Two years, ago, the SanDisk IT group was asked to help the legal department accelerate the e-discovery platform employed by the company. E-discovery is a necessity: SanDisk generates approximately half a million emails a day and it takes approximately 30 seconds (at a cost of $250 or more per hour) to scan emails by hand. One of the first things they discovered was that the underlying storage platform was, ironically, based on hard drives. Indexing 25 years worth of emails with the drive system took just under six months and the data would frequently need to be re-indexed. By migrating to an all-flash system, SanDisk reduced the time required from under six months to four weeks. This is something that other IT departments should seriously consider.
The role of the CIO and IT teams has changed dramatically. Traditionally, IT teams concentrated just on programming, infrastructure management and building applications from the ground up. Today, successful IT teams are the ones with a deep knowledge of how to take that expertise to drive the business forward. Every IT organization has the ability to make this transformation.
In this slideshow, SanDisk CIO and SVP Ravi Naik outlines critical issues CIOs need to address in six quick tips to get IT teams to the next level.