Between common criteria certification (see here, and here), the naming of Hill Air Force Base as the first-ever Red Hat Innovator of the Year 2007 and our government channel success, 2007 has been a banner year for Red Hat’s government team. And next month’s Government Users and Developers Conference will continue the trend. The annual conference will be held on Nov. 1, 2007 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The information-packed, one-day conference features three specialized tracks, two special guest keynote sessions, three hands-on technical labs and much more.

Topics at the November 1 conference include security, service-oriented architecture (SOA), data virtualization and integration. A VIP panel, including Terry Mitchell from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Advanced Systems & Concepts, Fitz Schulz from the CTO’s Office at Defense Information System Agency and Timothy Johnson from the Department of the Navy CIO’s office, will discuss the Open Technology Development Roadmap with John Weathersby, executive director for Open Source Software Institute. Keynote speakers include Don Pearson from Government Technology and Christopher Dale, Isaac Christoffersen and David Schillero from Booz Allen Hamilton.

In addition to the nine breakout sessions and other learning opportunities, attendees will have the chance to hear success stories from other Red Hat government customers. The event is a must-attend for anyone interested in open source in the government, so be sure to register soon.