An engineering team from Perdue University may have possibly found the most complex way to inflate a balloon. Their process contains 300 unique steps and was demonstrated using a Rube Goldberg machine. Many have asked me “What is a Rube Goldberg Machine”. Good question. Wikipedia tells us that
“A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883-1970). Over the years, the expression has expanded to mean any confusing or complicated system.”
Perdue’s contraption takes an extraordinary number of steps to accomplish a relatively simple task. In our line of work we see so many instances that this same approach is applied to business technology systems under what may be well-intentioned albeit erroneous principals . At CIT we take an engineering approach to information technology. We use data to drive our decisions, objective tools to measure and quantify technology systems, and over one hundred and seventy years of combined experience to arrive at the most efficient and cost effective business technology solutions. While credit must be given to the Perdue team for a simply amazing piece of technical wizardry – We prefer to use the most direct and efficient means to arrive at a solution to our clients technology challenges. From Virtualization to Data Storage to fully outsourced network support we take a holistic and scientific approach to solve even the most challenging technology issues.