QBITS 2018

Quadbridge’s 2018 Information and Technology Summit

The IT Conference Unlike Any Other

QBITS, Quadbridge’s Information and Technology Summit, was launched in 2016 with the purpose of creating connections. Our yearly event allows our clients not only to discover our values, but also to hear from the leading IT manufacturers and uncover new opportunities to grow.

Topic

Dev-Ops

As a DevOps pro or SRE, you’re the custodian of the entire application delivery pipeline-from dev and test to staging and production and you need ever-evolving automation and continuous monitoring.

Come meet with our experts to get hands-on knowledge on the latest technologies and best practices.

Topic

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence today is not just a theory. 

It, in fact, has many practical applications. A 2016 Gartner research shows that by 2020, at least 30% of companies globally will use AI in at least one fragment of their processes. 

Today businesses across the globe are leveraging artificial intelligence to optimize their process and reap higher revenues and profits. 

Discover how readily available AI solutions can power your organization’s digital transformation.

Topic

Multi-Cloud

IT is becoming more dynamic, based on virtual infrastructure both on-premise and off. This introduces significant complexity around self-service, governance and compliance, resource management, financial controls, and capacity planning.

Meet with our technologists to find how to scale just in time and which platforms and tools fit best with your workload.

Topic

Blockchain

As we see more blockchain applications emerge, discover how this technology is branching out with seemingly limitless potential.

Many business use cases can be improved and/or solved by using distributed ledger technology, meet our experts to explore business cases related to your industry.

Our Speakers

Marc Gagne

Partner Technology Manager

Microsoft Corporation

Megan Anderson

Business Development Director

Integrate.AI

Eamon Leonard

VP Marketing

Leadweb

Ashkok Ganesan

VP Cloud DC/DCI

Juniper Networks

Marija Mijalkovic

Technical Specialist - Advanced Computing Solutions

IBM

Matthew Rotkis

Enterprise Technologist

Dell/EMC

Roy Chartier

Founder /CTO, High Performance Computing Expert

Cancer Computer

Greg Bond

Channel Director

Microsoft Corporation

Matthew Balcer

Security Evangelist

Kaspersky Lab

Anupam Barua

Technical Marketing Director

Juniper Networks

Sebastien Rossignol

Workstation Specialist

Lenovo

Keynotes

Conquering Complexity - The New Cloud Patterns Ashok Ganesan, VP Product Development, Juniper Networks

We are living in a digital era where technology is shaping the world and developers are shaping technology. As the foundational platform for DevOps processes shift to Multi cloud environments,

Juniper Networks has a vision that cuts across its product line and solutions to unify network and security tooling and policy across the Multicloud, delivering speed with portability.

Ashok Ganesan is Vice President, Product Management for Data Center at Juniper. In this role, he is responsible for driving Juniper’s secure multi-cloud fabric architecture and products. Ashok has 27+ years of professional experience and has delivered many successful products that has transformed the networking industry.

He has keen interest in Prescriptive / Predictive Data Analytics and how it can be applied to improve end user experience specifically in the networking and application performance space. He has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering degree from Delhi University, India, MBA from Ottawa University, Canada and MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) from NYU Stern, USA.

Keynote Details:

Wednesday June 13 2018 - From 9:15am to 10:15am

How does digital technology change your business model? Marc Gagne, Partner Technology Manager, Microsoft Corporation

“Digital transformation is fundamentally changing people’s lives and the ways companies do business.” 

Around the world, Microsoft is working to develop solutions that give time back, make us safer and healthier, and bring significant environmental benefits.

Get insights on how Microsoft can help you reimagine the way to bring together people, data, and processes and create value for your customers while maintaining a competitive advantage in a digital-first world.

Marc Gagne is a Partner Technology Manager with Microsoft Canada who’s passionate about all things tech, startups, the cloud & coffee. The best part of his career is getting to work with the amazing technology companies and communities across Canada and in particular in his hometown of Ottawa. With over 15 years of experience in product development, team leadership, technology education and startup mentorship Marc is continuously learning how little he really knows.

Keynote Details:

Thursday June 14 2018 - From 9:15am to 10:15am

Workshops

Surface in the Modern WorkplaceGreg Bond, Microsoft Channel Director

Learn how to get the most from both hardware, software and services working together! Devices such as Surface enhance the way people work naturally and invite collaboration in the workplace. Azure helps deploy multi-platform apps. Both Greg and our cloud specialist will help you enhance the latest technologies.

Workshop Details:

Wednesday June 13 - From 10:30am to 11:30am

How can extreme performance power your productivity?Sebastien Rossignol, Workstation Specialist, Lenovo

Discover how to run powerful applications with stability and speed during this Lenovo workstation hands-on workshop.

Workshop Details:

Wednesday June 13 - From 10:30am to 11:30am

What can IBM Power-AI do for your business?Marija Mijalkovic, Advanced Computing Solutions, IBM

As 2018 is poised to become the year where we see AI transition from hype to reality, many companies still find themselves contemplating their AI development strategies.

Join us for this discussion as we explore how the death of Moore's law has presented challenges in addressing compute requirements for new and emerging workloads such as machine and deep learning. We will revisit the fundamentals of ML/DL, share a brief history and review the endless application possibilities of this technology. Finally, we review the considerations for embarking on and establishing AI and Deep Learning initiatives within enterprise organizations and illustrate how you can get started with Deep Learning to compete in this new intelligence economy and WIN the AI arms race.

Workshop Details:

Wednesday June 13 - From 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Security is a mission not an intermission Matthew Balcer, Security Evangelist, Kaspersky Lab

Turn off you mobile phone, put down your tablet and hear about real world data breaches (not just the big ones that make the 5 O’clock news) but also the APT’s causing the greatest harm.

How quickly could your organization be breached? How you could help?

Please join our special guest, Matthew Balcer a globally recognized security professional, as he will share with you, real world experience in the world of cyber security and remember kids “Security never takes a holiday.”

Workshop Details:

Wednesday June 13 - From 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blockchain TechnologyEamon Leonard, VP Marketing, Leadweb

This talk will focus on grasping the unique value proposition of blockchain technology, to give leaders the tools to understand the specific situations where blockchain can add value to business processes.

Eamon Leonard has a self-described “unquenchable thirst” for learning, which befits the man who began his career as a teacher. It’s a trait that has informed his work building a number of blockchain projects in the furtherance of the impact economy and the evolution of cryptoeconomics.

Prior to becoming VP of Marketing for Leadweb (which specializes in the design, financing and creation of B2B applications that require new technologies such as blockchain, AI and big data) and Timechain (a cryptocurrency management app), Eamon worked communications and strategy for the first regulatory-compliant ICO in North America, impak Coin. He is active in the Canadian blockchain community and serves as global strategy advisor for the Blockchain Association of Canada.

Workshop Details:

Wednesday June 13 - From 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Take the journey now to your new cloud strategyAnupam Barua, Senior Manager, Data Center Product, Juniper Networks

The future is Multicloud. Companies need to have a cloud-first or cloud-only strategy to survive in this digital age. Discover the steps you can take to make your data centers, campus and branch multicloud ready

Anupam currently leads the Juniper Data Center Product marketing team responsible for creating messaging, value propositions and driving the go-to-market strategies for the $1B product portfolio. He also drives the new product launches, sales enablement and leads engagements with leading analysts in the Enterprise Networking space. Before this Anupam led product management teams at Juniper and Cisco.

Workshop Details:

Thursday June 14 - From 10:30am to 11:30am

Fundamentals of AI for Business Megan Anderson, Business Development Director, Integrate.AI

You’ve got the basics of AI covered but you seem to be running into implementation challenges daily.

How do I think about privacy and trust? How do I decide where to invest first? How good does my data really need to be? When do I build vs buy? Why does implementation always seem to be slower and more complicated than expected? What skills do I need on my team?

In this session Megan, Business Development Director at Integrate.ai, will dive into the practical realities of tapping into the promise of AI in an enterprise environment. Drawing from her experience at integrate.ai helping large companies implement the integrate.ai platform combined with her years of experience managing large scale digital transformations at McKinsey & Company, Megan comes armed with front line experience to help you navigate the realities of implementation.

Megan is a Business Development Director at Integrate.ai where she leads customer accounts to ensure that the IAI platform is driving impact on her clients’ most important business outcomes. Megan was formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Company where she specialized in large scale digital transformations across Canada, the UK and Australia.  She is also passionate about inclusion both inside and outside of integrate.ai and co-founded #GoSponsorHerlast year.

Workshop Details:

Thursday June 14 - From 10:30am to 11:30am

Cloud Operating Models: Understanding the Future of MulticloudMatthew Rotkis, Enterprise Technologist, Dell/EMC

Which Cloud Operating Model should you adopt for your infrastructure?

Discover what aspects of operation I&O teams should prioritize to turn over either to automation or external cloud services. 

Workshop Details:

Thursday June 14 - From 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Discover the City

If you are from out of town, get a taste of a city that celebrates art, fine dining, festivals, nightlife & cultural diversity like no other.

When it comes to creativity with technology, Montréal ranks among the world’s top cities as a digital arts capital. 

Join us for 3 days to discover the best of the city when it comes to entertainment, food and cultural escapades.

Dinner Cruise

Join us during our 2nd Night Event on June 13th for a sightseeing dinner cruise along the Saint Lawrence River and Montreal’s beautiful waterfront, departing from the Conveyor Pier (Quai des Convoyeurs) at Promenade des Bouquinistes in the Old Port. 

This excursion will cover the Saint Lawrence River with fascinating views of Montreal’s city skyline, attractions and neighboring islands. 

The Cavalier Maxim is a modern dining ship with three exquisitely decorated glass-enclosed dining rooms, offering amazing river views of Montreal’s city skyline that you can enjoy while experiencing a gourmet dinner in our company.

Agenda

Time
Description
Location
12:00pm to 4:00pm
QBITS Registration
Lobby
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Hotel Check-in
Lobby
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cocktail
Brasserie La Société
7:30pm to 8:15pm
Welcome Speech
Brasserie La Société
8:30pm to 10:30pm
Night Event
Brasserie La Société
Time
Manufacturer
Session
Speaker/Event
Focus
Location
7:00am to 9:00am
Breakfast
Florence I, II, II
Terrasse
9:15am to 10:15am
Juniper
Keynote
Ashok Ganesan, VP Cloud DC/DCI
Dev-Ops
Paris
10:30am to 11:30am
Microsoft
Workshop
Greg Bond, Commercial Channel Director
Azure
Lyon I-II
10:30am to 11:30am
Lenovo
Workshop
Sebastien Rossignol, Workstations Specialist
Worksations
Edimbourg I, II
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Lunch
Paris
1:45pm to 2:45pm
IBM
Workshop
Marija Mijalkovic, Technical Specialist - Advanced Computing Solutions at IBM
Power AI
Edimbourg I, II
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Kapersky
Workshop
Matthew Balcer, Security Engineer, Kaspersky Lab
Cyber-security
Lyon I-II
4:00pm to 4:45pm
Leadweb
Workshop
Eamon Leonard, VP Marketing
Blockchain
Paris
5:00pm to 7:15pm
Tradeshow/Cocktail
Edimbourg I, II -
Florence I, II -
Terrase
7:30pm to 8:00pm
Bus ride (Loews - Old Port)
Offsite
8:00pm to 10:30pm
Boat Cruise Dinner
Offsite
10:30pm to 10:45pm
End of 1st cruise and departure of 1st bus
Offsite
10:45pm to 12:45pm
2nd cruise - Night Event
Offsite
12:45pm
Bus Ride back to Loews Hotel
Offsite
Time
Manufacturer
Session
Speaker/Event
Focus
Location
7:00am to 9:00am
Breakfast
Florence I, II,II
Terrasse
9:15am to 10:15am
Microsoft
Keynote
Marc Gagne, Partner Technology Manager
Multi-Cloud
Paris
10:30am to 11:30am
Juniper
Workshop
Anupam Barua, Senior Manager, Data Center Product
Multi-Cloud
Lyon I-II
10:30am to 11:30am
Integrate.AI
Workshop
Megan Anderson, Business Development Director
AI-Ready Business Applications
Edimbourg I, II
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Lunch
Paris
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Dell EMC
Panel
Mathew Rotkis, Dell Technologist
Multi-Cloud
Paris
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Self-paced, Hands-On Labs on Dell/EMC and Vmware Technologies
Lyon I-II
4:00pm to 4:30pm
Closing Session • Cancer Computer, Evergreen initiative
Paris
4:00pm to 6:45pm
Tradeshow/Cocktail
Edimbourg I, II -
Florence I, II -
Terrasse
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Dinner
Paris
8:00pm to 1:00am
Night Event
Paris

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