Taking the Game of Disruption to the World Series the Red Hat way


Fly the W! Was the cheer that resounded across Wrigley Field as well as the family rooms and the streets of Chicagoland.  The audience at a gala being held at The Art Institute during a live performance on a makeshift stage erupted in a loud cheer when it happened.  Not only was the cheer disruptive but the historic win itself was a disruption in its own right.  The fact that the Chicago Cubs going to the World series instead of the usual suspects over the last seven decades is disruptive in itself.  Enterprises of today — knowingly or unknowingly — are playing this Game of Disruption as well.  The average lifespan of an enterprise has been steadily declining over the last few decades — indicative of disruptive forces strongly changing the market forces by providing innovative customer experiences hitherto unforeseen.  Hello, Uber! Technology used the right way is a powerful partner in this game of disruption.  Red Hat had recently conducted a Red Hat Road Tour event where customers were presented an overview of innovative solutions and technologies and yes, taken to Wrigley Field in the evening for a Cubs game.  Perhaps, it is no wonder that Red Hat selected this venuethe same venue where the Cubs historically disrupted the game of baseball by earning their spot in the World Series.  Join me as I walk you through how Red Hat can help enterprises win the game of disruption all the way to their own World Series … and beyond.

1.Disrupting development:  The Developer is the new customer of Enterprise IT.  Development teams look to containers to have rapid access to just what they need instead of waiting for whole bare metal or even virtualized environments to be stood up.  Just what they need when they need it.  How do seconds (containers) sound compared to minutes (virtualization) or hours (bare metal)? And if competitive, futuristic development teams do not get this type of service from the infrastructure team, they tend to take matters into their own hands.  Red Hat OpenShift provides an open, hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that lets developers quickly develop, host, scale, and deliver apps in the cloud. 

2.Disrupting operations:  “Automation can provide the single biggest payback across environments,” said Red Hat SVP, Tim Yeaton, during his session at the Gartner ITXPO Symposium.  Automation of the deployment of code to multiple platforms and environments frees up the operations team to spend more time innovating efficiencies across the IT environment. Ansible by Red Hat automates IT processes to reduce complexity. Share playbooks and delegate jobs using Ansible Tower, freeing up resources and ensuring consistency and compliance.  Describe your infrastructure and processes in code, so you can automate more to increase productivity.

3.Disrupting innovation:  “The best type of innovation is driven by collaboration,” says Gartner VP, Marcus Blosch. Red Hat drives a open culture of collaboration that is based on careers of achievement rather than careers of advancement, like CMO, Jackie Yeaney describes.  This culture effectively nurtures a continuous engine of innovation and open communication within Red Hat fueled by proactive collaboration.

4.Disrupting open source: Just take a look at the Microservices Day in Minneapolis. The event was attended by over 120 next-generation IT enthusiasts who were there to interact with key contributors and committers in the open source communityall of whom are employees of Red Hat.  Red Hat disrupts the open source engine by having employees provide technical leadership in the community as well as selectively hardening innovative software and making it enterprise grade to enable mission critical solutions for customers.

5.Disrupting culture:  To avoid disruption, stay open – says Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.  Whitehurst’s book on The Open Organization is a testament to his own experience at Red Hat.  A culture where values and achievements matter more than titles.  A culture that can drive change across the enterprise! Time permitting, please consider joining the #OpenOrgChat on Twitter where we engage in active conversation with other leaders in the industry wholeheartedly subscribing to this disruptive concept.

There you have it. Five perspectives on playing the game of disruption.

What are your thoughts on playing this game?  Are you interested in disrupting your enterprise all the way to the World Series?  Do you have the right pitchers, batters, managers and disruptive partners to play the game? Are there other dimensions?

Meanwhile, it gives me great pride to belong to the city that hosted the historic disruption of the ball game while working for a company that is well positioned to take the game of disruption to the World Series.

Hello, World Series! Here we come! Let the disruption begin!

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