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Vodafone Idea, Infosys, Indigo and Tata AIG Crowned Winners of the Red Hat APAC Innovation Awards 2019 in India

Recognized for their transformative use of open source to continuously innovate and future-proof the business

Bengaluru, India

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the winners of the 2019 Red Hat APAC Innovation Awards for India. Vodafone Idea and Tata AIG were recognized at Red Hat Forum Mumbai, India on Nov 5, 2019, while Infosys and Indigo were recognized at Red Hat Forum Bengaluru, India, on Nov 7, 2019 for their outstanding and innovative usage of Red Hat solutions.

It is heartening to see so many organizations using open source to gain exceptional transformation capabilities and digital mastery. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and we hope that they will serve as an inspiration and catalyst to other businesses in Asia Pacific to achieve the same feat and thrive in the digital age.

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

With the theme "Expand Your Possibilities", the Red Hat Forum APAC 2019 aims to inspire organizations to think beyond their normal day-to-day, and the challenges they face, and explore ways open source can help generate impactful innovations. One way of doing so is by honoring organizations that have demonstrated creative thinking, determined problem-solving and transformative uses of Red Hat technology through the 2019 Red Hat APAC Innovation Awards.

The winners were selected based on the impact of their Red Hat deployments on their business, industry and the community. They showcased how open source tools and culture were key to achieving efficiency, productivity, and agility – all of which can enable continuous innovation and help them create a flexible foundation that can meet an organization’s needs today and well into the future.

Category: Cloud Infrastructure

Winner: Vodafone Idea Ltd.

Vodafone Idea, India's leading telecom service provider, has always been an early adopter of emerging technologies bringing world-class offerings to both its enterprise and retail customers. To continue being at the forefront of innovation, the organization adopted Red Hat OpenStack Platform,  Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. With the largest distributed cloud deployment in the country, Vodafone Idea is transforming its distributed data centre network across 100 locations in India into a 'Universal Cloud,' where a shared software platform is capable of running multiple workloads e.g. Network, IT and third party applications across its distributed cloud locations. The provider is opening its network with standard API’s to facilitate third parties in accelerating cloud innovation, and reduce costs. The new network platform supports Vodafone Idea in optimising costs, accelerating consumption of cloud services and future proofing the network supporting enterprise digitization.

Categories: Digital Transformation, Modern Application Development

Winner: Infosys Limited (Infosys)

Infosys is an Indian multinational corporation that enables enterprises in more than 46 countries to navigate digital transformation. With more than three decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of global enterprises, the company’s internal IT services strive to embrace new technologies ahead of the curve to stay relevant. As part of this effort, Infosys wanted to enable a Platform-as-a-Service environment built on flexible open source technologies as part of its own digital transformation and cloud native development journey.

The company deployed Red Hat Cloud Suite, Red Hat Middleware, and Red Hat Ansible Automation  to build next-generation digital capabilities like AI and Automation. This has helped the organization accelerate customer engagement across verticals by enhancing speed to market, consolidate the infrastructure across development centers, and reduce footprints in data centers by about 80%.

Categories: IT Optimization, Agile Integration

Winner: InterGlobe Aviation Ltd (Indigo Airline)

InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, popularly known as Indigo, is India’s largest passenger airline. The airline uses various Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products specific to the airline industry, as well as for generic functions such as finance. Additionally, the company also has several self-developed applications for its specific requirements such as HR, crew training, catering menu, and more. Indigo implemented Red Hat Fuse  and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to integrate these disparate applications and siloed data. Red Hat Consulting also collaborated with Indigo to help design the solution and provided hands-on expert support and training through the initial deployment. This resulted in improved business agility and speed to add new features, and reduced fuel costs.

The Agile Integration category recognizes organisations which have showcased the projects that best represent the value of agile integration. The Cloud Infrastructure category recognizes organizations that have successfully showcased a collaborative public, private, or open hybrid cloud deployment. The Digital Transformation category recognizes organizations that have successfully addressed IT challenges and delivered business value to effectively compete as a digital enterprise. The IT Optimization category recognizes organizations that have showcased the most outstanding transition from legacy IT to becoming a self-service leader and business partner in the digital world.

Winners will be recognized at each event in the 10-stop Red Hat Forum APAC series. Each event will feature a maximum of two winning projects, with both enterprise and government organizations are encouraged to participate.

Supporting Quotes:

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

"Open source has the power to not only improve IT systems but also transform how we interact and solve problems collectively. It is heartening to see so many organizations using open source to gain exceptional transformation capabilities. Congratulations to this year’s winners; we hope that they will serve as an inspiration and catalyst to other businesses in Asia Pacific to achieve the same feat and thrive in the digital age."

Vishant Vora, chief technology officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd.

"Our collaboration with Red Hat has helped us deploy Universal Cloud based on open standards and systems. Effective working with various ecosystem stakeholders and rapid development cycles has enabled us to design efficient pods for widely distributed deployments running throughput intensive workloads. We now plan to extend this Universal Cloud as a platform to third-party workloads."

Gautam Khanna, vice president and head, modernization practice, Infosys

"We have seen a surge in the number of clients across industries interested in open source led agile and digital solutions based on Red Hat offerings such as Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Middleware, and Red Hat Ansible Automation, among others. The ability to optimize utilization and auto scale when required has also made a significant impact on our infrastructure. We look forward to our continued work with Red Hat in delivering powerful industry solutions to our clients."

Sourav Sinha, chief information officer,  InterGlobe Aviation Ltd (Indigo Airline)

"Today, IT plays a huge role in the lives of both our customers and our employees. With Red Hat Fuse and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, we have been able to enable easier integration of data, thereby improving the overall customer experience. Customers now have to spend less time waiting at the airport and have access to real-time, accurate information resulting in better services and engagement."

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