I just left a meeting with one of my CIO friends that came to the Innovation Insider lunch last week, and he actually came to the technical breakfast as well.
I wanted to get into some of the specifics. I wanted to give you guys a couple quick tips that I learned from him, that I wanted to share.
Number one, regarding innovation, listen to his tagline, he had it written on his white-board. He wants to make technical services, make it measurable and relevant for his organization. He wants his group to be the center of innovation. I thought that was cool, he had that written down on his whiteboard.
-In addition to that, he explained to me about a test that he recently did and I love the concept of tests because it brings an entrepreneurial mindset to the CIO role and to technical services within a company. He had tested a new cluster by just taking five cheap workstations, that were being sun-setted off of administrative assistant desktops, and he went and bought a one terabit drive and linked them together and he started to test. Basically they crunched through reams and reams of data; it takes a day for the data to crunch and get back to his analysts typically, and his goal is to get it back in an hour. And he is using Hadoop to test this. And of course using CentOS and some other tools that he is using, as well on that.
It’s completely something that is low-stress, low-headache for his business, because it’s cheap and he can test it. And he can really make that thesis come true of driving the technical services people from being able to do billable work and not wait that full day and try to drive that down to an hour. So, that’s what he’s trying to do. I thought that might be a nice digestible tip for you with innovation and testing of Hadoop.
Thanks, and until next time. I appreciate all of you for listening.