Red Hat's new office in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood will offer the company's partners and customers a place for collaboration with its staff, local tech businesses, and local university programs as well, according to Paul Cormier, Red Hat's president of products and technologies.
“The concept we had here was really for it to be a three-fold place. We have an executive briefing center for the entire company, so we’re bringing in executives to meet with us from all over the world. We want them to meet with us and collaborate with us on how we can help solve their problems with our products,” said Cormier.
He added that joining hands with local universities, tech employees and engineers in Boston contributed to the decision to open the new office location.
“We have an innovation center for our visitors and our customers. They come in really hands-on with our consultants on moving their applications to our technologies. So, being able to intertwine all of those different people is really our thought process here,” he said.
Cormier referred to Red Hat as the “bridge” from the open source community to the commercial world, saying that this concept has been part of the company's foundation.
"I think as open source, and Linux continue to grow in popularity in the commercial world, the location gives us the opportunity to showcase that. Maybe if there are people in corners of the world who haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a way to welcome them into the family," said Cormier.