Decoding the Symbols and Anecdotes of Open Innovation and Transparent Collaboration ~ Platform perspective

RedHat Summit is one of the technologist’s community events which over the years acclaimed reputation of open innovation and transparent knowledge sharing .Therefore it is natural to see techies from around the globe coming together with common vision of sharing , learning , growing together .One can consider it a one stop shop for all industries that leverage power of software to grow, from Lockheed martin F35 design, Exon Mobile deep-sea exploration, DT IT Digital platforms, Delta airline journey to open platforms and innovation, Banking and financial systems digitization or Telco’s pursuing to evolve through power of openness and innovation. Each of story has a lesson in its own and industry shared joint responsibility to obviate the issues of vendor lock in and the customers success stories from different industries support for benefit of all as a collective goal.

However, with so much influx of information and hearing perspectives from different markets and different mindsets it is probable to get diluted between a marketing theme and what is actually possible. It is therefore important to decode symbols and anecdotes as I grabbed them in this year’s RedHat summit held in Boston, U.S from May 7 to May 9  2019 . as follows .


Promote the Spirit of Open source is through collaboration and belief

Open source by its spirit stands on the ground that sum of collective effort will outweigh the sum of individual efforts. Infact Open source is nothing more than collaboration and belief of sharing that should benefit all.This collaboration opens the new channels and opportunities in each industry we operate by reaching a new possibility

What I liked most was a symbolic depiction from Apollo U.S Program which only made possible after we set high possibilities something which obviously was not possible with technology possibility of that day

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Making money through transparent innovation

During last few years we have seen so many companies joining the band wagon of open source but still the industry has not able to benefit in full way from all of the promised achievements . I think this issue happened because still we need to collectively enforce idea that if you get you have to give and that embracing the fact that it’s all about dependency not independency which makes ecosystem as the ultimate winner of this transformation

Open source is not only about products but also partnerships

Bringing People and technology together

All benefits from points highlighted above can be achieved only if we have Platform and tools that will enable industries and teams to come together to explore opportunities together. Hence the platform must have following characteristics.

  • Accepted unanimously across all industries
  • Supports collaboration using open and shared principles between different teams
  • Open enough to steer new innovation
  • Free enough to experiment and grow, After all this is so important for dollarization of technology

Platforms and Tools are innate to materialize Digital Transformation

Team empowerment

Despite of all lucrative promises why many industries (Specifically Telco’s) have not really able to reap full benefits i think is because to realize truly immersive targets we must empower teams with tools and trust them. This is the only way to take us forward from an industry dominated by a few vendors to the open dominated by best ideas and best solutions.

Culture and Trust is useless with out capability and vice versa

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Smooth Operations

Being innovative and reaching for the moon is one thing and running smooth operations is something else. Specially troubleshooting of opensource is difficult than one can even imagine. This is an area that require thoughtful analysis and support.

Alignment of operations will decide how quickly we can get rid of old infrastructure

Transfer technology equity to less innovative industries

This question is being asked to me by many teams, in summits, workshops, interviews every where. We all know specifically for Telco industry only the T1 CSP’s have pockets and muscle to rise to the real challenge. As industry we owe a collective responsibility to transfer the equity of what we learnt in the form of clear reference architectures and tools that are programmable, customizable and less costly.

To put in a perspective Edge and distributed cloud is a big opportunity that require public web scale cloud companies like AWS , Google , Azure and others to pass Innovation to less innovative industry which needs tooling for clear use cases like AI, ML, Deep learning , AR and VR etc to mention a few .

As industry we owe collective responsibility to build something that can be consumed by less innovative industries and clients


Client Success Stories IBM, Delta, exon mobile, Lockheed martin

RedHat summit 2019

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Saad Sheikh  ☁

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Saad Sheikh

I am a Senior Architect with a passion to architect and deliver solutions addressing business adoption of the Cloud and Automation/Orchestration covering both Telco and IT Applications industry. My work in carrier Digital transformation involve Architecting and deploying Platforms for both Telco and IT Applications including Clouds both Open stack and container platforms, carrier grade NFV ,SDN and Infra Networking , DevOps CI/CD , Orchestration both NFVO and E2E SO , Edge and 5G platforms for both Consumer and Enterprise business. On DevOps side i am deeply interested in TaaS platforms and journey towards unified clouds including transition strategy for successful migration to the Cloud Please write to me on

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