When the “best” isn’t good enough


Just days away from the Hadoop Summit, I am reminded of Jack Welch’s article, “Are you the smartest person in the room?  Let’s hope not.”, where he pointed out how important it is for leaders to hire top performers, enable a collaborative environment, and release their energy for the betterment of all. The lesson was loud and clear – leaders are measured by the results of the team, the tangible value brought by the collective, not the individual.

And as true as that is for us as individuals within a company, that same lesson can be applied to companies themselves. Companies should be measured by the tangible value they bring to their customers and rarely, if ever, is that best done in isolation. Yes, it is absolutely essential for a company to continuously innovate and be the “best” at what it does, but it is equally essential for that company to collaborate effectively to deliver a collective value far greater than could have been achieved in isolation.

Never before has leadership and collaboration been needed more than in the complex and rapidly changing world of Big Data and Hadoop.

The Hadoop Summit will no doubt showcase some of the industry’s greatest advancements and we at Actian are extremely proud to be a co-sponsor of the event. We have some of the brightest minds in the industry and have developed truly transformational innovations that deliver jaw-dropping analytic value and price/performance benefits to our customers. And rest assured, we will not stop there. We will continue to innovate.

But we are equally proud of our collaborative architecture that recognizes that we cannot and should not stand alone.  We live in a world of unprecedented technology change where game changing innovations are occurring all around us. Strength in partnership becomes more than just a marketing slogan, it becomes a necessity that governs our strategic decisions and we are very excited about the deep technology partnerships we have created to help our customers realize the tremendous value Hadoop can bring to all of us.

Stay tuned for some very exciting Actian announcements in the next few days.  You can check #cuthadooploose and @actiancorp for live updates, videos, and photos right from the show floor of the Summit. We look forward to seeing you there!

Be the best at what you do. Continue to innovate. But architect for collaboration. Embrace innovation and deliver solutions as a team. It is the cornerstone of strong leadership. It is good business. And our customers deserve it.

About Todd Untrecht

Todd Untrecht joined Actian in 2013, where he is responsible for global product management and strategy. Todd brings more than 20 years of experience in both large company and startup environments. He specializes in product management, engineering management, and business transformation with particular expertise leading and aligning global engineering and product organizations, driving new products into new markets, and accelerating cross-company innovation.

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