China CITIC Bank Credit Card Center, Shanghai International Automobile City, China Merchants Bank and Huatai Life Insurance Honored as Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC 2018 Winners in China

Recognized for their strategic use of open source innovation


Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the winners of Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC 2018 for China. China CITIC Bank Credit Card Center, Shanghai International Automobile City, China Merchants Bank and Huatai Life Insurance were recognized at the Red Hat Forum in Beijing on Nov. 6, 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: Enterprise Integration, Modern Application Development

Winner: China CITIC Bank Credit Card Center

As a leading credit card service provider in China, CITIC Bank Credit Card Center is in the process of transforming its distributed architecture through the development of an end-to-end delivery and governance system. With the new system, the team aims to facilitate agile delivery, enable microservices management and intelligent operation and maintenance for faster business innovation, and facilitate IT quality control and IT risk management.

Key to its distributed architecture transformation is in continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). For this reason, CITIC Bank Credit Card center adopted DevOps process integrating development, operation, and maintenance processes, together with a CI/CD platform and other tools to form an end-to-end agile delivery model. CITIC Bank Credit Card Center deployed Red Hat’s open source technologies to create a container cloud platform based on microservice governance system to achieve more rapid application deployment, with CITIC Bank Credit Card Center reporting improving the application delivery efficiency by more than 50 percent. With its accelerated ability to support gated launches and to scale on-demand, the container cloud platform can meet CITIC Bank Credit Card’s requirements for business innovation and peak demands, laying the foundation for its next-generation credit card information systems.

Category: Cloud infrastructure

Winner: Shanghai International Automobile City

Shanghai International Automobile City (Shanghai International Automobile City Group CO., LTD.), established in 2001, focused on accelerating the development of new energy vehicles, promoting their use and improving its business model. With increasing innovations in autonomous driving, Shanghai International Automobile City aims to promote further collaboration within the automobile industry and to create a world-class automobile innovation center.

In order to provide auto manufacturers with an application platform for test scenarios such as smart car, connected vehicle and closed test demonstrations, and to support the resulting volume of data, Shanghai International Automobile City built a unified, open and standard hybrid cloud platform with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat CloudForms. This open source-based, highly scalable private cloud platform enabled test data to be shared more efficiently among auto industry vendors, providing a higher-quality and more stable platform for multi-vendor collaboration.

Categories: Digital Transformation, IT Optimization

Winner: China Merchants Bank (CMB)

China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd. (China Merchants Bank, CMB) was established in Shekou, Shenzhen in 1987. It is China's first joint-stock commercial bank wholly owned by corporate legal entities. With customer expectations for digital banking solutions and the emergence of new competitors, China Merchants Bank saw the need to accelerate its transformation with a more flexible platform.

To modernize its previously centralized structure and gradually move towards an open and flexible distributed architecture, CMB deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) and Red Hat Ansible Tower to establish a standardized, process-oriented and automated platform. CMB also worked with Red Hat Training to certify and equip its system administrators with the skills it needed to deliver the platform. The new Red Hat-based platform enabled CMB to deliver personalized and mobile services to its active users.

Categories: Cloud infrastructure, Modern Application Development

Winner: Huatai Life Insurance

Huatai Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (“Huatai Life”) is a Chinese life insurance company. Based on its digital strategy, Huatai Life began building an open source-based and autonomous private container cloud platform.

After an extensive evaluation process, Huatai Life chose Red Hat as its technology partner to design and deploy a new architecture based on Red Hat OpenShift Platform. This allowed the team to enhance system performance and development efficiency while reducing total cost of ownership. Huatai Life also consolidated the infrastructure platform to support its transformation and to support service innovation as part of its digital strategy. With the updated environment and a DevOps approach to IT, Huatai Life is able to more rapidly develop new insurance applications in line with business priorities and market demands

The Enterprise Integration category recognizes organizations that best represent the value of agile integration. 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. The Cloud Infrastructure category recognizes 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 the outstanding transition from legacy IT to becoming a self-service leader and business partner in the digital world.

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.”

Representative of Shanghai International Automobile City

“Our cloud platform project enables us to address information silos among branches and across our business, and for implementing technical R&D and data analysis of smart connected vehicles, thus building a data analytics platform which incorporates and manages multiple data centers in a unified way. With Red Hat, we have built a unified, open and standard hybrid cloud platform to support autonomous driving data collection in China and provide a standard data exchange platform for other intelligent driving technologies.”

Zhang Xiang, supervisor of open system management office, China Merchants Bank

“We regard financial science and technology reforms as one of our top priorities for the next three to five years. With Red Hat solutions, we were not only able to achieve greater technology and business agility and focus on building mobile Internet and managing data workloads. Thanks to Red Hat for contributing in our digital journey.”

Su Degang, Vice General Manager, Huatai Life

“Huatai Life pays much attention to the implementation of IT technologies in order to provide a powerful support platform for the business. With Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage, Huatai Life built an autonomous private container platform, which laid a solid foundation for our digital strategy. Thanks to Red Hat for its recognition and support for Huatai Life.”

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