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.

InformationWeek Staff, Contributor

December 14, 2007

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John Glaser

CIO, Partners Healthcare

Health-care industry skeptic, who's helping Partners take one of the toughest stances on e-records adoption

Simon Crosby

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, the company behind Ubuntu

Technologist, venture capitalist, social experimenter, philanthropist, Russian-trained space traveler, and chief backer of Ubuntu

Martin Fowler

Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks

Agile Development's chief evangelist

Steve Hanna

Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks

Driving force behind NAC standardization

Larry Vertal

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

Using software-as-a-service model to put the squeeze on Big Software

Anssi Vanjoki

Executive VP & GM, Nokia's Multimedia Business Unit

Exec in charge of remaking Nokia into a Web services company

Jim Goodnight

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

Pioneered the ad-supported software

Gail Farnsley

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

Developing new methods to communicate and collaborate via software

Rod Johnson

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

Wants to be the "go-to" organization for all of P&G decision making

Eugene Lee

CEO, Socialtext

Believes enterprise wikis will free workers to be more connected and productive


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