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Also seeing the value of Whitehurst's analogy was Eric Ng, vice president of sales at Scalar Decisions, a Toronto, Ontario-based solution provider and Red Hat partner.
"We are now in the Information Revolution," Ng said. "We're building the foundation for it now. That message really hits home."
Everything Whitehurst said about the importance of community is true, Ng said. "It's true to the philosophy of Red Hat about the community being stronger than the individual," he said. "That message resonated well with partners sitting in the audience. We want to be part of it."
The message certainly resonated with Dean Bedwell, director of new business development and software solutions at OnX Enterprise Solutions, a Toronto, Ontario-based solution provider and services provider.
"When you can take something from history and make it relevant for today, it's real," Bedwell said. "I agree with Whitehurst that we are at a point of inflection for the Information Revolution."
Bedwell also noted that other Red Hat executives said that while the company is an open-source leader, it has only developed 11 percent of the code being used. "It gives you the sense that this is not all about one company," he said. "It's about collaboration. And Red Hat is focused on driving growth with us."