Catch our own Marc Boudria at the Houston IT Symposium!

06 Aug 2015
Marc Boudria

Here at Chaotic Moon, we’re firm believers in spreading the love.

And by love, we mean knowledge, mostly.

Our own Marc Boudria will be doing just that this at the Houston IT Symposium, which takes place Thursday at The Westin Houston, Memorial City. Boudria will be featured in a breakout session, Facing the Challenges of Incorporating Innovation in Business Strategy, which is scheduled to take place in the Cypress room at 11 a.m. (Catch the whole agenda here.)

Now, it’s clearly no secret that at Chaotic Moon we place the utmost importance on innovation–and, more specifically, the necessity of innovation labs. Don’t believe us? Ask our CEO:

“Innovation is the driving force behind Chaotic Moon, behind everything we do, and it’s the reason we’ve been so successful,” said CEO Ben Lamm. “We’re constantly thinking creatively and dynamically and aggressively…trying to develop methods and products and solutions that are bigger and better. And it’s not just out of passion—the fact that we love to do this—but necessity. If you don’t innovate as a company, you’re irrelevant. You’re dead. It’s that simple.”

Aside from Lamm, Boudria is one of Chaotic Moon’s foremost experts on innovation and how it can be incorporated to help businesses succeed, and here we provide a little sneak peek of what he’ll be discussing at the Symposium…

On IT and innovation…

By nature, IT’s goal is not to innovate; it’s to maintain and sustain. It’s to keep the Jenga tower up. When you’re in IT, you don’t want to take risks; you want things you can bank on. That’s why it’s important to have an area of your company–an innovation lab like Chaotic Moon’s BASE, maybe—where you’re dedicated to exploring and experimenting and trying to find something that works, all without having the burden of worrying about failing.

On Chaotic Moon and innovation…

We’re at the bleeding edge of tech. There’s the cutting edge, which is still practiced. It’s new, but has maturity.The bleeding edge is the frontier; it’s where it all begins.

On innovation hurdles…

Our biggest hurdle is always finding people with the right mindset—one in which the notion of the box doesn’t exist. I can point out some of the difficulties we have when our R&D projects cross over and we start pulling in production resources. They’re used to answering a defined question, but with an R&D project, you don’t know what the endgame is. People are used to tasks, user stories and structure. R&D is very Wild Wild West-y and there’s a little gun-slinging going on. You want to go down as many rabbit holes as possible and see what’s at the end, and sometimes it’s a dead end, but sometimes there’s an entire cavern that opens up

On resistance to innovation…

There’ s no resistance to innovation at Chaotic Moon. We embody it across the board.  We don’t always have paperwork signed and ready to go before we start doing something. Sometimes you have to create for the sake of creating and what could be—and we have management that encourages it. That’s what makes Chaotic Moon different. Here everyone has that idea, that attitude, and is like “LET’S DO IT!”  That’s us.