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Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum (CSC))
Location: Exhibit Hall 3
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(4.60, 40 ratings)

Keynote by Simon Wardley, Canoncial Ltd.

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Simon Wardley

Leading Edge Forum (CSC)

Simon Wardley is a Researcher for CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, a global research and thought leadership
community dedicated to helping large organizations become more successful by identifying and
adopting Next Practices at the growing intersection between business and information technology.

Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and his most recently published research
report is entitled, The Future is More Predictable Than You Think: A Workbook for Value Chain Mapping. Simon
has also covered topics including Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy,
Learning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing.

Simon has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries.
From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005, to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the No 1
Cloud operating system.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing
with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing
novel computer systems or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of
open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and was voted as one of the UK’s top 50 most influential
people in IT in ComputerWeekly’s 2012 and 2011 polls.

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Simon Wardley
08/19/2009 11:56pm PDT

Hi Mike,

Actually, I don’t use power point.

Edison and Westinghouse both created utility electricity grids, the former D/C, the later A/C (based on the work of Tesla and the creation of an A/C motor) and there was intense competition between them. They were both key figures in the formation of the utility electricity industry, however Westinghouse created the first A/C grid.

I’m not sure why you thought they were partnered?

As for Tesla, well he’s often the forgotten inventor behind many industries – including the wireless radio. However, Tesla did work for Westinghouse and yes he did create the A/C motor which enabled A/C power distribution.

Mike Short
08/19/2009 10:09pm PDT

Great talk and great use of Powerpoint; however, Westinghouse was never partnered with Edison. Westinghouse was given Nicola Tesla’s patents and was it was Tesla’s invention of the AC generator that could transmit over long distances that led to Electrical Grids.

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Timothy Ace
07/23/2009 5:02pm PDT

A great talk. The presentation flowed very well and kept everyone interested.

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Luke Crouch
07/23/2009 1:43pm PDT

Simon always has an engaging and amusing style of presenting relevant and important information. Great job!

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