The past two years have seen significant and rapid transformations across various sectors as companies focus on keeping pace with the rapid developments and trying to adapt and address the challenges posed by the pandemic. But now it is necessary to reflect on the current situation and follow up on our achievements.
We noticed how companies around the world went into 100% remote work overnight in almost all business sectors. Regardless of the type and size of the sector, many institutions have adopted distance and on-demand mechanisms. Companies had to deliver goods and provide services to customers without a specific physical impact on the land. We have also seen new technology centers emerge in unexpected places because employees are no longer bound by the need to be in specific cities. Remote workers have recently realized that they do not need to be attached to a physical office, and that organizations focus on recruiting new talent based on skill rather than location.
These are not simple achievements, although this modus operandi is unknown to those who were forced to adapt to an open source world during the Corona pandemic.
Every open source project is done remotely and this has been the case since the advent of this type of project. And just look at the Linux Foundation, which supports more than 2,300 projects. There were more than 28,000 active contributors to these projects in 2021, adding more than 29 million steps of code each week, and with community participants coming from almost every country in the world. Most of these contributors will never meet face-to-face, but they still succeed in driving the next generation of open source software and technology.
Whether we realize it or not, our achievements during the COVID-19 pandemic have brought us closer to the open source enterprise paradigm, which is why innovation in open source solutions and technology currently underlies many aspects of the software world. With this new approach to work, we saw new revenue streams, found new ways to increase efficiency levels, and discovered a new approach to interacting with our clients.
As we approach what we hope will be the end of a few lean years, it’s time to accelerate our progress and build on the lessons we have learned and applied as we move into the digital world around our global businesses, cultures and communities.
The term “new normal” is used to refer to the stable and definitive situation we were in before the pandemic. The truth is it should not be so.
We define the new normal for our companies. How do we want our business to be? How do we want to keep up with the next generation of information technology systems? How can our technical strategies of innovation?
We believe that the only way to get closer to this innovation and apply it to keep up with changing requirements is to adopt advanced open source technologies. This is what will bring us to the new normal. Sophisticated open source code is the foundation for innovation that drives the future of IT, not open or proprietary core software. The only way to improve and adapt to these innovations is through advanced open source technologies.
The new standard for IT ecosystems begins with open source, where open source software offers new and innovative channels that support your inspiration and aspirations. This model has always been Red Hat’s motto – open source practices, code and technology are at the heart of everything we do.
Eight years ago (which is quite a while from an IT perspective), 90% of the companies I spoke to were after a single cloud provider. Many IT executives may have chosen to migrate to the cloud before having a concrete plan on the ground to achieve strategic goals, whether it was to improve their competitive advantage by coming ahead of other companies or as a result of other pressure. Now, almost a decade later, some of the same CEOs are discovering that their choices were not the best, whether in terms of budget, workload, or overall strategy.
In fact, these organizations will not be able to choose the hybrid cloud – it will reach them whether they are ready for it or not. Although the cloud offers great value for some applications, not every application needs to be in a public cloud. Some applications may be better suited to a particular cloud, and some applications may run locally while using services in the cloud model. And therein lies the value of the hybrid cloud – a concept that Red Hat has long embraced.
Business applications, workloads and infrastructure must work wherever necessary to ensure that operations run efficiently and effectively. It can be a data center, a public cloud, multiple public clouds, or on the edge of a network, where computer resources need to be as close to your data as possible. The fifth cloud is not a data center – it is a link between separate cloud environments, devices and diverse workloads built according to open and shared industry standards. This is what Red Hat offers.
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