Hitachi Vantara Forum November 28 2018


Dear Participant,

We are excited to invite you to our 8 Hitachi Vantara Forum in Copenhagen, taking place at Radisson Blu Scandinavia, November 28.

Together with our customers and partners we have put together an agenda that will take you on a journey into modernizing your data center, Big Data analytics, AI as well as Smart Spaces and IoT.

As a keynote speaker we are pleased to introduce CTO & Customer Advocacy, Tom Christensen, to talk about how Analytics drives the Future Business Outcome.

Hitachi Vantara Forum is the conference where you get to hear Hitachi Vantara customers talk about their different business scenario´s and which solution helped their business.

Customers feedback from previous Hitachi Vantara Forum´s has indicated an increasing interest in a technical track, and we are happy to let you know that this will be included this year.

We have asked our VP of Solution Engineering, Wael Elrifai to share his experiences working in the IoT and AI spaces, covering complexities, pitfalls, and opportunities to explain why innovation isn’t just good for business—it’s a societal imperative.

We will demonstrate new Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence solutions for the public and private sector. Learn how Video Analytics with machine learning gets data insight and experience how it works in our day-to-day environment.

Why attend?

  • Get the newest information on trends and directions in the IT business.
  • Learn how analytics can truly impact business outcome, through utilizing technologies such as AI, IoT and Machine Learning
  • Learn how other customers have digitalized their business.
  • See how to reinvent your business - even if it wasn't born in the cloud.
  • Understand how your industry peers are gaining advantage from their data.
  • Gain insights on how to innovate in the digital revolution.
  • Find how connecting operational technologies and IT can help your company succeed.
  • How video intelligence can impact smart spaces in public and private sectors

Who should attend:

  • Business Leaders
  • IT Operation
  • Service Providers
  • Digital Managers
  • Solution Architects

We look forward to welcoming you at Hitachi Vantara Forum!

Kind regards,
The Hitachi Vantara Forum Team


Radisson Blu Scandinavia
Amager Blvd. 70
2300 København

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Time Topic
08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome to Hitachi Vantara Forum 2018
Merete Søby, Managing Director, Hitachi Vantara
09:05 - 09:20 Digital Disruption in Business
Merete Søby, Managing Director, Hitachi Vantara
09:20 - 10:00 Analytics Drives the Future Business Outcome
Brad Surak, Chief Product and Strategy Officer

Brad Surak joins Hitachi Vantara with over 25 years of success in digital transformation, general management, product and solution development, software engineering and operations across multiple industries and geographies.

He has demonstrated success in driving global digital transformations that deliver top-line growth and productivity. Prior to joining Hitachi, Surak led the formation of GE Digital, a General Electric business, and served as chief operating officer. An “intra-preneur,” Surak comes with a proven history in building successful businesses within large multinational companies such as SAP and Business Objects.

He has also held executive positions with DayNine, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Ernst & Young’s technology practice.
10:00 - 10:45 IoT and AI for good
Wael Elrifai, Artificial Intelligence & IOT; VP of Solution Engineering (EMEA & APAC)

Wael Elrifai shares his experiences working in the IoT and AI spaces, covering complexities, pitfalls, and opportunities to explain why innovation isn’t just good for business—it’s a societal imperative.
10.45 - 11.05 Break with refreshments
11:05 - 11:30 Learn how Statens IT are providing file services to their customers with a secure and on-premise solution
Britt Brink-Pedersen, IT Driftspartner, Statens IT
11:30 - 11:55 How to handle Identity and access management on-premises and in the cloud
Sape Winterberg, Senior Channel Executive, EMEA - Hitachi ID

The Hitachi ID Suite is an integrated solution for identity administration and access governance. It streamlines and secures the management of identities, security entitlements and credentials across systems and applications, on-premises and in the cloud.

Organizations deploy the Hitachi ID Suite to strengthen controls, meet regulatory and audit requirements, improve IT service and reduce IT operating cost.
11:55 - 12:20 Next generation data driven business model
Jesper Kildegaard Poulsen, Head of Engineering, NETS / Smart Payment
12.25 - 13.10 Lunch in the exhibition area
13:10 - 14:50 Breakouts - Track 1, Track 2 & Track 3
14:50 - 15:10 Coffee Break
15:10 Back to main session
15:10 - 15:40 Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence in real life.
Mark Bouldin, Hitachi Vantara

When population shifts, and security threats are evolving, the need for innovative thinking increases. Optical sensors create enormous amounts of data, and used in combination with other data sources, they may give your insight for optimizing your business, and improving procedures and safety.
For example, enhancing security in airports and other public areas within our towns and cities. Imagine if you can predict abnormal behavior and prevent major incidents from happening

  • Learn how Video Analytics can be used in the Public Sector, and what business goals can be achieved
  • Blend your data for one single view for IoT, video, and analytics data
  • Use machine learning to get insights and alerts from the most under-utilized source of data today - optical sensors (video)
  • Gain new and improved insight for security, safety and operation
  • See how it works in reality! Our demonstration will pull together the topics covered during the presentations.
15:40 - 16:05 Digital Intelligence - Object Intelligence
16:05 - 16:25 Wrap up and prize draw
Merete Søby, Managing Director, Hitachi Vantara
16:25 - Refreshments and mingling
Track 1. Infrastructure Modernization
13:10 - 13:35 Hitachi Vantara IT Infrastructure Directions
Tom Christensen, CTO & Customer Advocacy - Northern EMEA, Hitachi Vantara

UCP/Server/storage/management software (Flash, NVMe, Compression & dedupe + software)
13:35 - 14.00 Data Protection – More Than Just Backup
Finn Henningsen, Information Management Presales Consultant, Veritas

Finn Henningsen is currently working for Veritas in Denmark as a Presales Specialist focusing on the Backup & Recovery portfolio. He has been with Veritas since 2007 and has over the years had various other presales roles both in Denmark and abroad.
14:00 - 14:25 Commvault - From Information Technology to Data Technology and Beyond
14:25 - 14:50 Fibre Channel Technology, The dominant protocol for today’s and next gen flash storage systems equipped with new business automation features
Paul Fowler, Senior Technical Consultant, Broadcom

Poul Fowler has 30+ years industry experience in the fields of Storage and, in the past 15 years, Storage Networking.

Broadcom’s Brocade Storage Networking (BSN) solutions unleash the full potential of today's Flash technology and pave the way for the next generation of Flash storage based on NVMe. Why FC-NVMe and Automation, what have they got to offer, are you ready?
Discover why is it so important, learn why using FC-NVMe is the right choice that will dramatically improve the way you access your data whilst Automation is going to transform your management and visibility of the fabrics.
Track 2. Data Intelligence, analytics and cloud
13:10 - 13:35 Intelligent Data Governance for Compliance
Carsten Braagaard, Solutions Consultant - Data Intelligence, Hitachi Vantara

In this session you will learn how Hitachi Content Intelligence (HCI) is used as a full-fledged search and data processing solution. HCI handles all steps in making data searchable for compliance purposes - regardless of where data lives or what formats it's in. Use cases and real-life examples will be presented to showcase the data governance and compliance capabilities of HCI.
13:35 - 14:00 Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Service
Neil Lewis, Cloud Services Strategist, Hitachi Vantara

Bring the flexibility from the public cloud into the Data Center with a IT as a Service, as Hybrid Cloud or Private Cloud.
14:00 - 14:25 To the Cloud and back in 30 minutes.
Robert Jensen, Senior Cloud Management Specialist, VMware

Learn how to enable your own private cloud with full automation, while consuming public clouds without sacrificing compliance, agility, cost etc.
We will show you, how VMware can help you to get started easily.
14:25 - 14:50 Big Data-Driven Business Innovation
Wael Elrifai, Artificial Intelligence & IOT; VP of Solution Engineering (EMEA & APAC) Pentaho

This presentation will explore data gathering techniques, tools, and analysis processes in the business innovation process. By way of example, the presentation will outline the stages of planning, designing, and delivering behind one of today’s most popular business innovation use cases for IoT – a predictive maintenance system.

It will also reveal the different areas in which businesses gain value (and cost savings) by automating the processes of data engineering and data discovery.
Track 3. Business Insight & Internet of Things
13:10 - 13:35 Data Analytics in Practice - Successful data projects with Pentaho
Stefan Müller, Director Business Intelligence & Big Data, IT Novum GmbH

Companies have to make much wider-reaching decisions in much shorter periods of time. To do this, they need a reliable database that, on the one hand, contains all the organisation‘s information and, on the other, can be evaluated quickly and easily.

In practice, however, things are often much different: When beginning a new data project, users often wish they could rely on the advice and experience of others. Stefan Müller describes in three customer use cases , how their path to their data solution looked with Pentaho.
13:35 - 14:00 Google - Innovate with Technology
Chief Technology Officer, Google
14:00 - 14:25 Smart Pole with 5G for High-speed IoT data - are you ready?
Mike Maziarka, Chief Technology Officer from Smart Citi Solutions
14:25 - 14:50 The value of video analytics service
Jimmi Hegn, CTO of Video Analytics service at Atea

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