Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research
2013 will be a pivotal year for businesses. Companies will need to decide how they will rise to the challenge in both operations and IT. Building upon the summit's sessions and the latest technology innovation research, this session will provide a view of what's on the horizon for research and technology for 2013. Get a glimpse into the future of technology for business and IT, shed light on emerging technologies that are a "must watch and must adopt" and look at technologies that have the potential to become irrelevant or a distraction. With a deep bias towards best practices and competencies to improve the maturity of organizations through the use of information and technology, the closing session of the 10th anniversary Technology Innovation Summit will provide a guide to the next decade of business computing with technology.
Mark is responsible for the overall business and research direction of Ventana Research and drives the global research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint and methodology for improving business by using benchmark research to provide guidance across people, processes, information and technology. Mark is an expert in enterprise software and business technology innovations including: business analytics, big data, cloud computing, business collaboration, mobile technology and social media.
Mark started Ventana Research more than a decade ago; he has worked in the software industry for 25 years leading innovations in research and technology. Mark has held CMO, research and product development roles at research and software companies.
Mark was rated the 2011 software industry analyst of the year by The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR). Mark is also ranked as one of the top ten technology influencers in 2012 by Human Resources Executive magazine.
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