EMEA Partner Conference 2012 In Review

by Jessica Benton (Red Hat)

Istanbul, Turkey, 8-9 November

Over 100 attendees gathered together this November for Red Hat’s 2012 EMEA Training Partner Conference, taking over Istanbul’s Elite World Hotel. Partners and individuals from South Africa to Finland to Morocco to Russia and all points in between shared experiences and learned new ways to train and certify IT professionals, and how to optimize the customer experience. Those in attendance were partners and individuals that help us deliver training throughout Europe and the world, including Certified Training Partners (CTPs), Delivery Partners, Contractor Instructors, and Training Resellers and Distributors.

The week included presentations covering such topics as industry trends, quality approaches of Red Hat courses and various Red Hat offerings, including virtual training, new courses, and certifications, as well as a keynote from Werner Knoblich, VP and General Manager of Red Hat EMEA. Attendees were also able to share best practices with one another through numerous business and technical sessions, which included sales and marketing topics for reseller and CTP attendees, as well as middleware and infrastructure topics.

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Migration strategy 2.0: Plan a services-focused approach for greatest success

by Thomas Crowe (Red Hat)

As an experienced IT professional, chances are you’ve been involved with a migration of some sort. Whether it’s a simple migration, such as moving static data to another node or a highly complex migration across datacenters, all successful migrations have one thing in common – rock solid planning. Migrations that are attempted without the requisite planning can be fraught with peril, and end up with disastrous consequences

Ultimately, users, our customers, do not really care if a given server is up or down. They care whether they can access a specific application, such as email, a web site, or data. It is the service that users care about, and it is the service in which migration planning needs to be focused.

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Favorites for the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

Below are links to some pages and articles we found this week and really liked.

Red Hat
Taste of Training: Managing software on a RHEL system, RedHat
The business value of open source software, ServicesSpeak
Red Hat Linux born on Halloween, InternetNews
Red Hat Enterprise Linux achieves top security certification, NetSecurity
Red Hat CloudForms: Delivering managed flexibility for the cloud, InfoWorld
Facebook, AMD, Red Hat, Canonical partner for ARM push, BitTech

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Business value of open source software

by Satish Irrinki (Red Hat)

It’s a truism that adopting open source software (OSS) reduces costs, but that’s not all. Let’s make a deeper dive into the business value of adopting OSS and uncover how the adoption provides immense value at multiple levels of an organization. The value proposition for OSS can be attributed to three groups within an organization – Technical Buyers, Business Buyers, and Economic Buyers.

Technical Buyers
Technical buyers can be best described as the line managers who are operating under stringent budgets to do more with fewer resources. As a result they aim to reduce costs and increase efficiencies within their operating units. In a bid to increase their resources utilizations, the technical buyers seek to increase reliability and flexibility in their operations. To achieve these goals they use systems that are reliable, adhere to standard specifications, and low in cost.

The high level of collaboration and contribution within the OSS development model accelerates the number of features that typical open source software provides. Availability of source code allows the adopters to make custom changes and tailor the software for specific needs. The ability to reuse software components across the organization (develop once and use within multiple systems) reduces the unit cost of development. These virtues of OSS mesh well with the goals of technical buyers and make OSS a viable option when making technology decisions.

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Video Blog: An introduction to Red Hat Online Learning

by Pete Hnath (Red Hat)

Learning is a continuous process throughout a career. It can be a challenge to get away from the “day job” to attend a week of training. Traditional eLearning is fine for some things, but its not a good fit for IT professionals who expect a robust lab environment and don’t care for Flash animations. Ideally, a self-paced training program would deliver the quality of experience they get from a traditional class, but on their own schedule.

Red Hat Training has just launched a new self-paced training offering called Red Hat Online Learning (ROLE) that we believe does just that. Red Hat Online Learning features a true lab environment delivered via the Amazon cloud, enabling students to complete the same labs they would in a traditional classroom. The course content is based closely on our coursebooks which have been extended into a more narrative format appropriate for self-study. To deliver the insights a student would typically get from the instructor, each Red Hat Online Learning course includes dozens of recorded screencasts, produced by former senior Red Hat instructors. Together, the labs, course materials and screencasts provide a robust, multi-faceted learning experience that is as close to the classroom experience as we could get.

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Favorites for the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

Below are links to some pages and articles we found this week and really liked.

Red Hat
Individual exam sessions now available in Dallas, Raleigh, RedHat
The evolution of operational efficiency, ServicesSpeak
Red Hat Challenge announced for Asian students, Softpedia
Red Hat integrates SAP applications as part of JBoss way, CBR
Open Stack gets integrated into Red Hat, InternetNews

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