Digital transformation is going to challenge, disrupt, and divide companies – there will be the digital thrivers and the digital survivors. All aspects of IT are impacted, ushering in a new generation of technology that encompasses real-time decision platforms, cognitive systems, and the Internet of Things. In today’s world of digital transformation, open source software has come to be seen as the best bet for rapidly adapting to new technology trends as it allows a large community of developers to create new applications that can then be converted into enterprise grade products. This contrasts with the “lock-in” mentality of proprietary software where the only innovation can come from the company that created it. Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, will participate in GITEX 2017, taking place Oct. 8-12, 2017, where it will demonstrate how the company’s open source technologies are helping accelerate digital transformation.
As the company continues to focus on driving business growth in the region, Red Hat has significantly increased its investment and presence at GITEX this year. International experts will run ‘Ready to Innovate’ sessions at the company stand, designed to help regional enterprises with their own individual assessment of digital transformation readiness.
Digital transformation requires new IT models, processes, and platforms, running the gamut from DevOps and bimodal IT to container technologies. With a complete DevOps strategy, organisations can begin the culture, process, and platform changes needed to meet the new demands. The result is an IT organisation that can deliver business innovation faster. Red Hat is building the tools, platforms, and infrastructure to support enterprises throughout their DevOps journey spanning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), configuration automation, containers and DevOps consulting services.
A critical decision for a successful digital transformation is the choice of the platform on which applications are developed, integrated, deployed and managed. Container technology above all else has emerged as a convenient and effective means to develop and deploy applications. Red Hat carry out a lot of work with the greater open source community, on container technologies to help improve features, reliability, and security and make sure containers perform and remain stable and secure. At GITEX, Red Hat will demonstrate its container solutions that give enterprises everything they need to implement containers in the enterprise throughout the stack. A key focus here is on Red Hat OpenShift that lets enterprises build easily and quickly, develop, and deploy in nearly any infrastructure, public or private.
Hybrid cloud remains a focal point for Red Hat at GITEX. Hybrid clouds deliver strategic advantages to the business by redirecting resources from lights-on to innovation. They enable faster business service development and deployment and help organisations respond more quickly to opportunities and threats. Hybrid clouds reduce risk by allowing ongoing compliance and runtime management. For this, interoperability is key and this means taking a hybrid approach to managing a cloud, as enabled by open source software, open standards, open application programming interfaces (APIs), and other aspects of openness. Red Hat’s entire cloud portfolio is built around this open hybrid cloud management approach.
Another key focus at GITEX will be on training, certifications and academies. Red Hat executives are keen to spread awareness about Red Hat Academy, an open source education program that provides turnkey curriculum materials for educational programs in high schools and institutions of higher education worldwide. The company has already signed educational institutions like American University of Sharjah (AUS) in UAE and two universities in Saudi Arabia – Dammam University and King Abdulaziz University.
Red Hat will be exhibiting at GITEX stand number CLD-28 in Hall 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).