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Red Hat Forum United Kingdom 2018


  • 9 de outubro de 2018
  • London, UK
  • Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel

Great things happen when people and ideas come together.

Join us online for the UK & Ireland breakout sessions
during Red Hat Forum EMEA 2020 on November 3.

Presentations from Red Hat Forum UK 2018


Red Hat - Digital Transformation: The Open Organisation - Werner Knoblich & Ashesh Badani

Microsoft - How Red Hat and Microsoft Hit Refresh - Nick Wallace

Accenture - Intelligent Enterprise Unleashed - Jon Hammant

Kingfisher - Omni-channel to Customer First - Ben Briden


NuoDB - Unleash the Power of Distributed SQL Database Inside OpenShift - Mark-Jones

Public Health England - Use of Open Source Technologies to Deliver Modern Public Health Services - F Giannoccaro

Red Hat - OpenShift and CoreOS Futures - Chris Milsted

Red Hat - The Beauty of the Container Revolution - Ian Lawson

Red Hat - The X Steps to Container Excellence - Ben Holmes


DevoTeam - DevOps at Scale - Graham Zabel

Red Hat - Agile Not Fragile Integration - Phil Prosser

Red Hat - Don't Worry Be API - Waqaas Kausar

Red Hat - The Goldfish Conundrum - Alex Groom & Ronald Meuwsen


Atos - Seamless Smart Cities Deployment - Chris Baynham-Hughes

Paddy Power Betfair - Running and maintaining Paddy Power Betfairs OpenStack Cloud - Thomas Andrew

Red Hat - OpenShift on OpenStack - Patrick Harrison

Red Hat - Swansea Uni - Why Smart Orgnisations No Longer Procure Storage - Kurt Keifer & Simon Thompson

Red Hat - The OS Matters, Why the OS Should be at the Core of Your Cloud Strategy - Adrian Keward


AVI Networks - AVI Vantage for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Environments - Amrik Jalif

Black Duck - Open Source Security in DevOps - Boris Cipot

Dynatrace - The Autonomous Journey with OpenShift - Manuel Wallnöfer

Estafet - When DevOps meets Machine Learning - Steve Ross-Talbot


Red Hat - Making Your On-prem Infrastructure Look and Feel Like the Cloud - Sam Marland

Red Hat - Prevent the Zombie Apocalypse with Automation - Matt York

Red Hat - Red Hat Insights Machine Learning in Action - Phil Griffiths

Red Hat - Serverless Hyper or Reality - James Allen


CYBG - Engineering The Bank - Steven O'Day & Phil Ollenbuttel

HPE - Build your on-premises container platform at cloud like speed and scale with HPE Synergy - Dean Lidstone & Jason White

Red Hat - Building Smarter, Safer and More Productive Highways - Mark Sutton

Red Hat - Headless eCommerce - Iain Boyle

Red Hat - Using OpenShift is better than Building Kubernetes - Ed Seymour


Red Hat - Addressing Transformation Challenges - Infrastructure Migration Solution - K Stevens

Red Hat - Blockchain, IoT and AI - Pretty Maids all in a Row - Martin Percival & Bruno Ciscato

Red Hat - Building the Business Case for App Modernisation - Chris Towndrow

Red Hat - FSI Customer Panel Discussion - Chris Milsted

Red Hat - Open Source Cultural Change - Graeme Colman


Come with questions. Leave with ideas.

Open source is collaborative curiosity. It’s about a culture with a desire to connect and the technologies to do it. Yet what draws our attention isn’t the technology alone; it’s what we can do with it. It gives us the platform for imagination, a focal point to collectively push for new possibilities.

Automation, AI, machine learning--these are a gift we gave ourselves, the luxury of reclaimed time to wonder. To ask not only “What if?” but also “What for?” and “With whom?”

Red Hat Forums are the place for these questions, a gathering of the curious, an arena of ideas to reinvent what we have and to dream of what we might. So join us in London - come with questions, leave with ideas.

Look forward to:

  • Keynote presentations on industry trends
  • Detailed technological implementation sessions
  • Conversational sessions with industry experts
  • Learning from customer references
  • Live demos

See what our attendees had to say at Red Hat Forum 2017


*Agenda subject to change

08:15 Registration & Coffee
09:15 Welcome
Martin Lentle, UKI MD - Red Hat
09:20 Digital transformation & the open organization ▾
Werner Knoblich, SVP and GM, EMEA & Ashesh Badani, VP and GM, OpenShift PaaS - Red Hat
10:00 How Red Hat & Microsoft Hit Refresh ▾
Nick Wallace, Director, Azure Open Source Strategy - Microsoft
10:20 Explore, Think, Do ▾
Rob Hart, Group IT Modernisation Programme Director - BP
10:40 Coffee Break & Networking
Partner Exhibition & Red Hat Lounge
11:10 Intelligent Enterprise ▾
Jon Hammant, DevOps UKI Lead - Accenture
11:35 Omni-channel to customer first – Kingfisher’s digital transformation journey from the inside ▾
Ben Briden, Enterprise Architect - Kingfisher IT
12:00 Lunch & Networking  |  Silver Sponsor Silent Theatre
Partner Exhibition & Red Hat Lounge
 Cloud Native track ▾
13:00 The Beauty of the Container Revolution ▾
Ian 'Uth' Lawson, Principal Domain Solution Architect - Red Hat
13:40 Room change
13:45 Unleash the power of a distributed SQL database inside your OpenShift instance ▾
Mark Jones, Solutions Architect - NuoDB
14:25 Room change
14:30 PHE's use of open-source technologies to deliver modern public health services ▾
Francesco Giannoccaro, Head of HPC and Infrastructure - Public Health England
15:10 Coffee Break & Networking  |  Silver Sponsor Silent Theatre
Partner Exhibition & Red Hat Lounge
15:40 The X steps to container excellence ▾
Ben Holmes, Senior Solution Architect - Red Hat
16:20 Room change
16:25 OpenShift Futures (CoreOS integration and more) ▾
Chris Milsted, Principal Solution Architect - Red Hat

 Agile Integration track ▾
13:00 Building Innovation 1 image at a time ▾
Paul McDonald, Platforms Community Manager and Dipesh Patel, Senior Engineer - PAAS PSG - Deutsche Bank
13:40 Room change
13:45 Agile (not fragile) Integration ▾
Phil Prosser, Senior Solution Architect - Red Hat
14:25 Room change
14:30 DevOps at Scale ▾
Graham Zabel, Head of DevOps - DevoTeam
15:10 Coffee Break & Networking  |  Silver Sponsor Silent Theatre
Partner Exhibition & Red Hat Lounge
15:40 Don't worry, be API ▾
Waqaas Kausar, Senior Solution Architect - Red Hat
16:20 Room change
16:25 The Goldfish Conundrum - Keeping up with Changing Mobile Customer Engagements ▾
Alex Groom, Senior Specialist Solution Architect - Red Hat

 Hybrid Cloud track ▾
13:00 Seamless Smart City deployment from Atos and Red Hat ▾
Chris Baynham-Hughes, UK Head of DevOps & RedHat Emerging Technology - Atos
13:40 Room change
13:45 Why Smart Organisations No Longer Procure Storage ▾
Kurt Keifer, Storage Solution Specialist - Red Hat and Simon Thompson, Head of IT - Swansea University /
14:25 Room change
14:30 The OS Matters - Why the OS should be at the core of your cloud strategy ▾
Adrian Keward, Principal Solution Architect - Red Hat
15:10 Coffee Break & Networking  |  Silver Sponsor Silent Theatre
Partner Exhibition & Red Hat Lounge
15:40 Running and Maintaining our OpenStack Cloud ▾
Thomas Andrew, Head of Cloud Automation & Adrian Miron, Senior Infrastructure Engineering Manager - Paddy Power Betfair
16:20 Room change
16:25 OpenShift on OpenStack - Inception ▾
Patrick Harrison, Solution Architect - Red Hat

 Automation & Management track ▾
13:00 Making your on-prem infrastructure look and feel like the cloud ▾
Sam Marland, Solution Architect - Red Hat
13:40 Room change
13:45 Serverless - Hype or Reality ▾
James Allen, Solution Architect - Red Hat
14:25 Room change
14:30 Prevent the Zombie Apocalypse with Automation ▾
Matt York, Senior Solution Architect - Red Hat
15:10 Coffee Break & Networking  |  Silver Sponsor Silent Theatre
Partner Exhibition & Red Hat Lounge
15:40 Red Hat Insights - Machine learning in action ▾
Phil Griffiths, Senior Solution Architect - Red Hat
16:20 Room change
16:25 Containerise and automate the database on OpenShift with the Couchbase Data Platform ▾
Tom Green, Senior Solutions Architect - Couchbase

 Disruptive track ▾
13:00 Building Smarter, Safer and More Productive Highways, Looking Towards a Future of Connected Cars ▾
Mark Sutton, Senior Solution Architect - Red Hat
13:40 Room change
13:45 Headless eCommerce - Transforming eCommerce with OpenShift ▾
Iain Boyle, Senior Solution Architect - Red Hat
14:25 Room change
14:30 Using Kubernetes is better than Building Kubernetes ▾
Ed Seymour, Containerisation Lead, EMEA - Red Hat
15:10 Coffee Break & Networking  |  Silver Sponsor Silent Theatre
Partner Exhibition & Red Hat Lounge
15:40 Build your on-premises container platform at cloud like speed and scale with HPE Synergy ▾
Jason White – UK&I Synergy & OneView Presales & Dean Lidstone – UK&I Red Hat Alliance Presales - HPE
16:20 Room change
16:25 Engineering the Bank - designing, delivering and maintaining an Operational Platform ▾
Steven O'Day, Lead Technology Consultant - Platform Engineering - CYBG

 Business track ▾
13:00 Application Modernisation - Building the business case ▾
Chris Towndrow, App Dev Specialist - Red Hat
13:40 Room change
13:45 Cultural Change - helping innovation through building diverse open source focused teams ▾
Graeme Colman, Principal Solution Architect - Red Hat
14:25 Room change
14:30 FSI Customer Panel: Why business are commiting to OpenSource projects
Moderated by Chris Milsted, Principal Solution Architect - Red Hat
15:10 Coffee Break & Networking  |  Silver Sponsor Silent Theatre
Partner Exhibition & Red Hat Lounge
15:40 How to Overcome 2 Common Challenges to Digital Transformation ▾
Karl Stevens, Business Development Manager - Red Hat
16:20 Room change
16:25 Blockchain, IoT and AI - pretty maids all in a row? ▾
Martin Percival, Solutions Architect Manager & Bruno Ciscato, Senior Solutions Architect - Red Hat

17:05 Drinks Reception & Networking
Exhibition Spaces & Red Hat Lounge


New to Forum this year, our Silver Sponsors will be delivering 15 minute presentations on a variety of topics during the breaks and lunch.

10:45 - 11:00
Open Source Security in DevOps ▾
Boris Cipot, Senior Sales Engineer - Synopsys

12:05 - 12:20
How OpenShift, Ansible and Dynatrace enable autonomous enterprise clouds ▾
Manuel Wallnöfer, EMEA Solution Sales Director for Enterprise Cloud - Dynatrace

12:25 - 12:40
In the transition from on-premise, to hybrid, multi, and now poly cloud;
how the ADC goes from an infrastructure component, to a critical enabling technology ▾

Amrik Jalif, Regional Sales Manager - Avi Networks

12:45 - 13:00
Managing Your Hybrid cloud-hosted Paas to optimise costs and maximise availability ▾
Conor Brankin, CEO - Crossvale Europe Ltd

15:15 - 15:30
When DevOps meets Machine Learning ▾
Steve Ross-Talbot, CTO - Estafet


Training & Services Pod
Come around our Training & Services Pod and engage with our Delivery and Training Experts to obtain updates about the most current technology practices in the market and our Certifications Curriculum with our different Training modality Options. They will assess your technology needs and offer you a high-value approach.

Red Hat Design Sprint in action
The Red Hat Design Sprint is a 5 day process where Red Hat works with our customers to clearly define their business problems, and through design and prototyping, produce intuitive, user friendly applications capable of solving critical business use cases.

Challenge an Expert
You bring your problem; we’ll bring the experts, whiteboards and pens. Building on the successful Services ‘Ask the Expert’ from Forum two years ago, this year Red Hat Consulting would like to offer the opportunity to challenge the Red Hat team to solve or sanity check your current business or IT challenge.

Leverage the experience of our resident consultants, who will share with you their disruptive methodology to manage innovation and digital transformation the open way. Express your creativity and show you agile development skills in our Open Innovation Labs Lego city.

Visit CE&E in the Customer Zone for FEEDBACK and play ENGAGE

The Customer Experience and Engagement (CE&E) team is available to answer questions about Red Hat subscription value, including the Red Hat Customer Portal and its expansive knowledgebase, the certification ecosystem, the Red Hat Product Security team, committed product lifecycles, and our technical and automated support services. Visitors can also learn more about special escalations paths, collaborative support, and relationship management for strategic accounts.


Watch our live Illustrator from visually narrate the conversations and key topics at Forum. This is a an interactive experience, so please say hello and suggest topics to be added.


Integration, application modernisation, devops, digital transformation - you can play buzzword bingo all day and get no closer to a genuine answer. Step into the Solutions Zone to watch real Red Hat products in action and discuss your own needs with our experts, before the buzzword apocalypse hits your business!


Inspiring the next generation of technologists has never been so important as we continue our digital journey - drop by the stand to chat with our team of Interns, Graduates and STEM ambassadors to hear what Red Hat is supporting and hear from you about your company initiatives.


Virtualising network functions, automating networks, building open hybrid cloud infrastructure and why telcos should start preparing for containerisation. Stop by the Telco booth at any time to discuss your needs with our Telco experts.


Werner Knoblich

Werner Knoblich,
Senior vice president and general manager, EMEA, Red Hat

Werner Knoblich is responsible for developing and executing Red Hat’s business strategy across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). His primary focus is on sales, marketing, and services. Since joining Red Hat in 2003, Werner has led the EMEA region to consistently exceed financial targets and deliver innovative solutions to overcome customer business challenges in both established and emerging markets. Prior to joining Red Hat, Knoblich spent more than 6 years working in the IT asset management sector for MainControl and MRO in the United States. Knoblich began his sales career working for USU Softwarehaus in Germany.


Ashesh Badani,
Vice president and general manager, OpenShift PaaS, Red Hat

Ashesh Badani is responsible for Red Hat's OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) business unit. He previously oversaw product line management and marketing for the Red Hat® JBoss® Middleware portfolio. Prior to joining Red Hat, Badani served as director of product management and product marketing of integration and application platform products at Sun Microsystems and has more than 15 years of experience in the technology and finance industries working for established and emerging companies. Badani received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Nick Wallace

Nick Wallace,
Director, Azure Open Source Strategy, Microsoft

Nick is the Open Source lead for Microsoft UK where he is responsible for driving adoption of Linux and Linux based workloads on Azure for Microsoft UK.Nick is responsible for overall Open Source strategy at Microsoft UK across partner, sales, marketing and solutions architecture. Prior to this, Nick heldvarious technical and management positions in Internet companies over his 21 year career, most recently in account management positions within theMicrosoft Azure team and previously at Amazon Web Services & Dimension Data.

Rob Hart

Rob Hart,
Group IT Modernisation Programme Director, BP

Rob joined BP in 2006 from PA Consulting Group, where he lead IT-enabled change programmes across a range of public and private sector organisations. Over the past 12 years he has held a wide range of roles within BP’s IT function, including responsibility for IT operations for the US Retail and Global Lubricants businesses – and establishing BP’s new Advance Mobility Unit, focusing on developing new business models for the Downstream businesses. In 2018 Rob was appointed Modernize IT Programme Director, and is now leading the delivery of BP’s IT Vision 2020 through its Modernize IT programme.

Jon Hammant

Jon Hammant,
DevOps UKI Lead - Accenture

Jon Hammant Managing Director at Accenture managing the UK & Ireland Enterprise Transformation DevOps Group helping clients and Accenture via Advisory and Embedded consulting, as well as running the internal DevOps tooling for Accenture. In additional Jon is responsible for large scale cloud transformation at are largest FS customers. Before moving into consulting Jon has extensive experience in the FS space, including Head of Infrastructure, Senior Technical, Low-Latency Lead & Technical Architect. Prior to this he worked in the Egaming Infrastructure space.

Ben Briden

Ben Briden,
Enterprise Architect - Kingfisher IT

Ben is an Enterprise Architect for Kingfisher Digital with more than 20 years’ experience in IT and 10 years in the retail industry. For the past 4 years he has been straddling the business/IT divide to help drive a strategic shift that enables Kingfisher to deliver a sustainable digital platform that meets the ever-evolving internal and external customer demands. Prior to joining Kingfisher in 2013 he had a varied career in IBM; from his early days in development through to a range of client engagement roles.

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Couchbase's mission is to be the data platform that revolutionizes digital innovation. To make this possible, Couchbase created the world's first Engagement Database to help deliver ever-richer and ever more personalized customer and employee experiences. Built with the most powerful NoSQL technology, the Couchbase Data Platform was architected on top of an open source foundation for the massively interactive enterprise. Our geo-distributed Engagement Database provides unmatched developer agility and manageability, as well as unparalleled performance at any scale, from any cloud to the edge.

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Our 100+ Red Hat professionals, which include 46 experts certified in EMEA, offer considerable expertise in DevOps, cloud and middleware.

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NuoDB’s distributed SQL database helps enterprise organizations overcome the complex challenges faced when trying to move enterprise-grade, transactional applications to the cloud.

For technical organizations determined to adopt a distributed, cloud-first strategy through hybrid-cloud, container-native, microservice and other modern architectures, NuoDB is the only solution offering flexibility, without sacrificing performance, SQL dependency and availability.

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Avi Networks delivers Intent-Based Application Services including a Software Load Balancer, Intelligent Web Application Firewall (iWAF) and Elastic Service Mesh. The Avi Vantage Platform automates intelligence and elasticity across any cloud to ensure a fast, scalable, and secure application experience. Customers enjoy 90% faster provisioning and 50% lower TCO.

Organizations worldwide use Black Duck Software’s industry-leading products to automate the processes of securing and managing open source software, eliminating the pain related to security vulnerabilities, open source license compliance and operational risk.

Crossvale was founded in 2011, focusing on business process management and integration. Today, we have grown and expanded into a results-driven business where we help our customers modernise using cutting-edge platforms.

Dynatrace makes it easy and simple to monitor and run the most complex, hyper-scale multi-cloud ecosystems. Purpose built for today’s enterprises, Dynatrace is the only AI-powered, full stack and completely automated monitoring solution that provides deep insight (answers, not data) into every user, every transaction, across every application. That’s why the world’s leading brands, including 79 of the Fortune 100, trust Dynatrace to optimize customer experiences, innovate faster and modernize IT operations with absolute confidence.

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Computacenter is a leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services, enabling users and their business in a digital world. Our hybrid IT solutions help drive business growth while controlling costs.

InfluxData, the creators of InfluxDB, delivers a modern Open Source Platform built from the ground up for analyzing metrics and events (time series data) for DevOps and IoT applications.

Made Tech's mission is to improve software delivery in every organisation. We build software delivery capabilities, deliver digital & technology, and run live services for ambitious and forward-thinking teams.

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As a Red Hat Premier Partner, Tier 2 Consulting provides accredited skills and services supporting customer implementations of key Red Hat® Middleware technologies – JBoss EAP, Fuse and Process Automation Manager.

UKCloud is dedicated to helping the UK Public Sector, by delivering more choice and flexibility through safe and trusted cloud technology.

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