Red Hat Reaches Out to Uncle Sam
Obama is campaigning for change. McCain is campaigning for change. And now, Red Hat is campaigning for change. The software company will spend next week evangelizing the government’s growing need for open source. It’s a smart, timely move by Red Hat. Here’s why.
The VAR Guy complains when open source companies ignore key vertical market events. IBM, Microsoft and Oracle hype their software — loudly — at retail, financial services, health care and other types of conferences. In stark contrast, open source software companies often have a minimal presence at vertical market events.
One key exception: Red Hat Oct. 7 will hosted its fourth annual Government Users and Developers Conference.
According to a Red Hat press release, the conference will include:
- A presentation from the United States Marine Corps on the best practices they identified while implementing a tactical service-oriented architecture (SOA) environment, including the benefits of using open source software and JBoss Enterprise Middleware solutions to ease their migration, integration, management and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
- Three simultaneous tracks featuring presentations from Red Hat executives and partners on the latest trends in infrastructure, middleware, security and management for government agencies. Sessions will also preview what’s coming next in virtualization, SOA, data services and security.
- Hands-on labs, providing attendees with practical knowledge and skills to optimize their investment in Red Hat solutions.
Sure, some of those sessions will hype Red Hat solutions rather than describing the bigger picture for open source in government. But Paul Smith, Red Hat’s VP of government sales operations, has vowed that the conference will also cover policy enhancements that will propel open source forward within government agencies.
The VAR Guy has only one request: Next year, make partners (solutions providers, VARs and managed service providers) a core audience for this event as well.