DistriNet R&D Bites
No Way Back: Extensive Automation in Cloud and Telco 

DistriNet R&D Bites is a series of informal evening sessions where industry and academia come together. Get invaluable insights into state-of-the-art technologies, latest developments and current best practices, while enjoying a bite to eat and a drink.

Evolving customer expectations push IT-organisations to DevOps and extensive automation. They need to deploy applications faster and at a larger scale, without jeopardizing their reliability. But how do you achieve a shorter time-to-market instead of an operational nightmare? How do you deliver the agility and scalability customers are expecting? Speakers from Alkasa, Inmanta and Ticketmatic will share their insights.

Target audience

The event targets executive managers, business managers, security officers, software architects and developers.

Detailed programme

18:00 – 19:00 Welcome food & drinks
19:00 – 19:10 Introduction
19:10 – 19:35 Experiences in building cloud-native businesses: the Ticketmatic case - Ruben Vermeersch (Ticketmatic) - presentation slides
19:35 – 20:00 Fast Lane to the market: only through End-to-end Service Orchestration - Stefan Walraven (Inmanta) - presentation slides
20:00 – 20:15 Break
20:15 – 20:40 Keynote: Automation & organisational change in enterprise - Frederik Leemans (Alkasa) - presentation slides
20:40 – 20:50 Q&A
20:50 – 22:00 Networking drink

Event details



Ruben Vermeersch
Ruben is an engineer at Ticketmatic, which creates great event ticketing software. He tackles problems all across the stack, from frontend to backend, the latest endeavour being a transition towards Kubernetes. In a previous life he ran a software company specialized in building mobile applications for enterprise clients.



Stefan Walraven
Stefan is co-founder and CEO of Inmanta, a KU Leuven spin-off. Inmanta enables telecom operators to deliver their services faster and in a more agile way. Inmanta's end-to-end service orchestrator automates and streamlines the entire operational process, reducing delivery time to weeks and even minutes. Stefan holds a PhD in computer science from KU Leuven on efficient customization of SaaS applications.



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