Announcing the 2020 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year

Moderator
Moderator

Each year during Red Hat Summit, we recognize Red Hat Certified Professionals who demonstrate ingenuity, hard work and expertise by making a difference in their organizations. We’re proud to announce that Fabrice Harbulot, cloud engineer and Red Hat Certified Architect Level VII, has been named the 2020 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year.

Fabrice has earned several Red Hat certifications and is a Red Hat Certified Specialist in Linux Performance Tuning, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ceph Storage Administration, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Best Practices, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Security: Containers and OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Application Development, Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Server Security and Hardening, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Container Management, Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation, Red Hat Certified Engineer in Red Hat OpenStack, Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack, Red Hat Certified Engineer and Red Hat Certified System Administrator. 

Fabrice’s journey to this award began at a very young age when he was given his first computer and discovered his passion for coding at five years old. This interest carried on through college where he studied Linux at the advice of his cousin who worked in the IT field. In 2019, Fabrice was named the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year runner-up, which served as motivation to gain additional certifications and reapply for this year’s award.

The Red Hat Learning Subscription has been key to helping Fabrice hone his skills in Red Hat technologies, and he is also an active member of the Red Hat Learning Community.  

In 2019, when his company needed to accelerate cloud deployments and give developers more control of deployment executions, Fabrice was assigned the overhaul of the existing cloud architecture. As a Red Hat Certified Architect, he used the skills he had acquired in Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ansible to optimize their private cloud environment. The initiative was successful in significantly shortening error notification times, which previously resulted in a timed-out session. 

For more than two decades, the Red Hat Certification program has had a single goal: validating skills through a program with rigorous, hands-on and performance based testing. Red Hat’s certifications help system administrators, application developers and IT architects advance their careers and help close the skills gap facing the IT industry. Red Hat Certifications establishes benchmarks for what an IT professional should know when using Red Hat technology.

Congratulations to Fabrice Harbulot, also known in the community as @littlebigfab! Please join us in congratulating him on his oustanding achievement. 

23 responses
Cadet
Cadet

Congratulations Fabrice!!! What a huge and well-deserved honor. Hope this finds you well in France! 

Cadet
Cadet

Congratulations Fabrice on RHCP of the Year! Amazing story!

Community Manager
Community Manager

Congratulations to the 2020 Certified Professional of the Year @littlebigfab - very well deserved! 

Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

Congratulations @littlebigfab on this amazing achievement! 

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Congratulations @littlebigfab! Such an incredible achievement - I know how much work goes into this!

Cadet
Cadet

Congratulations, Fabrice!! Such an amazing accomplishment! Smiley Very Happy

Cadet
Cadet

Congratulations!! What an achievement. This is fantastic. Smiley Very Happy

Cadet
Cadet

Congratulations Fabrice, fantastic achievement and well-deserved.

Cadet
Cadet

Hi french guy, congratulations from Toulouse. Nice video.

Starfighter Starfighter
Starfighter

Congratulations @littlebigfab !!!  Earning RHCP of the year is a huge accomplishment!

Moderator
Moderator

@littlebigfab - many congratulations indeed! Smiley LOL

VP, Red Hat Training + Certification

Congratulations Fabrice!!! I look forward to seeing you again to celebrate!! 

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Congratulations, Fabrice, very well deserved! 

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Thank you so much everyone Smiley Embarassed

It is a true honor, really Smiley Happy

Special thanks to the Red Hat Training and Certification team, you guys are amazing !! Smiley Wink

Congratulations! Great work!

Cadet
Cadet

Hi Fabrice, one more time, now virtually here - CONGRATULATIONS for being the RHCP of the year 2020! All the best

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Hi Fabrice,

 

Congratulations on being named Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year.  As the manager of the team that develops many of the exams you have taken I know how much hard work and effort your RHCA+ represents.  It is gratifying to all of us on the Certification Team and in Global Learning Services to see our customers succeed.

Best regards,

Henry Maine

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Hi @Henry_Maine ,

Thanks a lot! It must be fascinating to design RH exams ! And a huge responsibility too ! Now I know who is to blame when I come accross a super tricky question Smiley LOL

Thanks again ! Smiley Happy

Cadet
Cadet

Mes sinceres felicitations mon ami Fabrice on RHCP of the Year ! I am very happy for you and wish you much , much success. 

Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Heartiest Congratulations @littlebigfab  Smiley Happy

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Hey @littlebigfab ! Glad to see you here, and congratulations for this achievement. I remember seeing you so disappointed after attending my EX210 delivery because you thought you missed it... while in fact you rocked it ;-)

We're the same age, and I too had a Commodore computer (Amiga 500 + 512Bytes RAM extension). I read the Dreams magazine back then (which became LOGIN: a while after) and they once provided Linux 1.0 on their floppy disk in 94. That's when I discovered it.

We never had the opportunity to discuss all this. Hope to come across your path in the future.

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Hi Fabien and thank you very much for your pleasant message Smiley Embarassed

It's a little weird to speak with you in English Smiley LOL

I totally remember that EX210 exam. It was my very first Red Hat certificate of expertise, back in 2015, far from becoming a RHCA at the time, not even thinking about it yet. The reason why I was pretty stressed out on that day is that I had paid the CL211 training course + exam myself as a freelancer, along with travel arrangements to Paris. It was the first time I had invested so much on my own training. At some point during the exam, that stressful feeling clouded my ability to think clearly and made me panic, I suppose. I was soooo relieved when I received the results with a PASS ! Smiley Very Happy

I'm just a little surprised that you remember that episode too ! Smiley Very Happy

I'll always remember you as my first Red Hat Proctor, and a pretty cool one Smiley Wink It's a shame indeed that we haven't shared more. Linux user in 94, that's pretty impressive !!

I hope to see you again too. Please say hi to StartX staff for me Smiley Wink

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Congrats @littlebigfab !

About the Author
@littlebigfab, 37, from Nice, France. I first used Linux back in the late 90'. My cousin was already studying IT at the time, so he helped me set up my first Mandrake Linux distribution. When I finally got access to the internet, I stopped bothering him and I joined the open source community online instead. I immediately loved how helpful it was, and the idea of people sharing their knowledge and helping each other. From there, pursuing IT studies and a career in IT seemed pretty obvious. Since then, I have been professionally working with Linux for 15+ years, mostly as a Systems Engineer. I have become a freelance consultant, providing Linux and Cloud expertise to my clients in the region of Nice. A couple of years ago, I decided to go with Red Hat Training and Certifications, mostly to assess my skills with Linux and enrich my CV. I took a couple of classroom training sessions to learn OpenStack and Ansible, passing the corresponding certification exams in order to capitalize on the training and demonstrate my new skills. Soon I became a Red Hat Certified Architect, the most prestigious and demanding Red Hat certification. That, in turn, unlocked the 50% discount for the Red Hat Learning Subscription, which I obviously took. Since then I've extensively been using it to increase my RHCA level to my current level of 8. I love the way the Red Hat Learning Community enables people to help each other! Not only can I give back what I have learned to the community and help new Linux users take their first steps into the open-source world, but I can also benefit myself from the great pieces of advice of even more senior users, including Red Hat employees themselves. It's actually funny how every time I first want to help someone, I actually end up learning something new for myself too!