Red Hat Digital Leaders Awards Ireland 2021

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Technology is transforming the world. The Red Hat Digital Leaders Awards Ireland 2021 will celebrate your success, highlight your unique innovations and demonstrate the business value and impact of your digital transformation projects.

The goal of the awards is to capture and showcase unique applications of technology, while sharing best practices and fueling the next wave of digital innovation and success.

This is your chance to show how you and your teams are leading the way in digital transformation; and celebrate your success with other industry leaders and peers.

What's in it for you?

Benefits of Participating in the Awards

  • Every submission will receive a Red Hat goodie bag and an invitation to the Awards Ceremony
  • Peer to peer recognition of IT and organisation innovations
  • Sharing peer insights and best practices
  • Identifying new areas of innovation and transformation
  • Networking and formation of new relationships and partnerships

All submissions and winners will be recognized at our Awards Ceremony event on 9th December and winners will receive a Red Hat Digital Leaders Ireland trophy


Open Transformation Project of the Year

Leaders are increasingly challenged to move their enterprises through a digital business transformation. More than ever, digital technologies are at the forefront of enabling business. They've helped to set up secure remote working, scaled digital channels to meet online customer demand and ensured supply chains and operations are kept afloat. But accelerating tech investment is not enough. Investment has grown massively over the past five years, but organisations are still struggling to generate substantial revenue from it. To solve this, the C-suite needs to understand the crucial role of technology, and set a joint business and technology strategy that encompasses the company’s business, execution, and organisation models. We're looking for projects where such business and technology strategies have been intertwined, where the digital architecture enables integration and collaboration between departments and initiatives, allowing quicker time to impact and higher customer satisfaction.

Cloud Native Adoption of the Year

By 2024, 70% of net new apps deployed in production will be cloud-native. As software development and delivery become the innovation engine for every organisation in the market, cloud-native capabilities emerge as critical in building software delivery capability. Driven by competitive forces and shifting customer patterns, organisations are racing to operationalise cloud-native app delivery frameworks at scale to sharpen their software delivery position. By 2022, over 60% of organisations in Europe will run cloud-native app delivery programs in an integrated fashion across parts of their business. We're looking for projects where cloud-native app delivery has enabled the shift to highly iterative product development and innovation models, and where an organisation can ship or adjust digital functionality quickly. Can you demonstrate how cloud-native has lowered the cost of experimentation and enabled a decentralised innovation model in which teams iterate and contribute value at their own pace?

Automation Project of the Year

Never has speed, flexibility, and agility across IT environments been more important. Organisations have had to become more efficient in how they deliver software, as well as the underlying infrastructure, upgrades, support, and maintenance. They gain efficiencies with automation and agile approaches. Fast and automated product deployments combined with autonomous infrastructure and self-healing operations creates an environment that scales fast, delights both customers and employees and differentiates the business. We're looking for projects that demomstrate how a unified automation strategy underpins cross-team collaboration models, ensuring automation consistency, better control, and a culture of reuse. Leading to faster delivery and time to market as well as reduced costs. Are you driving a culture of discipline and a policy-driven approach to security, governance, and compliance? Enabling yor organisation to take advantage of leading-edge innovation at speed and scale.

Technology Leader of the Year

Nothing is more important for successfully driving digital transformation in an organisation than leadership. Are you, or do you know someone, who is successfully putting technology at the heart of the business strategy? Providing inspirational leadership to a successful and innovative team? Empowering people to achieve great business results, all whilst being a thought leader in leadership and organisational transformation?

Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria

All entries will be scored by the judges based on the project's ability to drive measureable results and impact. The teams' approach to planning, executing and implementing the project on an ongoing basis. The best practice nature of the project and the relevance to other organisations and the industry. 50% of the marks will be awarded for business innovation as well as 50% for technical innovation.

The Process

The Process

  1. Complete the submission form by the 17th of December 2021
  2. Submission Review by the Judges
  3. Winners Announce: At the event (to be rescheduled for late January 2022)
  4. Red Hat Digital Leaders Awards Ireland Ceremony, Late January 2022, The Marker Hotel, Dublin

Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

We'd be delighted if you could join us for the Red Hat Digital Leaders Awards Ireland ceremony on the 9th December at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Registration details available soon.

Meet the Judges

Karen Murphy

Version 1

Karen Murphy

Head of Partnerships, Version 1

As Head of Partnerships, I drive customer success by creating and growing partnerships that deliver real business benefits for our customers. I lead our partnership strategy by defining, developing, and overseeing Version 1’s partner ecosystem across UK and Ireland. I’m responsible for driving business growth by devising and implementing robust strategies and success plans for key partners such as AWS, Microsoft, Oracle and RedHat. My background is in telecoms where I was responsible for driving multiple Transformation Programmes and I also spent 4 years working in Qatar with the Ministry of Telecommunications leading and overseeing the implementation of key strategic national ICT programmes.

Brian Callaghan


Brian Callaghan

Consulting Director, Deloitte

Brian Callaghan is a Consulting Director and Technical Architect in Deloitte with over 15 years’ experience across private and public sectors. With a background in Java application development, Brian has led large teams in the design, architecture and development of large IT systems. He has a strong focus on quality and champions test driven development. Brian’s primary responsibility in Deloitte’s System Engineering practice is to perform the role of Technical Architect for Irish public sector clients. In this role, he leads large teams of developers in the end-to-end redesign and modernisation of IT systems. Brian’s career qualifications include Oracle Certified Master Enterprise Architect, AWS Solutions Architect Associate, AWS Developer Associate, AWS Cloud Practitioner, Certified Professional Scrum Master and Certified Java Programmer.

Jefferson Cowhig


Jefferson Cowhig

Associate Partner – Technology Consulting, EY

Jefferson is an Associate Partner in the EY Technology Consulting practice. He specialises in contemporary delivery methods, technology transformation and leading major technology change programmes. Jefferson is the Technology Transformation practice lead, focused on providing technology consulting services to financial services clients in Ireland. Following a 15 year career in banking technology and consulting, across Europe and Asia; he joined EY in 2020. He is based in the Dublin office.

Ruth O'Kelly Lynch


Ruth O'Kelly Lynch

Senior Manager - Red Hat Business Group Lead UKI, Accenture