12-06-2020 • Auditorium 4, Gent

Connected Brains 2020

Guiding you into the Cloud Native World

*The event will take place unless measures due to Covid19 will prohibit us.

Connected Brains 2020

Welcome to the fourth edition of Connected Brains! Our key consultans, our customers, our partners and several international experts will be present on the 23rd of April to guide you into the Cloud Native World, bringing you 10 inspirational sessions. Whether you are an IT or rather a Business profile, don't you worry, we've got you covered in all the sessions!

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Topics

Connect with peers and experts in 7 expertise areas, and learn more about:

  1. An innovative and solid Framework for Cloud adoption and transformation
  2. Citizen Development & Becoming Cloud Native
  3. Boosting Employee Productivity & Collaboration
  4. How to leverage decision-making with Analytics & Insights
  5. The many benefits of hybrid integration platforms & API Management
  6. Cloud by Design - How the Cloud drives our Adaptive Case Management's platform architecture
  7. Re-focusing on your core business with the help of the Hybrid Cloud

Nine sessions & one international keynote

This year our AXI-group & international experts have prepared presentations, customer cases, roundtables and even a game on a range of Cloud topics. Every session will balance between bringing you the business value, without forgetting the technical side of things.

To end this all in magnificent style, we have the honour to present to you, our Italian keynote speaker Simone Cicero, Italian designer, speaker, entrepreneur and acknowledged thinker, included on the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar. Ideator and Partner at The Platform Design Toolkit, that aims to help organizations of all kinds create shaping strategies, leveraging ecosystems, transforming themselves and the world in the process.

Our experts

Meet our Brains, our key consultants, and get inspired by their stories and experiences. Our key consultants and our partners will be present during the full duration of the event. Ready and available to speak to you in between the sessions.

The Cloud Native Program

01
An innovative & solid framework for Cloud adoption and transformation
02
Citizen Development & Becoming Cloud Native
03
Boosting Employee Productivity & Collaboration
04
How to leverage decision-making with Analytics & Insights
05
The many benefits of hybrid integration platforms & API Management
06
Cloud by Design - Cloud Platform Architecture
07
Manageable Cloud Infrastructure for mission critical applications
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch & Meet our Brains
13:00 - 13:15 Welcome & Opening Speech
13:20 - 14:05 ? ? ?
14:10 - 14:55 ? ? ?
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break & Meet our Brains
15:30 - 16:15 ? ? ?
16:15-16:20 MOVE TO THE STRATUS FOR THE KEYNOTE
16:20 - 16:30 ?
16:30-17:30 ?
17:30-19:00 Reception & Networking
Joachim Vanden Brande
Joachim Vanden Brande
Welcome & Opening Speech
13:00 - 13:15
Joachim Vanden Brande is AXI Group's Marketing, Innovation and Technology Director with final responsibility for AXI Group's innovation program and raise management support for it. Joachim has founded LoQutus and Ground lion and has a background in Enterprise Architecture and process automation.
Mathieu De Zutter
Mathieu De Zutter
How Cloud drives the Ground lion platform architecture​
13:20 - 14:05
Ground lion is a low-code platform for adaptive case management which helps you to manage files and cases flexibly. The product offers the end-user the necessary freedom and adaptability to apply his knowledge without being hindered by a rigid process. Creating a product that is ready for the Cloud produces quite a few hurdles. Concerning a low-code platform such as Ground lion, distinct challenges arise as well. Learn how we achieve automation needed to fully embrace the Cloud and discover how Ground lion is designed to work most efficiently and how Ground lion’s architecture enables flexible integration with existing application environments. In this session, we will show you what we’re currently working on and what our plans for the future are, illustrated by several examples of successful projects.
Pedro Meuleman with Dominik Rose
Pedro Meuleman with Dominik Rose
An Enterprise Architecture Framework for Cloud Adoption and Transformation
13:20 - 14:05
Cloud Transformation often ends up being a bloated Application Portfolio. And instead of realizing the initial promise of simplification, it ends up in complexity which increases risks and operational overhead for your enterprise. Typical charachteristics of complexity include no clear internal ownership of cloud application and IT components in use​, lack of alignment of IT with strategic goals​ and data and security concerns. Based on our typical combination of research initiatives and gained experience we will give you valuable insights in our method to support your cloud transformation initiatieves. And as an easter egg, we will even give you a sneak preview on our approach to Cloud Intelligence at the end of the session.​
Sofie Turcksin & Peter Neefs
Sofie Turcksin & Peter Neefs
Manageable Cloud Infrastructure for mission critical applications
13:20 - 14:05
End-users should have the infrastructure support they need when it’s needed, swiftly, without a lot of administration and with full control of their budget. How can we offer you a viable, secure alternative for your local infrastructure? And how can we seamlessly integrate private and public cloud? During our presentation we will direct you through the transformation from on-premise infrastructure to a hybrid cloud environment, supported by a consumption-based model. This model results in a cost-effective way of working with your IT resources and allows your IT department to focus on value creation for the core business of your organization. During this session, we will present the design of our flexible, cost-efficient and fully controllable solution.
Niek Jacobsen & Anton Van Avermaet
Niek Jacobsen & Anton Van Avermaet
Think, talk and learn about the business potential of API’s and their strategic value as a product
14:10 - 14:55
Organizations generate tons of valuable data and interfaces on top of applications. This information and these applications are mainly used for internal use and to support operational processes. You could however see these assets as a warehouse of products that are ready to be sold. Organizations spend a lot of time cultivating these products so why not valorize them? API’s can be the cornerstone of your organization's digital transformation! Strategy and vision both in culture and technology are key.
Sebastiaan Mindreau
Sebastiaan Mindreau
Become a Cloud Native through Application Modernization
14:10 - 14:55
Unless you are a hosting company or a cloud provider, there is no inherent business value in IT infrastructure. So what if you could put an end to the perils of managing IT infrastructure and just focus on what matters most? That’s right, focusing on building & running the apps that your employees and customers value! Based on a successful customer case, we will talk about a proven and efficient method to develop and deploy enterprise-ready applications with the Azure platform.
Jelle Ferret
Jelle Ferret
How to manage a succesfull roll-out of MS Teams?
14:10 - 14:55
MS Teams is a great tool to improve communication and collaboration in and across organizational units. However, rolling out MS Teams without a decent governance plan is quite risky: roles and responsibilities are unclear, new sites are created all over the place with scattered information as a result … In the end, users of the platform find it hard to search for a team or for correct information. In this session we will zoom in on the main reasons why MS Teams needs governance and how we can provide an answer to these questions by the use of a connected PowerApp.
Anton Van Avermaet & Niek Jacobsen
Anton Van Avermaet & Niek Jacobsen
APIs that continuously add value in a modern society
15:30 - 16:15
We're faced with several challenges such as sharing data in a safe and transparent way, maintaining a maintainable flexible IT Landscape and how we could distinguish ourselves from our competition. Correctly collecting, processing, transforming and presenting data can be at the centre of  it. Through a proof of concept with an API Management platform we translated similar requirements in reality for the organisation Drechtsteden. We delivered specific, impactful improvements and a strategy that is measurable that will support Drechtsteden as a digital leader in the long run.
Thomas Michem
Thomas Michem
Three ways to accelerate Analytics & Insights in the Cloud
15:30 - 16:15
With all the hype-driven news, starting with AI can be intimidating for organisations. From our experience with our clients, implementing data-driven solutions has never been more within reach. By leveraging the cloud, state of the art data-driven solutions can be set up in a couple of weeks, putting organisations on track towards continuous delivery of business value through data. In this session we will share use cases and experiences from our projects on building modern data platforms, enabling self-service BI and delivering data-driven apps for retail, industry & government.
Dries Verdonckt
Dries Verdonckt
Citizen Development on the MS Power Platform
15:30 - 16:15
Often companies spend months building applications, just to see that their new app is already outdated when being launched. Build applications in days instead of months. Applications can be built using the MS Power Platform and existing data connections. Power Apps will then enable you to build the necessary screens, while automations can be done through Power Automate. The Power Platforms focuses on rapid visualizations, development, release and maintenance, and.. most of these features are already included in the Office E-licenses. We will clarify this by zooming in on two customer cases where we've successfully set up several PowerApps.
Sebastiaan Mindreau
Sebastiaan Mindreau
Innovation Award
16:20 - 16:30
Sebastiaan Mindreau is AXI Group's Innovation Manager. He's responsible for setting up and watching over the innovation process. He organizes ideathons, coaches colleagues from idea to realization and evangelizes the value of failure and trial & error. Sebastiaan has a background in solution architecture, business analysis, pre-sales and .NET development.
Simone Cicero
Simone Cicero
Keynote by Simone Cicero - The Platform Design Toolkit
16:30-17:30
Simone Cicero is an Italian designer, speaker, entrepreneur and acknowledged thinker, included on the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar. Ideator and Partner at The Platform Design Toolkit, that aims to help organizations of all kinds create shaping strategies, leveraging ecosystems, transforming themselves and the world in the process.

The location

Auditorium 4, Gent

AuditoRium4 is situated on the CommunicatieCampus, along the R4 and the canal of Gent Ringvaart. The location is easy to reach by car, but don't forget, the R4 exit at the Sint-Denijslaan is permanently closed. You can also come by train and use our shuttle service to and from the station of Gent Sint-Pieters (+/- 5 minutes).

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