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Tapping on open source for innovation: Red Hat interview

Zafirah Salim | Dec. 23, 2015
In this interview, Damien Wong, General Manager and Senior Director, ASEAN, Red Hat, shares some trends and predictions of open source, as well as talks about how businesses can better tap on open source to leverage its benefits.

The beauty of open source is that it's a huge ecosystem of innovators who are no longer competing for scarce resources, but rather sharing knowledge with others to create new resources and opportunities for others to benefit from these resources.

One of the most transformative platforms for innovation is open source. Without open source, many of today's top technology initiatives - from cloud computing to big data and mobile - would simply not exist as we know them. In the enterprise software world for instance, OpenStack - an open source cloud computing platform - is changing how organisations manage multiple cloud deployments with new levels of innovation, efficiency and simplicity.

In this email interview, Damien Wong, General Manager and Senior Director, ASEAN, Red Hat, shares some trends and predictions of open source, as well as talks about how businesses can better tap on open source to leverage its benefits. 

What are some key trends in the open source arena?

A recent Gartner forecast states that by 2018, enterprise IT spending in Southeast Asia will total US$62 billion. Within Southeast Asia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand spend the most on IT and account for roughly 80 percent of IT spend in the region.

Gartner believes that Southeast Asia's economic development and growing consumer demand, coupled with growth of mobility and social media, as well as the high percentage of younger people make this region suited to technology providers. As the region gets ready to embrace new technology, here are some of the trends that we are observing in the market:

  • We are seeing open source emerge as the preferred way for new technology development. Open source has evolved, and is now the foundation on which many developing technologies like cloud or mobile are being built. One great example is Uber - their business model shows how open source technology is driving innovation by connecting services in the cloud to devices in the real world (mobile and cars), creating a disruptive value.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): Open source software has been a great enabler for IoT solutions because of the value and innovation that open source drives. In fact, it is not possible to have IoT without open source. The flexible and transparent nature of open source code is what makes the vast opportunities within the Internet of Things possible. We are also witnessing a shift in the IT industry framework from server - client to cloud - mobile.
  • Cloud Computing: There has been a paradigm shift with the emergence of cloud computing; and we have seen open source as the foundation of many cloud services and enterprise applications that are being built. In 2016, we expect open, hybrid technology to garner more mindshare. Enterprises are also showing a growing interest in building a hybrid cloud solution that spans both on-premise and off-premise resources to deliver the best of both worlds - the public cloud economics and agility, as well as the strong policy management of a private cloud.
  • Mobility is becoming a top priority for enterprises as it offers the promise to drive innovation and streamline operational efficiency. This creates a challenge for IT as mobility demands collaboration on faster, continuous development cycles, openness to new toolchains and architectures, and integration with existing core systems.

 

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