Live from OpenStack Summit: Driving new levels of success for our customers

I have always grounded Red Hat Global Services in three things: client success, deep expertise, and emerging technology adoption, whether that be OpenStack, Platform-as-a-Service, containers, or microservices. I was thrilled to attend OpenStack’s annual event this year, OpenStack Summit, to witness and share how we have enabled many of our customers to hit new levels of emerging technology adoption.

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Washington DC public sector: Join Red Hat Consulting and Cisco to explore the Path to Open Cloud

Government agencies face unprecedented pressure from both the public and employees to adopt the digital tools that have revolutionized communications and services elsewhere. As technology developments in the private sector increasingly outpace government’s ability to adopt them, cloud computing offers agencies unique opportunities to overcome many of the traditional barriers to modernization.

But cloud integration is proving more challenging than it first seemed, with aims for federal data to be as transparent and efficient as possible. At this event, we’ll discuss what’s trending in cloud computing and virtualization, how to overcome challenges to benefit from the power of open source, and explore real use cases on how transitioning to the cloud has worked in both the public and private sector.

On April 8, 2014, join Nextgov and the most creative minds in the federal tech space to learn:

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Top 10 posts of 2013

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

As we gear up for the coming year, it would be criminal for us to not to do our very own Top 10 list while we say good night to 2013. Miss something over the last 12 months? Here are our most popular posts from 2013, in their glorious and original form:

Tuning your system with tuned, Wander Boessenkool

Announcing the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening, Randy Russell

Red Hat announces new OpenStack certification, Iain Gray

Guest post: Journey to RHCE and beyond, Christian Stankowic

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Cigna becomes more agile with behavior-driven development

When Cigna developers needed to improve their application testing processes, they teamed up with Red Hat Consulting to implement agile methodologies. Iterative development has helped Cigna prioritize features based on customers’ needs, and as a result, the quality of Cigna’s software has improved.

In the video below, representatives from Cigna and Red Hat Consulting discuss how working together to instill behavior-driven development principles helped Cigna:

• Increase speed to market by aligning application delivery with customer expectations.
• Reduce risk by engaging subject matter experts and stakeholders in regular reviews.
• Sustain application quality by identifying and fixing defects early in project life cycle.
• Ensure on-time delivery and predictable performance.

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Five Questions with…Rich Heironimus, middleware practice lead, Red Hat Consulting

by Rich Heironimus (Red Hat)

It’s no secret that middleware is increasingly a critical component of integrating, automating and accelerating business. With the rapid development of new technologies and platforms, we caught up with Rich Heironimus for his thoughts as to the latest trends arounds middleware, and what it means for developers.

How are customers using middleware today?
Today, middleware is increasingly helping customers achieve business agility. The flexibility that a well-architected system brings to the customer ultimately translates into better business efficiency. Legacy systems are often tightly coupled and making changes becomes more and more expensive over time. Many customers are building an integration or SOA foundation that leverages BPM and BRMS to achieve business agility by deploying their key processes and rules in middleware platforms. As more customers become more globalized, many customers are trying to deploy standardized processes and rules across the region or globe with localized changes or differences. BPM and BRMS middleware is enabling this flexibility.

What are some trends happening right now in the middleware space?
Middleware is being used to reduce the time to market for new applications by leveraging the efficiency driven through integration and BPM/BRMS platforms. Customers are revamping legacy workflow driven applications by refactoring them on a BPM/BRMS platform and owning the changes. Big data is also driving Complex Event processing, rules and process adoption.

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