Keeping the lights on: A future history of the grid
MARTHIN DE BEER
Senior Vice President, Emerging Business Group, Cisco
The era of big data presents incredible opportunities -- smarter cities, stronger companies, faster medicine -- but just as many challenges. Storage is scarce, systems overloaded, governments and businesses know too much. The world now contains unimaginably vast amounts of digital information, which is growing exponentially. Managed well, this data can be used to engineer new engines of economic value, unlock scientific breakthroughs, and hold politicians accountable. Managed poorly, it can cause great harm.
The financial crisis showed that complex models that analyze large quantities of data do not always reflect financial risk in the real world. The financial crisis was sparked by big data -- and there will be others. But the data deluge will also generate millions of new ideas for how to solve big problems, build new markets, and expand existing ones. Ideas Economy: Information is a fresh look at knowledge management for the information age.
The Economist will bring together theorists, strategists, and innovators who understand how to harness data to create value and advance individual, corporate, and social good. We will sift through the vast quantities of current thinking on data to uncover the best ways forward. And we will apply the lessons of the Ideas Economy, about innovation, human capital, and intelligent infrastructure, to uncover new sources of growth and accelerate human progress across the globe.
Marthin De Beer
Marthin De Beer is the senior vice-president of Cisco's Emerging Technologies Group (ETG). Under his leadership, ETG is responsible for cultivating a steady stream of new businesses that can drive one billion dollars worth of revenue in 5-7 years and take Cisco into new adjacent markets. Mr. De Beer most recently led the development of Cisco TelePresence, Digital Media Systems, Linksys One, IP Video Surveillance and Cisco's IP Interoperability and Communications Systems (IPICS).
Mr. De Beer has more than 20 years of experience in the communications and software industry. He has been at Cisco for 12 years directing key platforms such as the Cisco Catalyst Switching platforms and Cisco's IP Telephony and VoIP systems. De Beer was also responsible for Cisco's Global Enterprise IP Communications solutions and led the introduction of Cisco's Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data (Cisco AVVID) solution. He played a key role in taking Cisco's IP Communications business across the chasm from inception to a large profitable business.
Mr. De Beer was also a founder of two start-up companies and previously held senior marketing and engineering positions at Hughes LAN Systems, Persetel Computer Systems, and Atlas Aircraft.