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Red Hat Summit: Connect Zurich

2024年 1月 17日Zurich, SwitzerlandThe Hall Zurich
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RedHat team


08.00 - 09.30

Registration and coffee


Welcome and introduction

Richard Zobrist,

Country Manager Red Hat Switzerland


Innovate. Collaborate. Scale

Dinko Eror,

VP EMEA Central Region, Red Hat


The Power of Platform: Enabling Business Innovation without Compromises

The “AI moment” is here. So how can the business enable their most critical IT platforms to harness the power of AI, while still balancing new innovations and stability? How can Application Development teams be more productive, while working more closely with DevOps and Platform Engineering teams? How can we simplify and expand the use of automation across all of IT operations? How can we better manage scalable infrastructure across Data Center, Cloud and the Edge? And finally, how can we deliver a more secure, more trusted software across every aspect of the business, to drive new business opportunities? All of these questions, and many more, will be answered in this session. Join Red Hat leadership, customers and partners as we highlight the latest innovations, and how we can work together to unlock possibilities.

Stefanie Chiras,

SVP Partner Ecosystem, Red Hat

Chris Wright,

CTO, Red Hat

Steve Shakespeare,

EMEA Sales Director Enterprise & Government, Intel


Experiences from five years of OpenShift at Baloise

Dr. Alexander Bockelmann,

CTO, Baloise




Stronger Together

The Best of Both Worlds: How Microsoft and Red Hat are Revolutionizing Hybrid Cloud Panel Discussion

René Hürlimann,

STU Lead Microsoft Switzerland

Joseba Urzelai,

Lead Digital & Application Innovation, Microsoft Switzerland

Stefanie Chiras,

SVP Partner Ecosystem, Red Hat

Sandhya Prabhu,

Ecosystem Leader, Red Hat

Moderated by Benjamin Fisch,

Moderator/Reporter Blick TV


Industrial Edge: From Aspiration to Delivery

Bernhard Eschermann,

CTO Process Automation, ABB




It's getting cloudy here  (Track 1)

Exploring market trends and Red Hat’s technology strategy

Chris Wright,

CTO, Red Hat

Automation unleashed  (Track 2)

The next wave of automation with Red Hat Ansible: Roadmap & Strategy

Loic Avenel,

Product Management Ansible, Red Hat EMEA

Everything but Tech (Digital Leadership)  (Track 3)

Empowering decisions beyond technology

Stefanie Chiras,

SVP Partner Ecosystem Red Hat

Crafting Intelligent Applications with Quarkus  (Track 4)

Introduction to Quarkus/LangChain4j

Dimtris Andreadis,

Director Engineering, Quarkus/Cloud Native Runtimes, Red Hat


It's getting cloudy here  (Track 1)

Multi-Cluster Practice at Allianz: Automating the Future

This session demonstrates practical ways of dealing with the complexities of Multi-Cluster Management from scratch in disconnected environments, derived from experience at Allianz Technology, and using CNCF Open Source and Red Hat projects such as Advanced Cluster Management For Kubernetes, Quay, Submariner, Ansible, and ArgoCD.

Martin Villringer,

Product Owner Hybrid & Cloud, Allianz

Marco Voigt,

ICT-Systemingenieur, Allianz

Ricardo Lourenco,

Senior Consultant, Red Hat

Automation unleashed  (Track 2)

Automated Site-to-Site VPN deployments with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Palo Alto Networks

Dmitrij Bereschnoj,

Senior Network Security Engineer, SIX GROUP

Sylvain Chen,

Principal Consultant, Red Hat

Everything but Tech (Digital Leadership)  (Track 3)

A business view on the journey from self-managed OpenShift on AWS to managed (ROSA)

Helvetia - In this session you will see how Helvetia went from on prem classic dev and ops splitted application landscape to a fully managed container runtime hosted on AWS (ROSA). We will show what strategic decisions opened the way to dispose the on prem server landscape and host containerized applications in a self-managed Openshift cluster. Furthermore as a consequence of the strategic and business requirements we reduced the self-managed part by adopting ROSA as our standard cluster setup enabling Helvetia to roll out setups with a very small footprint in cost and management work without reducing security and data protection.

Björn Fischer,

Team leader Helvetia Container, Integration and Web Application Security Platforms

Crafting Intelligent Applications with Quarkus  (Track 4)

Empowering Enterprise Applications: A Practical Workshop on Infusing AI with Quarkus Unveiling the Potential - Integrating ChatGPT with Quarkus

Experience the hype: Learn to integrate ChatGPT into a Quarkus application seamlessly. Designing Interactions: Explore strategies for crafting meaningful interactions with large language models. AI Empowerment: Discover tools and techniques for providing robust control over AI within your applications.

Clement Escoffier,

Distinguished Engineer, Quarkus Team, Red Hat

Codrin Bucur,

AI Platform Specialist Solution Architect, EMEA, Red Hat

Lize Raes,

LangChain4j Team

Dimitris Andreadis,

Engineering Director, Quarkus/Cloud Native Runtimes, Red Hat


It's getting cloudy here  (Track 1)

Extending the cloud to your local data center - OpenShift on AWS Outpost

On the journey to the cloud, we faced a challenge of applications still requiring access to legacy systems and databases with low network latency. For such scenarios, AWS Outposts enables the use of modern cloud management approaches for on-premise computing infrastructure. In this presentation we will share our key learnings when rolling out AWS Outpost and deploying OpenShift Container Platform on top.

Jürg Gerber,

Senior Platform Engineer, SBB

Automation unleashed  (Track 2)

Ansible Off The Beaten Track

Leave the beaten track of Ansible and join this session where we explore some implemented and running projects, of which you might not think in the first place of using ansible automation platform. Leading in the direction of a process orchestration platform for process flows.

Steve Erzberger,

Head of IT, Frankfurter Bankgesellschaft (Schweiz) AG

Patrick Schläpfer,

Infrastructure Automation Engineer, Frankfurter Bankgesellschaft (Schweiz) AG

Everything but Tech (Digital Leadership)  (Track 3)

Revolutionising Digital Outcomes: The Power of InnerSource

This talk explores the transformative impact of InnerSource on digital outcomes, shedding light on collaborative development practices within organisations. By fostering an open-source culture within the enterprise, InnerSource accelerates innovation, improves code quality, and enhances cross-functional collaboration. Join us to uncover the key principles and case studies demonstrating how InnerSource can be a catalyst for agile, efficient, and impactful digital transformations.

Dean Clark,

Platform Catalyst, Red Hat

Crafting Intelligent Applications with Quarkus  (Track 4)

Augmented Generation - Extending Hosted LLMs with Local Documents

Shift gears: Explore another LLM and extend its capabilities using local documents. Retrieval Augmented Generation: Delve into one of the core patterns in AI usage, understanding the synergy between your data and LLM interactions.

Clement Escoffier,

Distinguished Engineer, Quarkus Team, Red Hat

Codrin Bucur,

AI Platform Specialist Solution Architect, EMEA, Red Hat

Lize Raes,

LangChain4j Team

Dimitris Andreadis,

Engineering Director, Quarkus/Cloud Native Runtimes, Red Hat


Coffee break


It's getting cloudy here  (Track 1)

The OpenShift Groove: Making Developers Dance

Join this session and experience the rhythm of optimized development with Red Hat's cohesive developer toolset. We will demonstrate an end-to-end workflow with Developer Hub, DevSpaces and Trusted Software Supply Chain, highlighting how integrated tools and smart guardrails can accelerate secure application development across the entire value chain.

Natale Vinto,

Developer Advocate Lead, Red Hat

Manuel Schindler,

Principal Architect, Red Hat

Automation unleashed  (Track 2)

EDA, Lightspeed and beyond!

In this live demo you will learn more about the new features of the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. What can be done today and what's planned for the future? You will see the generative AI capabilities of Ansible Lightspeed and see how Event-Driven Ansible will help you to build a modern automated IT infrastructure.

Christian Jung,

Principal Specialist Solution Architect, Ansible, Red Hat

Everything but Tech (Digital Leadership)  (Track 3)

How to master your usage of Open-source software: risks and benefits, as implemented at Lombard Odier

Every company relies on Open-source software, but few realize the risks and benefits of a solid Open-source strategy. This story is about the Open-source journey at Lombard Odier and our vision for the future.

Sébastien Pennec,

Head of Development Technical Architecture, Lombard Odier

Marco Torello,

Infrastructure Architect, Lombard Odier

Crafting Intelligent Applications with Quarkus  (Track 4)

OpenShift AI - Training and Hosting Your Own Model Part I

Harness the power of OpenShift AI and its MLOps capabilities: Learn how it facilitates the training and hosting of custom AI models (30 min).

Clement Escoffier,

Distinguished Engineer, Quarkus Team, Red Hat

Codrin Bucur,

AI Platform Specialist Solution Architect, EMEA, Red Hat

Lize Raes,

LangChain4j Team

Dimitris Andreadis,

Engineering Director, Quarkus/Cloud Native Runtimes, Red Hat


It's getting cloudy here  (Track 1)

Crunchy Data and SDX: Automating Postgres Deployment & Administration at Scale!

Discover the benefits of Crunchy Data Postgres for Kubernetes, a solution that enables the deployment and management of enterprise-scale Postgres databases on OpenShift. Learn how it acts as your virtual database administrator to implement a robust, secure, and scalable database architecture. Learn how it combines the strengths of OpenShift and Postgres to keep your database running smoothly, even if one component fails. Let us show you how to quickly and easily set up a Postgres cluster with high availability, disaster recovery capabilities and monitoring. Crunchy Data will be joined by SDX, a SIX company. SDX is the world’s first fully regulated stock exchange and central securities depository (CSD). SDX is revolutionizing the way financial markets operate, providing a seamless and secure platform for traders, broker-dealers, bankers, and corporations to explore the world of digital assets.

Oliver Küpfer,

Crypto storage & technology expert, SIX Digital Exchange

Karen Jex,

Senior Solutions Architect, Crunchy Data

Automation unleashed  (Track 2)

Next Generation Information Services @ SBB

GERMAN language

Daniel Gurtner,

Systemingenieur IT, SBB

Jürg Ritter,

Senior Consultant, Red Hat

Everything but Tech (Digital Leadership)  (Track 3)

Own your AI Strategy - Become a value creator with generative AI

Learn in this session what it takes to transform your company to become an AI Firestarter. We will discuss all ingredients you need as corporation to get control of your AI destiny. We'll cover the role of Foundation Models to drive your AI use cases, the different modes of AI consumption and how you plan to run cost effective AI with help of Red Hat based on your business data. Finally, we'll discuss how to establish a strong AI governance to run transparent and trustworthy AI for your business. Plan your future for AI!

Markus Danhel,

Principal Ecosystem Technical Sales Leader, IBM Switzerland

Mirza Ćutuk,

Junior Solution Architect, InnoBoost SA

Crafting Intelligent Applications with Quarkus  (Track 4)

OpenShift AI - Training and Hosting Your Own Model Part II

Practical Integration: Witness the integration of a custom model into a Quarkus application to complete the end-to-end narrative (30 min).

Clement Escoffier,

Distinguished Engineer, Quarkus Team, Red Hat

Codrin Bucur,

AI Platform Specialist Solution Architect, EMEA, Red Hat

Lize Raes,

LangChain4j Team

Dimitris Andreadis,

Engineering Director, Quarkus/Cloud Native Runtimes, Red Hat


Closing Keynote

Richard Zobrist,

Country Manager Red Hat Switzerland


Networking Apero


Main sponsor



Software defined, Silicon enhanced. Spanning more than 25 years, Intel and Red Hat’s long history of engineering achievements includes advanced software-defined infrastructure and industry-standard platforms that improve datacenter agility and flexibility. Together, Red Hat and Intel build agile, cloud-ready network architectures based on high-performance, industry-standard platforms and open, software-defined infrastructure Intel Privacy Notice.


Crunchy Data

Crunchy Data is a long time Red Hat global technology partner and allows companies to build with confidence as the leading provider of trusted, open source PostgreSQL and enterprise technology, support and training. We provide a number of products and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to leverage production-ready Postgres to meet requirements and exceed expectations.


In close collaboration with its 4,600 partner organizations, Microsoft Switzerland has been empowering Swiss corporations, SMEs, start-ups, schools and educational institutions as well as the public sector to achieve more for over 30 years. Microsoft operates its own data centers in Switzerland, which enable customers to store data locally and securely in the Swiss Microsoft Cloud. And in close cooperation with ETH Zurich and EPFL, Microsoft Switzerland conducts research and development in the Mixed Reality & AI Lab and in the Swiss Joint Research Center to advance Switzerland’s unique strengths through innovation, trust and education.

DTGBS (T-Security Switzerland)

T-Security Switzerland: With Security to Success. We believe in a secure digital future with maximum opportunities and minimum risk. In this world, we design tailored, end-to-end digital security for our customers. We identify threats at an early stage and offer comprehensive consulting, technological solutions and managed services. Our customers benefit from our in-depth industry knowledge with numerous use cases. At the heart of our monitoring is the integrated Cyber Defense & Security Operations Center (SOC). With more than 240 security specialists worldwide and 24/7 availability, we have a comprehensive view of the ever-changing threat landscape at all times.


NetApp is the intelligent data infrastructure company, combining unified data storage, integrated data services, and CloudOps solutions to turn a world of disruption into opportunity for every customer.


IBM is addressing the hybrid cloud and AI opportunity with a platform-centric approach, focused on providing client value through a combination of technology and business expertise. At IBM, we do more than work. We create. We create as technologists, developers, and engineers. We create with our partners and competitors. If you're searching for ways to make the world work better through technology and infrastructure, software and consulting, then we want to work with you. We're here to help every creator turn their "what if" into what is. Let's create something that will change everything!



As a Premier Partner, Adfinis AG maintains a very close partnership with Red Hat at all levels. We aim to accelerate IT processes, reduce dependencies, and promote innovation. At our locations in Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, and Australia, we employ a team of over 100 employees. They're characterized by many years of experience, expertise, and professionalism. While Red Hat delivers the tools, we provide engineering and operations expertise to implement a tailor-made solution together with your IT team.


Modern customer experiences need a flexible database platform that can power applications spanning from cloud to edge and everything in between. Couchbase’s mission is to simplify how developers and architects develop, deploy and run modern applications wherever they are. We have reimagined the database with our fast, flexible and affordable cloud database platform Capella, allowing organizations to quickly build applications that deliver premium experiences to their customers– all with best-in-class price performance. More than 30% of the Fortune 100 trust Couchbase to power their modern applications.


Cognizant is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, transforming clients’ business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our services include digital services and solutions, consulting, application development, systems integration, application testing, application maintenance, infrastructure services and business process services. Cognizant is designed to bring new levels, established organizations through the strategic application of the latest technics.



Dynatrace (NYSE: DT) exists to make the world’s software work perfectly. Our unified platform combines broad and deep observability and continuous runtime application security with the most advanced AIOps to provide answers and intelligent automation from data at an enormous scale. This enables innovators to modernize and automate cloud operations, deliver software faster and more securely, and ensure flawless digital experiences. That’s why the world’s largest organizations trust the Dynatrace® platform to accelerate digital transformation.


EDB provides enterprise-grade software and services that enable organizations to harness the full power of Postgres, the leading open source database. As the top contributor to Postgres, EDB’s database experts ensure extreme high availability, security, and 24x7 global support and services—on self-managed private cloud, self-managed public cloud or fully managed public cloud.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from 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.


Isovalent, founded by the creators of Cilium and co-maintainers of eBPF, builds open source software and enterprise solutions for cloud native service connectivity, security, and observability. Cilium is the choice of leading global organizations including Adobe, AWS, Bell Canada, Capital One, Datadog, Google, and many more. Isovalent is a globally distributed company with headquarters in both Cupertino (United States) and Zurich (Switzerland) and is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Google, Cisco, M12 (Microsoft's Venture Fund), and Grafana Labs.


NGINX, now a part of F5, Inc., is the company behind the popular open source project, NGINX. F5 NGINX delivers cloud-native, Kubernetes-friendly open source and enterprise solutions that drive mission-critical apps and APIs with scalability, visibility, security, and governance.

Puzzle ITC

Puzzle ITC has been an established software and technology company for more than two decades. Over 140 members realise challenging projects at its locations in Bern, Zurich, Basel and Tübingen (Germany). Software development, the company’s own user experience studio, and systems and container engineers work closely together to provide customers and partners with end-to-end support, from the initial idea to operation of the completed software solution. The focus is on open standards and technologies associated with the free operating system Linux and the container platform Kubernetes.

TD Synnex

"TD SYNNEX sits at the center of the Technology Partner Ecosystem. Our unique position gives us the opportunity to lead as a solutions aggregator and an ideas aggregator. Our Advanced Solutions portfolio enables channel partners to deliver complex IT solutions around the world. Our innovative approach and proven experience in the data center, software, cloud computing, converged, hyper-converged, mobility, analytics, security and IoT empower channel partners to deliver the end-to-end solutions their customers need to transform and remain competitive."


Veeam®, the #1 global market leader in data protection and ransomware recovery, is on a mission to empower every organization to achieve radical resilience through data security, data recovery, and data freedom for their hybrid cloud. The Veeam Data Platform gives IT and security leaders peace of mind that their apps and data are protected and always available. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in more than 30 countries, Veeam protects over 450,000 customers worldwide, who trust Veeam to keep their businesses running.



Camptocamp is a Swiss service company founded in 2001 in the field of Open Source software with great expertise in the areas of Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP), IT Management Systems and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our services include consulting, implementation, training, maintenance, support and R&D. In addition, Camptocamp has sophisticated competencies in consulting and sales of subscriptions for enterprise solutions in the Open Source environment, such as the Red Hat or Cilium portfolio.

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks is the world’s cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide next-gen cybersecurity to thousands of customers globally, across all sectors. Our best-in-class cybersecurity platforms and services are backed by industry-leading threat intelligence and strengthened by state-of-the-art automation. Whether deploying our products to enable the Zero Trust Enterprise, responding to a security incident, or partnering to deliver better security outcomes through a world-class partner ecosystem, we’re committed to helping ensure each day is safer than the one before.

Portworx by Pure Storage

Portworx is the #1 Kubernetes Data Platform to operate, migrate, and secure cloud native applications and stateful data services on any cloud or on-premise, with a few clicks. Portworx partners with Red Hat to simplify Kubernetes app and database operations, scalability, and protection across any environment.


serima Consulting offers a comprehensive range of services and in-depth industry knowledge in the areas of Cloud Management, IT Security as well as Monitoring and Service Assurance. We have been working loyally with most of our customers since our foundation in 2003. We provide full service along the entire IT service chain: from analysis, prototyping, software reselling, software development, software integration and project management to training, maintenance and support. The world is evolving quickly and steadily – so are we. We are future-oriented and enjoy finding solutions for tomorrow.



Accenture is a leading global professional services company that helps the world’s leading businesses, governments and other organizations build their digital core, optimize their operations, accelerate revenue growth and enhance citizen services—creating tangible value at speed and scale. Technology is at the core of change today, and we are one of the world’s leaders in helping drive that change, with strong ecosystem relationships. We combine our strength in technology and leadership in cloud, data and AI with unmatched industry experience, functional expertise and global delivery capability. We are uniquely able to deliver tangible outcomes because of our broad range of services, solutions and assets across Strategy & Consulting, Technology, Operations, Industry X and Song.


Axians Amanox, established in 2011, is a pioneering IT solutions provider specializing in tailored cloud services. From consulting to implementation and operational support, we offer comprehensive expertise in hybrid cloud platform and infrastructure as well as cloud native app development and operations. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as Red Hat OpenShift and Ansible, our enterprise cloud solutions ensure best performance, security and scalability, backed by a team of 30+ professionals. As part of Axians, we serve a diverse clientele, fostering seamless transitions to the cloud.


I-TRACING introduces Apalia's dedicated service offering in Cloud, Container, and Automation’s technologies. Across a comprehensive services portfolio spanning technical consultancy, engineering and cloud infrastructure managed services, we implement innovative solutions based on OpenShift platforms and other Red Hat solutions as a certified Red Hat Advanced Partner since 2018.

Event venue

Date: 17 January, 2024

Time: 09:00 - 20:00

Address: The Hall Zurich,
Hoffnigstrasse 1,
8600 Dübendorf,

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