In today’s computing world, it can often feel like we are drowning in
wave after wave of new trends. This sea of concepts are simply the
evolution of our industry from a product to a service based economy.
This talk will examine the evolution of technology, the management
challenges this brings and the common myths that surround the concept of
We will then use these concepts to explore the concepts of order and
chaos in the modern firm, why open source matters and why it’s always a
case of “situation normal, everything must change”.
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 he currently leads our
research entitled The Clash of the Titans.
Simon’s most recent published research (December 2014) is entitled Of Wonders and Disruption where he attempts
to predict the nature of technological and business change over the next 20 years. His previous research covers
topics including 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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