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Creativity vs. Control: The Debate Continues—Can Enterprises Have Both?

Location: 2010 Level: Intermediate

Creativity is at the heart of Web 2.0, and has been the key factor in growing this phenomenon on the Web and throughout the enterprise for the past four years. With enterprise organizations adopting Web 2.0 (coined Enterprise 2.0), there is a new level of “control” that customers and users may want to include in their applications, while preserving the creativity of the application users and creators. But the question remains: is control stifling creativity? Will Enterprise 2.0 succeed if employees are forced to comply with certain rules and regulations of the enterprise? Who wins here, and is it possible for both to live within the enterprise ecosystem?

This topic will be presented by Anant Jhingran, CTO of Information Management at IBM, and Stephen O’Grady, a top industry analyst with Redmonk. Topics include specific enterprise and customer scenarios, examples of emerging creativity with Enterprise 2.0, and views on specific ideas around control with Web 2.0 in the enterprise. Also included in this discussion will be security, governance, and other key issues that are related to this debate. The audience will be asked to voice their opinions on this topics at the end of the presentation.

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Anant Jhingran


Dr. Anant Jhingran is VP of Data & Analytics at Apigee, helping drive that business. Previously, he was an IBM Fellow, VP and CTO for IBM’s Information Management Division. In that role, he was deeply involved in the IBM’s middleware in the cloud (including co-chairmanship of IBM’s Cloud Computing Architecture Board), and for the technical strategy of products and solutions in databases, content management, business intelligence and information integration. Prior to that job, Dr. Jhingran lead the IBM team designing and building solutions to meet the requirements of business analytics on structured and unstructured data. He has also been the director of Computer Science at the IBM Almaden Research Center and before that, senior manager for e-Commerce and data management at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center. He received his Ph.D. from UC at Berkeley in 1990. Anant has received IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumnus Award, IBM Corporate Awards, over a dozen patents, and has authored over 20 technical papers.

Stephen O'Grady


Stephen is a Principal Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, and addresses the full spectrum of infrastructure software from development to deployment, including operating systems, application languages and platforms, and database technologies, with a special focus on open source.

Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen assisted in building out the Enterprise Content Management and Enterprise Portal knowledge set at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in implementing such products for leading systems integrators. Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock.

Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit, Stephen’s advice and opinion is well respected throughout the industry.

Lauren Cooney


Lauren Cooney joined the Information Management CTO Office in January 2007, focusing on strategy and community evangelism around Web 2.0 and open source technologies and products. Prior to that, Cooney worked on Apache Geronimo as the IBM lead for building community and programs. Before coming to IBM in 2005, she ran dev2dev and led developer marketing and community at BEA Systems Inc., where she started the BEA dev2dev User Group Program, Technical Evangelist program, spearheaded the O’Reilly/dev2dev partnership and led several other successful community and technical initiatives.