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Earlier today, we announced the winners of the 2021 Red Hat Innovation Awards, recognizing the technological achievements of our customers around the world. Each year we receive so many strong entries that showcase creative problem-solving, innovative thinking and transformative uses of Red Hat technology that we want to bring more of those stories to you. 

This year’s honorable mentions highlight an additional group of customers using open source technology to make waves in their respective industries - Moody’s Corporation, NTT DATA Corporation, TIAA and Vodafone Idea Limited


Moody’s is a global risk assessment firm that empowers organizations to make better decisions through data, analytical solutions and insights. Faced with legacy application platforms that was nearing the end of its lifecycle, Moody’s was limited by slow, manual processes that were inefficient and prone to error. With the goal of reducing code production from months to only three days, Moody’s embarked on Project Apollo, an internal endeavor aimed at delivering a platform based on DevOps principles and running containerized applications. It chose Red Hat OpenShift as the foundation for the platform, and teamed with Red Hat Consulting, Red Hat Technical Account Manager and Red Hat Training and Certification. The project has revolutionized Moody’s deployment model, eliminating handoffs, increasing releases from 8-10 per year to 8-10 per quarter, reducing development lead time from 4-6 weeks to just one hour and enabling the team to decommission 4-5 redundant test environments.

Read Moody’s full Red Hat success story.

NTT DATA Corporation 

Headquartered in Japan, NTT DATA Corporation is a global IT services organization, focused on enterprise digital transformation, creating greater value for clients and partners. Many customers in the Japanese financial services sector faced a growing need to improve operational efficiency, which required the modernization of legacy systems to increase the speed and efficiency of application development while remaining in compliance with strict industry regulations. To help meet this need, NTT DATA used Red Hat technologies including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Ansible Automation and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and worked with Red Hat Consulting services to build OpenCanvas. The platform operates as a digital transformation platform to serve financial institutions, public institutions, and many other customers, helping to modernize its cloud service infrastructure and boost efficiency through platform enhancements like containerization. By using Red Hat technologies, NTT DATA saw a faster return-on-investment of virtual infrastructure, reduced operating costs and an expanded service offering for customers to support the largest financial service delivery platform in Japan.

Read NTT DATA’s full Red Hat success story.


Founded more than 100 years ago, TIAA is a Fortune 100 financial services organization and the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and governmental fields serving more than 5 million individuals and more than 15,000 institutions in 24 countries. In 2018, TIAA made a decision to insource their compliance application to lower the cost of providing the service, to facilitate rapid changes to meet marketplace needs, while modernizing it into a cloud-ready architecture. The end result was a platform that could offer more application control and flexibility, greater technology alignment, a better user experience, and rapid software development, all built on cloud-ready architectures and driven by scaled agile and DevOps models.  Using Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Consulting services, the new platform helped TIAA’s team improve test execution time, increase time-to-market by five times, improve rapid release feature up to 50 times faster, automate processes for a 100 times faster check-out and stand up new environments up to 2,000 times faster. 

Read TIAA’s full Red Hat success story.

Vodafone Idea Limited 

Our 2020 Innovator of the Year winner, Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) is India’s leading telecom operator providing world-class connectivity to more than 270 million mobile customers as of Dec. 2020. With a large spectrum portfolio to support the growing demand for data and voice, the company is committed to deliver engaging customer experiences and contribute towards creating a truly “digital India” by enabling millions of citizens to connect with each other. Faced with frequent service-level agreement (SLA) breaches that lead to financial penalties and service credits, slow deployment time that delayed service delivery and high operational costs due to inefficient resource usage, VIL sought to standardize on an enterprise-wide automation solution. Using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform VIL’s teams were able to automate end-to-end requirements, driving standardization and delivering a unified platform that integrated with its existing tools. As a long-time strategic partner of VIL, IBM managed the IT infrastructure for this project and collaborated with Red Hat on how to optimize, standardize and automate VIL's IT. With this newfound cross-business platform, VIL was able to optimize costs, increase user productivity, consolidate tool silos and improve overall operational efficiency.

Read Vodafone Idea Limited’s full Red Hat success story.

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