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Innovators & Influencers

The technology industry has always been something of a cult of personality, populated by strong characters driving their own agendas, sometimes with vested-interest results.

The technology industry has always been something of a cult of personality, populated by strong characters driving their own agendas, sometimes with vested-interest results. Fortunately, it's often for the greater good. The lesson: Look for the strong characters and you'll find the emerging trends, the creative centers, the areas of opportunity. Here are our picks for the key people to watch in the coming year. There are prophets and politicos, product gurus and senior execs, denizens of the blogosphere and foresightful CIOs. Their agendas? The months ahead will tell for sure.

Academia's Adware Inquisitor
Academia - Ben Edelman
  Open Source Kick
MuleSource - Ross Mason
The Art Of Disruption
VMware - Diane Greene
  Alex Iskold's Startup, AdaptiveBlue, Helps The Firefox Browser Get Smarter
AdaptiveBlue - Alex Iskold
Splunk Takes Proactive Approach To Web Site Complexity
Splunk - Michael Baum
  Prediction: Hackers Will Crack The Corporate Firewall
WhiteHat Security - Jeremiah Grossman
Big Software Ambitions
Oracle - John Wookey
  TechCrunch's Arrington Stares Down The Perils Of Growth
TechCrunch - Michael Arrington
IBM Master Inventor Takes Cell Chip Beyond Games
IBM - Michael Gschwind
  Smells Like An Open Source Success Story
Sourcefire - Martin Roesch
Community College CIO Powers E-Learning Effort To Reach Navy Worldwide
Florida Community College - Rob Rennie
  Robert Howard Is Looking To Batten Down The VA
Department of Veterans Affairs - Robert Howard
Four People Who Will Affect Tech Policy Matters In Washington
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - John Doll
  Nokia Gets To Business In Smartphones
Nokia - Mary McDowell
From Web 2.0 To Enterprise 2
BT Global Services - JP Rangaswami
  Between An Open Source Rock And A Microsoft Hard Place
Novell - Ron Hovsepian
At Intel, A Repeat Performance Helps Reclaim Lost Ground
Intel - Dadi Perlmutter
  Digitizing The Native Tongue
Hewlett-Packard - Shekhar Borgaonkar

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