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ANZ Bank and New Zealand Customs Service Honored as Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC 2018 Winners in ANZ

Recognized for their strategic use of open source innovation

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the winners of the Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC 2018 for the Australia and New Zealand region. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ Bank) and New Zealand Customs Service (NZ Customs) were recognized at the Red Hat Forum Sydney on Nov. 21, 2018, for their outstanding and innovative usage of Red Hat solutions.

Inspired by the theme of the Red Hat Forum APAC 2018, “Ideas Worth Exploring,” Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC recognize organizations that are modernizing and optimizing their IT infrastructure using open source to be more efficient, flexible and agile. Winners were selected based on the business value and impact delivered by their Red Hat deployments.

Categories: Modern Application Development and Digital Transformation

Winner: ANZ Bank

ANZ Bank (ANZ) is one of the five largest listed companies in Australia by market capitalization and a leading bank in New Zealand, serving both consumers and businesses in the region. In 2017, ANZ needed to increase the speed of its software release cycle after the work in their API platform had grown significantly during the previous year. To enable a continuous integration and continuous delivery process, ANZ migrated to a solution based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Gluster Storage, Red Hat Ansible Tower, and Red Hat Satellite.

The project began in phases in 2017, with migration of more than 25 services into containers within nine months. Using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, ANZ reports it reduced deployment time from hours to minutes, allowed development teams to deploy their own code into production, automated configuration, and enabled zero downtime deployments. The team also engaged Red Hat Consulting to help upskill the team and migrate the solution.

Since its initial rollout, ANZ added a Blue-Green deployment capability - a methodology that creates two identical production environments which enable upgrades to be made in the parallel environment and facilitate rollbacks to the old environment should a problem surface - in a matter of weeks. This created a continuous integration (CI) service that superseded its old CI processes.

The Modern Application Development category recognizes the organization’s overall performance in creating, maintaining, and deploying successful business applications through the use of agile methodologies.

Categories: Enterprise Integration and Digital Transformation

Winner: NZ Customs

The NZ Customs protects and promotes New Zealand at the border.

As part of this role, NZ Customs installed eGates (formerly SmartGates) - an automated self-service passport check system that provides faster border clearance. Between 20,000 and 25,000 passengers use the eGates daily, with international visitor arrivals forecasted to increase by 4.8 percent per annum over the next five years. To enable smoother processing at the borders and to avoid increasing staff workload, NZ Customs embarked on an eGate upgrade project.

With the help of SECTION6, an open source enterprise solutions consultancy and a Red Hat partner, NZ Customs Service developed a solution architecture based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP), Red Hat Fuse, and Red Hat AMQ. With this new Red Hat-based platform, NZ Customs Service can more rapidly deliver modern applications and services, helping to modernise its entire portfolio of applications. Using open source technologies also became a catalyst for innovation at NZ Customs, helping to increase productivity and provide better service quality.

The upgraded eGate solution improved processing for both frontline staff and travelers. Based on its internal calculations, NZ Customs was able to increase the number of passengers processed by the modernized eGates, reduce manual processing, and reduce the average time required to process each passenger through the eGates. 

The Enterprise Integration category recognizes organizations that best represent the value of agile integration. The Digital Transformation category recognizes organizations that have successfully addressed IT challenges and delivered business value to effectively compete as a digital enterprise.

As part of the 11-stop Red Hat Forum APAC event series, winners for the Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC 2018 will be announced at each stop. Each event will recognize a maximum of two winning projects, with both enterprise and government organizations encouraged to participate.

Supporting Quotes

Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, senior vice president and general manager, APAC, Red Hat

“Open source is used by organizations across the Asia Pacific region to help address challenges in the digital age. The Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC celebrate organizations that have successfully transformed their IT infrastructure to address new customer demands, accelerate innovation, and drive business results. Congratulations to this year’s winners; we look forward to continuing to help enterprises innovate the open source way.”

Gerard Florian, group executive technology, ANZ

“ANZ is building a more adaptable bank to better meet the changing needs of our customers. Support from our vendors, such as Red Hat, are enabling this transformation.”

Mat Black, Chief Architect, New Zealand Customs Service

“New Zealand Customs is delighted to receive this award. Our upgraded eGate border processing solution has enabled faster and more reliable processing of passengers at the border which has improved their traveling experience and has allowed us to better cope with an increasing traveler population. The success of the project has clearly demonstrated the value that can be realized in a public service setting by working in an agile, collaborative way. As a result, agile and DevOps practices are being adopted to help accelerate other important pieces of work at New Zealand Customs. The confidence and trust that we have received from our key technology and business stakeholders would not have been possible without the support of SECTION6 and Red Hat.”

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