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.
Lane Nelson is the President of HarrisData, a 40 year old software company that develops applications for mid-sized customers using IBM Power. Mr. Nelson is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company, and has significant influence over product strategy. During his tenure, HarrisData has developed and deployed an architecture the supports both native browser-based and 'green-screen' access to the same business applications on the IBM i. Today, HarrisData is transitioning applications into the realm of touch devices with an architecture that relies on RESTful web services hosted on the IBM i platform.
Prior to HarrisData, Mr. Nelson spent six years with Pilot Software, a $30 million provider of high-end decision support solutions. At Pilot, Mr. Nelson served as a marketing director leading a strategic move into vertical marketing with the introduction of retail decision support solutions and led the introduction of Pilot’s web-based decision support products.
Mr. Nelson spent four years at an $80 million Budget-Rent-A-Car franchisee as Director of Fleet and Information Services, where his responsibilities included the management of all business systems, primarily running on the IBM System 38. Mr. Nelson also served as Systems Engineer and Marketing Representative at Pansophic Systems, a leading provider of systems software for IBM computers.
Mr. Nelson holds a BS from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Senior Director Performance Engineering
Mike Roth is the Senior Director of Performance Engineering with JDA Software. He has worked in the field of software architecture and design for more than 20 years. His work on large scale solutions has focused on optimizing performance for enterprise class server and storage architectures at 5 of the top 10 largest retailers in the world. As a senior member of JDA Global Technical Services, Mike also manages a team of Performance Engineers that help address the performance and scalability needs of a global customer base.
Director of Engineering
Mr. Zucker has a diverse background in Business Intelligence applications and has helped to position and implement WebFOCUS as a best-of breed BI solution, including on several IBM platforms. In 2010, Jim was awarded Information Builders System Engineer of the Year. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zucker was a Senior Consultant, Project Leader, and Operations Manager for the Information Builders Professional Services Division, with substantial experience in development of applications for Finance, Insurance, and Manufacturing clients.
Mr. Zucker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, and Teaching Certification from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.