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Red Hat Innovation Awards

We don't like to brag—unless it's about our customers

The Red Hat Innovation Awards recognize the technological achievements of our customers and partners worldwide who demonstrate creative thinking, determined problem solving, and innovative use of Red Hat® solutions. The winners are showcased each year during our annual Red Hat Summit conference.

Voting for the 2016 Red Hat Innovator of the Year is now closed.

Check out the stories of all our 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards winners below.

2016 RED HAT INNOVATION AWARDS WINNERS

Celebrating 10 years of innovation with Red Hat

Honoring outstanding and innovative customers and partners since 2007

This year makes 10 years of Red Hat's Innovation Awards at Red Hat Summit. Since 2007, Red Hat customers and partners have been honored for their outstanding and innovative use of Red Hat solutions. Check out our Red Hat Innovation Awards winners from the past decade.

Award process

How does the Red Hat Innovation Awards process work?

Customers and partners can nominate themselves within any of the following categories:

  • Infrastructure
  • Modernize
  • Transform
  • Cloud
  • Accelerate, integrate, automate
  • Application development

Our panel of industry-expert judges will recognize 1 winning project in each of the 6 categories.

From the category winners, a 2016 Red Hat Innovator of the Year will be selected by the community through online voting and announced during an awards ceremony at the 2016 Red Hat Summit, June 27-30 in San Francisco.

Read the 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards terms and conditions.

What's in it for you?

Red Hat Innovation Awards winners will receive:

  • 2 complimentary Red Hat Summit passes and 3 nights hotel accommodations each.
  • An invitation to a VIP reception at Red Hat Summit.
  • Your organization featured in the Red Hat Innovation Awards press release. Read the 2015 Red Hat Innovation Awards press release.
  • Promotion of your story on the Red Hat website, and in email campaigns and newsletters.
  • Your organization featured on site through print materials at Red Hat Summit.
  • Your organization featured as a winner in a top industry publication.
  • Rewards towards the Red Hat Innovation Advocates program.

Key dates to remember

October 6, 2015: Nominations open

December 11, 2015: Last day for submission

Mid February, 2016: Category winners notified

June 27, 2016: Category winners announced publicly

June 27-30, 2016: The 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards winners and the 2016 Red Hat Innovator of the Year award recipient recognized at the 2016 Red Hat Summit in San Francisco

2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards judges

Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat

Henry Peyret, principal analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.

Sean Michael Kerner, senior editor, eWeek

Carla Arend, program director, European Software, IDC

Categories

2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards categories

Infrastructure

Your infrastructure is already prepared for tomorrow.

You’re virtualized and in the cloud, with integrated data that supports you, wherever you’re going next. OpenStack® and big data are exciting opportunities that your IT teams rally behind. And as a result, your productivity and performance are light-years ahead of your competition.

Tell us how you did it—and what you’re going to do next. Everyone else’s future plans may depend on it.

Suggested products

Notes from the judges

This award is presented to the nominee with the strongest infrastructure—one that's flexible, scalable, cost-effective, high performing, secure, etc. The winner should have a Red Hat platform, virtualization, cloud, or storage deployment—or any combination of these—that provides proactive IT management, scalability, and groundbreaking enhancements to its IT consumers.

Modernize

Migration scares other companies, but not yours.

You took a great leap forward, moving away from aging, proprietary infrastructure and restrictive vendors, and toward open source, standardized solutions. After the switch, you have systems that work together, whether it’s sharing data or changing how you develop, build, or manage your IT. And your business is reaping the benefits.

Show us your path, so that others may follow.

Suggested products

Notes from the judges

This award is presented to the nominee with the most outstanding transition from an aging, proprietary infrastructure and restrictive vendors to standardized, open source solutions.

Transform

Providing services within your organization is good, but being a partner who makes service creation possible is better.

You’ve figured out how to make IT part of the business and have given your people the power to select and manage their own technology resources. Development and operations work seamlessly, so nobody’s up all night. The time you save answering tickets and setting up systems lets you tend to business needs that greatly benefit your bottom line.

How did you get so influential?

Suggested products

Notes from the judges

This award is presented to the nominee that best uses Red Hat solutions to transform an IT department from a call center to a business partner that provides self-service and useful automation.

Cloud

Cloud is everywhere, but not everyone knows how to use it.

You’ve kept a lid on shadow IT and made cloud part of your business promise, whether it’s public, on-premise, or both. Your teams have the resources they need without the risks associated with outside service providers, and you’re not using up your whole budget to get things done.

Show us how you’re building the kind of cloud your business needs.

Suggested products

Notes from the judges

This award is presented to the nominee that most successfully illustrates a cloud deployment using Red Hat cloud technologies.

Accelerate, integrate, automate

Technology works better when it all works together.

Coordinating apps, services, data, development, and business rules keeps many IT managers up at night. But not you. Your business runs like a well-oiled machine, and your management console gives you ultimate power.

Tell us: How do you keep things working so seamlessly?

Suggested products

Notes from the judges

This award is presented to the nominee that most successfully illustrates its use of Red Hat products to accelerate, integrate, and automate its IT workloads.

Application development

Finding time to create innovative new solutions or services is hard.

But you’ve made it look easy. Whether you’re developing tomorrow’s apps on PaaS, or efficiently using integrated rules and data, you’ve orchestrated innovation that will keep you going.

Share with us your time-saving, app-creating secrets?

Suggested products

Notes from the judges

This award is presented to the nominee that employs agile methodologies and most successfully illustrates superior overall performance in creating, maintaining, and deploying business apps—traditional, mobile, or cloud—using Red Hat solutions.

Red Hat Innovation Advocates

Inspire others. Share your story.

Innovation can include anything from solving a problem for your business to changing an entire industry. Are you using Red Hat solutions to create positive change? The Red Hat Innovation Advocates program is an easy way to tell your story, earn rewards, and maybe even spark new ideas.

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