Business Innovation – One Hack at a Time
Josh Klein is a passionate hacker of all things. He examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks. Everything. His list includes social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behavior, and many more. Klein knows that the greatest innovations come from rethinking ordinary situations or hacking a do-it-yourself movement with roots inside the engineering community.
A hacker is someone who is willing to take a system apart to create new opportunities. A "hack" in the traditional engineering sense is a clever reuse of technology or systems to achieve a superior result. It's also increasingly the most common means of innovation available to any organization or individual. Join Joshua Klein as he explains how hacking allows success anywhere, for anyone - from the tooth fairy to the publishing industry - and how we as hackers can herald global improvements by being exactly who we are.
Klein is host of The Link on National Geographic Channel, which explores the history of human innovation by tracing the connections between the world's greatest inventions in art, science, medicine, finance and more, from ancient times up to the present day.
Kirk Laughlin is a Contributing Editor with InformationWeek and an award-winning writer, moderator and subject-matter expert in information technology and business strategies. He has served in a variety of editorial leadership roles during his 18-year career in journalism. Prior to working with InformationWeek and TechWeb, he was Editorial Director at Ziff Davis Media/Enterprise Events which included developing programming content for leading Ziff brands - EWeek and CIO Insight. At Ziff Davis, Laughlin built content programs in the areas of CIO strategies, Web 2.0, enterprise mobility, financial industry solutions, storage, security, unified communications, risk management, IT governance, virtualization, cloud, and business intelligence. He has worked with many leading technology suppliers in developing strategic content solutions for a variety of media platforms.
Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Laughlin served as Editor-in-Chief of several media organizations including America’s Network Magazine, a weekly business magazine; Telecom Planet, a website devoted to networking and wireless issues; and Applied Mobility. He has also directed the launch of several tech industry custom publications. He has won three awards for editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and two awards from the Western Publications Association.
SVP, Global R&D
Rob Thomas serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development at Manhattan Associates, a global solutions provider for supply chain leaders. He has 25 years of product development experience and a proven track record of providing hands-on leadership in the design, development, and world-wide deployment of enterprise software products leading a 600+ person distributed development organization.
Solutions Technology Lead
Todd’s current position is Solutions Technology lead at Allscripts. He has worked at Allscripts for 12 years in development, support and installations. Currently, he directly interfaces with customers to provide technology solutions to provide high performing, stable, secure Healthcare IT environments. Prior to coming to Allscripts, he worked in technical support for McKesson for 9 years. Prior to that he was at National Computer systems providing operating systems support for 4 years. Todd also served active duty in the US Army in signal corps and retired as SFC from US Army Reserve. He attended Cochise College in Arizona.
John G. Senor III
Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer
John Senor is senior vice president and chief development officer (CDO) for Information Builders. This new position, established in 2009 and reporting to the company’s CEO, was created for the purpose of expanding Information Builders’ working relationships with major global software and services companies.
Mr. Senor is responsible for the overall development and execution of partnership strategy for business intelligence and integration software products with key global partners, such as IBM, Oracle, SAP, HP, Microsoft, Accenture, KPMG, Deloitte, Unisys, and others. Key to the execution of Information Builders’ strategy for global partnership is its objective of being a value-added technology and services partner to global software and services companies by providing powerful and flexible software and services solutions that complement the business and technology strategies of its global partners. Mr. Senor’s 21 years of experience – including founding and managing Information Builders’ integration software business between 1991 and 2008 and forging key relationships with virtually all of Information Builders’ global partners – brings a wealth of technological and executive knowledge to his current role.
Prior to 2009, Mr. Senor held the positions of president, iWay Software, Information Builders’ integration software subsidiary, and group vice president and general manager of the Middleware Technology Group, where he was responsible for the overall strategy and development of Information Builders’ comprehensive line of middleware software products. He is a frequent speaker at technology trade shows and a highly published author on integration topics.
In 1991, Mr. Senor founded the EDA Division and the EDA/SQL middleware product line as a new business venture for Information Builders, and quickly became one of the leading players in the evolution of the middleware software industry. Mr. Senor joined Information Builders in 1988 as director of Marketing.
During his 30-year career in the industry, he has held senior management positions within the IBM Corporation, Informatics General Corporation, Applied Data Research, and Cullinet Software.
He is a 1970 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.
Senior Director Technology
John is a Senior Director of Technology for Global Platform Engineering at Equifax. Platform Engineering is responsible for supporting the business case solution, designing the infrastructure solution and building the infrastructure solution for both revenue and non-revenue platforms. In 2012, John was recognized with an Equifax Chairman’s Circle of Excellence award.
Before joining Equifax in 2009, John was at IBM for 25 years. He primarily worked in IBM Global Services as a Competency Principal delivering AIX/UNIX platform services. In 2003, John was recognized with an IBM Leadership award.