Red Hat Innovation Awards
2013 Red Hat Innovator of the Year: Cigna shows how innovation is done
In 2011, Cigna gave a small team of engineers the freedom and capital to radically improve its IT provisioning process. Using Red Hat's open source Linux®, middleware, and virtualization products, plus Red Hat® consulting services, the team created Cigna Private Cloud, a wildly successful self-service provisioning system.
Now Cigna's development and infrastructure teams are seamlessly aligned. They deliver business applications to internal customers faster than ever and slashed provisioning time and costs. Cigna is working on version 2 of CPC and even trying to reproduce Red Hat's community approach to development. Learn more about Cigna's extraordinary IT transformation.
What are Red Hat Innovation Awards
Each year, Red Hat recognizes the technological achievements of individuals, companies, and partners worldwide that demonstrate creative thinking, determined problem solving, and innovative use of Red Hat solutions.
Nominations for the 2014 Red Hat Innovation Awards are now closed. Want to learn about the 2015 Red Hat Innovation Awards? Sign up and we'll send you more information.
How the process works
Customers and partners can nominate their organizations for any of the 5 award categories. An industry-expert panel of judges will recognize 1 winner in each category. From these winners, a Red Hat Innovator of the Year will be chosen by the community through online voting. We'll announce the big winner during a special awards ceremony hosted by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst at the 2014 Red Hat Summit, April 14-17 in San Francisco.
What do Red Hat Innovation Awards winners get?
- 2 complimentary Red Hat Summit passes
- 2 invitations to a special reception at Red Hat Summit
- Your company featured in the 2014 Red Hat Innovation Award press release (read the 2013 Red Hat Innovation Award press release)
- Promotion of your story on the Red Hat Summit website and in email campaigns and newsletters
- You and your company featured predominately on site through print materials at the Red Hat Summit
- Rewards towards the Red Hat Innovation Advocates program
The 2013 Red Hat Innovation Award Winners include:
Optimized Systems Category
Booz Allen Hamilton - The Department of Defense (DoD) hired technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton to transform its aging and inflexible architecture into one that supports elasticity and flexibility during spikes in user demand. Using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss® Middleware, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Booz Allen Hamilton created a private cloud and elastic infrastructure that is forecast to save more than US$5 million through fiscal year 2015 and has increased agility and flexibility.
Next Generation Business Application
Nación Servicios S.A. - The Argentina-based government set out to improve its population's quality of life with a new transportation project, the Joint Electronic Ticket System (SUBE). This online service gives Buenos Aires citizens the ability to purchase bus, subway, and train transportation via an electronic payment card. The company used Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform as the foundation for the new system, which currently supports more than 11 million customer cards online.
Outstanding Open Source Architecture
Cigna - As healthcare reform introduced new regulations that demanded greater business and IT agility, one of the largest health service companies in the world embarked on a company-wide business transformation project to evolve its internal Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) strategy. By using Red Hat's enterprise Linux, middleware, and virtualization solutions, Cigna has successfully designed and built a self-service provisioning component to develop frameworks and solutions that will be used to transform Cigna IT, while also rapidly responding to new healthcare regulations.
Roche - The European research-based healthcare company needed to revamp its middleware platform infrastructure for shared environments worldwide. Roche looked to open source technology as the foundation for its migration. Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat JBoss Data Services, and Red Hat JBoss Operations Network have provided the framework for Roche to drastically improve its application delivery time from 3 weeks to 3 days.
Extensive Partner Ecosystem
Stylmark, Inc. - Stylmark, Inc. is a leading provider of customized aluminum structures, lighting, graphic displays, and framing systems in retail, grocery, and hospitality environments for companies seeking to create or update spaces to allure and engage their customers. A long-time Red Hat customer, the company selected Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as a key IT infrastructure component, which has influenced the company to use additional open source solutions to enhance its own product portfolio. By using Red Hat technology, the company's IT staff can now spend more time on new applications to enhance business, while gaining a more competitive edge.
Best Middleware Implementation
Spin Systems, Inc. - Asked to develop a healthcare data collection and aggregation system by a US DoD agency, Spin Systems used Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat JBoss Middleware to build a system that has collected more than 1.2 billion records a day from medical diagnostic devices, electronic medical records, information kiosks, and a broad range of other sources. In addition to reducing costs and improving efficiency, with the new solution, DoD professionals can now access healthcare records in minutes.
Best Storage Implementation
Intuit, Inc. - Data and storage management is vital to Intuit's business, and a high level of performance is required, especially during peak periods for its TurboTax suite of tax preparation offerings. Red Hat Storage gives Intuit innovative file systems that scale, improving application performance and high availability for applications across multiple datacenters. By partnering with Red Hat, Intuit has become a pioneer in moving forward with cutting-edge technology and experienced a breakthrough in scalability—all while reducing cost.
Red Hat Innovation Award Alumni Group
For the past 7 years, these leading organizations from around the world have been recognized for their innovative use of Red Hat technology in the Red Hat Innovation Awards.
- New York & Company
- Rancore Technologies
- Santos - We have the Energy
- SNS REAAL
- DreamWorks Animation SKG
- Travel Channel
- Life Spring
- Union Pacific