Thursday, January 28, 2010


C R N Awards

 Chekib Akrout, Corporate Vice President of Technology Development, AMD
Akrout may have the toughest job in technology: the unenviable task of trying to leapfrog the Intel technology juggernaut. One of Akrout's focuses right now is on AMD's 2011 goal of achieving Fusion -- the long-awaited integration of CPU and GPU capabilities on a single piece of silicon. That development effort has the potential to deliver huge breakthroughs in performance for AMD. In the shorter term, Akrout's team is set to roll out Thuban, a new 45-nanometer processor due out in the first half of 2010 that boasts six cores, a client-side first for AMD.

Prith Banerjee, Senior Vice President of Research And Director, HP Labs
Banerjee is leading a technology renaissance at the world's largest computer company. At the heart of Banerjee's mission is research that leads directly to innovative products rather than pie-in-the-sky projects with no commercial application in sight. Users can "try out" HP Labs' emerging technologies via the HP IdeaLab Web site, which allows users to be hands-on with new projects. Some of HP's latest include Snapfish online photo editing tools, CloudPrint mobile printing from your phone and a natural-language color database. HP is also making breakthroughs such as its digital micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), which enables real-time data collection on earthquake monitoring. 


Dr. Mark Bregman, Executive Vice President And CTO, Symantec
When Bregman testified before Congress last year, he urged lawmakers to make sure the government collaborates more with the private sector on cybersecurity and cloud computing. Bregman's appearance before Congress is just one sign of his status as a thought leader driving new technology aimed at shutting the door on cybercriminals. He not only guides Symantec's investments in advanced research and the company's development centers in India and China, he also leads the field technical enablement team charged with working with the sales team to assist customers in navigating the ever-changing security and storage technology landscape. Expect Bregman to make sure Symantec plays big in the cloud in 2010. 

Keith Cambron, President And CEO, AT&T Labs
It's quite a heady experience overseeing a lab whose heritage includes seven Nobel prizes, 120 years of technology breakthroughs and a work force in which more than 75 percent of the researchers hold a Ph.D. Cambron is focused not only on near-term global network enhancements but is also making sure that AT&T is investing to accommodate the network of the future with a tidal wave of new networked and IP addressable devices from home appliances to machinery to autos and shipping pallets. Cambron is also overseeing enhancements that make it easier to identify network problems and resolve them quickly. That includes a stepped-up network transparency effort and early identification of network trends.

Dr. Donald Ferguson, Executive Vice President And CTO, CA
Ferguson has brought CA's legacy software into the 21st century and is helping to make CA a cloud computing power. Ferguson, who joined CA in 2008 after working at Microsoft in the Office of the CTO, was the driving force behind CA Catalyst, a set of new software engines that modernize interfaces to CA products and integrated the products using Web service standards. Now he is taking charge of CA's technology future, architecting the software giant's cloud and virtualization strategies. Under his leadership, CA has already unveiled a deal to put CA's Agile Planner on's platform to help accelerate cloud development. What's more, CA has joined industry leaders like Cisco, EMC and HP in a new ecosystem of cloud leaders aimed at accelerating cloud adoption. 

He Zhiqiang, Senior Vice President And CTO, Lenovo
He is making sure that Lenovo is delivering cutting-edge mobile devices to the market. That's just what Lenovo did at this year's CES, unveiling a hybrid system with two processors that can function as a netbook or a notebook. The innovative IdeaPad U1 runs both Microsoft Windows 7 as a notebook system and a version of Linux designed for an ARM processor -- all in a sleek 3.8-pound system with an impressive 11.6-inch screen. He, who oversees research centers in Beijing, Raleigh, N.C., and Yamato, Japan, is also making sure that Lenovo is playing big time in the emerging smartphone segment. In fact, he recently revealed that the company plans to open a smartphone AppStore later this year as part of its Lenovo LePhone smartphone launch in May. Lenovo released its first smartphone last year. 

Dr. Stephen Herrod, CTO And Senior Vice President Of Research And Development, VMware
Given the major technology paradigm shift that VMware has brought to the market with its products, there is a lot riding on the second act of virtualization that Herrod is driving at VMware, which has teamed with EMC and Cisco to build a private cloud platform. Herrod sees hybrid private/public clouds developing in 2010. What's more, he sees growth in prepackaged hardware/software bundles for private/public clouds and application frameworks around platform-as-a-service offerings. 

Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, Executive Vice President And CTO, Novell
Jaffe has his hands on what may be the most underrated technology portfolio in the business. In fact, Novell's robust technology portfolio positions the company very well for the cloud computing revolution. That portfolio includes state-of-the-art identity management and security offerings as well as a strong lineup of Linux offerings. Novell has fashioned those products into a cloud security service. Jaffe, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Presidential Commission for Critical Infrastructure Protection, has also been driving Novell's Pulse collaboration and social networking platform. 


Dr. John Kelly III, Senior Vice President And Director Of Research, IBM
IBM is considered a national treasure for its R&D prowess. The responsibility for directing a kingdom comprised of 3,000 employees at eight laboratories in six countries around the world goes to Kelly, whose team has consistently earned more U.S. patents than any other R&D organization. In 2008, IBM became the first company ever to earn more than 4,000 U.S. patents in a single year. For his leadership, Kelly was awarded the prestigious Semiconductor Industry Association's Robert N. Noyce award in 2009. Look for Kelly to continue to push innovative products to market that make IBM's Smarter Planet initiative a success for IBM partners and customers.

 Junien Labrousse, Executive Vice President Of Products, Logitech
Labrousse has made sure that the Logitech brand is synonymous with emerging technology. He sees the lines blurring between the business and consumer technology markets with products such as Apple's iPhone. That means playing in high-growth emerging markets with a focus on what the company calls the four connected device screens: enterprise video calling, smartphone, TV and PC. It also means making sure Logitech adds to its product portfolio with acquisitions such as its $405 million purchase last November of videoconferencing startup LifeSize Communications. Under Labrousse's leadership, Logitech has also won raves for its easy-to-use Harmony universal entertainment system remote that supports an amazing 225,000 devices.


Yoon-Woo Lee, Vice Chairman, Samsung Electronics
A 41-year Samsung veteran, Lee has done more than any other executive to make the Samsung brand synonymous with technology leadership. In 2004, he was appointed head of the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and one year later was named CTO. Samsung, a $110 billion power, has long been considered a consumer electronics leader. Now Lee is helping lead the charge to make Samsung a bigger power in the commercial technology solutions market. One area in which Samsung has made huge gains is with its new line of LED computer monitors and large-format displays that consume 60 percent less power than its previous LED products. That type of display technology leadership is not unusual for Samsung. The company has won Everything Channel's Annual Report Card display award for an amazing seven straight years.  NEXT PAGE

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