This talk will detail the HSBC Big Data journey to date walking through the genesis of the Big Data initiative which was triggered by continual challenges in delivering data driven products. The global scale, diversity and legacy of an organization like HSBC presents challenges for Hadoop adoption not typically faced by younger companies. Big Data technologies are by their very nature disruptive to the established Enterprise IT environment. Hadoop and the peripheral toolsets in the big data ecosystem do not fit comfortably into an Enterprise Data Centre, IT Operational processes and can even prove disruptive to current organization structures. Alasdair will focus on the steps that HSBC has taken to mitigate concerns about Hadoop and raise awareness of the game changing benefits a successful adoption of the technology will bring. HSBC have taken an innovative approach to proving out the value of the technology engaging developers with a brakes off opportunity to use the platform and by placing Hadoop in a competitive scenario with traditional technologies. The Hadoop journey in HSBC was initiated in Scotland, blessed in London and proved out in China.