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Big data: from dream to reality

Big Data. You know it's a powerful tool. You know your company should be using it to help make smarter business decisions.

You even have budget set aside for investment in Big Data services. The problem is that despite loads of research on Big Data you're still wondering: how exactly do you design and implement an effective Big Data solution? And your confusion is understandable, because Big Data is a brand new world where rules are still being written, tools are still being invented and roadmaps are few and far between.

Fortunately, The Jonah Group has been there. In this case study we'll show you how we helped one global client successfully manage and use Big Data to achieve significant business benefits.

Product Platforms

  • Big Data

  • Analytics

  • Data Warehousing

  • Cloud

About AMD

AMD designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. For more than 45 years, AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualizations technologies — the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play.

The Challenge

Every day, hundreds of millions of computers around the world use Radeon graphics cards and software to deliver games, websites, videos and more. But where some product managers would be satisfied with this massive global reach, Steve Wong, of AMD, saw a fundamental business problem, which led him to identify an extraordinary opportunity.

Knowledge is power, knowing what your users want is the key. We had tried user surveys but they're unreliable and you can't reach everybody. What we needed was data telling us how our users used our systems and software.

Terry Makedon
Director of Product Management

But how could this data be gathered? And once gathered, what sort of custom architectures would be needed to parse it usefully? Was such an ambitious project even possible given the vast scale of AMD's installed user base? Neither Makedon nor any of his colleagues at AMD had answers, so they turned to the Jonah Group.

Our Solution

In response to AMD's ambitious vision, The Jonah Group designed and built a big data solution that satisfied all of AMD's needs. Thousands of records per second now flow into AMD's custom platform from a potential pool of millions of installed AMD graphics systems.

Our Relationship

AMD product manager Steve Wong recalls that clarity of communications between AMD and Jonah Group was critical to their success.

There's always the option of going overseas, but it was a huge advantage to have the team in North America for face to face meetings and aligned time zones. Also, a lot of time the technical personnel is shielded from the client, but not this time. We had access to developers and the technical team. It was a very collaborative atmosphere and it allowed the consultants and the client to have very easy and open discussions on the project requirements.

Steve Wong
AMD Product Manager

As recalled by The Jonah Group's Project Lead, Dan Sarbu, "When AMD first approached us, they were very clear about the business outcomes that they wanted, but they also understood that the technical solution was going to be complex and reliant on new, untested, ground-breaking technologies due to its complexity, the scale of the data being processed and the insights that it needed provide."

Facing those unknowns together required a strong element of trust and Sarbu emphasizes his team's collaborative and transparent approach to working with AMD.

Our initial proposal to AMD was for a short implementation of a Proof of Concept (PoC) and they agreed that given the complexity of the problem this was the best way to go with all the unknowns in this project. The PoC allowed us to address all identified risks at the outset and to cost out the entire solution and ongoing operational costs for AMD, which gave AMD the confidence to approve scaling it up to the full platform. In terms of the working relationship between AMD and Jonah Group, Sarbu notes that, "The AMD teams were constantly engaged, and we had access to all stakeholders in the project. I think we were reasonable in explaining our step-by-step approach, and they accepted that and were very active in working with us. For our team it was exciting to work on a project with so many unknowns, but AMD deserves a lot of credit for attempting something so bold and so complex, and for standing behind their vision. They had a very mature approach."

Sarbu concludes optimistically as he reflects on the evolution of this very ambitious Big Data solution. "Today, with the solution in production, I can say with confidence that this project has been a success for both organizations. We are looking ahead to adding new features in response to requests by their business users, and to build on a promising relationship. For us, it has been an amazing project. And there is way more interesting stuff to come."

Dan Sarbu gives presentation

Project Lead

Dan Sarbu

Dan Sarbu

Senior Vice President, Solution Delivery

(416) 304-0860 x116

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