Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Power of Skunkworks

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The Power of Skunkworks
While at LPA me and a guy from Amentra were told to make the Blaze Rules Engine to work in ways it was not built to be used. After banging our heads on it for a month, countless conference calls with Fair Isaac, and general disgust with the complexity - I spent a weekend learning Drools and replaced it. It was perfect. Just what we needed. I switched their coffee with mine, and they never noticed. I told them a week later what happened. Told my boss. Then his boss. Several conference calls later my system was officially in - Blaze was out, saving our company $250k/year in license and support fees.