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2019

It's been quite a hectic time since the original announcement in 2018 that IBM was to acquire Red Hat. I wrote about this on my personal blog at the time. I know this has pleased some, confused others, worried people and probably a lot more emotions than that affected yet more. In the meantime both Red Hat and IBM have had to act as independent companies for legal reasons and it's only now that the deal has closed can we really start to collaborate on next steps. However, many of our teams have been working with IBM over the years and have great relationships already as well as agreement on many things around strategy and vision. I'm confident that those things won't diminish now we are part of IBM (or, as I prefer to think of it, IBM is part of the JBoss family!) In fact they're more likely to improve. Whether it's in our upstream communities, the IBM upstream communities, with partners, customers, standards bodies etc. I'm confident that we will grow together and the potential for this combination of Red Hat and IBM is definitely an example of where the sum is greater than the individual parts!

 

I really don't have much more to say at the moment. I know many people may still be concerned. All I can say is please trust us/me. We didn't enter into this lightly but I'm sure it's the right thing for us to have done and by that I absolutely mean it's the right thing for our communities too. It's going to be a heck of a ride over the coming months and year; I absolutely want to share that ride with all of you because only together can we make it a success!

 

Onward!

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