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Speaking at OHRMCon in New York last month, Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon offered insight into the open organization and the shift from an industrial to information-based marketplace. Adaptation is a key driver of relevant, competitive enterprise. During his keynote address at OHRMCon, the first conference devoted to open source, Mr. Congdon spoke about the open organization as a vehicle to cultivate ideas, increase agility, and remain competitive amidst rapid change. Through enterprise and partnering, Red Hat offers technological solutions to companies of all size, from mom and pop companies to the top ten of the Fortune 500. As an open organization, Red Hat leverages company culture to engage employees, develop solutions, and meet marketplace demands. While open source is not usually equated with financial success, the Red Hat enterprise continues to grow, and expects revenue near $2 billion this year. With 8,000 associates, more than half of the Red Hat workforce resides outside the United States, in more than 80 geographic locations. Approximately 20 to 25 percent of its associates work remotely. Red Hat operates on open source, using patents to protect its proprietary tech solutions.
Cultural characteristics at Red Hat include:
Notes Mr. Congdon, in an open organization, the best solutions or ideas could come from any level of the organization. Passion and commitment to vision—and culture—give Red Hat needed tools to remain agile in a rolling marketplace environment.