Building an Open Cloud Strategy

“Choices made, whether bad or good, follow you forever and affect everyone in their path one way or another.” –J.E.B. Spredemann, An Unforgivable Secret

For several years now, one of the most used words in the last couple years in every IT organization has been “cloud”. Why? Because using or providing “cloud” services is one of the main objectives for CIOs and CTOs across the globe. 

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Key Considerations of an Effective Cloud Strategy

A survey conducted by Red Hat among its customer base found that two thirds, or 70 percent, of respondents cited cloud infrastructure to be a top funding priority of 2017. On top of that, 52 percent of organizations stated that cloud strategy will be the main focus of their IT spend in the upcoming year. While it is true that infrastructure can easily be seen as the boring underbelly of IT, it is also true that streamlining and fortifying the foundation of any IT ecosystem via a solid and effective cloud strategy can be crucial to business objectives. An effective cloud strategy involves a few thinking points before one can dig into the work at hand. In the first webinar of a five-part Private Cloud Blog Series, Red Hat’s Stephane Lefrere and Matt Nolan discuss many initial and critically important thinking points in Key Considerations of an Effective Cloud Strategy. Below is a quick recap of the webinar. You also can rewatch it here and sign up for the next ones here.

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Why Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Are Necessary To Achieve A Mature Digital State

In my previous post The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Digital Transformation, I provided an introduction to Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this post, we will build on that knowledge and take a look at why they are necessary capabilities in order for an organisation to reach a mature digital state.

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Standard Operating Environment – Part III: A Reference Implementation

This article was originally posted on OpenSourceArchitects.org.

In the previous article in this series we discussed the workflows and processes involved in an SOE. In the final part of this series we will discuss the implementation and operation of an SOE in practice, using Red Hat Satellite, Ansible Tower, and Jenkins to drive Continuous Integration and testing. This architecture is implemented using the SOE-CI scripts, available here. While this article focuses on using version 1.0 of SOE-CI, please note that a new version of SOE-CI is under development. This is a complete rewrite in Python, using the Nailgun API to satellite and is available here. 1

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Open Digital Platforms

Digital Transformation is a term that’s become almost as ubiquitous as Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what does it actually mean? How is it related to a digital platform and how does the openness of a platform influence its successfulness?

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Pitfalls and Successes in Operational and Cultural Change when Adopting Container Platforms

Failure to Iterate

The technology itself is changing and evolving rapidly. The inability to quickly iterate and consume changes in the products and tooling can put you far behind recent features and potentially cause a lot more rework or re-invention of features already in development. If you try to solve for everything on day one, the time it takes often can put you several versions behind and also could result in solving for scenarios that aren’t necessary at that moment, on both the Infrastructure and the development side.

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Accelerate application development with Event Storming and Open Innovation Labs

Digital Transformation is about embracing the idea that every business is evolving into a technology business in order to compete in the digital economy. This means organizations must shift their mindset from “IT as a cost center” to “IT as an engine of innovation.” But implementing new technology is not enough – effective organizations prioritize the maturation of their people and processes to compete in the digital economy [1].

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Driving success for our clients, this year at Red Hat Summit

I have always grounded Red Hat Global Services in three things: client success, deep expertise, and emerging technology adoption.  In an effort to continue to drive success for our customers and business partners, we’re bringing back the Red Hat Consulting Discovery Series this year at Red Hat Summit in Boston.  Attendees will once again have the opportunity to meet with our subject matter experts in an interactive whiteboarding environment, getting a glimpse into the way services delivers value and takes businesses to the next level.

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