction in labor hours and a 75% improvement in time to market. We'll balance a great story with a discussion of the technical details. Leave this session understanding how to deploy the technology and to navigate and improve the organizational culture.

Track D (Verticals / Services)

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Enabling digital transformation in the public sector

Jim Craig, Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat,

In this talk we will walk you through the open source building blocks available to public sector customers, to help them design, develop and deliver new and improved applications and services to their citizens, while reducing time, development and on-going maintenance costs . As well as the technical "trinity" of hybrid cloud, cloud native development and automation, we will also discuss the importance of security as standard, and how having the right culture and organisation structure in place can really pay dividends. We'll use real world customer examples to highlight the different aspects.

2:05 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Track A (Open Hybrid Cloud)

2:05 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

On the Edge : Will Telco 5G Investments Succeed?

Ian Hood, Chief Telco Technologist, Red Hat,

Edge applications and services across all industries are poised to deliver innovative new value by bringing cloud scale compute power and AI to the data anywhere. The value of timely information in efficiency and safely manufacturing innovative products and delivering quality services in healthcare has never been greater. Telcos that are able to efficiently capitalize on the value of their 5G networks will be key to their success on the edge.

Track B (Cloud Native Development)

2:05 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

How financial institutions delivers customer centricity with cloud native business automation

Vincent Caldeira, Chief FSI Technologist, Red Hat,

As financial organizations seek to improve digital customer experience and build an increasingly customer-centric organization, process reengineering or improvement is critical for those organizations that aim at implementing increased automation, lower cost, increased customer service and enhanced regulatory compliance. However in this journey financial organizations have to face two main challenges: the weight of legacy architectures in the form of product-centric, rigid and siloed systems where customer data is held captive, and existing processes which mostly are internally focused and reflect the organization structure of outdated business models. In this session, we will show how cloud native business automation technologies can be leveraged as part of a composable architecture to coordinate and integrate legacy components into customer-centric processes, and help to maintain the integrity of process definitions as digital channels go through this dramatic shift in business model.

Track C (Automation)

2:05 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A path to successful automation adoption journey

Blake Douglas, Senior Automation & Site Reliability Architect, Red Hat,

Today’s digital business requires automation. An enterprise-wide automation approach can help save time, increase quality, and reduce costs. But setting up your automation adoption journey isn't that simple. A successful automation strategy with predictable workflows and rich auditability requires accountability, governance, security, and standards from the onset. Organizations need a sustainable automation strategy and must create modern IT with new approaches to process and collaboration. Join us in this session where we will discuss how to empower business transformation with highly scalable automation, orchestration of capabilities, and newly evolved ways of working in a culture of collaboration. The session will also cover customer stories on how the automation adoption journey has transformed our customers' businesses across the Asia Pacific.

Track D (Verticals / Services)

2:05 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

OpenShift Observability at Scale

Aditya Ranjan, Sales Engineer, Dynatrace,

Companies are forced to keep up and evolve with the high speed of change in these recent years. Cloud-based applications rely on microservices for accelerated application development. While that may simplify and speed up application lifecycles, observability across complex on premises and hybrid cloud environments at scale remains difficult. Learn how you can use Dynatrace with Redhat Openshift to confidently understand your application workloads.

2:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Track A (Open Hybrid Cloud)

2:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Getting started with OpenShift - LIVE Demo: Hands on labs

Paridhi Gupta, Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat,

In this lab, we will get your started on OpenShift by walking through the learning portal : https://learn.openshift.com/ We will also jointly go through the OpenShift Basics lab sessions.

Track B (Cloud Native Development)

2:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

GitsOps with Red Hat OpenShift for cloud native development - LIVE Demo: Hands on labs

Bhawani Uday SIngh, Associate Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat,

In this lab, we will get your started on OpenShift by walking through the learning portal : https://learn.openshift.com/ We will also jointly go through how GitOps works on Red Hat OpenShift.

Track C (Automation)

2:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Explore Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 - LIVE Demo: Hands on labs

Gourav Sharma, Associate Solution Architect, Red Hat,

In this lab session we will walk you through the latest and the greatest functionalities in RHEL 8 which you can use to make your day to day task easier and efficient. You will walk away with a lab environment for you to try out and explore various new innovations in RHEL 8 at your pace. Topic - 1 : Using Web Console to build virtual machines via image Builder [10 Mins]. Topic - 2 : Resolving issues with Red Hat Insights Advisor [10 Mins].

Track D (Verticals / Services)

2:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Data Engineering and Analytics for AI/ML: Developing a prediction model for digital banking customer churn

Tom Corcoran, Associate Principal Solution Architect, Red Hat

Faisal Masood, Principal Architect and AI Lead, Red Hat,

As studies have shown that long-term, digitally engaged banking customers are more profitable customers, it is essential for financial organizations to understand and manage customer retention pro-actively. However developing a prediction model for customer churn typically involves complex discovery of knowledge from a huge amount of data distributed across systems of records and various online channels. As a result, data science teams can spend up to 70% of their time acquiring, loading and transforming the data before the machine learning process starts. Using Jupyter, Spark, Trino and Superset, running on Kubernetes, we'll show you the ease of achieving ultra high speed access and discovery of large-scale data, including streaming data from Kafka, preparing and transforming it to a state that will be consumable by AI/ML models.

Speakers

Marjet Andriesse

Red Hat

Marjet Andriesse

General Manager and Vice President for Asia Pacific, Red Hat

Marjet Andriesse is a seasoned leader, with more than 25 years’ experience in driving customer satisfaction, sales and revenue growth, leading companies through transition as well as organizational management for technology and professional services firms across Europe and Asia.  As the general manager and vice president of Red Hat, Marjet is instrumental in driving the next phase of growth for the company in the Asia-Pacific region and leading initiatives to enable customer success with open hybrid cloud technology. In this role, Marjet also manages the engagement with enterprise customers and the emerging technologies sales and support capabilities across the Asia Pacific region. Marjet’s experience spans industries including logistics and telecommunications as well as HR services in a variety of leadership positions. Before joining Red Hat, Marjet was the managing director of Telstra in Asia Pacific responsible for delivering the company’s corporate strategy in the region. Prior to Telstra, Marjet’s career also included working with Randstad and KPN NV in national and international management positions spanning Europe and Asia. Marjet is a Dutch native and holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Rahul Dravid

Former Indian Cricketer

Rahul Dravid

ex Indian Cricket Team Captain, Coach, Under19 Indian Cricket Team, Former Indian Cricketer

Kubbra Sait

Celebrity Anchor

Kubbra Sait

Celebrity Anchor

Marshal Correia

Red Hat

Marshal Correia

General Manager and Vice President for India South Asia, Red Hat

Rahul Vijayan

Red Hat

Rahul Vijayan

Senior Principal Technical Product Manager, Red Hat

Rahul Vijayan is a product manager who helps customers identify and solve problems using next generation technologies. Rahul works on optimizing Red Hat solutions and products that matter to the current market. He has enjoyed working various roles in IT—including developer, engineer, delivery, and presales. Rahul is most satisfied solving business challenges for customers and helping them get to the next level.

Paul Whiten

Red Hat

Paul Whiten

Managed Services Business Development, Red Hat

Paul is responsible for driving the adoption of Red Hat’s Managed Services offerings across the Asia Pacific and Japan region. He focuses on the go to market strategy, product-market fit and joint execution between Red Hat and our greater partner ecosystem to help customers focus on delivering better, more innovative applications.  Paul has over 15 years experience in the technology industry with the last 8 years working in regional business development roles - with HP, HPE and then Micro Focus and now Red Hat -  helping enterprise customers improve the way they deliver software - from quality assurance, to lifecycle management through to implementing Agile and DevOps capabilities. Previous to this, he worked in various roles from consulting to presales helping customers implement best practices around application delivery. Paul has a degree in Software Engineering (Honours) as well as Business Management from the University of Queensland, Australia. In his free time he is a hobbyist mobile app developer.

Nicholas Chia

Red Hat

Nicholas Chia

Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

At Red Hat APAC, Nicholas is the Technical Product Manager for Management Solutions in the APAC Office of Technology. He spends much of his time engaging his audiences in both the enterprise and community space on Red Hat Management and Automation portfolio capabilities. Nicholas regularly conducts technical workshops for container platform management and automation. He enjoys sharing best practises and experiences at Community Meetups and events around APAC region including GovWare, Cloud Expo Asia, Security Exchange, Ansible Automates etc. He previous tenure at IBM, RSA, EMC, F5 Networks, Imperva has given exposures to different technologies to appreciate the challenges customers have today.

Anshuman Agarwal

Red Hat

Anshuman Agarwal

Associate Principal Architect, Red Hat

Hwee Ming Ng

Red Hat

Hwee Ming Ng

Senior Principal Product Manager, Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat

Hwee Ming is a product manager with Red Hat focusing on Cloud Infrastructure. She is based in Singapore and supports the APJ region.  She works with customers across the region helping them leverage Red Hat Technology to build hybrid cloud solution across physical, virtualization and containerization platform.    She has also been working with service providers, adopting these technologies for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and has worked on multiple NFV proof-of-concept and deployments across the regions. She has also been helping network equipment provider in APAC with the certification of their VNF on Red Hat Openstack platform as well as the supporting them with the joint solution with Red Hat.  Hwee Ming has also been working with managed cloud provider to build solution based on Red Hat’s cloud infrastructure technologist.   Before Red Hat, Hwee Ming worked with HP and she has over 15 year experience in the industry working on OSS, Next Generation Intelligent networks, Converged networks, NOC consolidation and regulatory compliance. She has also work with customer in other sectors focusing on IT transformation and data centre consolidation based on ITIL processes. 

Prasad Mukhedkar

Red Hat

Prasad Mukhedkar

Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat

Prasad is a specialist solution architect with focus on Red Hat cloud and automation portfolio. He has more than 8 years of experience working on Red Hat's Emerging Technology Solutions.

In his current role he helps large enterprise customers to adopt cutting edge Red Hat  cloud and automation technologies.

Ian Hood

Red Hat

Ian Hood

Chief Strategist, Global Service Providers and Emerging Industries, Red Hat

Ian is Chief Strategist, Global Service Providers and Emerging Industries for Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source technologies.  Ian brings industry and open source community insight to his role as a global strategic advisor for customers and partners, helping them catalyse business transformation and drive value from an open source suite of innovative, trusted, high-performing multi-vendor technologies and solutions.  Ian works closely with global customers and partners across industries to accelerate the development and deployment of emerging digital applications and services. Previously, Ian was responsible for global service provider architecture at Cisco, leading their SDN/NFV vision and business transformation strategy.  With his extensive background in system engineering, product management, and business, Ian has proven expertise in helping organizations navigate and succeed in today’s fast-paced competitive environment. Ian grew up in Owen Sound, just a few hours north of Toronto in Canada, and spent the first half of his career designing and building communications networks for operators and governments around the world (e.g Petronas Towers, MCI/Verizon, SBC/ATT, Canada Post, Bell Canada, Telus, Rogers, Department of Defense, CSIS, Bank of Canada) and was the chief communications engineer for the Canadian global embassy network (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Ian is a very active and sought after speaker for engagements at many emerging technology, industry, and customer forums. Ian is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, and holds a B.A.Sc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo.

Vincent Caldeira

Red Hat

Vincent Caldeira

Chief FSI Technologist, Red Hat

Vincent Caldeira is a Chief Financial Services Technologist at Red Hat in APAC. In this role, he is primarily responsible for supporting financial services customers in defining their digital transformation roadmap while using Red Hat® thought leadership and engineering capabilities in the implementation of open standards, open source, and open architecture on their journey. With more than 11 years in the banking sector shaping target architecture and technology roadmaps, Vincent has driven talented engineering teams to build, integrate, and operate critical technology platforms. Vincent has also spent more than 6 years in the financial technology sector building an award-winning track record for delivering cloud-based, innovative software solutions in a startup environment.

Blake Douglas

Red Hat

Blake Douglas

Senior Automation & Site Reliability Architect, Red Hat

In his current role Blake delivers consulting services relating to Ansible Automation Platform and automation adoption/transformational services as part of Red Hat Open Innovation Labs. He has been working in and with enterprise IT for over 20 years in many different capacities from service desk, team lead, data centre management to technical lead.

Neeraj Bhatia

Red Hat

Neeraj Bhatia

Senior Director, Sales, India & South Asia, Red Hat

Abhishek Shukla

Red Hat

Abhishek Shukla

Head of Sales, Manufacturing, Telco, India & South Asia, Red Hat

Prakash Shetty

Red Hat

Prakash Shetty

Head of Sales, BFSI, Oil & Gas and Energy, Red Hat

Seema Kumar

Microsoft

Seema Kumar

CTO, Global Partner Solutions, Microsoft

Seema Kumar leads technology strategy and programs for the Global Partner Solutions organization at Microsoft India. In this role she works closely across the diverse partner ecosystem of GSIs, services and ISV organizations, align and enable them on Microsoft technologies, accelerate repeatable IP based solutions and practice development. She leads a diverse team of technology professionals specialized on solution areas across Cloud Infrastructure, Application Innovation, Data, AI, Business Applications, Modern Work and Security. Prior to joining Microsoft, Seema spent over 15 years at IBM India, accumulating diverse experiences, leading technical and business functions across product development, offering management, developer ecosystems and technical pre-sales. She has managed several global and domestic missions, nurturing and growing strong technical talent. Seema is a regular speaker at various technical conferences and the author of three technical patents.

Ranganath Sadasiva

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Ranganath Sadasiva

Chief Technology Officer, Hybrid IT, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Ranganath is responsible for bringing in thought leadership across HPE Hybrid IT business and delivering best in class technology experience for customers. He works closely with the enterprise segments, understanding their business and technical needs, developing HPE’s point of view aligned to HPE Technology Vision.

With more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, Ranganath is an accomplished Technologist and Management Executive across core ICT technologies working predominantly in the India and Asia Pacific & Japan region. He has done various customer centric roles across Sales, Product development and Consulting in these geographies. Before joining HPE, Ranganath served as Director, Enterprise Research for IDC India and was responsible for the overall Enterprise research in areas including Hardware - Server, Storage and Networking, Enterprise Software, Enterprise Services and emerging technologies like Cloud, IoT, AI, Big Data etc. Prior to IDC, Ranganath served as Regional Sales Director for Spectra-APJ and EMEA and earlier as Director, Product Management, Asia Pacific and Japan for HPE Storage. He has also held management roles with HCL Infosystems and CADD Centre. Widely known in the Industry for his insights on Technology and its articulation, he is a regular speaker at Customer & Industry forums. He is also a Mentor of change with Niti Aayog, Government of India.

Ranganath Sadasiva has a Master of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from Bangalore University and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.

Srinivaschary T

Dell Technologies

Srinivaschary T

Enterprise Technologist - Data Center Solutions, Dell Technologies

Srini has over 17 years of experience in the IT industry, with acquired skills spanning across enterprise architecture, data center design and optimization, consulting, and building Technologist teams, he also has in-depth knowledge with respect to the Indian enterprise Market and trends across the Industry. His experience spans working with customers in multiple regions and in various market segments including HPC, Data Analytics and AI. He carries multiple industry certifications with regards to administration, process, and design of enterprise infrastructure. Currently as Enterprise Technologist he is the Principal Architect for Big-Data Analytics, Cloud, HPC among others. He is also responsible for Strategic Alliances and evangelizing Dell’s solutions and portfolio across the broad Dell Portfolio of products and solutions.

MG Chandra Babu

Ingram Micro APAC

MG Chandra Babu

Head - IT Automation, Global Partner Engagement, Ingram Micro APAC

Chandra has been with Ingram Micro 6+ years, with a primary focus on IT Automation and Modernization in Opensource portfolio across APAC Region. He is accelerating and enabling the internal team with automation practices across 9 countries. He is instrumental in the growth of industry leading Automation & Public Cloud, including automation service capabilities, as well as the Kubernetes & Containerization adoption within Ingram. He manages a team of coders based in Indonesia. With over 2 decades of experience in IT, Chandra brings a broad experience in IT transformation, innovative execution and cross-functional teamwork. Before joining Ingram, he was responsible for developing, managing and servicing the company’s automation journey in global data centers.

Sridhar Sabesan

Western Digital

Sridhar Sabesan

Director, Platform Engineering, Western Digital

Sridhar Sabesan is the Director of Platform Engineering, leading the development and qualification of Western Digital platform products – Ultrastar Data60/102 - JBODs, Hybrid JBODs, Ultrastar Serv60+8 - Dense Storage Servers, Ultrastar Edge & Edge-MR : Portable Edge Servers, OpenFlex E3000-F3200/Data24 - NVMeoF JBOFs and WD Resource Manager - Management software. He is also responsible for global proof of concepts, ecosystem development and customer engagements. He has led and delivered multiple industry first products in Western Digital, Broadcom (LSI) and Intel. He has a wide experience across multiple generations of servers & storage and is a noted speaker in multiple industry forums like OCP, CIO Klub, SNIA, others and has done tens of product evangelisation in boot camps.

Naresh Rana

Western Digital

Naresh Rana

Sr. Sales Manager, Western Digital

Over 20+ years’ experience in business development in technology industry. Currently leading Western Digital Embedded portfolio and actively engaged with OEMs, Tier 1’s, ODMs and Startup companies to provide them WDC/SanDisk storage solutions . Previously worked in processor companies like Freescale Semiconductors , now NXP, and supported customers in Automotive & Telecom segments.

Premkumar JG

Nutanix

Premkumar JG

Systems Engineering Leader, Nutanix

Prem leads a team of technology experts at Nutanix, who are responsible for working closely with customers in facilitating their journey towards the Enterprise Cloud.

He and his team are instrumental in driving Nutanix solutions’ adoption in transformational projects for our customers. Prem bring with him over 15 years of rich industry experience. He holds expertise in areas such as Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), hybrid and multi-cloud, orchestration/automation, application and infrastructure automation, DevOps, Containers/Micro-services architectures, and many more.

Aditya Ranjan

Dynatrace

Aditya Ranjan

Sales Engineer, Dynatrace

Aditya is a Sales Engineer for Dynatrace covering India and SAARC region. He works with diverse customer base from Financial services, Retail to ECommerce . His primary focus is to evangelize Digital transformation with Dynatrace at its core.

Mukul Chainani

Red Hat

Mukul Chainani

Sales Specialist - Telco Leader, India & SA, Red Hat

Mukul is an expert technology executive with over 16 years of professional experience in areas of 5G Edge, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Telco Core Networks. He is an experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunication industry. He has strong technical sales background in Pre-Sales, Sales, and Partner Management.

Anuva Ambastha

Red Hat

Anuva Ambastha

Associate Principal Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat

Anuva Ambastha joined Red Hat in 2013 as a Senior Solution Architect . Anuva  is an experienced Technical Architect having 20 years of experience in the software industry with expertise in cutting edge technologies and competencies. In her career, she has worked extensively with Middleware technologies and  she  strives to make open source technology both practical and workable for enterprise users by  balancing her technical expertise, understanding of business processes and IT problems faced at the enterprise level along with her passion for open source. She has contributed to the progress of several milestone projects which have not only touched the lives of millions but have been a true amalgamation of technology and innovation.

Vaibhav Jain

Red Hat

Vaibhav Jain

Associate Principal Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat

Vaibhav is an Associate Principal Specialist Solution Architect for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Out of his over 18 years of total rich industry experience and expertise in application development and platforms, he has spent more than 10 years during two stints in Red Hat working on Open Source, innovative and many first of its kind solutions.

In his current role, Vaibhav is responsible for working directly with clients for OpenShift & Cloud Native related technologies.

Being hands on and technology passionate, he has helped many organisations across Telecom, FSI, Public Sector and Mid Market to adopt and be successful with OpenShift, Containers, Cloud Native Technologies, DevOps, and Microservices.

Ashutosh Joshi

Red Hat

Ashutosh Joshi

Solution Specialist - Hybrid Cloud, Red Hat

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