Proctor, Mark

For the last 10 years, Mark’s focus has been on developing knowledge engineering systems in Java in his role as a platform architect at Red Hat. Mark is the co-founder of the Drools project, a leading Java expert system tool, and is responsible for all technologies related to rules, processes, events, ontologies, and intelligent agents at Red Hat.

Holmes, Justin

Justin Holmes was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia, where he studied the connections between computing and the humanities, earning a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Justin specializes in developing business rules and business process management solutions and he has delivered projects for the health insurance, financial services, and retail industries. He has been with Red Hat since 2011.

Balunas, Jay

Jay Balunas, founder of the AeroGear project, leads mobile initiatives for Red Hat JBoss Middleware. He’s spent 15+ years in the industry, designing and implementing solutions around client and mobile device integration, web tier frameworks, UI design, and backend integration. He is passionate about open source, standards, and is one of Red Hat’s W3C representatives. Jay blogs about mobile technologies, HTML5, and other rich internet application technologies at

Fisher, Yan

Yan Fisher is responsible for technical marketing for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Yan has a deep background in systems design and architecture. He has spent the past 20 years of his career working in the computer and telecommunication industries, where he tackled as diverse areas as sales and operations to performance and benchmarking. With a passion for solutions-oriented marketing he is known for bringing a customer-centric perspective into traditional IT discussions and having an eye for innovative approaches that stand out in the competitive landscape.

Jim Whitehurst keynote kicks off Red Hat Summit 2013

Big data. Cloud computing. Commoditization of software. All are key aspects of modern technology—and they’re talked about a lot. But the real fundamental shift, according to Red Hat CEO and president, Jim Whitehurst, is how we innovate today. Whitehurst outlined his definition of innovation in his 2013 Red Hat Summit keynote on Tuesday evening. Previously, innovation involved an individual entrepreneur or in a small group. Today, open collaboration and innovation are what Whitehurst calls the new “social technology” that allows us to do things like move business functions to the cloud. Open innovation has three core characteristics:

  1. Allows users to solve their own problems
  2. Gets vendors to work together
  3. Focuses on continuous improvement

Why is this important today? Whitehurst says it’s because technology exists to support open innovation. In fact, he believes your technology choice is actually your innovation choice. And if you choose a proprietary, or closed, solution, you’re committing your business and resources to that solution for at least three years. Choosing an infrastructure solution isn’t like ordering from a Chinese menu, Whitehurst says. You’re actually choosing your businesses’ innovation model.

He made the case for open source technology and the cloud by stating that beyond Microsoft Azure, there isn’t a cloud computing model that’s not built on open source software.

In closing, Whitehurst reminded us all that we’re not attendees at Red Hat Summit—we’re participants.

“Innovation works when we collaborate, share ideas, and make connections,” Whitehurst said. “If it’s not here with these people, then when is it?”

When asked about his reaction to Whitehurst’s keynote, Red Hat Summit attendee Pankaj Gautam from said, “I heard what I expected to hear from Red Hat regarding the power of open source technology.” He added that it’s difficult to get projects rolling with proprietary technology at He also thinks Red Hat solutions are the “direction we have to go” to innovate more quickly.