Red Hat notes open source rise

Wong: Open source lowers costs

Digital transformation and economic crises are pushing business organisations to embrace open source technology, says Red Hat Inc.

"Business organisations are adopting open source software, lowering their operating costs and becoming more scalable, with better time to market, enabling digital transformation," said Damien Wong, vice-president and general manager for Asian growth and emerging markets of Red Hat Inc.

With the stagnant global economy, companies are taking a wait-and-see approach to technology spending, he said.

Open source helps organisations lower upfront investment and leads to faster innovation.

Open source leads to open organisations, configuring their architecture for the future in terms of interoperability and engagement with others through agile and adaptable processes, he said.

Business organisations need to have an open mind and culture to embrace changes and unlock potential, as there will always be danger and opportunity in crises.

Margaret Dawson, head of global product marketing for Red Hat, said a survey titled "Global Customer Tech Outlook" of over 400 Red Hat customers in 51 countries found digital transformation is a must because of demand from new business models and product services.

That transformation can be difficult because the chief information officer is required to be a digital strategist, she said.

In 2019, the top three IT spending priorities are IT operation automation, cloud infrastructure and security, unlike in 2018, when security was ranked first. The need for automation is the first priority as it reduces cost and increase productivity, while cloud infrastructure will result in a move to more hybrid cloud strategies. Red Hat wants to offer open hybrid cloud to enable customers agility and workload portability across the IT environment.

Mr Wong said Red Hat still operates independently after being acquired by IBM, with better reciprocity as Red Hat can reach more customers, offer cross-selling opportunities and access technology resources as well as accelerate the expansion of its open source portfolios.

"The combination of IBM and Red Hat will create a leading hybrid/multi-cloud provider. There is not any impact on customers and Red Hat continues to have a unique culture," he said.

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