Thursday, January 28, 2010


Michael Sun, Vice President And General Manager Of Global Products And Solutions, ViewSonic

 Sun is on a mission to make sure that ViewSonic is just as well known for innovative and imaginative PCs and laptops as for visual displays. Under Sun's leadership, ViewSonic has brought to market its first line of small-form-factor PCs, including the ultrathin energy saving system like the PC Mini VOT 132. Sun upped the ante at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, refreshing ViewSonic's PC lineup and adding a Viewbook Pro Notebook that is less than 1 inch thick with an aluminum alloy chassis. What's more, ViewSonic launched a netbook with a 10-inch screen and 160-GB hard drive for only $399. All in all, it's an impressive lineup that goes a long way toward putting ViewSonic on the PC map.

Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, CTO, Xerox
Vandebroek likes to say that "bending the rules and exploring the unknown are the catalysts that drive innovation" at Xerox. That drive to break rules has led to big technology breakthroughs at Xerox, such as erasable paper. That's right, erasable paper. Xerox spends a whopping $1.5 billion a year on R&D. It is Vandebroek's job to make sure that is evident in innovative products like the Xerox Phaser 7500, which received the Everything Channel Tech Innovator award for printers. Xerox's team of scientists, engineers and developers also were awarded a special Tech Innovator of the Year Award for its invention of Natural Language Color as first delivered in the Xerox Phaser 7500.

Padmasree Warrior, CTO, Cisco
There's a reason why Padmasree Warrior has over 1.4 million followers on Twitter: She is responsible for making sure that Cisco is well aware of the next big technology twist or turn. Warrior says that being on Twitter allows her to "have conversations and listen to voices that I don't normally listen to." That's especially important to Warrior, who noted recently that one of the reasons she loves being at Cisco is because the company "embraces innovation inside and outside," pointing to a report citing Cisco as the No. 1 acquirer of venture-backed companies over the past decade. You can be sure that Warrior is on the hunt for the next big acquisition target as Cisco moves aggressively into the cloud with a range of offerings and deeper into the consumer world with acquisitions like its buy last year of Flip video maker Pure Digital Technologies.

Michael Xie, Co-Founder, CTO And Vice President Of Engineering, Fortinet
Keeping at the top of the security technology pyramid is no small task. But Xie makes it look easy with the continuous stream of security product innovation he has ushered in at Fortinet. Xie's latest technical achievement: ground-breaking IPv6 next-generation performance on the FortiGate-5140, which delivers 56-Gbps throughput and promises high-speed network security processing. Xie's latest honor: an Everything Channel Tech Innovator of the Year Award for his leadership of the team that created the Fortigate 620-B.

David Yach, CTO Of Software, Research In Motion
Yach is turning heads with new creative twists for the BlackBerry. Yach's latest breakthrough was revealed at CES with a new device called the BlackBerry Presenter, which allows users to deliver presentations directly from the BlackBerry. The BlackBerry Presenter is another innovative step that takes the device beyond the smartphone. At CES, RIM also demonstrated a Slingbox streaming video to a BlackBerry and a BlackBerry music gateway streaming music to a home stereo over Bluetooth. Yach is also driving a new services platform unveiled last November aimed at helping developers and solution providers build and monetize location-aware applications. 

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