Energy Market Company and Singapore Airlines Honored as Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC 2018 Winners in Singapore

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 Singapore. Energy Market Company Pte Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) were recognized at the Red Hat Forum Singapore on Nov. 8, 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,” the 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

Winner: Energy Market Company (EMC)

EMC was established in 2001 to operate the wholesale market of the National Electricity Market of Singapore (NEMS), Asia’s first liberalized electricity market. As the exchange for wholesale electricity trading, EMC provides a transparent and competitive trading platform through calculating prices, scheduling generation, clearing and settling market transactions, as well as supporting governance of the market. 

EMC was due for a server hardware and applications refresh for its core settlement and Market Rules engine system. However, the proprietary stack it was built on was aging and restricting innovation efforts to support upgraded NEMS applications as stipulated by market regulations. To address this need, EMC migrated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) and Red Hat Process Automation Manager, a tool for building business automation services and process-centric applications, to better position the team for innovation in line with future technologies. The move helped to reduce the total cost of ownership and improved time to market with increased scalability, flexibility, and efficiency in provisioning and deployment to multiple environments. The company also adopted Red Hat Ansible Tower to facilitate continuous integration and continuous delivery through IT automation.

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

Categories: Modern Application Development and Digital Transformation

Winner: SIA

SIA is the flag carrier airline of Singapore and a global company dedicated to providing quality travel experiences for its customers, ranking as the world’s best airline in 2018 by SKYTRAX. In order to help keep the airline at the top of its passengers’ service experience, the IT department looked to improve its agility and better meet business requests.

SIA decided to transform the core architecture and delivery framework of its online flight reservation, redemption, check-in and loyalty program capabilities, enabling greater delivery speed and agility through modernization of its traditional monolithic design to one using microservice architecture delivered with an agile framework. Key technologies used include Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, JBoss EAP, and Red Hat Data Grid deployed across its hybrid environment spanning on-premise datacentre and public cloud. Both the application and infrastructure teams were also upskilled through training courses and workshops, laying a foundation for the necessary competency to operate this new platform.

Through this technology transformation, the development team was able to better address business needs through more frequent releases. SIA reports that new features also have faster time-to-market by automating the continuous integration and continuous delivery processes, and speeding monthly deployments to a daily affair. Customer experience has also improved as a result of the platform’s auto-scaling and auto-healing capabilities.

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.”

Lau Chee Kiong, senior vice president, Technology, Energy Market Company

“The NEMS is an integral part of Singapore’s overall energy policy framework. Our operations are IT-intensive due to the sophisticated market model, the quantity of data, multiple communication links and the requirement to operate the market on a 24-hour basis every day. It is important that we keep up with continued innovation and we are glad to have Red Hat accompany us on this journey. We thank Red Hat for this recognition.”

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