- Matt Berardi, Managing Director, Operations Technology, FedEx Ground
- Nick Brown, Sr. Vice President of Strategy and Market Development for Mobile Applications, SAP
- Oliver Bussmann, Executive Vice Presiden & Chief Information Officer, SAP AG
- Christian A. Christiansen, Program Vice President, Security Products and Services, IDC
- Rick Dastin, Corp. Vice President, President, Enterprise Business Group
- Crawford Del Prete, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Research Products & Chief Research Officer, IDC
- Stephen Drake, Program Vice President, Mobility & Telecom & Forum Co-Chair, IDC
- Scott Ellison, VP Mobile & Consumer Connected Platforms, IDC
- Cesare Garlati, VP of Enterprise Mobility, Trend Micro
- Mark N. Gentile, President and Chief Executive Officer, Odyssey Software
- Morten Grauballe, Executive Vice President of Products and Strategy, Red Bend Software
- David Heit, Director, Enterprise Product Management, Research In Motion
- John Herema III, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Good Technology
- Chris Hill, Vice President, Mobility Product Management, AT&T Business Solutions
- Mayur Kamat, Product Manager Enterprise Mobility, Google
- Rama Katragadda, Enterprise Architect, Life Technologies Corporation
- Ki S. Kim, Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Enterprise Mobility Solutions Business, LG Electronics
- Abe Lietz, Chief Software Architect, Lifetech
- Mark Lowenstein, Executive Advisor to IDG World Expo & Forum Co-Chair, Founder and Managing Director of Mobile Ecosystem
- Nicholas McQuire, Research Director, Enterprise Mobility & Machine to Machine Services EMEA, IDC
- James Musick, Director, Web Communications and Social Media, Genentech
- Randy Nunez, Workstream Lead, Mobile Computing, Ford Motor Company
- Bob O'Donnell, Program VP, Clients and Displays, IDC
- Michael Overly, Esq., CISA, CISSP, CIPP, ISSMP, CRISC, Foley & Lardner LLP
- Rick Peltz, Senior Vice President and CIO, Marcus and Millichap
- Joseph C. Pucciarelli, Program Director, Technology Financing & Executive Strategies, IDC
- Ojas Rege, Vice President of Products, MobileIron
- Alistair Rennie, General Manager, Lotus Software and Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group
- David J. Seals, Manager, Technology Management, Chevron Information Technology Company, Technology Management & Architecture
- William Stofega, Program Director, Mobile Device Technology and Trends, IDC
- Robert Suarez, Senior Portfolio Lead, IDEO
- Bryan Walker, Associate Partner and Business Lead, IDEO
- Scott Weiss, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
- Mark Winther, Group Vice President & Consulting Partner, Worldwide Telecommunications, IDC
Matt Berardi is Managing Director of Operations Technology for FedEx Ground. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, and has over 18 years experience with FedEx leading technology development activities.
Matt leads a team that is focused on the development and implementation of front-line technology systems for FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, and FedEx SmartPost. This responsibility includes technology research, systems design, development, and program management of technologies including mobile computing, wireless communications systems, automatic identification and data collection systems, and decision support tools.
Matt also chairs the Operations Technology Council, a FedEx Corporation cross-operating company team focused on strategy, standards development, life cycle management, and coordination of technology providers and tools for frontline operations systems.
Nick is responsible for driving strategic market development projects, product strategy and overall business planning with the mobile applications unit and SAP’s global and regional mobility centers of excellence to help customers become better-run unwired enterprises. Brown joined SAP in 2007 as vice president of CRM Alliances, driving the development of strategic partnerships with systems integrators to accelerate market adoption of SAP CRM. As VP of CRM Alliances, he led business development and was a key driver of the overall partner strategy for SAP’s mobile offerings. A key success for Brown was the establishment of the first three co-innovation partnerships with RIM, Sybase, and Syclo.
Oliver Bussmann is executive vice president and chief information officer of SAP AG, and is responsible for SAP's cross-departmental IT function. Based at the company's headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, he assumed his role on September 1, 2009.
Bussmann has a proven track record in his career spanning nearly 20 years in IT management. In particular, he has a wealth of experience with influential leadership of cross-cultural, transcontinental business process transformations in the IT and Financial Service industry in the U.S and Europe.
Prior to joining SAP, he was regional CIO of Allianz for North America and Mexico (NAFTA). Other past roles include positions in the Allianz Group in Germany and the United States, as well as at Deutsche Bank. He began his career at IBM in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was responsible for the retail banking division.
Bussmann holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Muenster, Germany, and has been a member of the BITS advisory council, a not-for-profit financial service industry consortium made up of 100 of the largest financial institutions in the U.S., since 2007. Since 2010, he has been a member of the IVI Advisory Board (Innovation Value Institute of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth) and has been admitted to the Hall of Fame of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for his activities in the outsourcing area.
Chris Christiansen is the Program Vice President for IDC's Security Products and Services group. He conducts in-depth primary research and provides insight and analysis on a variety of evolving security markets. Mr. Christiansen delivers critical market intelligence to technology vendors, IT professionals, and the financial community. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: firewalls, encryption, anti-virus software, 3A (authentication, administration, and authorization) software, intrusion detection and vulnerability assessment, and security management.
Prior to his current position with IDC, Mr. Christiansen was director of IDC's Asset Management service. In this position, he managed the group's research activities, analyzed end-user business issues, and developed IDC’s Cost-of-Ownership model. Mr. Christiansen also worked for IDC’s Worldwide Commercial Systems group, where he followed mid-range vendors such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Siemens, Stratus, and Unisys.
Before joining IDC, Mr. Christiansen founded Meta Group’s Midrange Service and consulted extensively with large users on open systems, Internet access, storage management, server consolidation, vendor negotiation, database selection, maintenance audits, software asset management, and systems/network management. Prior to Meta Group, he held positions with Data General, Wang Laboratories, Yankee Group, and Creative Strategies International.
Mr. Christiansen is widely traveled and quoted. He speaks at industry conferences in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia/Pacific. Mr. Christiansen’s background of end-user consulting, vendor research, and competitive analysis reinforces his constant emphasis on the customer value.
Popular press and trade publications frequently call on Mr. Christiansen. His comments appear in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BusinessWeek, Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury, Washington Post, Fortune, ComputerWorld, Network World, InfoWorld, and others. His writings and analysis are seen overseas in Denmark, England, France, Italy, Japan, Latin America, and Australia. His bulletins are translated into Danish, Japanese, Italian, French, German, and Portuguese.
Mr. Christiansen holds a Masters of Science degree from Boston University and a Bachelors degree from Millersville University.
Rick Dastin is president of the Xerox Enterprise Business Group. He was named to this position in January 2010. Dastin is also a vice president of the corporation, appointed in October 2008. Dastin is responsible for the strategy, business of products and solutions that meet the needs of Enterprise customers. The products and solutions include the Office WorkCentre line, ColorQube, Entry Production Multifunction, FreeFlow and Extensible Interface Platform (EIP) based solutions.
Previously president of Xerox Office and Global Product Delivery Groups, Dastin has extensive experience in product development and delivery. He joined the company in 1981 and has held a variety of positions in advanced engineering, product development, marketing and customer support. His responsibilities have included technical program manager for Xerox's first office color digital copier, general manager for desktop printers, and chief engineer for segment six monochrome multifunction products. From 2005 through 2008, Dastin led several business teams including the Office Color and Monochrome MFP business and software /controller development.
Dastin holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the holder of 22 patents, has received two Xerox President’s Awards and serves on the board of the United Way of Rochester.
Crawford Del Prete, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Research Products & Chief Research Officer, IDC
Crawford Del Prete, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Research manages IDC's largest research organization. This includes IDC’s Consulting, Enterprise Computing, Storage, Networking, Integration, Development and Application Software Strategies, Professional Services, Telecommunications, Personal Computing, Mobility, Consumer, Digital Marketplace and New Media, SMB, Vertical Markets and WW Tracker research practices. Mr. Del Prete is also responsible for IDC’s Industry Insights Companies, which specifically target the needs of end users in six vertical segments.
Mr. Del Prete is a leading authority on the IT industry and has completed extensive research on the structure and evolution of the information technology industry. In 2001, Mr. Del Prete forged IDC's partnership with Innosight, the consultancy founded by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen. Together, the companies have created a body of work to understand and predict trends in disruptive innovation. Mr. Del Prete also serves as IDC's lead analyst covering Hewlett Packard.
Mr. Del Prete joined IDC in 1989. At that time he initiated coverage of the Winchester Disk Drive market, and was a founder of IDC's European and Asia Pacific storage research programs. In 1997, Mr. Del Prete founded IDC's coverage of the Semiconductor marketplace. In 1995, Mr. Del Prete was honored with IDC’s James Peacock award for research excellence, IDC’s highest honor. That same year he was voted “most valuable” storage analyst by an outside panel of his peers from the International Disk Equipment Manufacturers Association. Mr. Del Prete is a member of the United States Computer History Museum Storage Committee.
Prior to IDC, Mr. Del Prete was a marketing manager at Installed Technology International. Before this, he was with Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis in New York in the government securities and commercial lending sectors. Mr. Del Prete holds a B.A. from Michigan State University.
Stephen Drake is the Program Vice President for Mobility & Telecom research at IDC. In this position, he has responsibility for the Mobile Enterprise, Mobile SMB, Mobile Device coverage, IP Communication Services and also contributes to IDC's Unified Communication research. As part of the Mobile Enterprise coverage, Drake heads up market intelligence on mobile software technologies for the enterprise and mobile operators including mobile middleware, mobile enterprise applications, mobile device management, mobile security, mobile operating environments, mobile application development markets and mobile user trends. As part of the mobile enterprise coverage, Drake is responsible for mobile device and mobile operators delivery of solutions into the enterprise and looks at key mobile software, device and mobile operator trends and strategies for the small and medium business markets. He also leads IDC's mobile device research that tracks key mobile device technology and trends, heads up key IP Communication Services offerings, and contributes critical mobile research as part of a cross-group Unified Communication program at IDC.
Drake has more than 10 years experience as an analyst and during his tenure at IDC has served across multiple areas including its Communications research team, Software, Mobility and Telecom groups. Prior to joining IDC in 1997, Drake was a research associate with Giga Information Group (subsequently acquired by Forrester Research) where he conducted primary and secondary research on a wide array of IT topics in the end-user community, including business process reengineering and network computing.
Drake authored the Foreword to the book, Wireless Data For The Enterprise: Making Sense of Wireless Business. He has presented on a variety of mobile industry trends at major trade shows and is quoted in major financial and industry news journals, such as The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, Fortune, C/Net News, Reuters, Network World, Computerworld, Infoworld and InformationWeek.
Drake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts degree in Political Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Scott Ellison leads IDC’s strategic analysis and consulting practice on consumer mobile apps, app developers, and consumer connected platforms including mobile OSes, smartphones, media tablets and how they integrate with other connected platforms including PCs, TVs, gaming consoles, and the connected home.
Scott conceptualized, negotiated, and manages IDC's unique partnership with Appcelerator on mobile app developers. The Appcelerator-IDC partnership includes a quarterly joint survey report on Appcelerator's 100,000+ mobile app developers around the world to measure the rapid changes in app design, integration plans, OS perceptions and platform priorities.
Scott is one of IDC's most prominent and recognized analysts. He was awarded the 2010 James Peacock Memorial Award—IDC's highest honor—for consistently outstanding work in the mobile space across mobile apps, app developers, OSes, device platforms, and entertainment. Scott also received IDC's Consulting Partner Excellence Award in 2010 for leading edge work on software tools to better engage mobile app developers, IDC's Quality Award in 2010 for excellence in exceptionally complex project deliverables, and IDC's Research Quality Award in both 2007 for mobile strategy analysis and in 2005 when he correctly predicted the details of how mobile operators were about to consolidate. Scott is among the most prominent IDC mobile analysts in the financial community and regularly advises Wall Street investors on marketplace conditions and outlooks.
Scott was one of the first to see the potential of mobile for charitable fundraising, and served on the first informal Advisory Board of the Mobile Giving Foundation in 2007-2008 and facilitated its first major donation of $250K from Qualcomm. The MGF went on to collect over $20 million in text-based fundraising in 2010 for Haitian earthquake relief after U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama filmed a televised PSA on behalf of text-based donations at the White House.
Scott's media quotes and appearances include BusinessWeek, Investor's Business Daily, CTIA, Forbes, MIT / Stanford Venture Lab, Mobile World Congress, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, NPR MarketWatch, Open Mobile Summit, Reuters TV, Silicon Valley Telecom Council, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
He joined IDC in 2001 where he founded three IDC analytical practices including Mobile & Wireless Entertainment, Wireless Business Network Services, and Mobile Data Services Qview. Prior to his current role, he headed IDC's mobile consumer Internet and entertainment practices.
A 20 year mobile industry veteran, Mr. Ellison began his mobile career in 1990 at the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) in Washington, D.C. where he identified and evangelized the market opportunities offered by future 2G digital mobile services. His work there included lobbying Congress and the FCC for the 1.9 MHz spectrum re-allocation, as well extensive work on the technical interconnection and numbering issues associated with mobile services.
In 1995 he joined MCI where he negotiated local interconnection agreements associated with MCI’s introduction of CLEC services, testified in regulatory and legislative proceedings, and served as MCI’s local government affairs representative in the Pacific Northwest.
He later joined Destia in New York in 1998, where he headed a $10 million annual operational and regulatory compliance program and associated compliance work leading up to Destia’s IPO and subsequent sale to Viatel in 1999. At Viatel, Mr. Ellison headed the company’s global branding and internet communications efforts and worked extensively in the company’s European offices.
After having started his career at IDC's New York office, he later transferred to IDC's Washington office and since 2008 has been based in IDC's Silicon Valley/Bay Area office in San Mateo, California.
As VP of Enterprise Mobility at Trend Micro, Cesare Garlati serves as the evangelist for the mobile security product line. Cesare is responsible for raising awareness of Trend Micro’s vision for security solutions in an increasingly consumerized IT world, as well as ensuring that customer insights are always incorporated into Trend solutions. Prior to Trend Micro, Mr. Garlati held director positions within leading mobility companies such as iPass, Smith Micro Software and WaveMarket (now LocationLabs.) Prior to this, he was senior manager of product development at Oracle, where he led the development of Oracle’s first cloud application and many other modules of the Oracle E-Business Suite. Cesare holds a Berkeley MBA, a BS in Computer Science and numerous professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and Sun.
Mr. Gentile is a software executive with over twenty years of experience in software management, architecture, engineering, and research. He has specialized in the areas of mobile computing, wireless data communications, and distributed software architectures. Prior to founding Odyssey Software in 1996, Mr. Gentile led the design, development, and implementation of mobile enterprise applications for many Fortune 500 companies across North America.
His vision, real-world experience, and ability to bring best-in-class products to market, has established Odyssey Software as a recognized technology leader in the mobile device management industry. He is frequently interviewed by press and analysts on current issues and trends as well as speaks at various mobile and wireless computing industry events.
Mr. Gentile is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology.
Morten Grauballe leads the company’s product development and strategy efforts. He has 15 years of experience in the wireless industry and most recently served as Red Bend’s EVP, Marketing. Prior to joining Red Bend, Grauballe was vice president of product management for Symbian Ltd., where he helped establish the company as a leading provider of mobile smartphone software. During his seven years at Symbian, Grauballe successfully brought Symbian OS v8 and v9 to market, driving the operating system into the mass market while introducing innovative new technologies. Due to his language skills, he was instrumental in the company’s success in the Japanese mobile market. Prior to joining Symbian, Grauballe was a senior member of Ericsson’s marketing team in Tokyo and helped launch several handsets for NTT DOCOMO. Grauballe is a frequent speaker on emerging trends in mobile software and consumer services.
David has been at RIM for almost 12 years in a number of roles including Product Management of both BlackBerry enterprise solutions and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. In his current position, David leads the creation of innovative and high business value products, as well as considering macro industry trends and their implications on these strategies. Also as part of his role, David is responsible for RIM’s enterprise product management, vertical business segment product and application strategies. He also regularly meets with RIM’s enterprise customers about their experience and requirements.
David has led many of RIM’s efforts in the Enterprise and Small and Medium Business space. These have ranged from evolving the BlackBerry software platform and BlackBerry Enterprise Server to enhanced enterprise voice mobility solutions via the Mobile Voice System.
Prior to his time at RIM, Mr. Heit spent 14 years with NCR Corporation and AT&T Global Information Solutions in Product Management, Sales Management and Consulting roles. He has a vast amount of experience developing new solutions for many industries and for individual user needs.
David continues to enjoy shaping technology to solve real business problems and to create new opportunities.
John joined Visto Corporation, the parent company of Good Technology, in June 2003 as VP Business Development when Visto acquired ViAir Inc. In that role, John helped drive Visto's growth based on marketing and distribution partnerships with partners such as IBM, Microsoft, Palm, and Ericsson.
Prior to joining Visto, John co-founded ViAir in February 2000 where he also served as VP Business Development and helped drive ViAir's product and business strategy, including the formation of it initial distribution partnerships with carriers such as AT&T Wireless and Nextel Communications and infrastructure providers such as Comverse Technology.
Before founding ViAir, John was in Business Development in Microsoft's Wireless Sales and Strategy Group. In that role, John was part of the team that created the first MSN Mobile offerings and distribution agreements with carriers such as Nextel Communications and AirTouch Communications.
John joined Microsoft after helping launch Sprint PCS, where he served as Senior Product Manager and was responsible for the launch of Sprint's nationwide Voice Mail service and the industry's first Wireless Web offering, which included a partnership with Yahoo! to create the world's first "mobile portal" offering from a major Web brand.
John holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy from the University of Virginia.
Chris Hill is the President, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. His organization manages the mobility product development for ABS, including such areas as connected devices, fixed mobile convergence offers (FMC), small business solutions, and international managed services. Additionally, he has responsibility for the management and development of vertical line of business applications and solutions.
Most recently, Hill was the Vice President for AT&T's Enterprise Business Sales Government, Education, and Medical Segments where he led three distinct vertical sales teams. In this capacity, he set the strategic direction for AT&T's approach to serving these clients, both from a wired and wireless perspective. Prior to his current role, Hill served as Vice President, Government Solutions Group, with Cingular Wireless/AT&T Mobility. He was responsible for direct sales, contract and program management, customer care, marketing, and business development. His organization supported Federal, State, and local government entities as well as the higher education market. He was named to this position in July 2003. Hill previously served as the Vice President for Strategy and Operations for AT&T Wireless' business sales division. In this role, he had responsibility for setting the B2B and B2G sales strategy and managing all operational aspects of the organization.
Hill joined AT&T in 1997 to launch the cellular network in Washington/Baltimore and develop the sales organization to support Fortune 1000 customers. He then focused exclusively on building AT&T's government wireless division as the Director of Government Markets and expanded the organization to support State/Local government agencies.
In 1995, he joined American Mobile Satellite Corporation (AMSC) and aided in the launch of the first commercially available, mobile satellite communications. At AMSC, Hill held national marketing and business development roles. Prior to AMSC, Hill worked for ATI Communications, at the time Cellular One's largest agent in the mid-Atlantic. Hill earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA and Harvard Business School's General Management Program.
Mayur Kamat is a Product Manager in the Google Enterprise business. As part of his work at Google, Kamat drives the mobile solutions for Google's enterprise and SMB customers. Prior to Google, he worked at Datalight where he drove their file system and flash management businesses. Kamat has worked at Microsoft in their enterprise security business where he was part of their fastest growing enterprise rights management product. Kamat has a Masters degree from Texas A&M University and an undergraduate degree from University of Mumbai.
Rama Katragadda is an Enterprise Architect at Life Technologies Corporation where he leads the Mobility Center of Excellence, a focal point for Mobile Strategy, Development and Infrastructure. He is currently architecting a roll-out of 1000 iPads to Field Sales across the globe with Sales, Marketing and Enterprise Apps. Rama has worked at Genentech in the Enterprise Architecture group leading the Integration Competency Center since its inception. His background includes Enterprise Software development at webMethods, Sabre Holdings and Fidelity. Rama has M.S. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University.
Ki S. Kim, Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Enterprise Mobility Solutions Business, LG Electronics
Mr. Ki S. Kim is Corporate Vice President of LG Electronics, responsible for Global Enterprise Solutions (B2B) business for its Mobile Communications. Kim operates out of LG's headquarter in S. Korea and locations in the US, and he is responsible for formulating enterprise mobility solutions strategy, building mobility solutions business, and owning its P/L worldwide.
Prior to joining LG, Kim was a Practice Leader (Senior Expert) of McKinsey & Co's Northeast Asia Business Technology practice, serving clients in multiple industries across US, Europe and Asia with business/IT strategy formulation, corporate/business development, senior executive counseling and large-scale transformation program implementation.
Kim regularly writes articles through print media, conducts executive workshops and gives speeches to senior executives on advanced business and technology topics.
Abe Lietz has over 15 years of experience in IT across many disciplines including software engineering, architecture, enterprise application management as well as infrastructure engineering and operations. Abe is currently the Chief Architect with Life Technologies and is responsible for the technology strategy, overall technical roadmap, technology governance and the introduction of new technology into IT. Abe and his team built the Mobility Center of Excellence at Life Technologies which has been met with great success by rolling out mobile devices across the enterprise along with a number of both customer and employee productivity apps – ultimately resulting in Life Technologies receiving the 2011 CIO 100 Award for being a pioneer in the use of Mobile Computing.
Prior to joining Life Technologies, Abe was responsible for managing IT at a prominent fashion retailer where we oversaw the complete modernization of their IT landscape spanning POS, Work Force Management, ERP, HR, BI, Real Estate & Construction Management, as well as delivering the company’s first end-to-end e-commerce experience including order management, fulfillment, and customer service.
Abe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Management of Information Systems from Washington State University.
Mark Lowenstein, Executive Advisor to IDG World Expo & Forum Co-Chair, Founder and Managing Director of Mobile Ecosystem
Mark Lowenstein is a prominent wireless industry executive, consultant, analyst, and commentator. As Managing Director of Mobile Ecosystem, Lowenstein advises C-level executives on corporate, product, market, and industry strategy across the value chain of the wireless, communications, and digital media industries. Lowenstein is also acting as Executive Advisor to IDG World Expo and Co-Chair of the Mobile Enterprise Leadership Forum.
Most recently, Lowenstein was Vice President of Market Planning and Strategy at Verizon Wireless, where he led the company's efforts in market segmentation, business planning, national pricing, and market intelligence for the consumer and enterprise markets. Lowenstein's consulting career began at the Yankee Group, where he founded and led the company's top-ranked global wireless practices. As Executive Vice President, he supervised a global team of analysts, authored dozens of influential reports, and headed large-scale strategy consulting projects. As a member of the Yankee Group's executive management committee, Lowenstein also oversaw the growth of the company's Canada, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific practices, and led early stage electronic content and commerce initiatives. As one of the wireless industry's senior thought leaders, Lowenstein is a frequent keynote speaker at corporate and industry events worldwide and is broadly quoted in the print and broadcast media. Lowenstein writes a monthly opinion column for Fierce Wireless, the leading on-line publication for the wireless industry with a circulation of 75,000. His Lens on Wireless newsletter is read monthly by more than 10,000 industry executives and enterprise decision makers. Mr. Lowenstein has provided testimony to the FCC and has been retained as an expert witness in several cases pertaining to the wireless industry.
Lowenstein has served on numerous advisory boards over the course of his career, has been an adjunct professor at Tufts University, and has served as a judge in numerous business plan competitions. He founded and leads the Boston Wireless Braintrust, a group of the 20 senior-most executives and thought leaders related to the wireless industry in New England. Mr. Lowenstein holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. in International Communications and Technology Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Nicholas McQuire joined IDC in 2010 as research director for the EMEA Enterprise Mobility and Machine-to-Machine programs. In this role he is primarily responsible for research into the adoption, supply, and emerging technology trends in the mobile business-to-business market, including strategic guidance on purchasing and end-user trends, vendor and service provider go-to-market strategies, and market forecasting.
Before joining IDC, McQuire was a senior marketing manager in the Insight, Strategy, and Planning division of BT Global Services, where he provided regular strategic insight on win-loss activity, market/competitor analysis, and product/proposition development for the network services, mobility, and unified communications portfolios. Before joining BT Global Services, he headed up European enterprise mobility research at Yankee Group.
He has an MA in economics and international relations from the University of St Andrews in the U.K. and a BA with first class honors from Mount Allison University in Canada.
James Musick is currently the Director of Social Media & Web Communications at Genentech, where he applies his experience and skills to the task of leading corporations to build mobile, social, and interactive applications which provide strategic business value without sacrificing user experience and adoption.Musick is an interactive digital media strategist, focusing on the convergence of social and mobile technologies. His background includes a doctorate in neurophysiology (University of Washington), where creating computer models of neural behavior led to interest, and then a career, in software engineering and architecture in the fledgling social/knowledge management/collaboration software space. Musick complemented his enterprise software experience with work in corporate IT strategy and then as a strategy director for a digital agency.
Randy Nunez is a Senior Network Engineer for Ford Motor Company. Nunez works in the Enterprise Technology-Research organization where he leads the Mobile Computing workstream in researching emerging mobile trends, performing proofs of concepts for technology prove-out, writing internal technical briefs, and delivering presentations to various audiences. He serves on the advisory board for the US Enterprise Mobility Exchange 2011 conference. He is also assistant organizer/planning committee member for Mobile Monday Detroit and holds memberships in the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Communications Society. Nunez has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Bob O'Donnell, IDC’s Program VP, Clients and Displays, has a lengthy, multi-faceted career in the computer and high-tech industry. O'Donnell is responsible for tracking the latest and most important hardware developments that impact PCs, notebooks, thin clients and other computing devices, as well as the ODM production of notebooks. He also leads IDC’s display research program, where he tracks both the sales and technology trends affecting the worldwide market for computer televisions, monitors, projectors and related technologies, as well as the market for large LCD panels and ODM production of monitors and TVs.
In addition, O'Donnell is the author of "Personal Computer Secrets," originally published by IDG Books, a 936-page reference volume on all aspects of computer technology and usage. For 10 ½ years he also hosted “O’Donnell on Technology,” which was selected as the Best Computer Audio program in the country—either over the air or on the web—in the 15th Annual Computer Press Awards competition. The program was the #1-rated computer call-in talk show in Silicon Valley.
Mr. O’Donnell is also a highly regarded speaker, having given talks or participated in panels at numerous trade shows and conferences around the world. He's widely quoted in the major press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek and many more. He’s also the founder and webmaster for the popular EverythingTechnology (www.everythingtechnology.com) and EverythingComputers (www.everythingcomputers.com) web sites.
O'Donnell began his work in the high-tech industry at Music Technology magazine, and then moved on to the editor role at Electronic Musician magazine. During his tenure there, the magazine was awarded a prestigious Western Publisher's Association Maggie Award for Best Special Interest publication.
After several years in the music industry, O'Donnell became Executive Editor/Reviews at MacWeek, where he helped create MacWeek's lab facilities and was involved in the development of the MacBench benchmark. O'Donnell also served as Features Editor at PC/Computing magazine and as Executive Editor of InfoWorld Electric/InfoWorld.com, the website for InfoWorld magazine. For 3 1/2 years, O'Donnell wrote InfoWorld Electric’s popular "Plugged In" weekly column, which was featured numerous times at CNN.com. His writing has appeared in magazines all over the world.
In television, O’Donnell served as the computer expert for Knowledge TV’s “Meeting the Challenge” program. He's also been a featured reporter on the nationally syndicated "Silicon Valley Business" program and has been a frequent guest on several other shows, including TechTV’s (formerly ZDTV) “Silicon Spin” and “Call for Help” and BayTV’s “All Consuming.”
O'Donnell is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies, an interdisciplinary humanities program based on the Great Books.
Michael R. Overly is a partner in the Information Technology and Outsourcing Group in the Los Angeles office of Foley & Lardner LLP. As an attorney and former electrical engineer, his practice focuses on counseling clients regarding technology transactions, intellectual property development, information security, and electronic commerce. Mr. Overly is one of the few practicing lawyers who has satisfied the rigorous requirements necessary to obtain the Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) , Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) certifications.
Mr. Overly is chair of the Legal Working Group for the Cloud Standards Customer Council, an end user advocacy group dedicated to accelerating cloud's successful adoption, and drilling down into the standards, security and interoperability issues surrounding the transition to the cloud. He is a member of the Computer Security Institute and the Information Systems Security Association. Mr. Overly writes and speaks frequently regarding negotiating and drafting technology transactions and the legal issues of technology in the workplace, e-mail, and electronic evidence. He has written numerous articles and books on these subjects and is a frequent commentator in the national press (e.g., the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, ABCNEWS.com, CNN, and MSNBC).
In addition to conducting training seminars in the United States, Norway, Japan, and Malaysia, Mr. Overly has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding online issues. Among others, he is the author of the best selling e-policy: How to Develop Computer, E-mail, and Internet Guidelines to Protect Your Company and Its Assets (AMACOM 1998), Overly on Electronic Evidence (West Publishing 2002),The Open Source Handbook (Pike & Fischer 2003), Document Retention in The Electronic Workplace (Pike & Fischer 2001), andLicensing Ling-by-Line (Aspatore Press 2004).
Rick Peltz, based in the firm's Encino corporate office, is a senior vice president and serves as the firm's chief information officer. In this capacity, he oversees the design, development, procurement, implementation and support of information technology. Marcus & Millichap has established itself as a leading and expanding investment real estate company with more than 1,200 brokers in markets throughout the United States. In 2009, Marcus & Millichap closed 3,441 investment transactions for private and institutional investors. By closing more transactions annually than anyother firm, our investment professionals are able to provide clients with an unparalleled perspective on the investment real estate market locally, regionally and nationally. Included in these transactions were shopping centers, office and industrial buildings, apartment properties, single-tenant net-lease properties, hotels/motels, senior housing facilities, manufactured home communities, self-storage and land. Mr. Peltz has more than 20 years of experience in this area and has received the following industry recognitions: Ranked #62 in Information Week 500 in 2010; CIO 100 Award in 2005; and Most Innovative Technology Award – Realcomm 2004. Computerworld also named him among the nation's premier 100 IT leaders in 2002.
Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap in 1998, Mr. Peltz worked at Bank of America as international project management manager responsible for planning and implementing worldwide technology solutions for the firm's largest division, wholesale banking. Mr. Peltz is a alumni of Marquette University.
Joseph Pucciarelli provides wide-ranging research on IT leasing and financing strategies for both providers and IT organizations, IT organization management practices such as chargeback, funding strategies, and capital allocation strategies; and IT organization financial practices such as equipment and software capitalization guidelines, vendor management, and on-demand contract management. He provides research coverage for leading IT financing providers such as CIT, HP Financial Services, GE Capital, IBM Global Financing and Oracle Financing Division; as well as supporting financing program pricing, residual risk management and distribution strategy analysis.
Mr. Pucciarelli's research is published principally within IDC's Technology Financing Strategies and Technology Valuation Services; and Industry Insights' IT Executive Strategies service. In addition, he provides special support through a range of custom consulting projects and multi-client research programs.
Mr. Pucciarelli is a noted analyst who has been quoted extensively, as well as a frequent presenter at business conferences. His research on IT security and the U.S. financial system prompted a Congressional hearing before which he was called to testify.
With more than twenty years of broad-ranging business experience in the financing and technology industries, Mr. Pucciarelli has held a variety of consulting, product marketing, risk management, and senior management positions with companies including Gartner, GE Capital, Peregrine Systems and his own company, ComplianceOfficerForum.com. Mr. Pucciarelli graduated with Honor from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ with a bachelor's degree in systems planning and management.
Ojas' team is responsible for product strategy, delivery, and marketing at MobileIron. MobileIron is a software company focused on the security and management challenges CIOs face as enterprise data and apps move to the smartphone and tablet. Before MobileIron, Ojas was Vice President of Global Mobile Products at Yahoo!, responsible for Yahoo’s mobile search, email, messaging, and content services. He started in mobile in 2000 as Vice President of Product Management at AvantGo, one of the first enterprise and consumer software developers for Palm PDAs. Before AvantGo, Ojas spent several years with Boston Consulting Group, and started his career in 1988 as a product line manager at Oracle. Ojas is also a Board Member of Pact, a non-profit in Oakland California that serves adopted children of color and their families.
Ojas has a Computer Engineering degree from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or @orege on twitter.
Alistair Rennie is General Manager, Lotus Software and Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group. Mr. Rennie was appointed to this position in January, 2010. As general manager, Mr. Rennie has oversight for an extensive portfolio of collaboration tools designed to empower people to be more effective, responsive and innovative within the context of the work they do. This portfolio includes Lotus Software, software that enables businesses to communicate, collaborate and increase productivity, and WebSphere Portal, software that enables organizations to design their Web experience with personalized applications. He is a member of the IBM Integration and Values team, a select group of executives who provide leadership across IBM on various business and strategic issues. Mr. Rennie is also IBM Senior State Executive for Massachusetts, providing leadership for IBM in the community statewide.
Mr. Rennie was previously Vice President, Development and Support, Lotus Software and WebSphere Portal, responsible for the strategy and development of IBM's Collaboration portfolio. He also led the worldwide technical support team dedicated to software client satisfaction. Prior to this role, Alistair led IBM Software Services for Lotus - a global organization consisting of highly skilled technical consultants working in more than 35 countries with clients to optimize value from the IBM collaboration portfolio.
Mr. Rennie joined IBM at the Toronto Software Laboratory in 1989 and has held a number of executive roles within IBM Software Group with a primary focus on the introduction of new technologies. Prior assignments include Vice President, Marketing and Channels, Lotus, and Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Pervasive Computing.
Mr. Rennie holds degrees in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
David J. Seals, Manager, Technology Management, Chevron Information Technology Company, Technology Management & Architecture
David Seals is the Manager of Technology Management and brings over 25 years of proven IT management, technology strategy, and application development experience to Chevron. He is responsible for developing the IT strategic technology roadmap and technology deployment processes at Chevron. In this capacity, David’s team researches new information technology direction, develops strategic technology roadmaps, and deploys processes to facilitate the adoption of new information technology and Enterprise Architecture standards. Currently, David is responsible for the development of Chevron's Enterprise Mobility Strategy, including the deployment of iPhones & iPads, implementation of a mobility infrastructure & application development platform, and determination of organization capability requirements.
Prior to David’s return to Chevron, he spent 6 years in a variety of senior level management positions at hi-tech software startup companies such as Commerce One, Velosel, and Certus. While at Commerce One, David was a responsible for the development of Commerce One’s Supplier Adoption program, for the design and rollout of Commerce One’s eMarketplace implementation methodology, and for the delivery of external customer Education & Training. While at Velosel (a Consumer Packaged Goods Product Information Management software company) and at Certus (a Sarbanes-Oxley compliance software company), David was responsible for building the Customer Services organizations, including the Customer Support Help Desk, Application Hosting Services, and Training/Curriculum development.
David spent the first 16 years of his career at Chevron, holding a variety of IT Management and Application Development positions. As Manager of Corporate Purchasing Systems for Chevron, David was responsible for strategic planning, development, and support of enterprise-wide procurement systems, including Ariba eProcurement. David also held various Chevron assignments in Audit, Finance, and Information Technology.
He is a graduate of California State University, Hayward with an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in MIS and Accounting. David is based at Chevron’s corporate headquarters, in San Ramon, California.
William Stofega manages IDC’s Mobile Device Technology and Trends research program. This program analyzes a number of different topics related to mobile devices and technologies including, among others, GPS capabilities, mobile device operating systems, mobile browser, device form factors and user interface issues. Other areas of research include network evolution and its impact on mobile devices and the mobile opportunity in emerging economies.
Before assuming his current role, Mr. Stofega managed IDC’s Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Services Program analyzing the market demand for IP communications services in both the consumer and enterprise markets.
Mr. Stofega has participated in numerous consulting efforts providing actionable advice on a broad array of industry related issues. In 2001, Mr. Stofega was selected as IDC's Rookie of the Year, Runner-Up. In 2004, Mr. Stofega was recognized by IDC for Excellence in Business Development. In 2006 and 2007 Mr. Stofega was recognized by IDC for contributing outstanding research.
During his tenure at IDC, his opinions have been featured in various publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CFO IT, The Baltimore Sun, Dallas Morning News, The Globe and Mail, Investor's Business Daily, Telephony, XChange Magazine OSS and Billing World, USA Today, VOIP Business Weekly, Red Herring and Forbes.com. Mr Stofega has also provided commentary on trends in telecommunications for broadcast media including CNBC, NPR's Market Place, Bloomberg Radio and CNET Radio. In addition, Mr. Stofega has also appeared on panels and presented at leading technology events and trade shows including CTIA, CTAM, VON Dow Jones VentureOne Summit and the Ottawa Venture and Technology Summit.
Immediately prior to joining IDC, Mr. Stofega was a Research Analyst with the Telecom Research Group, a subsidiary of Washington DC-based Warren Communications News. At the Telecom Research Group, Mr. Stofega did extensive research and co-authored the highly detailed "Inside the RBOCs" and authored "Inside The Bandwidth Providers" research report series.
Prior to his tenure at the Telecom Research Group, Mr. Stofega was a research analyst covering regulatory and legislative developments in the securities industry for nine years at Dewey Ballantine LLP, a New York-based corporate law firm. Mr. Stofega received both his B.A. and M.A. degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Robert Suarez is a Senior Portfolio Lead at IDEO, where he drives a portfolio of projects around Consumer Experience Design. With a background in User Experience Design, Human Factors Research, and Design Strategy, he has experience working on the development of software and hardware programs and the integration of emerging technologies into human-centered products and services. Robert is constantly investigating human behavior and emerging technology to find new opportunities for design and innovation.
Robert has applied his knowledge in hardware, software, marketing and service design to clients from Nokia and Microsoft to Visa and Electronic Arts. He uses IDEO's human-centered process and design thinking to create and identify strategic business, service and platform opportunities.
At IDEO, Robert’s most recent work has focused on larger clients and strategic programs, such as cross-platform mobile services, marketing communication strategies and integrated hardware/software programs for consumer electronic products. Robert is constantly exploring new innovation methodologies and is currently engaged in the 2-year certification program with the Biomimicry Institute.
While studying at Carnegie Mellon University, Robert learned to explore and expand his definition of design to include a multi-disciplinary, inclusive, and collaborative approach. He finds his personal inspiration in the world around him through cultural excursions and biomimetics. He includes woodworking, fine art and snowboarding among his passions.
Bryan Yuji Walker is an Associate Partner and Business Lead at IDEO. Based in Palo Alto, CA, he co-leads the organizational design practice. He is responsible for the practice business and content, and he actively pursues new ways designers can catalyze and support massive change of complex, human systems. He has worked with organizations in a diversity of industries (from financial services to health care to consumer products) and is particularly interested in helping them understand innovation, formulate an innovation strategy, and ultimately support enterprise wide transformation that builds upon existing assets to meet future needs and goals.
Previously, Bryan has contributed greatly to our evolution as a company. With roots as an early member of IDEO's Human Factors discipline, Bryan helped establish the value and role of social sciences within the design process. For the retail, hospitality and service industry, he expanded our business and capabilities in environment design, branded experiences and holistic service systems. Additionally, he pioneered our thinking and work around place-based community design, from a residential to urban scale.
Bryan’s work has been widely recognized by a multitude of organizations. His innovative design research on a baby stroller was awarded the product design of the year by the Human Factors Ergonomic Society. This stroller was later featured in the Smithsonian, exemplifying a radical design departure that continues to influence today’s stroller craze.
His more recent work has been featured in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Fast Company.
In addition to his work at IDEO, Bryan also lectures at Cornell University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the California Center of Arts and regularly speaks on the topics of design thinking, organizational design and service design.
Bryan holds a BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and a MS in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. Outside of work he can be found chasing the perfect wave, regardless of how far off the beaten path it takes him.
Scott Weiss is currently responsible for managing portfolio companies and deal flow at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Weiss served as Vice President and General Manager, Security Technology Group, at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for all security products with revenues of $1.2 billion/annually; and also led an international organization of 1,250 employees. Weiss was the Co-founder and CEO, IronPort Systems which was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million. Weiss has served as the Managing Director and Entrepreneur in Residence, idealab! contributing numerous innovations; the Head of Business Development, MSN, Microsoft in which he led a business development team with the MSN division; and Senior Executive, Business Development, Hotmail (acquired by Microsoft) where he was responsible for all partnership and revenue generating business development efforts
Weiss received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the University of Florida.
Mark A. Winther is Group Vice President and Consulting Partner of Worldwide Telecommunications at IDC. In this role Winther leads a focused Global Telecom Consulting group that helps clients meet their planning, business, and market intelligence needs. His global consulting team leverages the knowledge assets of more than 150 communications analysts worldwide to effectively develop solutions and services that global clients require. Prior to his leadership role above Winther was responsible for the strategic direction and planning, as well as project management and profitability for the IDC global telecommunications syndicated services practice. This practice consisted of IDC research covering IP convergence, broadband, wireless, enhanced voice and data application services. Overseeing a global product line, Winther managed operations in US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Winther is a founding producer of IDC's European Telecom Forum, an annual conference and exhibition targeting visions of the fixed and mobile broadband future. He is also the founding producer of IDC's Web Talk Forum, an annual conference which addresses the emerging opportunities in IP voice applications, business models and technologies.
Specializing in telecommunications service provider markets and technologies, Winther is a recognized expert in telecommunications competition, IP convergence, softswitch services and infrastructures, enterprise IP networking, broadband markets, and wireless transformation. Winther is a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide and has presented at the following selected events: Mobile Internet Latin America Summit, Vortex, Chase Securities Telecom Tutorial Series, Telecom Business, IDC Telecom Transitions conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia; IDC European Telecom Forum, Italia TeleComNet, ComNet, the Columbia Institute for TeleInformation, and TeleStrategies Seminars. Winther has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Telecommunications, NetworkWorld, and Computerworld.
Winther joined the International Data Group family in 1984 when he joined LINK Resources Corp. LINK Resources was fully merged into IDC in 1993. Prior to joining IDG, Winther served as managing editor at QV Publishing Inc., a major publisher of newsletters and market research reports on the cable TV, pay-TV, and consumer online services markets.
Winther has a BA from Swarthmore College and attended the Masters Program at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.