Kerala IT body ties up with Red Hat on open source software

VINSON KURIAN THIRUVANANTHAPURAM | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on November 21, 2017

Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body for IT companies in Kerala, has signed an MoU with Red Hat, a leading global open source software company.

The aim is to create enhanced awareness on various open source technologies amongst IT professionals in the state, a spokesman for GTech said.


The MoU will facilitate partnerships between Red Hat and GTech member companies around commercial services, research and product development in open source software technologies.

According to the terms of the MoU, Red Hat will organise events in IT parks across the state to achieve the goal listed in it.

The series will include lectures, seminars and presentations spanning the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, analytics, development tools, content management systems, desktop publishing and other connected topics.

It will be launched on Monday (November 27) with a session for CXOs of companies at Technopark.

The IT policy recently brought out by the Kerala government recognises adoption of open source and open technologies in the public domain, and promotion of the same among SMEs as a key objective.


Suri Amarnath, Convenor of the technology focus group of GTech and CEO, Thoughtline Technologies, said the MoU is an endeavour to provide IT companies with platforms to move up the value chain through new skills acquisition and enhanced value creation.

The partnership with Red Hat will not only contribute to building a pool of highly skilled open source software technology professionals in Kerala, but also drive companies into new business opportunities, he added.

According to Thomas P. Thomas, Co-convenor of the technology focus group of GTech and CEO, Zyxware Technologies, educational events planned include workshops and coding events such as hackathon, which enable professionals gain an introductory knowledge of a relevant technology.

Long format programmes will have multiple sessions and different modes of engagement, he added.

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Published on November 21, 2017
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