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Red Hat Summit: Connect Johannesburg

August 31, 2023Johannesburg, South AfricaMarriott Hotel Melrose Arch
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With technology constantly evolving, it’s on all of us to know what’s happening now, and help shape what’s coming next.

Red Hat Summit: Connect Johannesburg brings you to the forefront of that evolution, so you can turn knowledge into innovation.

This event will provide the opportunity to join your peers to explore the latest Red Hat technologies, collaborate with industry leaders, network with our Partner community, and learn how the future of open source will impact your organisation.

Join us at Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch on August 31 for Red Hat Summit: Connect Johannesburg


Thursday, August 31, 2023

08:00 - 09:00

Arrival & Registration

09:00 - 09:20


Keynote Opening Remarks, Vision and Stage Setting

09:20 - 09:35

DevOps Experience

Accelerating Innovation: Expanding the DevOps Mindset

James Labocki ,

Senior Director, Product Management at Red Hat

Danie Thom ,

Application Platform Specialist at Red Hat


Security Experience

Securing the Foundation: Unleashing the Power of Cloud and Secure Software Supply Chains

Chris Mulder ,

Senior Specialist Solution Architect, Application Platform at Red Hat

09:50 - 10:05

Infra/Edge Experience

Scaling Infrastructure with Intelligence: From DataCenter to Cloud to Edge

Bruce Busansky,

Application Platform Specialist at Red Hat

10:05 - 10:20

Automation Experience

Simplifying Complexity: Unleashing the New Powers of Ansible Automation

Nuno Martins,

Principal Technical Marketing Manager at Red Hat

10:20 - 10:30

Mauritius Commercial Bank

saves 2,000 IT team work days per year with Red Hat

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:20

MCB Results in Black & White (and Red!)

Patrice Herve ,

Head of Technology at Mauritius Commercial Bank

11:20 - 11:50

Unveiling the Future: Navigating What's Next in Technology

Rocky Medalie ,

General Manager, Platforms & DevOps at MTN FinTech

Amanda Ritchie,

Head of Technology Services at Investec

Michael Collins ,

General Manager at BETSoftware

Hannes Steyn,

Business Development Director at Intel

11:50 - 12:10

The Value of our Ecosystem in a Cloudy World

Ria Pinto ,

Country Manager at IBM South Africa

Barry De Waal,

Chief Executive of Strategy & Sales at 9th BIT

Muggie van Staden ,

CEO at Obsidian Systems

Neil White ,

CEO at LSDOpen

Burak Borhan,

Director, Partner Ecosystem at Red Hat

Riaz Patel,

Value Sales Specialist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

12:10 - 12:20


12:20 - 13:30



What's New, What's Cool?  (Track 1)

13:30 - 14:00

New Ansible Announcements

Introduction to EDA Controller

Nuno Martins,

Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Carlos Dos Santos,

Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

14:00 - 14:30

New Openshift Announcements

Red Hat OpenShift Overview and Roadmap

Francis Viviers,

Application Services Specialist Solutions Architect, Red Hat

Chris Mulder,

Senior Specialist Solution Architect, Application Platform, Red Hat

14:30 - 15:00

What You Didn't Know About Red Hat Training

Nuno Martins,

Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat

15:00 - 15:30

Exploring the Power of Enterprise Linux:

Why move from CentOS to RHEL

Ross Addis,

Senior Specialist Solution Architect, Red Hat

It's Getting Cloudy in Here  (Track 2)

13:30 - 14:00

Unveiling New Horizons with Red Hat's Multi-Hybrid Cloud Innovations

Jacques Viljoen,

Solutions Architect, Red Hat

Eugene De Souza,

Regional Certified Cloud & Service Providers Lead, Red Hat

14:00 - 14:30

Run virtually any application on AWS

Terrence Naidoo,

Solutions Architecture Leader, Amazon Web Services

14:30 - 15:00

Let's Solve for What's Next - Google Cloud

Danie Gordon,

Partner Development Manager, Google Africa

Jonathan Davidson,

Customer Engineer, Google Cloud

15:00 - 15:30

Enabling Digital Transformation with Red Hat & Microsoft

Johannes Kanis,

Director for Customer Success - Azure Core, Microsoft

Warren du Toit,

Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft

Demo Room - For The Techies  (Track 3)

13:30 - 14:00

Veeam Kasten K10

Ian Engelbrecht,

System Engineering Manager, Veeam English Africa

14:00 - 14:30

Event Driven Ansible at Work

Nuno Martins,

Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Carlos Dos Santos,

Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

14:30 - 15:00

Using Openshift Wrong: State in a Stateless World

Aaron Schneider,

Solutions Engineer, Couchbase

15:00 - 15:30

Unlocking Secure Application Deployments with OpenShift

Francis Viviers,

Application Services Specialist Solutions Architect, Red Hat

Chris Mulder,

Senior Specialist Solution Architect, Application Platform, Red Hat

Sponsors Showcase  (Track 4)

13:30 - 14:00

Ansible for the Impatient

Karl Fischer,

CTO, Obsidian Systems

14:00 - 14:30

Accelerating Innovation at The Foschini Group:

an LSD and Red Hat Customer Story

DJ Stroebel,

Chief Commercial Officer, LSDOpen

Ed Woolls,

CIO, The Foschini Group

14:30 - 15:00

Fast-Forward Your Digital Transformation the Open-Source Way with Red Hat and HPE

Riaz Patel,

Value Sales Specialist, HPE

15:00 - 15:30

The Power of Software in AI - Intel® AI Solutions with Red Hat

Hannes Steyn,

Business Development Director, Intel

Nathan Reddy,

Industry Technical Specialist, Intel

15:30 - 17:00

Live Entertainment, Drinks & Networking


Lead sponsor


Intel is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better. Intel Privacy Notice


Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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


LSD Open

LSD OPEN was started in 2001, focusing on open source software. We have spent the last decade becoming a trusted digital acceleration partner for customers across the globe, highlighting a pattern of similar questions, similar problems and similar pain points. LSD OPEN’s value is the ability to accelerate the innovation journey for customers by delivering optimised, scalable and reliable technology platforms to support their goals.

Obsidian Systems

At our company, we enable teams to seamlessly manage their code on the right platform and access the correct data. How do we achieve this? By fostering trust, automating processes, ensuring compliance, and providing observability across your IT infrastructure. With our SMARTER approach, you can empower teams to optimise efficiency, enhance security, and drive change and innovation. Experience the power of open technology with Obsidian Systems.

9th BIT Consulting

9TH BIT Consulting is a specialist Information Technology consultancy focussed on assisting organisations in their Digital Transformation journeys with a strong focus in the disciplines of Agile Integration (AXN), Modern Data Operations (DataOps), Agile Application Lifecycle Management (AALM) and Infrastructure Automation (IA). 9TH BIT partner with Red Hat and Couchbase to assist with customers with modernising their application and data infrastructure by providing unprecedented flexibility and scalability with Red Hat OpenShift Platform and Couchbase NoSQL Database Platform. As a solution provider, 9TH BIT Consulting gets involved in the pro-active improvement of IT processes to enhance an organisations management and information technology strategies in order to maximise systems integration and application development to the optimum. We have the experience and the industry expertise to bring to effect real, measurable and profitable outcomes to our customer’s business.


Veeam Software

Veeam® is the leader in Modern Data Protection. The company provides backup, recovery and data management solutions through a single platform for Cloud, Virtual, Physical, SaaS and Kubernetes environments.

Lucky draw


Axiz is a technology distributor across the African continent partnered with various technology vendors to supply a wide range of cutting edge technologies, products and services to the partner community. Our aim is to supercharge our partner’s business and help make their ambitions real by providing value-added distribution services, offering technical expertise, marketing and business development support, training programs and logistics solutions enabling partners to deliver comprehensive IT solutions to end customers in various industries.

Linux Warehouse

Providing the best Enterprise Open source solution for your clients. Linux Warehouse, a subsidiary of Epsidon Technology Holdings, is a ‘pure’, value-added distributor of choice in the Enterprise Open Source market within sub-Saharan Africa. With more than 10 years of experience in the Enterprise Open Source Space, Linux Warehouse is committed to providing our partners with the highest levels of customer service. We take the time to understand our partners business and in turn they enjoy increased services revenue.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Share your company’s message with some of the brightest minds in the open source ecosystem, including Red Hat customers, partners, and community contributors.

Contact our team for sponsorship details via

Event venue

Date: August 31, 2023

Time: 08:00 - 18:00

Location: Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch,
42 The High St, Melrose,
Johannesburg, 2076,
South Africa

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