Codit Integration Summit


Be fully connected and be inspired by the latest trends in cloud and integration

Tuesday 10 October 2017, Ghent



  • -- 9:30 Welcome coffee  --

  • Opening keynote

    Discover how the cloud will empower every organization on the planet to achieve more

  • The Expert's Vision

    Hybrid integration and the power of Azure services

  • The Codit Hybrid Integration Vision

    Cloud integration: what's in it for you?

  • Integration Real World Case

    Digital transformation at Brussels Airlines

  • -- 12:30 Lunch --

  • Clemens' Inspirational Talk

    Event-Driven Serverless Architecture - the next big thing in the cloud

  • The Codit Azure/IoT Vision

    Maturing IoT solutions with Microsoft Azure 

  • -- 15:15 Coffee break --

  • Azure/IoT Real World Case

    NxtPort: a data utility platform that unlocks the potential of the Port of Antwerp

  • Closing keynote

    The role of integration in your cloud-native transformation

  • -- 17:00 Drinks & appetizers --

Do you want to keep your fingers on the pulse regarding the latest developments in hybrid and cloud integration? Are you curious what common grounds integration concepts share with the Internet of Things and Azure technology?

If yes, then prepare yourself for a full-day event and discover how Digital Transformation will strengthen your integration strategy.

Why should you attend?

To find out how YOU can stand out in your market. How can integration, IoT, Azure and API Management help you to face the fast-emerging technology challenges and make a difference both on a strategic and technological level.

Visit CONNECT 2017 and prepare your company for the next steps towards a fully connected and integrated company. 

Target Audience

Business decision makers (CxO, IT Managers, Project Managers, technical leads & architects)

Practical information:

  • Tuesday 10 October 2017
  • From 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
  • Communicatieloft, Sint-Denijslaan 489, 9000 Ghent
  • Language: English
  • Participation is free, but open for pre-registrants only (limited amount of seats)

ps: can't participate on 10 October? Join the Codit Netherlands CONNECT 2017 edition on Monday 9 October. Register here.

Registration for this event is closed.

Presentations can be found on the Codit SlideShare account or check out the official aftermovie below: 


  • 10:00 Discover how the cloud will empower every organization on the planet to achieve more - by Michael Beal

    Imagine a world without computers; a world without their impact. Where would we be? When you think about the history of human innovation, from the wheel to fire, the printing press to flight…these weren’t just solitary innovations, but accelerators that super-charged human progress in countless ways. In this presentation Michael will explain how Microsoft believes that the Cloud, AI, IoT… will empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.

  • 10:30 Hybrid integration and the power of Azure services - by Jon Fancey

    This high-powered and interactive presentation shows what can be done with hybrid integration and the power of Azure services. The topics covered include Microsoft BizTalk on-premises, Microsoft Azure Logic Apps, and API Management. Jon’s experience as a Microsoft integration partner, and now at Microsoft HQ, enables him to deliver both great demos and interesting real-life stories from the field.

  • 11:15 Cloud integration: what's in it for you? - by Toon Vanhoutte & Massimo Crippa

    This session focuses on the great opportunities that cloud integration brings to your business. Common challenges and pitfalls for hybrid messaging-based and API-based integration are discussed. Next to that, Codit's added-value approach to hybrid integration is presented, which combines a solid foundation of 15 years integration experience with an innovative and rapidly moving Azure cloud platform.

  • 12:00 Digital Transformation at Brussels Airlines - by Olivier Plaitin

    For all operations to run smoothly, it was crucial that the new Passenger Server System of Brussels Airlines shares information with other applications. Olivier will explain how integration ensures that all systems, employees and customers get the information they need and why API Management was needed to meet the requirements in Brussels Airlines' SLA. Discover how this deeply embedded integration is central to Brussels Airlines' digital transformation.

  • 13:45 Event-Driven Serverless Architecture - the next big thing in the cloud - by Clemens Vasters

    Serverless is the newest trend in cloud computing and reflects a change in how applications are hosted. Modularization of solutions has led to the notion of Microservices, and the ‘serverless’ idea allows for hosting such services on top of infrastructure abstractions that eliminate many of the concerns of the common hosting model where applications are explicitly concerned about their hosts and lifetimes. Event-Driven Architecture concepts are ideal to interconnect these ‘serverless’ services and this session will shed light on these trends and usage scenarios.

  • 14:30 Maturing IoT solutions with Microsoft Azure - by Sam Vanhoutte & Glenn Colpaert

    “Internet of Things” is changing our world and today the Internet of Things knows almost as many applications as there are types of devices connected. In this session, Sam and Glenn will give an overview of the latest IoT solutions, the different learnings from the field and explain which key components are instrumental to integrating your solutions to the Azure IoT platform to ensure they are robust, future-proof and secure.

  • 15:35 NxtPort: a data utility platform that unlocks the potential of the Port of Antwerp - by Hans Verbeeck

    In this session, Hans Verbeeck will introduce the NxtPort data sharing platform in which Microsoft Azure PaaS services play an important role. This platform will enable actors in this sector to share data with the community instead of B2B. This will result in efficiency gains by reducing waiting times, reducing errors introduced by duplicate data entry and reducing costs by avoiding unnecessary point to point integrations.  Apart from this transactional EDI to API business, NxtPort is also investing in extending the platform to port related IoT data and datasets to further enrich the network of data points. Hans will talk about the key opportunities and challenges and about the technology choices NxtPort is making. 

  • 16:00 The role of integration in your cloud-native transformation - by Richard Seroter

    In the race to deliver software faster, integration work often becomes a bottleneck. What does it mean to do "cloud-native integration" and how would you introduce that into your organization? In this talk, Richard takes a look at six characteristics of cloud-native integration and demonstrates why they matter to your success.

Keynote Speakers

  • Michael Beal

    Opening keynote

    Michael Beal

    As of July 2014, Michael Beal has been appointed General Manager of Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg. He is responsible for all activities covering marketing, sales, consulting, customer satisfaction and corporate social responsibility of all divisions and departments.

    Prior to this Michael Beal was Managing Executive Officer and General Manager for Marketing & Operations of Microsoft Japan and he has also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft Korea. 

    Before his move to Microsoft International, Michael spent four years in Microsoft corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA. He led global programs in business planning, operations, and marketing.

  • Richard Seroter

    The role of integration in your cloud-native transformation

    Richard Seroter

    Richard Seroter is a Senior Director of Product at Pivotal, with a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He’s also a 10-time Microsoft MVP for cloud, Pluralsight trainer, lead editor for cloud computing, frequent public speaker, and author of multiple books on application integration strategies. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design.



  • Jon Fancey

    Hybrid integration and the power of Azure services

    Jon Fancey

    Since 2015 Jon leads the enterprise integration team at Microsoft HQ as Principal Program Manager working on Logic Apps, Microsoft’s hyper-scale integration Platform as a Service. Prior to Microsoft Jon ran a Microsoft integration partner in the UK, helping customers implement their mission critical workloads using Microsoft products and technologies. Jon’s passion has always been hybrid and heterogeneous integration whether it’s smart homes or screen-scraping mainframes.

  • Clemens Vasters

    Event-Driven Serverless Architecture - the next big thing in the cloud

    Clemens Vasters

    Clemens Vasters is lead architect Azure Messaging Services at Microsoft. He is the co-architect of important developments such as Azure Service Bus, Azure Notification Hubs and Azure IoT Hub. Clemens is also a Microsoft representative in the OPC Foundation's Unified Architecture Working Group, is member of the OPC Foundation Technical Advisory Council, participates in the Industrie 4.0 effort in the German IT association Bitkom, represents Microsoft in the Industrial Internet Consortium, and is deeply involved in Microsoft's messaging standardization efforts. 

  • Olivier Plaitin

    Digital Transformation at Brussels Airlines

    Olivier Plaitin

    Olivier Plaitin currently serves as Head of Solution Delivery at Brussels Airlines and brings 20 years of airline technology experience. Olivier has a formidable passion for innovation and for bringing the airline industry into the digitized world. Combined with his vision, strategic thinking and charisma, Olivier brings inspiration and motivation to the teams he lead.

  • Hans Verbeeck

    Data sharing platform at NxtPort

    Hans Verbeeck

    Hans Verbeeck is CTO at NxtPort who is building a data sharing platform for the port of Antwerp. Hans is an ex-developer and is passionate about technology and creating communities. He sees more opportunity than threat in automation but believes innovators need to be more explicit about the potential social impact of their inventions. 

  • Toon Vanhoutte

    Cloud integration: what's in it for you?

    Toon Vanhoutte

    Toon is Lead Architect at Codit Belgium. His duty is to design and deliver reliable, secure and scalable integration / backend solutions, both on-premises and in the Azure cloud. He's a quite active member of the Microsoft integration community and was speaker on several community and company events. Being a Microsoft Certified Trainer, he loves to share his experiences in workshops, presentations and blogs. As an Azure Advisor, he's actively collaborating with various Azure product teams.

  • Massimo Crippa

    Cloud integration: what's in it for you?

    Massimo Crippa

    Massimo Crippa is an integration specialist with more than 15 years of experience with Microsoft enterprise products and technologies. He started his career in the Italian IT industry as a web developer and later focused on middleware projects. In 2011 he moved to Belgium where he is working as API Management Domain Lead for Codit. In this role, he is responsible for the SOA and API Management products where his tasks range from demonstrating the features and capabilities, and all the way to the final product implementation in the customers’ environments.

  • Sam Vanhoutte

    Maturing IoT solutions with Microsoft Azure

    Sam Vanhoutte

    Sam Vanhoutte is CTO at Codit and Microsoft Azure MVP for 4 years now. He frequently speaks at conferences and is also Azure P-seller at Microsoft. Sam has extensive experience in building integrated enterprises, IoT and cloud based solutions. Because of his specialized focus on integration on Microsoft technology, Sam is part of Microsoft's Connected Systems and Azure Advisory boards and is a Microsoft Azure Insider as well as a Belgian MEET member. Sam co-founded the BizTalk User Group in Belgium and is active crew member of the Azure User group. While managing and architecting the online integration platform "Integration Cloud", Sam has been focusing on Cloud integration and IoT solutions with the Microsoft Azure platform the last years.

  • Glenn Colpaert

    Maturing IoT solutions with Microsoft Azure

    Glenn Colpaert

    Glenn Colpaert is Azure/IoT Domain Lead at Codit and Microsoft Azure MVP. Glenn has been integrating businesses with Microsoft technologies for more than 8 years - both on-premises and in the cloud. As a real community guy and board member of (Belgian BizTalk User Group), he loves sharing his hands-on experience. Glenn is also part of the Microsoft Azure Advisors group and is an avid blogger.