In business, the winner is typically the innovator or the most optimized at what they do.
As you may (or may not) have read, I am (still) involved in the local (Seattle) chapter of Iasa first ever IT architecture competition. Team Skyscraper has delivered their second set of deliverables and are now in the home stretch. With the business requirements and conceptual architecture being the first set of deliverables, this past weekend they had to submit software, infrastructure and security architectures, and the technology stack they chose.
Sunday it rained all day and gave me a fantastic opportunity to fill idle time with research. The topic this weekend? Converged and Hyper-converged infrastructure. I’ve heard of it and discussed the topic with subject matter experts, but don’t have people in my network that had much experience applying them in practice. In my research I keep coming back to the big question (for me) – what business problem does this solve and how?