Is the PC Dead? Re-imagining Cloud Computing for the Next Six Billion New Users of the Web.

Moderated by:
Charlene Li (Altimeter Group)
Tarkan Maner (Wyse Technology Inc.)
Location: Marina Level:

This Opening Luncheon is now at capacity.

Imagine a time when all of your information and computing needs can be done through the cloud. This goes beyond just having SaaS for enterprise apps and expands to include voice, data, and video delivery to any device, anywhere. That time is coming, but we bring with us the legacy of the Personal Computer, burdened with an energy-hogging, multi-purpose technical design that requires tremendous management and security requirements. Imagining a ubiquitous cloud services future provides us with the opportunity to think disruptively about how to reconfigure infrastructure, applications, and even the ubiquitous PC.

Wyse Technologies CEO Tarken Maner will share his vision of the “thin client” world and the implications for business, individuals, and society. We’ll also discuss the cost-savings enterprise can realize with a move to cloud computing – as well as the challenges that stand in the way. Finally, we’ll look at the implications and opportunities for incumbents like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and PC manufacturers, who will seek to maintain being control points in the new cloud-based world.

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Wyse Technology is the global leader in Cloud Client Computing. Wyse portfolio includes industry-leading thin, zero and cloud PC client solutions with advanced management, desktop virtualization and cloud software supporting desktops, laptops and next generation mobile devices. Cloud client computing replaces the outdated computing model of the unsecure, unreliable, energy-intensive and expensive PC, all while delivering lower TCO and a superior user experience. Wyse has shipped more than 20 million units and has over 200 million people interacting with their products each day, enabling the leading private, public, hybrid and government cloud implementations worldwide. Wyse partners with Citrix®, IBM®, Microsoft®, VMware® and others.

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Charlene Li

Altimeter Group

Charlene Li is founder of the Altimeter Group and the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell.

She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies, and is a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media, and marketing. Formerly, Li was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business in both 2008 and 2010, and one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2009.

Charlene is a frequently-quoted expert and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN, and CNBC. She is also frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, USAToday, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She is a much-sought after public speaker and will be appearing at the World Business Forum in Radio City Music hall in October 2010. She has also presented frequently at top conferences such the American Society of Association Executives, SXSW, Web 2.0 Expo, and Search Engine Strategies.

Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College. You can follow her blog at or at

Charlene is the mother of two kids and and the wife of Come Lague, a venture capitalist with Nueva Ventures. She is also an avid fan of reality TV shows, science fiction, and sudoku. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

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Tarkan Maner

Wyse Technology Inc.

Tarkan Maner is the President and CEO at Wyse Technology, the global leader in zero client-centric virtual, green and cloud computing solutions. He leads all aspects of Wyse’s global business operations and organization. Tarkan is a leading industry visionary around virtual and cloud-based hardware and software technology solutions which bring the most innovative, secure, green and rich user experience along with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for enterprises and consumers. He globally evangelizes the cloud computing gospel as the ultimate solution to break the monopoly of the “fat” PC and its devious ecosystem of unnecessary, unsecure and expensive “so-called” technologies. Tarkan is regarded as one of the leading experts in the ICT industry for democratizing the innovation process at Wyse by involving its global customers and partners into the technology development lifecycle. His and his team’s focus and leadership in the technology innovation, customer intimacy, operational excellence, and most importantly, team building perfection have been crucial for Wyse’s consistently solid growth and profitability, since he joined the company, especially throughout the economic up-down cycles of the last decade.

Tarkan was named President and CEO of Wyse in February, 2007. He joined Wyse in May, 2005, as the Chief Marketing Officer. He was appointed as the President, Worldwide Field Operations in 2006, leading Wyse’s global sales, marketing, channels, business development and customer service organizations and programs. Prior to joining Wyse, he led marketing, product management, business development, and strategic alliance initiatives at Computer Associates (CA). He was instrumental in developing CA’s corporate vision, strategy, product roadmap, and its global brand. Earlier, at IBM, Tarkan led global product marketing and business development initiatives for the company’s innovative Internet Security, Network Computing, and eCommerce divisions. Before IBM, he held senior product management and marketing roles in the eCommerce Software Group at Sterling Software and later, Sterling Commerce, after its spin-off and IPO.

Tarkan graduated from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey with a B.S. degree in Engineering Management. He received his MBA degree from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Tarkan also attended the invitation-only Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School along with several business and political leaders of today. Tarkan currently serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a coalition of senior executives to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the region and the world through its advocacy around public and private policy issues. Tarkan is regarded as one of the most globally-networked business leaders of our time, and is a sought-after speaker/commentator on current ICT, business, economic and social issues, globally.

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