17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK
Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley
Researcher, Leading Edge Forum

Website | @swardley

Simon Wardley is a researcher for the Leading Edge Forum focused on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, retail, and IT industries—from Canon’s early leadership in the cloud-computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the top cloud operating system. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination for economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether in behavioral patterns, the environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems, or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure, and cybernetics.

Simon’s most recent published research, “Clash of the Titans: Can China Dethrone Silicon Valley?,” assesses the high-tech challenge from China and what this means to the future of global technology industry competition. His previous research covers topics including the nature of technological and business change over the next 20 years, value chain mapping, strategies for an increasingly open economy, Web 2.0, and a lifecycle approach to cloud computing. Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide and has been voted one of the UK’s top 50 most influential people in IT in Computer Weekly’s 2011 and 2012 polls.

Sessions

9:00–9:05 Monday, 17/10/2016
Location: King's Suite
Rachel Roumeliotis (O'Reilly Media), Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum), Francine Bennett (Mastodon C)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Program chairs Rachel Roumeliotis, Simon Wardley, and Francine Bennett open the first day of keynotes. Read more.
9:00–9:05 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: King's Suite
Rachel Roumeliotis (O'Reilly Media), Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum), Francine Bennett (Mastodon C)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
Program chairs Simon Wardley, Francine Bennett, and Rachel Roumeliotis open the second day of keynotes. Read more.
16:55–17:35 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Leadership
Location: Windsor Suite
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
We live in a competitive world. That competition forces change. It has always forced change. Change is normal. The question is not whether our organisations will change, that’s a given, but can we see this change before it hits us, do we know where we’re heading or are we simply floating aimlessly being carried by a river? It certainly feels that way sometimes. Read more.
9:30–17:30 Wednesday, 19/10/2016
Location: Hilton Meeting Room 13/16
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum)
Simon Wardley uses mapping to demonstrate how open source can be effectively used as a competitive weapon, how ecosystems can be built and exploited, how organizations evolve, and how changes such as big data, the cloud, and 3D printing were all highly predictable. Read more.