Cloud Computing - Why IT Matters

Location: Exhibit Hall 3
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Keynote by Simon Wardley, Canoncial Ltd.

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Simon Wardley

Leading Edge Forum

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 fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), retail, and IT industries—from Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space 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’s 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.

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Simon Wardley
08/19/2009 4:56pm PDT

Hi Mike,

Actually, I don’t use power point.

Edison and Westinghouse both created utility electricity grids, the former D/C, the later A/C (based on the work of Tesla and the creation of an A/C motor) and there was intense competition between them. They were both key figures in the formation of the utility electricity industry, however Westinghouse created the first A/C grid.

I’m not sure why you thought they were partnered?

As for Tesla, well he’s often the forgotten inventor behind many industries – including the wireless radio. However, Tesla did work for Westinghouse and yes he did create the A/C motor which enabled A/C power distribution.

Mike Short
08/19/2009 3:09pm PDT

Great talk and great use of Powerpoint; however, Westinghouse was never partnered with Edison. Westinghouse was given Nicola Tesla’s patents and was it was Tesla’s invention of the AC generator that could transmit over long distances that led to Electrical Grids.

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Timothy Ace
07/23/2009 10:02am PDT

A great talk. The presentation flowed very well and kept everyone interested.

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Luke Crouch
07/23/2009 6:43am PDT

Simon always has an engaging and amusing style of presenting relevant and important information. Great job!

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