Thursday, January 28, 2010


Pankaj Malviya, Founder And CEO, Longjump

Malviya has struck gold several times breaking new ground in software: He was the software architect behind Internet security startup Internet Devices, which was acquired by Alcatel for $180 million. He also was the software architect behind IT automation software vendor Jareva, which was acquired by Veritas for $63 million. Now Malviya is breaking new ground in the cloud computing market with Longjump, an innovative software company with an end-to-end cloud platform. The Longjump offering is winning raves from solution providers for its flexibility and firepower. It's also garnered a number of awards including Everything Channel's XChange Tech Innovator's Xcellence award and a place in Gartner's Magic Quadrant.


Richard Marko, CTO, ESET
Marko's single-minded focus on making ESET a leading endpoint protection security company has resulted in countless awards. His diligence has even put ESET into the Gartner Magic Quadrant for endpoint protection platforms. ESET has won a record 59 VB100 awards from Virus Bulletin, an independent comparative testing group that rates security vendors. In fact, Virus Bulletin has lauded ESET for its 96 percent rating in comparison to the 50 percent to 75 percent range from most antivirus vendors. Look for Marko and ESET to continue to pile up more awards for endpoint protection in 2010. 


Jeffrey Nick, Senior Vice President and CTO, EMC
Nick leads EMC's Corporate Office of Technology, which is responsible for driving technology vision and strategy. He gets high marks for making sure EMC is at the forefront of the major technology shifts reshaping the marketplace -- from virtualization to cloud computing to deduplication. Nick's biggest contributions in 2009 centered around the company's private cloud collaboration with subsidiary VMware and network computing leader Cisco, as well as EMC's blockbuster acquisition of Data Domain, a leader in deduplication technology.

Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect, Microsoft
Whether Microsoft ends up as a cloud computing power or a wannabe ultimately rests on the technical groundwork and software vision of Ozzie, the mastermind behind Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. Even though Microsoft recently shifted leadership of the Windows Azure development team from Ozzie to Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools Division, the technical blueprint and plan was all Ozzie. One notable Microsoft breakthrough was an Azure subsystem code-named Dallas that Ozzie describes as "an open catalog and marketplace for public and commercial data." That creates a uniform way of searching for data in the cloud and incorporating it into applications. Ozzie has already made his mark on computing history with his pioneering groupware work with Lotus Notes. But Azure may be his biggest and boldest gambit to change computing history.

Larry Page, Co-founder And President, Products And Sergey Brin, Co-Founder And President, Technology, Google
No two people have had a more profound impact on shaking up the technology marketplace than Page and Brin. The two have combined to make Google a force in every major market from search to cloud computing to smartphones. The Nexus One smartphone, built on the Google Android platform, is typical Google, with a number of technology breakthroughs including a voice-to-text feature that allows users to dictate text for e-mails or social networking updates without typing. It also features active noise cancellation, which according to Google can fade out background noise automatically. Page and Brin have been hailed for continuously coming up with new products that throw the technology status quo into disarray. You can expect more technology revolutions and chaos from the dynamic duo for a long time to come. 

Dr. Woo-Hyun Paik, CTO, LG Electronics
Paik, known as the father of HDTV, oversees 14,000 engineers doing development on everything from LG smartphones to TVs. One example of LG's technical prowess is the recent introduction of "the world's thinnest display," a 2.6mm-thick LCD. The LG Extreme Slim display boasts a 42-inch screen with 120Hz refresh rate and full 1080p resolution. The new LCD weighs less than 8.8 pounds, so it's thin and light. But our favorite from Paik's engineering army is the stylish and powerful LG Blu-ray NAS N4B1N, which combines the network connectivity and capacity of a NAS device with the flexibility of Blu-ray backup capability. The marriage of Blu-ray, which has to this point been largely a consumer multimedia technology, with NAS is an approach that very few, if any, technology companies besides LG could have pulled off.

Justin Rattner, Senior Fellow, Vice President And Director, Intel Labs, And CTO, Intel
There aren't many technology executives who have been featured as the person of the week on ABC's "World News," just one of the honors Rattner holds for his work on the first computer to sustain 1 trillion operations per second. Rattner also has received two Intel Lifetime Achievement awards for his work in high-performance computing and advanced cluster communication architecture. Rattner's job, of course, is to make sure Intel stays at the top of the microprocessor pyramid. The latest revolution at Intel revolves around the chip giant's move to 32nm technology from 45nm technology. Those are the type of technology shifts that has Rattner waxing poetic about how computers will have more humanlike capabilities in the next few years.

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder, Ubuntu
In December, Shuttleworth stepped down as CEO of Canonical to focus full time on Ubuntu product development and on growing partnerships within the Linux community. The move represents a shift back to his creative roots as the founder of the Ubuntu project in early 2004 with the aim to produce a high-quality desktop and server operating system that is freely available all over the world. There are few more passionate about driving Linux product quality, partnerships and new customers than Shuttleworth. 

Mark Spencer, Founder And CTO, Digium
As the inventor of the Asterisk open-source IP-PBX platform, Spencer is responsible for what may be the open-source software that is having the biggest bang in the SMB market. Asterisk, along with Spencer's open-source development prowess and passion, have paved the way for Digium to deliver robust enterprise-class VoIP solutions with its Switchvox product to SMBs at a fraction of the cost of its larger rivals. Today Asterisk is downloaded nearly 5,500 times a day and has a community of 63,000 participants. Spencer will no doubt push the Asterisk open-source movement and Switchvox to new heights in 2010.


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