Marlo Donate, 2013 Honoree

Director, enterprise applications and digital services
Toyota Financial Services
Torrance, Calif.
How have you incorporated social media into your own work?
The digital services team uses a Web-based crowd-sourcing application to gather, rank and select innovation ideas from executives, associates and field workers.
Skills you'll hire for this year:
Mobile application programming and development.
How do you evaluate emerging technologies?
By trying them out in our innovation lab, which is a segregated, secure network with cool tools and cloud connectivity. Business ideas and technology are exercised rapidly with an intent to 'fail or succeed fast.'
How are you building an IT department for the future?
One way is by providing core training on Apache Hadoop, both administration and development. Recognizing that big data is in a hype cycle, we are focusing on building core capability rather than selecting vendor products at this time. Read the full profile
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