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Top 5 Reasons Why You CAN’T MISS SUSECON 2020


A new year, a new decade, and a new SUSE (now fully independent), all coalesce to a new SUSECON—bigger, more inspiring, and more focused on the world we live in than ever before. Like a pot of gold, SUSECON 2020 will be full of life-enhancing moments to make your world better. Here are the top five riches you have to look forward to when the rainbow lands in Dublin, March 23 – 27, 2020.

  1. Be inspired by our keynote speakers

SUSECON is more than a typical conference. Be inspired as Melissa Di Donato (our new CEO), Thomas Di Giacomo (our President of Engineering & Innovation), Lewis Pugh (endurance athlete and guest speaker), industry analysts, customers, partners and many more speak on topics ranging from the latest in open source technology, solving business problems, and putting purpose into action. Discuss what it means to truly thrive at work and in the world. You don’t want to miss out!

  1. Expand your realm of possibilities

Have a problem that feels too big to solve? SUSECON is designed to help. Discuss open source, Cloud, AI/ML, storage, Kubernetes, HPC, containers, Ceph, and more with thought leaders from SUSE, SAP, Microsoft, Fujitsu, Dell, IBM and others. Watch keynote demos to see how SUSE empowers you to simplify, modernize and accelerate. Visit our SUSE technology kiosks to see our full set of offerings, Partner technology kiosks representing 30+ partners and complementary solutions, as well as DevZone on developer technologies!

  1. Gain hands-on, practical knowledge

SUSECON is a rare opportunity to not only learn about the most important open source innovations all in one place, but also how you can successfully apply them to your organizations. Choose from 160 sessions and tutorials focused on Enterprise Linux, Software-defined Storage, Application Delivery, and Cloud Solutions. Network with SUSE experts from all over the world. Build your career with options for 100+ hours of hands-on training and free certification exams. Hear about our roadmaps as we discuss future product direction. In just a few days, you will gain the practical knowledge you need to prepare for the future.

  1. Give back to community

The defining trait of any open source innovation is not simply the technology – it’s the people. SUSECON brings together a passionate group of innovators, experts and change makers – people like you – that believes in giving back. Learn how open source technologies can improve the world’s sustainability challenges. Join hundreds of participants in our first-ever yoga event, SUSE Tech Stretch, to fight homelessness. Show your support for women in technology and the Pride networks.

  1. Explore Dublin, Ireland!

Dublin – it’s more than just the home of Guinness and Bono. Join us at the largest city in Ireland where you’ll have the chance to pick from its hundreds of cultural sites. Explore places such as the Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum, and of course the Game of Thrones tour!

Bonus cool fact about Ireland: Did you know that Ireland is a leader in combating the climate crisis? In 2002, they were the first to tax (and later ban) plastic bags, which cut usage by nearly 90%. A complete ban took effect on January 1 this year. As of 2021, they will also ban the use of plastic straws, plastic cutlery and eight other single use plastic items.

Need more reasons to attend? Visit to see our list of top ten reasons on the home page. Also, check out the session catalog where you’ll find the topics that matter most to simplifying, modernizing, and accelerating innovation in your data center. Pots of gold are hard to find, but not at SUSECON.

See you there!


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Ivo Totev   A 25-year veteran in the IT industry, Ivo Totev is the Chief Innovation Officer of SUSE. He is responsible for helping customers reimagine their businesses through clear, user-centric product roadmaps; as well as building brand equity and customer engagement focused on business outcomes via creative marketing strategies. Prior to SUSE, Ivo was President, LoB Marketing at SAP where he defined the marketing vision and execution for all of SAP’s lines of business, including ERP, Digital Supply Chain, Analytics and Platform Technology. Ivo was also the CMO and Head of Cloud Business at Software AG, as well as the CMO of Unit4. Ivo is an active coach and mentor who enjoys sharing his experience with his teams to help them professionally evolve. He is a passionate believer in the power of teamwork – having rowed in a coxed four in his student years, he recognizes one parallel in rowing and in life: that great achievements are accomplished by teams, less so by individuals. Outside of work, Ivo loves spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys the great outdoors and can frequently be found on his bike, on skis or in his running shoes.