Red Hat's Tiemann: Architectural vision must be 20/20

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Michael Tiemann is impossible to miss in a large crowd. Tall guy. Glasses. Red fedora. He's not necessarily an imposing figure, but Red Hat's chief technology officer casts a big shadow in the Linux community, where he's a respected open-source developer and advocate. Last week, he stopped in at Babson College in this Boston suburb to speak at a Linux workshop hosted by the school's Center for Information Management Studies (CIMS). Tiemann, however wasn't in town as a Red Hat evangelist. Instead, he was singing the praises of intelligent system and network architecture and explaining how Linux and open-source software encourage the sort of innovation and progress that proprietary systems are not capable of. "Bad architecture and the proprietary lock-in has frozen out innovation," Tiemann said. "That makes it difficult to bring new ideas to market. The open-source platform with open-source standards has liberated the playing field." Tiemann urged chief information officers to approach their planning from this perspective, and he provided more detail in this interview with

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