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Struggling with Digital Transformation? Here’s why Red Hat OpenStack Might be the Answer

Enterprise Software | Posted on December 31, 2018

Organizations are increasingly looking to open source clouds and platforms to close skills gaps and prepare for the coming wave of digital transformation disruptions.

Consider this report from MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte. The study showed nine in 10 global executives predict their industries will be disrupted by digital trends. Unfortunately, only 44% of those same executives felt their organization was adequately prepared for the coming disruptions.

Interestingly, the ill-prepared companies weren’t just lacking the right tools and technology to straddle digital change. They were missing the people, processes and cultural requirements for digital transformation, too.

This gives an explanation for the rise of open source cloud solutions, such as Red Hat OpenStack, across organizations of all sizes. Not only does open source grant businesses a toolkit to take on digital disruption and hybrid cloud management, it equips them with the right approaches, from people to processes, to succeed in a new, ever-changing era of digital disruption.

Disruption is open source by nature

Digital transformation isn’t a monolithic force, but a mosaic of multiple inter-connected, technologies and processes. These are the buzzwords and trends you see popping up on your radars, including big data, mobile, social, cloud infrastructure, containers and DevOps, to name a few.

It’s important to note that all these key digital innovations are inherently powered by open source. The biggest implementation of big data — Hadoop— is based on open source technology. The largest mobile operating system is based on Linux, which is open source. The biggest social players — from Facebook, to Twitter, to AirBnb — are all massively invested in open source technologies and lean, collaborative processes. The leading container cores — Kubernetes and Moby — are open source. Today’s largest public cloud platform and IaaS providers use open source software, and the most-used private cloud product is Red Hat OpenStack.

If digital transformation is inherently open source, it stands to reason that your best bet at riding the coming wave of disruption will be on open source cloud solutions.


Unlocking the key use cases of digital transformation

No surprise, then, that a majority of the world’s most successful organizations rely on open source cloud solutions to unlock the promises of digital transformation. As a prime example, more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on Red Hat’s open source solutions.

That’s not to say open source is reserved for only the largest enterprises. The beauty of “open” means the same innovations leveraged by the F500 are equally available to the world’s small and medium sized businesses, too.

To get specific, open source helps deliver the core use cases that organizations of all sizes look for when it comes to digital transformation, such as:

  • Optimizing existing IT: While the pressure is on to adopt new technologies, organizations must also bring balance to existing investments. Open source technologies, culture and processes allows businesses to optimize their existing IT by maximizing the potential of owned assets. As a result, they can bring innovation and insights to the business while also modernizing systems that help run and protect the business, today.
  • Achieving hybrid cloud agility: Open source also helps drive hybrid cloud agility, with scale-as-you-grow architectures that allow for rapid delivery of new capabilities beyond the limitations of on-premise hardware and software. Business can effectively achieve a  hybrid IT state with integrated suites of open source software, that combine a container-based application development platform and massively scalable cloud infrastructure, with a unified management framework that allows workloads to be deployed across any cloud environment.
  • Developing cloud-native applications: Businesses seek to embrace a cloud-native approach to iteratively and quickly deliver products that matter to the business and its customers. Often, cloud-native applications rely on innovative, open source technologies, like containers and microservices, to streamline maintenance and allow portability across complex hybrid cloud environments.
  • Automating processes: To remain competitive, organizations must deliver services faster and more efficiently. This shift in delivery means rapid changes in infrastructure, adoption of cloud technologies, enhanced development environments, and new processes that anticipate customer needs and future disruption. Open source solutions, such as Red Hat’s Ansible, provide automated IT management solutions to free up your operations team so that they can keep pace with the demands of your lines of business, development teams, and customers.

Open source for the people (and processes)

Open source technologies alone will not be enough to straddle the coming wave of innovation. Organizations must also embrace a new culture of collaboration and transparency, as well as processes such as DevOps.

Which is why the leading open source solutions, such as Red Hat, don’t just stop at technological solutions. They also provide the foundations, training and change management resources needed to elevate your people and your processes, too.


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