In-person event

Red Hat Summit: Connect 2023 | Utrecht, Netherlands

4 ottobre 2023Utrecht, NetherlandsBeatrix Theatre
Event menu


8.30 - 9.30

Registration and welcome coffee

9.45 - 11.15

Official opening Red Hat Summit: Connect 2023 - Room: Theatre

by Marcel Timmer,

country manager Red Hat The Netherlands

& Dinko Eror,

President EMEA Central Europe at Red Hat

Keynote Red Hat Summit: Connect 2023

by James Labocki,

Senior Director Product Management at Red Hat

Lightning talks by lead sponsor Intel & diamond sponsors Conclusion & Microsoft

11.15 - 11.45

Coffee break & networking @ exhibition floor

11.45 - 13.00

Track 1: Automation experience

11.45 - 12.15

Red Hat expert session: Supercharging your automation with Event Driven Automation (EDA) - Room: Theatre

In this session, we’ll cover how Event-Driven Ansible can help you enable fast and efficient IT service delivery. We’ll share Event-Driven Automation concepts, use-cases and provide a demo to show it in action. Industry: technology, topics: Ansible automation, event driven, technical proficiency level: intermediate / advanced.

Craig Brandt,

Principal Technical Marketing Manager for Ansible Automation Platform at Red Hat

12.25 - 12.55

Customer session: ProRail's Automation Journey: Orchestrating Resilience for Critical Network Devices - Room: Theatre

Embark on ProRail's dynamic automation journey, where recent strides include orchestrating updates for 1,600 pivotal network devices using Ansible Automation Platform. Despite their mission-critical role in maintaining uninterrupted traffic flow, these intricate configuration adjustments unfold seamlessly, even during peak hours. This talk unveils our expedition, showcasing our current position, the challenges overcome en route, and the wisdom gained. Delve into strategic landmarks, collaborative efforts, and the fusion of innovation and prudence that define ProRail's approach. Join us to explore the intersection of technological prowess and operational resilience – a convergence that defines the heart of ProRail's automation expedition.Industry: public transport, Topics: Ansible automation, network devices, resiliency, technical proficiency level: intermediate.

Julien Schmaltz,

Product Owner IT Automation at ProRail

Track 2: Application development & modernization

11.45 - 12.15

Customer session: ABN AMRO Clearing Bank, Cloud Native Honeypot: Insights Behind Your Public IP - Room: Stage Entertainment Lounge

Explore the mysteries lurking behind your public IP through the lens of a cloud native honeypot. This presentation gives an insight on patterns from enterprise-grade software architecture, engineering and security practices learned in highly regulated financial sector implemented in a hobby project.Industry: financial services, topics: cloud native experiences.

Peter Hudák,

Capability Owner for Penetration Testing and Red Teaming

Jim Wittermans,

Chapter Area Lead at ABN AMRO Clearing

12.25 - 12.55

Red Hat expert session: From idea to production: How Red Hat will support you with a Developer portal and a trusftul Software Supply Chain - Room: Stage Entertainment Lounge

Developers are passionate about solving problems with code and delivering functionality to others. Unfortunately, they need to spend more and more time finding the right information to get started, which tools and APIs they can use, and how to get their code safely, securely, and reliably in production. To tackle these problems, we, as Red Hat, took the next step in our portfolio, with our developer hub, we are building the next-level enterprise one-step portal for developers where they can find an answer to all their questions. We even provide them with golden paths on how to get started and provide basic default setups based on best practices. Once the developer has written her code, with our trusted software supply chain, we give them the tooling and methodology to deliver and test their application from test to production. Industry: technical, technical proficiency level: introductory.

William Janssen,

Principle Solution Architect at Red Hat

Track 3: Cloud & Infrastructure

11.45 - 12.15

Red Hat expert session: RHEL Platform update: Insights, Cloud, Edge - Room 217

During this session we will bring a comprehensive overview of what is new within the RHEL platform ecosystem (Management, Cloud, Edge). Industry: technology, technical proficiency level: intermediate.

Fred van Zwieten,

Senior Specialist Solution Architect at Red Hat

12.25 - 12.55

Red Hat expert session: OpenShift Virtualization - Room 217

More details to be published soon

Fabian Deutsch,

Senior Manager, Software Engineering Global at Red Hat

Track 4: The business value of platform thinking

11.45 - 12.15

Red Hat expert session: The suprising question that slashes time to market - Room 117

In this session we’ll take a look at the key question every CIO, CTO and engineering team should be asking before making any investment decision or committing to action. We’ll discuss the implications on organisational structure, how it applies to Kubernetes platforms and cloud native application development. We’ll outline how adoption of this approach tackles key problems, like time to value, cost of delay, talent retention, product quality and more; sharing examples from the field of the patterns and practices we use to enable adoption and success. Industry: technology, topics: organisational structure, cloud native app development, Kubernetes

Chris Baynham Hughes,

Principal Architect & Head of Innovation Labs

Peter-Paul Kurstjens,

Enterprise Strategist at Red Hat

12.25 - 12.55

Session by Ilionix: Breaking up a heavy monolith - Hoe bouw je een agile distributed ESB op OpenShift? - Room 117

Van een gecentralizeerde, grote, monolitische Enterprise Service Bus naar kleine, gedistribueerde integratie applicaties. In deze sessie laten we zien, waar je tegen aan loopt wanneer je je integratie(s) verplaatst naar een Openshift platform. Waar komt er allemaal bij kijken om niet te verzanden in een logge gedistribueerde monolitische Enterprise Service Bus

Dirk Janssen,

Technical Team Lead, Ilionx

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch & networking @ exhibition floor

14.00 - 15.15

Track 1: Automation experience

14.00 - 14.30

Customer session: Overheids Datacenter Noord (ODC-Noord) - The automation journey of ODC-Noord's PaaS Development team - Room: Theatre

Note: this talk will be given in Dutch. This talk will describe the automation journey of the PaaS Development team of ODC-Noord. From the beginning to today and a look into the future. The journey will be shown from multiple angels: organization, team, training, Ansible and other tooling. This talk is intended for Infra Engineers/System admins, Infra Developers and managers. Industry: public sector, topics: Ansible Automation, Ansibe Journey, Ansible Customer Experience, technical proficiency level: broad, for all levels.

Emile Zweep,

Infrastructure & Linux Specialist at ODC-Noord

14.40 - 15.10

Red Hat expert session: A practical guide to the Ansible Automation Platform Adoption - Room: Theatre

Ansible Automation Platform is positioned as glue that integrates with any organisation environment. During this session you will learn about the different components of Ansible Automation Platform, so you can practically start automating, scaling your automation to suit your growing business needs. You’ll learn about each component in the platform, how it interacts with other components, as well as best practices for defining and managing objects to save time.Industry: technology, topics: Ansible Automation, platform adoption, technical proficiency level: introductory.

Ismail Dhaoui,

Associate Principal Specialist Solution Architect at Red Hat

Track 2: Application development & modernization

14.00 - 14.30

Customer session: Achmea, Workloads on OpenShift - Room: Stage Entertainment Lounge

Abstract to be published soon

Martin Reiling,

Manager OpenShift & LinuxOS at Achmea

14.40 - 15.10

Red Hat expert session: What you didn't know about OpenShift - Room: Stage Entertainment Lounge

During this session we will review the unknown features and capabilities of OpenShift and which type of applications and workloads you can migrate to get the most value out of the platform.Industry: technology, topics: OpenShift, platform, technical proficiency level: introductory.

Pilar Bravo,

Principal Specialist Solution Architect, OpenShift at Red Hat

Track 3: Cloud & infrastructure

14.00 - 14.30

Customer session: NS - How simplification boosts adoption of a hybrid cloud integration platform - Room: 217

Industry: public transport, topics: platform adoption, hybrid cloud, integration, infrastructure, technical proficiency level: intermediate / business - focused

Taco Nieuwenhuis,

Solution Architect

Jack Fleuren,

Lead Product Owner at NS

14.40 - 15.10

Session by AWS: Red Hat Openshift on AWS - Room: 217

Learn about Red Hat OpenShift on AWS (ROSA), a joint managed OpenShift service from Red Hat and AWS. How it allows you to migrate to cloud faster, and how you can integrate ROSA with other AWS services.

Dominik Wombacher,

Senior Partner Solution Architect, AWS

Simon Briggs,

Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Track 4: The business value of platform thinking

14.00 - 14.30

Customer session: Audi case - Platforms and Culture, How do these two things go along? - Room: 117

Why platforms and working culture are two things which are closely related. And with reference to customer observations on their journey to utilise platforms. Industry: automotive, topics: platforms & culture

Manfred Muth,

Senior Solution Architect at Red Hat

14.40 - 15.10

Red Hat expert session: Evolution of risk-management in software - Room: 117

Over the last 50 years, technology has evolved to become critical and indispensable to industries and communities around the globe. Security practices have changed in reaction to these evolutions, yet not to the same degree. Security continues to play catchup in a number of areas and we continue to hang onto old and demonstrably inefficient practices in some areas, such as vulnerability (or patch) management. How do we reconcile the need to reduce risk while investing in future technology innovations and how do we ensure finite resources target real, and not perceived, threats? Industry: technology, technical proficiency level: business-focused.

Vincent Danen,

Vice President of Product Security at Red Hat

15.15 - 15.45

Break & networking @ exhibition floor

15.45 - 17.45

Track 1: Automation experience

15.45 - 16.15

Session by Conclusion Xforce: Speed up your playbook development with Ansible Lightspeed - Room: Theatre

There are many success stories on how automation of configurations and updates minimized downtime and enhanced stability and maintainability. But how do you effectively and efficiently develop your Ansible playbooks? Meet Ansible Lightspeed and unleash the power of AI to help you write your playbooks faster.

Alex Bron,

Senior Consultant / Technical Coach at Conclusion Xforce

16.30 - 17.00

Red Hat expert session: Automating Network Security with Ansible - Unleashing the Power of Automation - Room: Theatre

This demo was inspired by a real use case of one of our customers who wanted to deliver Firewall as a Service to their customers. It showcases how you can fully automate your network security, from the infrastructure to network security provisioning, using the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform (AAP). using the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform (AAP). The demo starts by deploying multiple Fortinet virtual appliances on a cloud infrastructure: FortiGate, the firewall; FortiAnalyzer, the log analyzer; and FortiManager, the centralized Fortinet manager. After the initial deployment, each node is completely configured, namely setting network parameters, adding policy rules, interconnecting the Fortinet nodes to each other’s, and gathering facts about current configurations and status. All this automation is conveniently triggered from an ITSM Catalog entry in ServiceNow. Industry: technology, technical proficiency level: advanced.

Carlos Parada,

Senior Specialist Solution Architect at Red Hat

Track 2: Application development & modernization

15.45 - 16.15

Customer session: Schiphol - Advanced Cluster Security Cloud Service at Schiphol Airport - Room: Stage Entertainment Lounge

In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, speed and flexibility are not just luxuries but necessities. As businesses, especially critical infrastructures like airports, transition to hybrid cloud environments, the demand for comprehensive but adaptable security solutions becomes paramount. Join Jitse as he takes a closer look at Schiphol Airport's hybrid cloud environment and how Red Hat's new Advanced Cluster Security cloud service enables the rapid but uniform rollout of security standards across this hybrid landscape. Industry: transport, technical proficiency level: introductory / intermediate.

Jitse Klomp,

CTO Conclusion Xforce and Lead Engineer at Enabling Technologies, Schiphol Airport

16.30 - 17.00

Session by HCS Company: Dev to the Future - Room: Stage Entertainment Lounge

Improving Developer Experience by leveraging Platform Engineering.

Kasra Amirsarvari,

IT Consultant & Platform Engineer at HCS Company

17.10 - 17.40

Session by TTNL: Application modernization on IBM Power - Building a seamless hybrid cloud for critical workloads - Room: Stage Entertainment Lounge

Rapid changes in the world over the past few years are impacting IT in a profound way. IT strategies are shifting to serve an increasingly always-on world and, for many organizations, it has meant accelerating digital transformation efforts. Managing and modernizing critical processes and operations remain top priorities for IT leaders like you who want to find new ways to gain advantage and opportunity in a fluctuating environment.

Amela Peku,

Brand Technical Specialist, IBM

17.10 - 17.40

Red Hat expert session: JIO (Justitiele ICT Organisatie) - JIO's generic, multitenant container platform - Room: Theatre

Note: this talk will be given in Dutch.

Jan Kappert,


17.10 - 17.40

Session by Veeam: Kasten & Openshift Driving Data Resiliency - Room: 117

An Enterprise Container Platform Deserves Enterprise Ready Protection for Kubernetes Data As enterprises continue their transition to Kubernetes for faster and more agile application development, Red Hat OpenShift helps its customers reduce the complexity of building, deploying, running, and managing modern, containerized apps. As more mission critical workloads and stateful applications move to agile & hybrid compute environments, organizations benefit from the tight technical integrations between Kasten K10 & OpenShift that provide flexible, reliable, enterprise ready backup, disaster recovery and mobility for OpenShift application data. In this session we will show how Kasten K10 delivers Data Security, Data Recovery & Data Freedom that is required for mission critical Kubernetes application data.

Robert Drew,

Regional Sales Director, Veeam

Track 3: Cloud & infrastructure

15.45 - 16.15

Customer session: Ortec Finance - Leveraging Kepler Metrics in Managed OpenShift: Navigating towards Carbon-Aware Scheduling and Reporting - Room: 217

In this presentation, we introduce Sailfish, a high-performance computing framework built by Ortec Finance that operates natively on Kubernetes. Utilizing RedHat-supported operators like AMQ Broker and KEDA, Sailfish efficiently handles distributed computations on a container level. The framework harnesses the flexibility of public cloud providers for Virtual Machine provisioning. What sets the current work of Ortec Finance apart is its integration with Project Kepler metrics, enabling carbon-aware scheduling and reporting. Attendees will learn how combining Managed OpenShift with Kepler's environmental metrics can pave the way for more sustainable, efficient, and responsible computing operations. proficiency level: advanced.

Joris Cramwinckel,

Technologist at Ortec Finance

Mine Heck,

Account Executive at Red Hat

16.30 - 17.00

Red Hat expert session: Telco as an enabler for Edge Computing - Room: 217

Industry: telecommunications, topics: telecommunications, media, edge, edge computing, infrastructure.

Saurabh Ashtana,

Senior Solution Architect Telco at Red Hat

17.10 - 17.40

Red Hat expert session: RHEL for Developers - Room: 217

In the age of cloud computing and containers, why is linux still relevant and important to Developers? In this session we will take a look at what RHEL offers developers and how we can make sure that developers can deploy their applications to any location with the stability that RHEL provides. Industry: technology, topics: RHEL, development, containers, DevOps, audience: developers, DevOps Engineers, technical proficiency level: intermediate.

Ben Taljaard,

Account Solution Architect at Red Hat

Track 4: The business value of platform thinking

15.45 - 16.15

Red Hat expert session: The Power of Platforms - A user-centric approach to achieving business outcomes - Room: 117

Platforms provide the clutch between these competing pursuits and enable an organization to realize the benefits of success in both endeavors. Red Hat is an enterprise software company with an open source development model. We have been enabling organizations on their journeys of achieving positive business outcomes for over 30 years. Using practical, real world examples Stefan van Oirschot from Red Hat will be visiting key ingredients how a customer centric platform cuts across organizational structure and enables disparate teams to come together to collaborate on solutions. Industry: technology, topics: platform adoption, organisational structure, technical proficiency level: business-focused

Stefan van Oirschot,

Chief Digital Advisor at Red Hat

16.30 - 17.00

Dynatrace - Go beyond metrics and dashboard and get intelligent answers

How Dynatrace AI detects problems automatically, how Dynatrace can help you understand business impact and root cause analysis & how to do observability with Kubernetes/Openshift, Azure, AWS and GCP

Mark Gerards,

Solutions Engineer, Dynatrace

17.45 - 20.00

Closing Red Hat Summit: Connect 2023

Networking, drinks, food & music @ exhibition floor

Exclusive side tracks

Red Hat's Let's CODE

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IT Leaders roundtable: Security, Compliance & Innovation

We will bring together a selection of strategic decision makers from our key accounts, organizing a peer-to-peer conversation about open source and what that means for your strategy & transformation.
The session will be joined and moderated by a selection of high-level strategic experts at Red Hat, followed by a joint lunch. This track is for invitees only. Would you like to receive more information? Please contact your contact person at Red Hat in The Netherlands.

Demo Café

Not only will we share expertise on trending topics, we'll also show you what it's all about! Our Demo Café is open for everyone to join live demos throughout the day. Here's the Demo Menu we will serve!


Main sponsor





Conclusion is an IT service provider which operates as a builder of bridges between strategy, business, and technology. This company distinguishes itself thanks to the ecosystem comprising over 25 Dutch expert companies in the area of business transformation and IT services. Each of these companies holds a position of authority in their own area of expertise. Together, they supervise companies and governments ranging from mid-sized to large on their respective digital journeys to tomorrow. Conclusion takes on responsibility for mission-critical company processes and systems as well as company processes and systems that are vital to society, in the heart of Dutch society.




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HCS Company

HCS Company

HCS Company is the hybrid platform specialist of The Netherlands. We love open source! Nothing more, nothing less. Our focus? Containerisation, Automation and Observability. And it doesn’t stop at technology, we also help with enablement. Our 65+ specialists are passionate and purpose driven: helping our clients is in our DNA. Check our Open Source projects on Gitlab, especially the HCS OpenShift Installer! Openness is key. Together we deliver business value. Powered by teamwork!


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EDB provides enterprise-grade software and services that enable organizations to harness the full power of Postgres, the world’s leading open source database. EDB provides unmatched Postgres database expertise, and enables the same Postgres everywhere, including solutions for hybrid, self-managed private clouds, and EDB BigAnimal, a fully managed cloud database-as-a-service. EDB serves more than 1,500 customers globally, including leading government agencies, financial services, media and information technology companies. As the leading contributor to the vibrant and fast-growing Postgres community, EDB is committed to driving technology innovation. Through its solutions for high availability, reliability, security, 24x7 global support and advanced professional services, EDB empowers enterprises to control risk, manage costs and scale efficiently.


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Welcoming on our main stage

Marcel Timmer

Marcel Timmer

Red Hat

Marcel Timmer

Country Manager The Netherlands , Red Hat

Marcel Timmer is country director for Red Hat in The Netherlands, and is a specialized leader in information technology, digitalisation, innovation and business transformation. Before joining Red Hat, among other roles, Marcel worked as an innovation director for Microsoft and as an Enterprise Leader for AWS in The Netherlands.

Dinko Eror

Dinko Eror

Red Hat

Dinko Eror

Vice President EMEA Central Europe, Red Hat

Dinko Eror is the Vice President EMEA Central Europe at Red Hat. As a strategic leader with a clear vision on digital transformation, he has led multiple turnarounds to expand the growth and value of complex global businesses.

James Labocki

James Labocki

Red Hat

James Labocki

Senior Director of Product Management , Red Hat

As the Director of Product Management for solutions at Red Hat, James Labocki is responsible for ensuring Red Hat's global portfolio produces valuable solutions with a world class user experience.

Vincent Danen

Vincent Danen

Red Hat

Vincent Danen

Vice President of Product Security , Red Hat

Vincent Danen is the Vice President of Product Security at Red Hat. He joined Red Hat in 2009 and has been working in the security field, specifically around Linux, operating security and vulnerability management, for over 20 years.

Henning Eid

Henning Eid


Henning Eid

Director EMEA Software Partners , Intel

Henning Eid is leading the EMEA Software Partner Team and the SAP Team globally. Henning is a senior sales and marketing leader with more than 20-years’ experience, having worked with global IT companies, consumer electronics and telecommunications industries, as well as market makers in the area of Internet of Things (IOT). In his last assignment he led a major accounts sales team in the IOT business and executed transformational projects in industrial automation, energy and healthcare. Henning holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Business and Engineering.

Event venue

Date: October 4, 2023

Time: 08:00 - 18:00

Location: Beatrix Theatre,
Jaarbeursplein 6A,
3521 AL Utrecht,

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