SNW Spring 2011


11:30 am - 12:00 pm
In Pursuit of Innovation
Steve Wozniak, Co-founder, Apple Computer, and Chief Scientist, Fusion-io

Never before has innovation changed our lives as rapidly as it does today. From incremental updates to total paradigm shifts, the perpetual pursuit of innovation is the lifeblood of our technology industry. Given technology's increasing impact on our lifestyles, Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist Steve Wozniak will share his own philosophies on innovation in this discussion -- and how to work through creative roadblocks towards new discoveries.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm   
Fostering a Culture of Continuous Innovation
Tom Kelley, General Manager, IDEO

Discover the meta-lessons Tom Kelley’s firm IDEO has learned from working with its worldwide clients on thousands of technology-oriented innovation programs.  Tom will underscore the importance of accelerating your innovation efforts and describe how adopting powerful creative roles can yield renewed energy and improved agility for individuals, teams, and technical organizations.  (Among these innovation roles are the Anthropologist, who finds new opportunities by observing how people interact with technology in their lives and The Experience Architect, who adapts emerging technical capabilities to the creation of compelling customer experiences.)  Join us as Tom describes how nurturing those roles can help companies build and reinforce their own unique cultures of innovation.


8:15 am - 9:15 am   
Versatile IT at HP
Randy Mott, Executive Vice President and CIO, HP

Transformational change is a challenge for any company.  In this keynote, you’ll hear about the HP IT journey and its next-generation strategy to be the most versatile IT organization enabling the largest technology company on the planet.  Come learn how HP IT is delivering more innovation than ever before in a connected world.

9:45 am - 10:15 am   
Leveraging Innovation to Wrap Your Arms Around Big Data
Jay Kerley, Corporate Vice President and Deputy CIO, Applied Materials

For Applied Materials, data-intensive 3-D modeling systems are the lifeblood of production for its more than 2,000 engineers around the world.  But crafting those systems so that they maximize productivity and efficiency in today’s always on, globally connected workplace isn’t easy as it sounds.  Learn how Applied Materials’ CIO is leveraging innovative technologies — including a private cloud with a large compute farm and common data vault — to maximize workflow as it follows the sun each day.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm   
Bridging the Divide Between Innovation and Standardization
Dave Smoley, Senior Vice President and CIO, Flextronics International

Today’s CIOs are challenged with opposing forces.  On the one hand, they face pressures to optimize and maintain existing IT infrastructure.  On the other, they must innovate to keep their companies contemporary and competitive.  How do you find balance between standards and simplification vs. the complexity of new technologies?  In this session, learn from a seasoned expert how to create healthy experimentation -- and how to effectively weave it into production for business value.


8:15 am - 9:00 am   
From Cloud Computing to Climate Control: The Future(s) of Agile Infrastructure
Michael Schrage, Research Fellow, MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business

The economics of information technology are transforming rapidly from 'software as a service' to interoperable systems that adapt to the business environment.  In this session, Michael Schrage will explore the probable, if not likely, innovation scenarios that will lead to technical infrastructures that are more adaptive, responsive, ubiquitous and anticipatory.  Attend this session and gain valuable insight on how you should rethink your infrastructure roadmaps moving forward.

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm   
Unlocking Corporate Productivity With Innovation
Ralph Loura, CIO, The Clorox Company

The combination of better employee technology choices -- along with self-service, improved access at the edge and cloud-style services -- creates countless opportunities to innovate.  In this session, learn how The Clorox Company has increased employee productivity and collaboration by successfully leveraging new technologies with public clouds, private clouds, and their artful integration.