Panel: Wikis in the Consumer Enterprise
Terrace Pavilion and Poolside
Monday, 13:30, 1 hour 30 minutes
Moderator: Eugene Eric Kim, Blue Oxen Associates
Joe Kraus, JotSpot
Peter Thoeny, TWiki
Thomas Weigert, Motorola Global Software Group
Enterprise software is changing before our eyes: from the way it is sold, bought and used. The model of top down, million dollar license deals with multi-million dollar service contracts sold over six to nine month sales cycles is quickly becoming a dinosaur. The new model is the "consumer enterprise" where software becomes a commodity: it is inexpensive, deployed from bottom up, lightweight, and adaptable to changing business processes. Among other reasons, wikis are gaining popularity in the enterprise because they fit into this major transition. This panel will explore wikis in the enterprise - how they're being used, who benefits and where it's heading - and the intersection of wikis with the major trend of the consumer enterprise.
Moderator: Eugene Eric Kim, Blue Oxen Associates: Co-founder and principal of Blue Oxen Associates, a think tank and consultancy focused on improving collaboration. He has developed collaborative strategies for a number of organizations, focusing especially on inter-organizational collaboration and collaborative learning. His research centers around identifying patterns of collaboration across different domains (with a special focus on open source communities) and on improving the interoperability of collaborative tools. He is also the cocreator of PurpleWiki. Previously, Eugene worked closely with computer pioneer Doug Engelbart, who currently serves on the Blue Oxen Associates advisory board. He received his A.B. in History and Science from Harvard University.
Joe Kraus, JotSpot: Co-founder and CEO of JotSpot, the first application-wiki company. A long time entrepreneur, Joe has been involved with early-stage technology development and starting companies for more than twelve years. Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1993, he joined with five engineering friends to found the highly successful Internet company, Excite, Inc. The original president of Excite, Joe was deeply involved in product strategy, direction and vision as the company grew. He also held senior operational roles in business development, international development and content. After leaving Excite@Home in 2000, Joe was a co-founder of Digitalconsumer.org, a non-profit grassroots consumer organization with more than 50,000 members dedicated to protecting consumers fair-use rights to digital media. Joe, along with other cofounder Graham Spencer, continues to work on these important issues. In addition to his non-profit focus, he has also spent many years as an angel investor, working with numerous early-stage technology companies.
Peter Thoeny, TWiki: Founder of TWiki, the leading Wiki for corporate collaboration and knowledge management. Managing the open-sourced project for the last six years, Peter invented the concept of structured wikis - where free form wiki content can be structured with tailored wiki applications. He is a recognized thought-leader in Wikis and social software, having been featured in numerous articles and technology conferences including LinuxWorld, Business Week, Wall Street Journal and more. A software developer with over 15 years experience, Peter specializes in software architecture, user interface design and web technology. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, has lived in Japan for 8 years working as an engineering manager for Denso building CASE tools, and now manages the Knowledge Engineering group at Wind River.
Thomas Weigert, Motorola Global Software Group: Sr. Director of Software Engineering with Motorola Global Software Group where he focuses on continually improving the software development competencies of Motorola software centers. He is responsible for processes, methods, and tools deployed in 20 software factories in 13 countries with over 5000 software engineers, as well as for monetization of developed tools. Development domains range from embedded automotive controllers to hand-held wireless devices to infrastructure platforms to e-business applications. Before joining Motorola, he was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, and held positions at the Electrotechnical Laboratories, Tsukuba, Japan, and Argonne National Laboratories, Argonne, USA.