In an interaction first time since he took over the reigns at Red Hat India, the newly appointed Managing Director, Rajesh Rege, tells us about his new responsibilities, growth strategies for India market and the company’s renewed focus on Open source technologies
You recently took over as Managing Director, Red Hat India ? Tell us more about your new role and what your top priorities will be in leading Red Hat India?
I took over as managing director for Red Hat India in November 2014. Since then, I’ve worked closely with all the business units to help advance the open source benefits of cloud IT to meet our customer needs in India.
We believe in providing the best solutions and services to our customers by offering them timely advice and support. Our success comes from knowing that our customers succeed and benefit by using our solutions. This will continue to be a top priority for me when it comes to leading the Red Hat mandate in India. In fact, with the Indian government preparing to issue an open software policy soon, a move that I believe complements our vision of making Red Hat the default choice when it comes to open source adoption; we are looking to bring open source to enterprises as well as the public sector units in India.
What will be your growth strategies for the Indian market?
Red Hat’s continued success is due, in part, to our focus on continuous innovation and world-class customer support. A recent growth driver has been IT interest in technologies that bring consistency and flexibility to create applications across various deployment models from bare metal to virtualization to private and public clouds.
In 2015, we’ll continue these efforts via our emerging areas such as cloud, OpenStack and storage. To cite a growth study conducted by Technology Analyst Oppenheimer & Co. based on a survey with 80 CIOS, Red Hat ranked among the top three most strategic IT vendors for cloud in the next five years (Fig. 1). Red Hat has never been better positioned for the future than it is now.
Can you indicate the key investment areas/competencies you will be looking at developing in the Indian market?
Open source technologies are increasingly gaining recognition as application development experts seek to reduce enterprise software costs while simultaneously creating new, modern applications. Our portfolio of open source infrastructure software and services has never been broader. In fact, all our major product lines have been refreshed within the last year.
With the world – including India – embracing open source software like never before, Red Hat as the undisputed leader of open source is poised for a plethora of opportunities.
How is the open source market in India panning out? How are enterprises reacting to it?
The Indian IT market is strong. Increased adoption of open source technologies and the emergence of open innovation as key drivers of scalable enterprise solutions, uniquely position Red Hat for success in India. Further, the new open source adoption policy is anticipated to provide a framework for the quick and effective adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) that offers increased control of eGovernance applications and systems, and is cost effective. Red Hat welcomes this move.