NetApp Directions - Brussels

Constant Vanden Stockstadion, Brussels

22 March 2018

Join NetApp Directions - Brussels

Change the world with data!

Please join us for the 1st edition of NetApp Directions, NetApp’s premier customer event in Belgium. This year the event will focus on “Data Thrivers” and how data changes the world. Use your data to get valuable insights into your business and hear how the industry’s broadest data management portfolio can help you get a competitive advantage.

Why Attend?

  • Hear how Data Thrivers are attracting new customers and develop new revenue streams faster
  • Discuss about the challenges and opportunities of a Multi-Cloud solution
  • Understand how NetApp’s industry leading Next Generation Datacenter portfolio can help you meet the demands of increasing data growth

NetApp Directions offers great networking opportunities, NetApp and Partner expertise and technical insights from our experts. Our local NetApp teams are involved in the event planning and invitation process to ensure that you can make the connections that really matter to you. We tailor the agenda to current business trends and aim to provide unique insights that help you understand trends.

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Read the session descriptions here.

12.00 – 13.00

Registration & Walking Lunch

13.00 – 13.30

Thrive Through Digital Transformation
Alexander Wallner, Senior VP & General Manager EMEA @ NetApp

13.30 – 13.50

Digitalization everywhere: How the sports industry makes it real
Bert van der Auwera, Head of UEFA & EU Affairs, Match Ops & Digital Transformation and Stadium Dev. Lead @ RSCA

13.50 – 14.10

Unleash the Power of Microsoft Azure Intelligent Cloud through Azure & NetApp Data Fabric Integrations
Kristof Rennen and Geert van Teylingen @ Microsoft

14.10 – 14.30

Break– Sponsor & Demo Area

14.30 – 15.00

Enabling digital transformation: the intent-Based Data Center for a Multi-Cloud world
Stefano Testa, Data Center Sales Lead, EMEAR @ Cisco

15.00 – 15.30

Human Centric Innovation
Glenn Fitzgerald, CTO Product Business EMEIA @ Fujitsu

15.30 – 16.00

Break – Sponsor & Demo Area

16.00 – 16.30

EnCo: a toolbox for smart integration of your digital assets in cloud applications:
Robert Heyvaert, Strategy Manager @ Enterprise Business Unit/Strategy-growth-innovation @ Proximus

Modernize Data Protection: On-Premise and in a Multi-Cloud Era
Timothy Dewin, Senior System Engineer @ Veeam

What is a Next Generation Data Center?
Martin Cooper, Senior Director Worldwide Systems Engineering NGDC @ NetApp

16.30 – 17.00

Digital acceleration through multi-cloud strategies
Peter Snauweart, Business Development Manager @ Sentia

Keeping Control of your Data in a Multi-Cloud Environment
Peter Wuest, Sr. Director Emerging Solutions & Innovation Group EMEA @ NetApp

Are you ready for GDPR?
Dyon de Bruijne, Principle System Engineer @Commvault

17.00 – 17.30

Make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone!
Dominique Dessy, Senior Sales Engineer @ Splunk

NVMe – A Step into the Future
Georg Mey, Sr. Manager Solution Architects @ NetApp

OCI: An open Platform for on-premises and Hybrid Cloud Data Center Management
Ties Beekhuis, Software Solutions Consultant @ NetApp

17.30 – 20.00

Networking Drinks & Walking Dinner

Alexander Wallner

Alexander Wallner is Senior Vice President & General Manager EMEA of NetApp since 2016. In this position, he is responsible for all data management, distribution and marketing activities of NetApp in the EMEA markets. These include the countries of Europe with Russia / CIS, Turkey as well as the Middle East and Africa.

Bert van der Auwera

Bert van der Auwera

  • Head of UEFA & EU Affairs, Contract Management & Match Organisation | New Stadium Development Lead, RSC Anderlecht

Since May 2017, I became also responsible for the Digital Transformation team at RSC Anderlecht, overviewing all projects leading the club's automatisation and digital touchpoint efforts. In this role he represents RSCA at CIONET. Main contact of RSC Anderlecht at UEFA for match operations of UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League & UEFA Youth League; for all disciplinary cases (legal) & regulations; and for the UEFA programs. Lecturer and public speaker about digitalisation, sports management, sports law, economy & marketing and UEFA procedures and regulations.

Kristof Rennen

Kristof Rennen

  • Azure Program Manager, Microsoft

Kristof Rennen is Program Manager in the Microsoft Azure Storage team, with over 15 years of experience in software development, architecture and design. As program manager, Kristof manages large scale storage customers and owns the medical imaging strategy globally. Being in Cloud and Microsoft Azure for the past 7 years, his passion is building high quality, scalable and maintainable solutions, both on Microsoft and open source technology.

Geert van Teylingen

Geert van Teylingen

  • Global Black Belt Technology Solutions Professional, Microsoft

Empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, with data. Geert is a senior consultant with over 20 years of international experience in the Cloud & Data Management Industry. He helps define cloud and data management visions and strategies to set out innovative agendas for their customers’ futures, in order to improve their direction and success.

Stefano Testa

Stefano Testa

  • Data Center Sales Lead, EMEAR, Cisco

Stefano is currently responsible for Cisco’s Data Center business in EMEAR. He has held positions in engineering, product management, business development and sales, with a focus on innovation in the Data Center and Cloud.

Stefano holds a master in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Torino and Ecole Centrale Paris, and an Executive MBA from IESE business school in Barcelona.

Glenn Fitzgerald

Glenn Fitzgerald

  • CTO Product Business EMEIA, Fujitsu

Glenn joined ICL in 1979 as an apprentice and has worked for the company, now Fujitsu, throughout a varied career, during which he has gained expertise in a wide range of IT fields, including manufacturing and production test, hardware, software and firmware design, infrastructure implementation, project management and business and ITC architecture.

In his role Glenn is responsible for ensuring that the technologies utilised within Fujitsu are an optimum balance of capability and function, delivering industry leading coherent solutions that balance a supporting vision for clients’ varied businesses with the “art of the possible” at any point in time; technical feasibility, cost, timescales, risk and flexibility.

Robert Heyvaert

Robert Heyvaert

  • Strategy Manager @ Enterprise Business Unit/Strategy-growth-innovation, Proximus

As strategy manager, Robert is currently responsible for the Enabling Company (EnCo) initiative within Proximus. Next to contributing to the evolution of Proximus towards a digital services provider (DSP) the mission of EnCo consists of developing and marketing an API based platform facilitating their customers’ digital transformation, co-creation Initiatives and the creation of eco-system environments.

Dyon de Bruijne

Dyon de Bruijne

  • System Engineer, CommVault:

Dyon is the Principle System Engineer for the Benelux with over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry focused on enterprise data & information systems. He has a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of data management, advising partners and customers on best practice. Dyon is an advocate of cloud as a business-transforming technology, and currently spends much of his time on the data-related aspects of GDPR compliance. Never short of an opinion, Dyon is a regular speaker at events.

Peter Snauwaert Sentia

Peter Snauwaert

  • Business Development Manager, Sentia

As a trusted advisor by knowledge and experience, Peter consistently fulfilled roles on the crossroads of technology and business within startups and enterprise companies. At Sentia Belgium, he accelerates and enables medium and large enterprises to adopt the digital possibilities of the Cloud in a transparent and trustworthy way, allowing them to focus and continue to lead or differentiate in today’s multi-cloud world.

Peter will be talking about digital transformation, the growing dominance of cloud computing, multi-cloud strategy and their role in revolutionizing business models from a non-technological view.

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Timothy Dewin

  • Senior System Engineer, Veeam

Timothy is an IT professional with years of experience in the virtualization world. As a Senior Presales System Engineer for Veeam®, he has a technical background, but understands the bridge between technical and business needs. He is passionate for scripting and automation as well as for explaining technical items. That’s why he blogs.

You can find his easy-to-understand, yet thought-provoking posts at Add Timothy on Twitter to get all the updates on Veeam and automation: @tdewin Timothy contributes to and recognizes the importance of this community.

Domonique Dessy

Dominique Dessy

  • Senior Sales Engineer, Splunk

Dominique Dessy joined Splunk 3 years ago as a Specialist in Security and is a strong Splunk evangelist ever since. He plays a crucial role in advising Splunk customers, partners and co-workers in their journey of Operational Excellence.

Martin Cooper

Martin Cooper CITP FBCS

  • Senior Director, Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit. NetApp

Martin Cooper is Senior Director, Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit at NetApp. Martin is responsible for all technical go to market activities aligned to NetApp’s CIBU portfolio through the global NetApp sales organisation, network of distributors, alliances and partners.

An experienced executive with broad international experience, working with both technology start-ups and established technology vendors. Most recently prior to acquisition by NetApp in 2016, founding SolidFire's International business and as Senior Director Field Engineering.

As an IT practitioner Martin spent 17 years at the international design consultancy Arup. Where he held various leadership roles with international responsibility, including Global Operations Director and Chief Technology Officer.

Martin is a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a Fellow of the British Computing Society.

Peter Wuest

Peter Wuest

  • Senior Director Emerging Solutions and Innovation Group EMEA, NetApp

Since April 2016, Peter Wuest leads NetApp's cross-functional organization tasked to match businesses' data management challenges with the right business solutions in the newly established role of Director Emerging Solutions and Innovation Group EMEA. Peter's team focusses on four key industry areas: cloud architecture; converged infrastructure with flash for SAP, Microsoft or VMware; software-defined solutions and emerging technologies, including solutions for the Internet of Things, DevOps, analytics platforms, and new consumption models delivered via service providers, hyperscalers, or through the cloud.

In his previous position as Director Cloud @ Alliance CEMA, Peter Wuest was responsible for strategic alliances with manufacturers and global system integrators, as well as cloud and service provider strategy. He joined NetApp in 2001 as Systems Engineer, before leading the company's technical sales team in Germany.

Georg Mey

Georg Mey

  • Senior Manager Solution Architects, NetApp

Being already 30 years in the IT business including 10 years of storage background Georg Mey joined NetApp in 2007 as Solution architect for core ONTAP, Performance and SAN. With the introduction of NetApp’s All-Flash-Arrays Georg did become the subject matter expert for flash solutions and technology. Since April 2017 Georg leads the Solution Architect team in EMEA.

Ties Beekhuis

Ties Beekhuis

  • Software Solutions Consultant, NetApp

Ties Beekhuis is Solution Consultant for NetApp Cloud Data Services. Before starting at NetApp he held the position of CTO at Proact Benelux and Head of Cloud Infrastructure for Proact IT Group. He has many years of experience as consultant in the IT market and closely follows the latest developments around technology and innovation. Especially how these developments could be used to solve problems in the B2B market. Beekhuis is an expert in hybrid cloud solutions, information management, storage, virtualization, disaster recovery and managed cloud services. Before NetApp he has worked at Proact, SCC, Getronics and NEC Computers.

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