I picture myself at the Red Hat booth engaging in thought provoking conversations with the attendees at the National Retailers Federation Conference in New York. I take pause to review the Ten Commandments for Retail Business and Technology and think about the different ways Red Hat solutions effectively enable the business of retail. What is interesting is that the salient, defining aspects of the retail industry can be intuitively paired up with logical solution sets from Red Hat — paving the way for seamless automation across the retail ecosystem the Red Hat way. Join me as I walk you through the portions of retail that lend themselves for effective automation — we could even take a cue from the 6 ways automation impacts the enterprise in 2018!
2017 started off with the National Retail Federation #NRF2017 conference where I almost went through a digital transformation of sorts — actually beginning to like shopping after all!The pragmatic application of technology to innovatively change the consumer experience was a key factor in my transformation. This metamorphosis continued through 2017 through multiple thought leadership sessions as well as Executive Roundtables giving rise to the 5 principles of Retail Digital Transformation. As I gear up to attend the #NRF2018 conference with the Red Hat team, there is a common theme emerging across these experiences. Hello Automation!
While network functions virtualization (NFV) proof-of-concept deployments and education continue to rise, there is still much to be done to realize all the benefits offered by NFV. To help communication service providers (CSPs) find the right path to deployment, Timo Jokiaho, head of Red Hat’s EMEA telco technology office, recently joined Bryan Madden, director of marketing for Intel’s network platforms group, for an interview at the SDN NFV World Congress to share how the two companies are collaborating to support NFV infrastructure (NFVi) deployments.
It may still be two months out, but buzz is building for Mobile World Congress 2018. Billed as the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, the conference will be held Feb. 26 – Mar. 1 in Barcelona. There will be keynotes and panel discussions, a product and technology exhibition featuring 1,700 exhibitors and much more. As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event to network, showcase and exchange ideas, and plenty of Red Hat employees, partners and customers will be among them. We’ve got a booth, demos and a keynote!
Financial services is becoming a digital business, and that digital heartbeat brings with it many opportunities as well as significant challenges. Clients today are much savvier and have higher expectations for exceptional digital experiences, and traditional asset and wealth managers, banks and insurance companies are under intense competitive pressure, not only from one another, but from non-traditional entrants new to the market. To remain relevant, financial institutions need to deliver superior client experiences across channels, remain agile to navigate the changes, reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies, and most importantly, innovate. At the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 in Orlando, I shared how application modernization can help financial services institutions do just that.
Deploying network functions virtualization (NFV) offers a host of benefits for telecommunication service providers, such as lowering costs, increasing flexibility, and speeding time-to market. And some of the largest service providers in the world are already reaping those benefits, by transforming from big-iron networks to cloud-based, software centric virtualized networks. Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, December 12 at 11 a.m. ET to get your business on the path to NFV.
Open banking is rapidly changing how banks make information available to their customers. It is also accelerating the adoption of application programming interface (API) management tools to industrialize the deployment of public-facing APIs. My colleague Cheryl Chiodi recently wrote about the challenges and opportunities on meeting the directive by member financial organizations (you can read it here: Open Banking – How to Leverage Open APIs for Competitive Advantage in Financial Services). My post extends that discussion, focusing specifically on API security, and in particular the importance of open identity.
To gain maximum benefit from cloud transformation, communication service providers must evolve from virtualization of network functions to truly cloud-native design. This evolution delivers improved scalability, faster innovation and a more rapid response to customer demands. Join us for a webinar with Nokia on Tuesday, December 5 as we discuss requirements, benefits and use case examples of going cloud native with open source.
The beauty of open source software is that anyone can download the code and then install, configure and use it. The challenge is doing so in a production environment at scale. That’s what communications service providers (CSPs) face as they build out platforms at scale to operate cloud environments that serve millions of users. These cloud platforms include compute, networking and storage hardware as well as software to automate, manage, monitor and secure the platform.
Digital transformation is about using technologies to achieve agility, responsiveness, elasticity, and speed. According to Ross Turk, Red Hat’s director of product marketing, that means telcos and other companies can respond to business demands more quickly and take advantage of success when it happens. So, what role does storage have in all of this? During his presentation Storage and Your Digital Transformation at Red Hat Summit last spring, Ross shared planning principles and solutions for bringing digital transformation into the core of the datacenter.