IBM's Gerry Mooney was the second of two keynote speakers at SDForum's SaaS (software as a service) conference today. Mooney, the VP of Corporate Strategy at Big Blue, avoided most of the pitch-speak heard throughout the day and instead shared his ideas of the software as a service model and the on-demand era, stating that is the rudest awakening of uncertainty since the Depression.
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Like the blockbuster movie producer or director who works behind the scenes but whose celebrity is often confined to Hollywood insiders, Dr. Charles Simonyi is a giant among giants here at PC Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mitchell Baker and Kim Polese joined Esther for a panel on trends in open source. Baker said that the call for a smaller set of licenses is gaining some traction, especially in developing interoperability among the licenses, although the GPL is problematic on that front.
Industry experts, executives, and entrepreneurs gathered in Santa Clara for SDForum's full-day "Software as a Service" event. The sold out conference kicked off with a panel, which included CNET founder Halsey Minor, talking about the practical considerations of the burgeoning model.
Day three of PC Forum started with a discussion with John Seely...
There was a period -- a long period at that -- when Microsoft was viewed as the evil empire of identity. So dasterdly was its Passport technology, some felt, that Microsoft's identity strategy had to be about a continuation of its domineering practices.
Brian Dear, founder and CEO of EVDB, debuted a new kind of personalized event database here at PC Forum. Based on a beta demo of the Web-based service, EVDB has all the elements you would look for in a Web 2.
Palm creator Jeff Hawkins' presentation was a highlight today at PC Forum. He has been trying to decode how the brain works and is now looking to create software based on brain neocortex functions that could be applicable to artificial intelligence and structured data problems, vision, language, robotics and predicting weather and market trends.
The Healthcare panel at PC Forum dealt with the challenges using IT as a cure for what ails the system. Carol Diamond of the Markle Foundation lamented that IT hasn't made it to healthcare.
The technology landscape is, yet again, undergoing some rapid and massive shifts. The world finally succumbed to the gravity of the Internet and the resulting democratization of information, business, and technology is giving birth to new global markets and huge opportunity.