Eric D. Schabell: 2017 in review - Global Technology Evangelist Director and more

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 in review - Global Technology Evangelist Director and more

2017 in review
Every year ends and every year it's always good to look back on the times we have shared, the trips taken and what's been accomplished.

This year started off with a promotion to Global Technology Evangelist Director in March, after over five years in various technical marketing roles throughout Red Hat.

I am now approaching nine years at Red Hat and it's never been more fun than now.

This year saw a transition from supporting integration portfolio solutions like Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure and Red Hat Cloud Suite, to focusing the coming year on hybrid cloud stories.

With that in mind, here is my review of my activities in 2017.

2017 in review
Get started with JBoss BPM...


Writing is one of my favorite parts of being in my role, with 90+ articles published on this site, 26+ articles syndicated on DZone, and 13 articles featured elsewhere in other channels. 

My book project titled, Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM completed early in the year, with the process dragging on through the end of 2017. 

The content for each chapter is available online, free and usable to support the learning experience with hands-on examples.

The content has been put in to a book format to be released as a download through the Red Hat Developers Program, watch for that early in 2018. 

My hobby of writing as a sports journalist for continued, but at a much slower pace due to my book project.

I only pushed out one article a month on average, but that will again pick up once I finish up the book.

Cloud demos

This year saw the Red Hat Demo Central repository complete it's second year since the first commit on April 1, 2016.

It's expanded to over 25 individual projects illustrating containers, cloud operations, deployments, AppDev in the Cloud and more. One of the most exciting and most used project is the OpenShift Container Platform installation, which is easy for anyone to do in just a few minutes.

Along with these demo project, I rolled out an extensive Cloud Agile Integration developer workshop that was delivered all around the globe:
2017 in review
  • Boston JUG
  • Red Hat Solution Architects in Benelux
  • EMEA Red Hat Technology Exchange in Spain
  • Partner enablement with Atos India
The workshop is available for use with OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 or 3.7, your choice.


Being on the road is part of this job, sometimes it's a lot of fun, sometimes it's not always all that you might think it's cracked up to be.

I have enjoyed all of the trips this year, covering almost 250,000 km, 32 cities and 14 countries. The people you meet, the knowledge shared, it's all worth the time spent getting from one destination to another. 

It was spread over 43 flights and a few road trips, a little less than last year but most of these were longer flights this year. 

2017 in reviewHere are the cities I visited to talk about Red Hat technologies or meet with our partners and customers:
  • Raleigh, NC (4x)
  • Madrid, Spain
  • London, UK (2x)
  • Singapore
  • Rome, Italy
  • Boston, MA (4x)
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands (3x)
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Washington, DC
  • Paris, France (2x)
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Mexico City, Mexico

Thanks to you all

I certainly hope you enjoyed what I was able to bring to you in 2017.

I want to thank you personally for attending any of the webinars, conference sessions, workshops, JUG's, and JBug's were our paths might have crossed or for just taking the time to read a published article.

2018 is going to start with a bang, so join me on this wonderful ride as we explore the amazing things you can achieve with open technologies and hybrid cloud... stay tuned!