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The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat® blog post with 5 of the week’s top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 12th annual Red Hat Certified Professional (RHCP) of the Year award. The RHCP of the Year award recognizes the hard work, expertise, and ingenuity of a current Red Hat Certified Professional. The award program is open to holders of a current Red Hat certification or Certificate of Expertise in eligible countries. Submissions for the award will be accepted through January 19, 2018. The winner will be announced and recognized at the 2018 Red Hat Summit, taking place in San Francisco, May 8-10, 2018.

IT operations and security teams must find innovative ways to keep up—and new opportunities to get ahead. Join the Red Hat virtual event, Continuous change and IT security, on November 16. You’ll learn how to provide security across an ever-changing IT landscape and the crucial role of automation, management, and open source technologies.

Aviva Italy, the Italian branch of one of Europe’s leading insurance companies, Aviva Group, has deployed Red Hat JBoss Fuse and Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization to power a customer-centric portal, MyAviva, gaining a unified, consistent overview of each customer and the ability to deliver innovative digital services faster and more cost-effectively. Aviva Italy is using Red Hat technologies to gather and integrate large amounts of data from multiple siloed databases and applications in order to provide customers with greater visibility over their policies, aimed at enhancing its customers’ experience further through digital channels.

Often for enterprises to remain competitive they need to be able to quickly respond and adapt to changes in the market. DevOps aims to meet this need by combining a culture centered on collaboration through owning the code from development to production, instead of developers simply throwing it over the wall to operations and having no subsequent responsibility. [This] can require an intentional shift in individual mindset and corporate culture away from sequential, waterfall-like methodologies to more agile, iterative workflows. With these processes in place and a culture that is familiar and comfortable with this pace of change, organizations can be better prepared to manage the additional complexity introduced by microservices while still making a positive impact.

You asked, he answered! For Slashdot’s 20th anniversary — and the 23rd anniversary of the first release of Red Hat Linux — here’s a special treat. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers.

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