IBM must maintain open source culture at Red Hat

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IBM has been a company that has contributed a lot in the development of the Kernel Linux, they have implemented this system in many of their large supercomputers, servers and mainframes and have also contributed to the Linux Foundation.

IBM bought Red Hat for $ 34 billion, and this surprised a lot of people, including no other vice president, Marco Bill-Peter.

Things must be kept in place

Speaking At the Red Hat Forum 2018 in Sydney, Bill-Peter explained that the acquisition "shocked" the company's employees, suggesting that this acquisition should go smoothly, in order to leave the open source culture intact.

Otherwise, Red Hat's mission would be altered and this could lead to a huge entry by the company.

In this, Marco Bill-Peter, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and Engagement at Red Hat, said three weeks ago he faced the news that the organization he had been with for more than a decade was going to be sold to the tech giant IBM.

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"We all had a little shock, at least I had a shock," Bill-Peter told Red Hat Forum 2018 in Sydney on Wednesday.

"I'm 13 from Red Hat, and unlike Max [McLaren, Regional Vice President and General Manager Australia and New Zealand], I'm not 13 from IBM, but I'm 13 from HP."

According to Bill-Peter, it is not only what Red Hat offers that is different from IBM, but also whatThe company has its own culture, one of them entirely due to open source, he said.

“For me it was like, this was really weird… and I think a lot of us feel the same way because we identify with open source principles. It's not just open source, it's also our transparency on how we lead the organization. " " He explained.

Red Hat and IBM can grow together in harmony

Image by Marco Bill-Peter

Under the ownership of IBM, it believes that Red Hat can accelerate the expansion of its open source portfolio, highlighting cross-selling opportunities as a main advantage for the business.

“For me being in engineering, different things are more important. It is a commitment to open source. Because we really believe that open source and the open source way leads to better products, better innovation, ”he said, however, feeling that IBM feels. It has given Red Hat that security.

The plan is for Red Hat to stay true to open source and function as a separate and distinct unit, which Bill-Peter says includes preserving its unique culture.

"That is really important," he said.

“At Red Hat we have like 13,000 people. If the open source culture takes a hit, trust me, a lot of those 13,000 people will be leaving.

"So I know the trade-off: If IBM spends a third of its market capitalization on Red Hat, I know that's serious."

Bill-Peter stated that it is critical for IBM to allow Red Hat to operate independently And while the new leadership may dictate the new direction of the company, it should not be substantially different from where it is going today.

Yes, it must happen in the opposite way, everything must flow and in this case better results should be obtained than those that have already been obtained.

As well It is in IBM's best interest to keep Red Hat as is for business reasons, with Bill-Peter pointing to partnerships his organization has with some of the other tech giants.

They want to keep Red Hat as independent Switzerland. Guess where I'm from? ”He said.

"What this means is that if we were made part of IBM, many of our customers or partners, like Amazon or Google, would not collaborate with us on the next open hybrid cloud."

"That's why being the Switzerland of IT for Red Hat is really important."


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