Red Hat announced its 2022 business strategy on April 12. The introduction of container infrastructure and agile (agile) development culture in enterprises as well as digital transformation (DX) efforts are said to be in full swing, and new product measures and partnership programs will be introduced to establish them.
Genki Oka, President and CEO of Red Hat, who announced his business strategy
At a press conference on the same day, Chairman and CEO Genki Oka reported for the first time on global business trends in 2021 and market trends based on the results of a survey conducted by the company to corporate chief information officers (CIOs).
In 2021, the year-over-year growth rate was in double digits in all quarters and the number of employees increased by more than 3,000, surpassing the 20,000 mark. The number of introductions of the company’s Kubernetes platform “OpenShift” reached 3,800 companies, an increase of about 1000. According to Mr. Oka, finance accounted for 40-50% of the introduction in the past, but it is also used in expanding manufacturing, distribution, retail, etc. Examples include Hitachi, Tokyo Electron and NTT East.
Additionally, in the “2022 Global Tech Outlook” survey of 1,341 CIOs worldwide, 68% said their business was “already digital-centric” and “actively developing digital”, and 70% have already said. they use Kubernetes. Mr. Oka said: “About 70% of the world is developing digital-focused businesses. I have a feeling that Japan is not yet, but it will be in the same situation as the world in the next few years. Kubernetes, an open company The decision to use the above is good material that shows our company’s room for growth.”
Based on the company’s drive towards digital, Oka said the three key words are “extend the use of hybrid/multi-cloud”, “cloud support for applications” and “organization, culture and agile skills” in 2022. corporate strategy will implement various measures based on these keywords.
Overview of the business strategy for 2022
To extend the use of hybrid/multi-cloud, the company will further promote the concept of “open hybrid cloud” that it has been advocating for several years. In particular, given the growing importance of networks connected to data centers, a specialized telecommunications industry organization will be established to strengthen cooperation with the industry. “Efforts in the Japanese telecom market are receiving a lot of attention from overseas markets, and we will provide both Japanese and overseas initiatives to the world,” Oka said.
Also in the manufacturing industry, as an initiative to create a smart factory, for example, there is a growing movement to use video data and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to various ways, and we have collaborated with major manufacturing companies including platforms for this purpose Promoting initiatives. In addition, as the need for automation of IT infrastructure operations increases year by year, the target area of automation will be further expanded and know-how will be shared with partners to provide it to customers.
Cloud support for applications is said to be an evolution based on the expansion of the implementation of open hybrid clouds, and is impacted by enterprises that containerize applications and deploy them in various computing environments. infrastructure. Demand is growing as the use of managed services supported by the company and its partners to operate the environment has increased fivefold.
Thus, in 2022, in addition to the launch of a new “Apache Kafka” and AI/ML data link managed service, the price will be reduced by 33% for OpenShift’s “Kubernetes Engine” and by 40% for “Data Foundation”. In the operating environment, it will now support an Amazon Web Services (AWS) ARM instance and Microsoft’s “Azure Stack Hub” to further support edge computing usage such as smart factories.
It is said that the agility of organizations, cultures and skills is also based on the movement of open hybrid cloud and cloud support of applications. The voice grew louder. ” (Mocha).
Tomoya Shimizu, Line Manager, Innovation Promotion Group, Innovation Promotion Unit, Dai-ichi Life Holdings
In this area, the company will expand the “Red Hat Open Innovation Labs” DX promotion support program including customer management, and continue to focus on 2022. At the press conference, Mr. Tomoya Shimizu of the innovation promotion unit of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, which participates in this program, took the floor and introduced the use of the program in the “CX Design Strategy” customer experience reform measure promoted by the society. . Mr. Oka said he would also embark on the national expansion of the “Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)” framework for large-scale agile development.
Efforts to foster a culture of agile development at Dai-ichi Life
In order to promote such a series of measures, we also announced the establishment of the “Premier Business Partner” high-level partnership program. Red Hat will set up a dedicated team for each partner to develop the market while collaborating, and the certified partners will be ITOCHU Techno-Solutions, NTT Data, NEC, Hitachi and Fujitsu. Additionally, on March 31, Fujitsu announced a collaboration to support the DX promotion for enterprise customers using Red Hat Open Innovation Labs.
New Leading National Partnership Program
Mr. Oka said that the identity of the company, which promotes the use of open source, is accepted by the evolution of the market. “In the spirit of the open source community, we constantly repeat challenges and ingenuity to create better ideas. , I want to support Japanese customers’ business agility with open technology.”