Why we’re excited for Red Hat Summit 2017 (and why you should be too)

For the past 12 years, Red Hat Summit has moved across the U.S. and around the world. This event brings together the largest group of customers, partners, and community enthusiasts to learn, network, and experience the power of open source in the enterprise.

There are countless reasons why we’re excited for this year’s Red Hat Summit, but here are our top 10:


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The impact of the individual at Red Hat Summit 2017

Each year at Red Hat, excitement bubbles around the upcoming theme for Red Hat Summit. What better way to pick a theme for the premier open source event than by using the Open Decision Framework? The Red Hat Summit team (50+ Red Hatters) was asked to share thoughts and ideas for this year’s theme. From there, a smaller core group lead the project, with continual feedback from experts across Red Hat.


“The additional benefit of opening the process up to the larger group is that everyone has a chance to contribute and understand (what can sometimes be a messy) creative process. Understanding leads to openness and trust, which in turn leads to a stronger solution everyone is on board with.”

-Senior graphic designer, Creative Strategy + Design, Colleen


After many collaborative discussions across Red Hat, the theme for 2017 is the impact of the individual.

Why did we choose the impact of the individual as the theme?

This year at Red Hat Summit, we want to celebrate you—the individual. For open source innovation is only possible because of the people behind it.


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Tis’ time Cleveland went DevOps


I’m sitting at the Red Hat Booth at the Information Security Summit at the LaCentre Conference Center on Detroit Road.  I look at the agenda for this Information Security Summit event attended by over 1,000 attendees across 100 sessions sponsored by about 32 forward-thinking organizations – including Red Hat. Innovation and invention are not new to the city of Cleveland – a city that led the nation in patents per capita in 1900.  In 1920, Cuyahoga County had the fourth largest manufacturing economy in America.  Cleveland was one of the leaders in the Industrial Revolution in the yester years.  That said, when it comes to technology today, Cleveland may not be the first city that comes to mind.  Just like there is a call to action for competitive enterprises of the future to make innovation relevant, cities like Cleveland need to take action too.  And taking action it is.  Red Hat is bringing DevOps to Cleveland on Nov 7.

The Information Security Summit itself was a validation of the steps that Cleveland is taking in this direction.  Mobile Monday looked at the pay-offs and concerns associated with mobile content, its development, delivery, storage, and risks.  About 30 vendors displayed the latest in security technology on Tuesday.  Wednesday was Healthcare day atop the Global Center for Health Innovation — a place that I had accidentally encountered in the recent past. Two hundred healthcare and information security professionals including Red Hat gathered to immerse their understanding dedicated to PHI, HIPAA, cloud-based storage and the IoT data protection.

The two-day Information Security Summit itself is Ohio’s most highly attended security conference in Cleveland.  Bob Bragdon,  Publisher of CSO Magazine’s keynote discussed why security is a boardroom issue now and the steps enterprises can take to make security real.  “Does this mean we can do real security now,” challenges Bragdon.  It reminded of a recent Twitter Chat #ChatSTC on the topic of creating a culture of Cybersecurity from the Break Room to the Board Room.

Containers are the new platform of Enterprise IT.  Check out Dan Kuznetsky’s take on how Red Hat combines containers and microservices in interesting ways.  The Microservices Day that I hosted in Minneapolis recently was attended by over 120 next-generation IT enthusiasts who were there to interact with key contributors and committers in the open source community—all 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.

The same Red Hat is bringing the first ever User Group to Cleveland.  The topics being covered are the forward thinking concepts including containers, microservices using technologies like Docker.  Every company is a technology company including KeyBank (also a financial institution of great repute) – who will be sharing their experience using container platforms.  Microsoft, a strategic partner of Red Hat will be presenting on deploying Red Hat solutions on Azure – talk about innovative interoperability.  Needless to say, the User Group will also have sessions on Red Hat technologies that provide today’s enterprises an option to modernize with the backing of a powerful ecosystem of innovation.  An option that makes their IT relevant.

And why not Cleveland, I say!  Tis’ about time.

Please click here to register for the first ever Red Hat User Group in Cleveland at a location in the West Side of Cleveland.  East Siders are welcome too, by the way!  For you see, Red Hat is all about interoperability!

Participate in Red Hat Summit 2017

Celebrate innovation and knowledge at the world’s leading open source technology event. Red Hat is seeking session content and award nominations to help promote and award IT open source expertise and success at Red Hat® Summit 2017.


Call for content now open:

Share your expertise with thousands of IT professionals from a variety of industries. Submit your original idea for a Red Hat Summit session. The deadline is December 2.

Red Hat Innovation Awards:

Know a leader in IT and open source innovation? Nominate an individual or company to win a 2017 Red Hat Innovation Award recognizing their creative thinking, determined problem solving, and open source innovation. The deadline is November 9.

Women in Open Source Awards:

Nominations are open for the 2017 Women in Open Source award. Recognize women making an impact today.

Red Hat Summit sponsorship opportunities now available
Recruitment of partner sponsors for the 2017 Red Hat Summit has begun. Partners of all types from all geographies are encouraged to participate as sponsors, exhibitors and speakers at the event. In 2016, we had record-setting attendance and over 103 partner sponsors at Summit. We look forward to expanding the partner presence in 2017 with your help! Partners interested in sponsoring and exhibiting at Summit may contact sponsorships@redhat.com or complete the Sponsor Interest web form.


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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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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.

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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.

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