Good case study showing 10x time savings w/Big Data methods: Why Sears Is Going All-In On Hadoop – Global-cio – Executive http://ow.ly/g1xYS
In the article the CTO gives some good, but potentially contradictory advice about making these kinds of changes.
“You have to go fast and be bold without taking stupid risks,” Shelley says. Start with a business need “that causes enough pain that people will notice and they’ll see tangible benefits.”
Shelley, by saying to be fast and bold is not saying to be irrational or recommending taking unnecessary risk. But, I think he is saying to be a leader, create a vision of what can be done, create a plan for application that is bite sized and can create quick value. That allows it to be quick. The impact it promises is bold.