Technology innovation drives business differentiation at Gartner Symposium ITXPO

Technology Innovation Drives Business Differentiation is the title of my sessions at the Gartner Symposium ITXPO in Orlando,FL.  If you are attending this conference and have started using the Events Navigator tool, I look forward to you signing up to attend these sessions and engaging in a good discussion at the conference.  I will also be available at the Red Hat booth at the conference to continue the discussion on topics that may be of more interest to you.  As I gear up to attend the conference, I figured I would share some of my initial thoughts right here in this blog on the vital need for technology innovation to drive business differentiation.

The abstract for my session states: There’s a vital need for IT to be relevant to the business. How can enterprises leverage technology to be competitive in the future? How do next-generation tools and innovative expertise increase agility and reduce friction within the enterprise? Come find out how customers can go through this transformation effectively.

It’s a great Red Hat day in Minneapolis — Go Microservices !

It was a great day in Minneapolis! The Microservices with Apache Camel was held at Target Field (inside the ballpark, overlooking the field of play). “Takes a lot to put together an event like this but can certainly be a lot of fun! Go microservices!,” says Red Hat associate Jen Fissel.

Innovation on the menu at the Red Hat User Group event in Minneapolis

Marc Skinner presenting to Red Hat User Group attendees in Minneapolis

It was my first time at the Red Hat User Group in Minneapolis — as well as the Surly Brewing Company where the event was held.  Not having been there before, I did not realize the size of the facility and was impressed by its imposing structure along with the name in full capitals outside the building.  I could see the TCF Stadium and the Surly Brewing Company signs bright and clear on a beautiful day in Minneapolis.  As I entered the facility, I could feel the aura of innovation at play — as mentioned on their site, “it is an environment where beer harmonizes with food to empower trailblazing pairings.”  I began to perceive striking similarities between concepts and mindsets germane to the world’s best Open Source company to work for and the Surly Brewing company.  Perhaps, it is with good reason that the Red Hat User Group events in Minneapolis have been held at this venue for about 3 years now.  Join me in a toast to the Red Hat User Group session as well as Red Hat associate Marc Skinner who has been coordinating these sessions with intriguing topics for some time now. Topics that bring forth innovative ideas through the collaboration that happens between the open source enthusiasts who attend these sessions with an open mind. A venue where innovation is on the menu.

Red Hat at Microsoft Ignite

Red Hat’s technical cloud evangelist, Nick Gerasimatos, gives an overview of Red Hat’s presence at Microsoft Ignite. Come by booth #539 at Ignite to learn more.


Red Hat and Microsoft partnership:

On November 2015, Red Hat entered into a partnership with Microsoft to make Red Hat’s open technologies, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, available on Microsoft Azure pairing the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform with one of the globe’s largest public cloud platforms.

This availability also marks the first instance of Red Hat and Microsoft’s integrated support, a unique offering in the IT world, offering a seamless experience for customers seeking to engage with industry-leading support teams to address technical challenges.

Houston, we have a problem! Let’s innovate IT !!

Containers in Houston

“Houston, we have a problem!” is the all too familiar phrase from the Apollo 13 decades back that has become a cliché over the years. Given the downturn in the Oil & Gas economy in recent times, and the predominance of companies in this industry in the city of Houston, Texas, the phrase takes a different meaning altogether today. Going by the average price for a barrel of oil, there is a call to action for oil & gas companies to combat this challenge. Innovation comes to mind, for sure. Even though the Energy industry has been all about technology innovation for decades together, where does it stand with innovating the business of IT? There are several new options available now to innovate IT within the enterprise that can not only offer options for reducing cost of delivery but also positively impact the business of the enterprise. The Road Tour event sponsored by Red Hat and Intel being held on Sep 22 at The Westin Houston, Memorial City offers a few seeding thoughts. Who knows, after attending this event, one might even revert back to the original version of this quote, “Houston, we have had a problem!!”. Come on, Houston! Let’s innovate IT! Hello Red Hat!

Innovation flying high in the Windy City with Red Hat

City of Chicago

The panel on The Promise, Challenge and Opportunity of Open Source Software was kicked off by Kathleen Kennedy, President of the MIT Technology Review with her opening statement “Open Source is a lighter fluid for Innovation”! The venue where this was held was in Chicago — no surprise there! This is the Windy City with a skyline that proudly flies high despite the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 after which a set of innovative architects and inventors collaborated to reshape Chicago.  The best type of innovation is driven by collaboration, says Gartner VP, Marcus Blosch. The open mindset of collaboration that started 140 years ago continues to this day not only in Chicago but also, for sure, in the Open Source Community.  Thus, it is no wonder that the essence of the Red Hat Summit held earlier this year is being brought to The Wrigleyville Inn in Chicago on 20 Sep 2016 where Innovation is positioned to take flight with the sponsorship of Red Hat, Intel, and Forsythe.

Let me explain how.

For starters, you will get first-hand insight on the Trifecta of innovation through business, technology, and culture through the session on Accelerating Innovation at the Red Hat Open Innovation labs.  But then, Innovation is not a short term project.  Competitive enterprises of tomorrow need to drive continuous innovation within their enterprise today.  Attend the session on Building an architecture for continuous innovation to get additional insight on how this could be done effectively.

Continuous innovation also requires seamless co-existence of the traditional IT as well as the evolving world of next-generation technologies like containers and DevOps.  While the session on The roadmap for containers and DevOps looks into the future, Forsythe calls out an effective way of Bridging the Data Center from the Old to the New IT.

As explained in this article on the Forsythe Focus magazine, fact is that the New Frontier of IT has arrived! Are you ready?  Do make sure that you factor in the 3 C’s of cloud transformation when taking steps to Increase visibility, manageability, and control through cloud management and automation.

So, what lies in store at the end of this event?  The Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds game is immediately following and is open to all attendees to view from the rooftop.

And it really does not matter if you are a Cubs or Reds fan.

Innovation is in the air in the Windy City at this Red Hat Road Tour event.  All the better if this unique ambiance extends into the Happy Hour as well as Cubs game that follows.

Frank Sinatra immortalized the city of Chicago as “my kind of town.” Being a technology strategist at heart, this is is certainly “my kind of event!” 

See you there!

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The Magic of Open Source Innovation through Collaboration


 The best type of innovation is driven by Collaboration, says Gartner VP, Marcus Blosch. As I was walking the Collaboration Area at the Red Hat Summit, I came upon an intriguing setup called the Marble Track Hack Attack with several individuals taking turns to engage in a challenging exercise. It was all about a ball traveling from start to finish with some constraints within a limited time. This is an exercise where there is no clear answer and the optimal solution is one that emerges through multiple essays – and if they fail, so be it! We continue to learn. Red Hat associate, SJ Cox was diligently trying out her own ideas while encouraging and inviting the attendees to join as well. So, what was such a contraption doing at the Red Hat Summit? It may not be obvious at first sight, but when I go back to Blosch’s assertion in his article, I can see why. Open Source is all about collaboration and when you have the passionate individuals continuously contributing to it like what I witnessed at the Summit, it is easy to experience the wonderful magic of open source innovation through collaboration!

Open Source drives innovation on the Red Hat Road Tour

“Open Source is a lighter fluid for innovation”, said Kathleen Kennedy, President of MIT Technology Review in a recent panel she moderated in Chicago.  Guess it is no surprise that open source is increasingly becoming the defacto standard for emerging technologies. I was witness to this first hand when I attended the Red Hat Summit earlier this year and vividly remember the day after the last day of the conference when I happened to see the very large logo on the Moscone West center being brought down.  And I was thinking that it would be another year before we have an opportunity to experience the summit again hosted by the world’s best open source company to work for!  But, wait a minute.  Not so fast, buddy !  Little did I know that the Red Hat Summit had other innovative plans in September.  Thanks, in part to the sponsorship of Intel, the Red Hat Summit 2016 is also hitting the road like many of us to travel to our favorite vacation spots with families and friends.  Well, I may not know a whole lot about your vacation plans but don’t be surprised if you have a chance encounter with Open Source driving Innovation on the Red Hat Tour.  Or even better.  Read ahead to see where you can be to experience first-hand valuable glimpses of the Red Hat Summit in a city near you!

Road to Blue Sky