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Unleashing Datacenter Capabilities at the Edge

Unleashing Datacenter Capabilities at the Edge

Panel Abstract:

IT in the datacenter has been refined for decades — with mature management practices,  the abstraction of the cloud, and the first location for high performance computing innovation. As datacenter class IT capability shifts out to the edge and IoT deployments, suppliers must respond by augmenting their offerings to operate at the edge. Join CBT, SAS, Red Hat and Zebra, as they discuss the changes and adjustments they’ve made to their products and services, to accommodate the many challenges at the edge not seen in the data center.


Kelly Ireland founded CBT in 2001 as a value-added reseller (VAR) focused on unparalleled client service. However, having a keen eye for technology trends and always taking the time and opportunity to listen to industry experts, she assessed the impending changes in the industry early on. She built up CBT’s engineering expertise, data science practice and partnerships to revolutionize the company’s offerings and make the difficult transition from VAR to domain expert integrator. Since that time, the Company has flourished. CBT is now in rarefied air, bridging the gap between operational technologies (OT) and information technologies (IT) with groundbreaking projects like the Refinery of the Future (RotF) at Texmark Chemicals. Successful initiatives like RotF in Industrial IoT and High Performance Computing have positioned CBT as a key partner to industry-leading companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, PTC, Intel, National Instruments, Antea, RealWear, SparkCognition and more. This has spurred explosive growth for CBT, increasing its revenue by 55% in the last two years. Kelly’s leadership has also led to a myriad of accolades, including the 2019 Triple Crown Award from CRN, nine consecutive Boeing Performance Excellence Awards, three consecutive CRN IoT Innovators awards, and the 2019 & 2020 Women Presidents’ Organization’s 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies. Kelly has also achieved numerous personal awards, including CRN’s 2018 & 2019 Women of the Channel and Power 30 Solution Providers and 2020 Women of the Channel and Power 40 Solution Providers.

SASBobby Shkolnikov is a Global Principal in IoT Commercialization, focused on driving co-creation with key strategic partners at SAS. He has helped organizations in the High Tech, Manufacturing, and Med Device sectors engineer their go to market strategies in IoT.

Chad Ferman has over 25 years of industry experience in Retail and most recently Oil & Gas / Manufacturing as the enterprise architect for Automation. He has been at Red Hat just over a year and is extremely passionate about enabling customers and partners success in solving real problems at the edge.

ZebraVenkat Amirisetty is a global product engineering leader with experience in shaping cloud platform, multiple, large-scale SaaS services, Master Data Management PaaS, micro-service orchestration and Big Data data management products. Entrepreneurial and resourceful with proven ability to transform organizations and deliver sustainable business value. Adroit in leading product organizations to develop, roll out and scale on-premise products, customer VPC (single tenant SaaS systems), multi-tenant, multi-region, multi-cloud SaaS deployments and product operations. Core competencies include : Product Engineering, Shaping Innovation, Organization Transformation, Go to Market Engagement, Stakeholder Management, Leveraging Technology and Partner Ecosystems

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