What’s Next for IT? Video Debate Series: IT experts discuss open computing pros and cons


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  • Unleash innovation through the cloud
  • Unlock the power of big data and
  • Safeguard the security of critical information and business processes.

On Tuesday, October 29 at 1 PM EDT, IBM will have its fourth installment of the Smarter Computing: What’s Next for IT? Video Debate Series — a series of stimulating debates on cloud, data and security topics that are being discussed daily inside business organizations. You can watch the recaps of previous debates, which covered the importance of cloud infrastructure, the importance of big data and analytics infrastructure and the importance of hardware to enterprise security.

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The fourth debate will examine the pros and cons of open computing when it comes to cloud, big data and software defined environments and will be moderated by David Linthicum, a noted enterprise technology expert with InfoWorld and Blue Mountain Labs. We’ll cover topics like how open source increases the speed of innovation, how open standards ensure integration of applications and systems for the enterprise, what the business benefits are of “freedom of choice” afforded by open computing and the reduced cost factor that comes from open computing. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from leading open computing experts.

Date: October 29th                     Time: 1:00 – 1:45 PM EDT

Participants will be able to join the conversation and ask questions during the debate, directly on the Smarter Computing blog using a Twitter stream. Also, make sure to follow the Twitter hashtag #SCDebate to keep track of conversation around the discussion. After you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email reminder two days before the debate (October 27th) with details to join the event on the Smarter Computing blog.

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Here’s more information on our moderator and panelists:

David LinthicumDavid Linthicum: SVP of Cloud Technology Partners, InfoWorld Blogger, and GigaOM Pro Analyst – Moderator
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Leading technology publications frequently name David S. Linthicum among the top 10 enterprise technologists in the world. He is a true thought leader in the industry, and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. As the author of over 13 books on computing with over 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert, he is often quoted in major business and technology publications. In addition, David is a frequent keynote presenter at industry conferences, with over 500 presentations given in the last 20 years.

Judith HurwitzJudith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, LLC – Panelist
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Judith is President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, LLC, a research and consulting firm focused on emerging technology including big data, cloud computing, service management, software development, computing management, and security. She is a technology strategist, thought leader and author. A pioneer in anticipating technology innovation and adoption, she has served as a trusted advisor to many industry leaders over the years. Judith has helped these companies make the transition to a new business model focused on the business value of emerging platforms. She was the founder of CycleBridge, a life science software consulting firm and Hurwitz Group. She has worked in various corporations including Apollo Computer, and John Hancock. Judith has written extensively about all aspects of enterprise and distributed software. In 2011 she authored Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success (Jossey Bass, 2011).

Frank ScavoFrank Scavo: President of Computer Economics and President of Strativa – Panelist
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Frank is especially skilled at formulating and communicating IT strategy, developing the business case for new systems, and facilitating the selection of enterprise systems, such as ERP, CRM, and supply chain management. He is also an expert in benchmarking IT spending and staffing levels for end-user IT organizations. Frank was one of the first tech bloggers, beginning in 2002 with his launch of the Enterprise System Spectator providing independent analysis of issues and trends in enterprise applications software and the strengths, weaknesses, advantages, and disadvantages of the vendors that provide them. Frank has been quoted as an IT expert in numerous business and industry publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Computerworld, CIO Magazine, ZDnet, eWeek, Datamation, CFO Magazine, and many others.

Adam JollansAdam Jollans: Program Director of Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization Strategy, IBM Systems & Technology Group – Panelist
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Adam Jollans is currently leading the worldwide cross-IBM Linux and open virtualization strategy for IBM. In this role he is responsible for developing and communicating the strategy for IBM’s Linux and KVM activities across IBM, including systems, software and services. He is now based in Hursley, England, following a two-year assignment to Somers, NY where he led the worldwide Linux marketing strategy for IBM Software Group. He has been involved with Linux since 1998, and prior to his US assignment he led the European marketing activities for IBM Software on Linux.


*All panelists are compensated for their participation.

Catherine Nicholson is a Social Business Manager for IBM Smarter Computing. Working from her professional experience in social media and content development, she believes in bringing a personality to brands to drive engagement and value. Connect with Catherine on Twitter: @CatNickery.

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