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15 Innovators & Influencers Who Will Make A Difference In 2008

Meet 15 people who will help shape the business technology world in the coming year. They're not the usual suspects -- the names everyone knows. Several are industry and tech execs, and most are gurus, prophets, or evangelists of one sort or another. They're all passionate about an idea, an approach, or a technology, and they're focused on driving it to the next level. Watch for each of them to be a force for change in their own corner of the tech world.

John Glaser, CIO, Partners Healthcare
CIO, Partners Healthcare
Health-care industry skeptic, who's helping Partners take one of the toughest stances on e-records adoption
Simon Crosby, CTO, Citric Systems' Virtualization & Management Division
CTO, Citrix Systems' Virtualization & Management Division
Driven by the belief that "virtualization has got to be everywhere."
Mark Shuttleworth, Founder, Ubuntu open source project and Canonical
Founder, Ubuntu open source project and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu
Technologist, venture capitalist, social experimenter, philanthropist, Russian-trained space traveler, and chief backer of Ubuntu
Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks
Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks
Agile Development's chief evangelist
Steve Hanna, Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks
Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks
Driving force behind NAC standardization
Larry Vertal, Senior Strategist, Advanced Micro Devices and Green Grid Board Member
Senior Strategist, Advanced Micro Devices and Green Grid Board Member
Green computing advocate who will make sure energy-efficient computing stays on every tech company's agenda
Aneel Bhusri, Co-founder & President, Workday
Co-founder & President, Workday
Using software-as-a-service model to put the squeeze on Big Software
Anssi Vanjoki, Executive VP & GM, Nokia's Multimedia Business Unit
Executive VP & GM, Nokia's Multimedia Business Unit
Exec in charge of remaking Nokia into a Web services company
Jim Goodnight, CEO, SAS Institute
CEO, SAS Institute
Owns the company that dominates the most important piece of the BI market-data integration and advanced analytics
Scott Abel, CEO, Spiceworks
CEO, Spiceworks
Pioneered the ad-supported software
Gail Farnsley, CIO, Cummins
CIO, Cummins
Applied Six Sigma process improvement to get the right leaders in place to support her company's future growth
Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate VP, Microsoft's Unified Communications Group
Corporate VP, Microsoft's Unified Communications Group
Developing new methods to communicate and collaborate via software
Rod Johnson, Lead developer of Spring Framework and CEO of SpringSource, the company behind Spring
Lead developer of Spring Framework and CEO of SpringSource, the company behind Spring
Asked "why is Java so complex" and ended up with the simpler Spring Framework developer platform
Filippo Passerini, Chief Information & Global Services Officer, Procter & Gamble
Chief Information & Global Services Officer, Procter & Gamble
Wants to be the "go-to" organization for all of P&G decision making
Eugene Lee, CEO, Socialtext
CEO, Socialtext
Believes enterprise wikis will free workers to be more connected and productive
Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple
Eight top-of-mind innovators to watch in 2008

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