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.