Juan David Perez Orozco

"Thanks to Summan's vision of investing in Red Hat certifications, we have been able to move Summan's core business from photocopy supplies to infrastructure based on Red Hat. We have created marginal income by +60% since we started this new business model, and I see lots of new opportunities coming for us"

Architect

Since 2000, I have been involved with Red Hat® solutions, first as a customer using Fedora and Red Hat and now working for Summan, a Red Hat Advanced Business and Certified Training Partner in Colombia.

I personally believe that I have everything to win the Red Hat Professional of the year award in 2012 due to my experience and career with Red Hat and also due to the impact of Red Hat business within Summan. I will explain how this dream started, how we continuously develop it, and how great the impact is for our customers, Summan, and my professional career.

In Colombia, there are just a few Red Hat Certified Engineers, and most of them, If not all, got their certification not so long ago. 7 years ago, I started to work for Summan, a company where its core business at that time was related to photocopy supplies. I developed the infrastructure department based on Linux® as a core business for infrastructure solutions. Later, I became a Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) and months later, I became a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®), being the first one in Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia.

Starting in 2010, I had active certifications as a RHCE, plus RH423, RHS333, and RH436 certificates of expertise. During the last months, I also acquired the RHCVA and RH401 certificate of expertise, becoming the first engineer certified as a RHCDS in the country.

In 2010, I was the solution architect and team leader of Summan, within the migration from SUN ONE Directory Server to Red Hat Directory Server for UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones, one of the top ISP's in the country. UNE has more than 2 million customers, and 5 million subscribed services, being the company with most IPTV subscribers in Latin America, and the only LTE 4G provider in Colombia. This project helped UNE to save up to 50% in maintenance and operational costs. In 2012, this project won the Red Hat Innovation Awards in the Optimized Systems category.

Thanks to Summan's vision of investing in Red Hat certifications and my experience, we have been able to move Summan's core business from photocopy supplies to infrastructure based on Red Hat. We have created marginal income by +60% since we started this new business model and I see lots of new opportunities coming for us.

As a conclusion, I have several years of experience in Red Hat technologies, I have helped to develop Summan as a leading company in Colombia as a Red Hat Partner, and have helped several companies to get a successful experience with Red Hat. Last but not least, I helped UNE to win the Innovation Award Optimized Systems category in 2012. For those reasons, I consider myself as a strong competitor to win the Red Hat Professional of the year award.