Distributed Business

A Panel Discussion

Supernova 2005
60 minutes, 27.5mb, recorded 2005-06-22
Topics: Business
Evans, Genachowski, Hardt, Lloyd and Rangaswami
The nature of business is changing. People can work almost anywhere, customers can be developed all across the world and suppliers are more like networks than stores. As business becomes decentralized, technologies and business practices need to adapt and respond to the needs of agile enterprise.

When your business is distributed, you need great collaboration tools, identity verification and trust. How can these be accomplished by taking the lessons of the open source world and applying them to business? What new technologies are available to facilitate this change in the way the work world works?

This panel from the Supernova 2005 conference bring together speakers from diverse backgrounds to discuss the nature of distributed business. Philip Evans from the Boston Consulting Group, Julius Genachowski from IAC/InterActiveCorp, Dick Hardt of Sxip Identity, Greg Lloyd of Traction Software and JP Rangaswami of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein share ideas, innovations and lessons learned as business moves away from the office and into the network.

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Philip Evans is a senior vice president with the Boston Consulting Group, and co-leader of BCG's practice focused on the new economics of information. He consults to CEOs of corporations in America and Europe in the consumer goods, media, high technology and financial services industries. He has also advised the highest levels of the US government on matters of military strategy and homeland security. He is a frequent industry speaker and is the author of many publications, including four Harvard Business Review articles, one of which, Strategy and the New Economics of Information won a McKinsey Prize. Blown to Bits, his book on deconstruction and the new economics of information (co-authored with Tom Wurster), is published by the Harvard Business School Press.

Julius Genachowski is Chief of Business Operations of IAC/InterActiveCorp, and a member of the Office of Chairman. IAC is one of the world's largest multi-brand interactive commerce companies, operating businesses including Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, TripAdvisor, Ticketmaster, HSN, LendingTree, RealEstate.com, Match.com, Citysearch, and Evite; the company is acquiring Ask Jeeves and spinning off its travel businesses.

Before joining IAC, Mr. Genachowski was Chief Counsel to Chairman Reed Hundt of the Federal Communications Commission. He served as a Supreme Court law clerk; worked in Congress on staff of the Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, and for then-U.S. Representative Charles E. Schumer. Mr. Genachowski has degrees from Harvard Law School and Columbia College, where he re-established Columbia's oldest newspaper, and was Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Columbia Guide to New York.

Dick Hardt is a pioneer in the Internet sector and Open Source software community who has been active in software development for nearly two decades. He is the CEO of his most recent venture, Sxip Identity, which he founded in 2003; the company takes a user-centric approach to digital identity on the Web with a goal of ubiquity in establishing a simple, secure, and open identity network. Previously, he was also the founder and CEO of ActiveState, a leader in Open Source programming languages and anti-spam software which was acquired by UK-based security software company, Sophos in 2003. As a successful entrepreneur and technology expert, Mr. Hardt is very involved in the technology community, speaking at numerous conferences and holding a board position with the Vancouver Enterprise Forum. He previously was on the board of the BCTIA and Ludicorp.

Greg Lloyd, President & Co-Founder, Traction Software Inc., has over 25 years experience as architect and engineer for publishing, hypertext, simulation, and real-time operating system projects at the Naval Research Laboratory, Mentor Graphics, and Electronic Book Technologies (EBT), Inc. He is the co-inventor of the Mentor Graphics/Context change control editing system for publishing, configuration management, and engineering applications. Mr. Lloyd has collaborated for 30 years with Andy van Dam of Brown University on four generations of hypertext systems.

JP Rangaswami has been Global CIO at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein since early 2001. He read Economics and Statistics at St Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, specialising in developmental economics. Originally a financial journalist, he has worked with technology in finance since 1980 with a number of large multinationals before joining DrKW in 1997.

He was originally responsible for managing the Euro, Minimum Requirements and Year 2000 programmes globally, and was later appointed CEO of the in-house technology incubator. Three such ventures were spun off in 2001, and he continues to chair Yolus (a risk management infrastructure play) and openadaptor (the DrKW-sponsored contribution to the opensource community), amongst others. He is an Advisory Board member of CAL-IT and a Charter Member of TiE UK, along with memberships of the IoD, the ACM and the IEEE. He is a regular speaker at industry events, particularly on innovation and opensource.

For the complete and visual experience of Dick Hardt's presentation (with more than 500 fast-moving slides), see the OSCON 2005 Keynote version on the Identity 2.0 web site. In Flash, Quicktime and Windows Media versions.

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