In this "tell us about your tech" interview, CEO of Clarive Rodrigo Gonzalez reveals the technology supporting his software business.
What is your business’s best tech investment?
Our best tech investment ever was switching Clarive’s own relational database dependency to MongoDB. Mongo has helped us take Clarive to the next level in three different ways.
First, flexibility. As a schema-less, document-based database, Mongo allows us to manage any kind of information record as a first class citizen, embracing all the depth and nesting required to orchestrate complex configurations and process form data. No more messy pivoted tables that hold custom data.
Second, Clarive manages large chunks of logging, operations, provisioning and source code across geographies, which requires a big data architecture. Mongo not only supports that but also comes with a text-search engine that allows running full-text queries.
Last but not least, speed, which is key to run Clarive’s impact analysis scanner queries and reports. Clarive connects every configuration item, process, topic, project and every other entity in the database. Detecting dependencies, which are critical for successful release management automation.
So, at a reduced cost and at a greater ease of implementation and maintenance, Mongo is the best thing that has ever happened to our technological stack.
What are your business’s biggest tech challenges & how do you overcome them?
Right now, most DevOps tools in the market leave legacy platforms and traditional processes aside. But large organizations still depend heavily on older technologies, closed products such as ERPs, CRMs and large application servers and databases. Sometimes these represent 80% of their critical systems.
Clarive is a DevOps tool that caters to both cutting-edge technologies, such as mobile or service containers, and legacy systems. We support older Windows (I’m thinking Windows 3.11 here), Solaris, AIX and HP servers, different ERP versions and cloud CRM apis, different database vendors, AS/400 and Z/OS file systems. But even those are quite manageable. The real challenge comes when customers want to manage releases to extraneous, dark technologies that require a carefully researched version and deployment solution.
What new tech are you excited about?
Visualization technologies are entering a new phase of evolution, as data-driven documents and 3D libraries are improving in the browser we are able to give our customers new ways to observe the flow of changes and analyse internal practices in both historical and in real-time.
What tech advice would you give to other businesses in your sector/generally?
To paraphrase the great F1 driver Mario Andretti, if everything is under control, you’re not going fast enough.
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