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Carla Arend

IDC Program Director for European STORAGE Software, IDC

Carla Arend is a program director with the European Business and Enterprise Solutions (BES) team, responsible for managing the European information management research service. Arend provides industry clients with key insight into market dynamics, vendor activities, and end-user trends in information management and storage software and services markets. She is also responsible for the Western European storage software data tracking product.
In addition to syndicated research, Arend has worked on many custom consulting projects identifying opportunities in the European storage software and services market and has authored white papers on subjects such as Big Data, cloud storage, data protection and recovery in virtualised environments, archiving software, and virtualisation software.
Arend is regularly asked to speak at industry events, strategy workshops, sales kick-offs and trainings, partner events and end-user events.
Before taking up her current role, Arend spent five years with the European Software group, where she worked on the Internet Commerce Market Model, conducted security and systems management research, and was responsible for managing IDC's European software trackers.
Arend holds a BA in business administration from University of Mannheim and an MSc in business administration and management of technology from Copenhagen Business School, in addition to course work at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok.

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Graeme Hackland

FBCS CITP, IT/IS Director, Lotus F1 Team

Date of Birth: 31 May, 1967
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: British
Marital status: married, two children

National Diploma in Electronic Engineering (LC), Natal Technikon, South Africa

1990 to 1994
Worked in South Africa as a Computer Engineer then as a Novell Network Support Analyst, later promoted to Technical Manager of Compustat Ltd.

On moving to England joined Effective Computer Solutions as a Network Engineer, travelling extensively around the UK, later promoted to Technical Manager.

Network Support Analyst at Benetton Formula Ltd (became Renault Formula 1 Team in 2002; Lotus Renault GP in 2011 and then Lotus F1 Team in 2012)

Promotion to CTO with responsibility for all I.T. at Whiteways Technical Centre in England (incl. IT: Risk, security, budget and staff)

Promotion to IT/IS Director with responsibility for all Information Systems at Whiteways Technical Centre in England (incl. Application development, IT Risk, Budget)

Professional Bodies:
Graeme Hackland is a Fellow of BCS;
Member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society

On behalf of the Renault Formula 1 Team, Graeme Hackland was a 2008 Computerworld Honors Laureate and 21st Century Achievement Award Finalist

"Information systems and technology are used only to empower the Lotus F1 Team to design, manufacture and race winning cars. By consistently developing and deploying cost effective IT Services which provide the required levels of reliability and performance, we contribute to the Team’s success.”

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Vigbjørn Halvorsen

Infrastructure Specialist, SAP

Vigbjørn is Infrastructure Specialist at SAP. In this position he is responsible for the Infrastructure Architecture, Server-, Network-, Storage-administration for global SAP infrastructure in FMC Technologies.

Vigbjørn discovered his interest in computers when he was in his early teens. From then on his hobby became a special field of interest and nowadays he has gained 20 years of experience in the computer industry. He has a profound interest in anything containing CPU.

If not working he is into sports such as hiking in the wilderness with his family, hunting. Additionally he loves the mountains and spends plenty of time skiing in the winter.

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John Rollason

Director, Products, Solutions & Alliances, NetApp

John Rollason is Director, Products, Solutions & Alliances Marketing EMEA at NetApp. In this role, he not only works closely with the regional and worldwide marketing teams but also with sales and system engineering. His main tasks include internal and external communication regarding NetApp technologies and solutions as well as messaging and competitive positioning. His main focus areas are cloud, virtualization and networking.

John has been with NetApp since May 2005, initially holding the role of Product Marketing Manager for UK and Ireland. Before joining NetApp, John spent over eight years at Nortel in a variety of positions in system engineering, business development and product marketing. John speaks regularly at industry events and attended The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne gaining an M. Eng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and also blogs regularly on IT industry trends and the impact of NetApp:

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