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Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy - presentation

In our report,  Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts:  Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy, we discussed how both new and traditional firms are playing the open systems game and provided recommendations for using various open technology approaches.  

We found that virtually all large, successful firms use a mix of open and closed approaches as part of their everyday business.  What differentiates firms is not the existence of a process for deciding whether to use open technologies or open their own systems, nor their ability to determine whether something is a form of competitive advantage and therefore should not be opened. The differentiator is the ability to anticipate the impact of these choices on their - and competitors’ - value chains, and a willingness to use open approaches to alter markets in their favour.


01 David Reid – Introduction

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Simon Wardley
Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum and the lead practitioner for Wardley Maps advisory service helping clients anticipate market and ecosystem developments. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and he is the author of multiple reports including Clash of the Titans – Will China Dethrone Silicon Valley?  where he assesses the hi-tech challenge from China and what this means to the future of global technology industry competition. His previous research covers topics including Of Wonders and Disruption,  The Future is More Predictable Than You Think - A Workbook for Value Chain Mapping, Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy, Learning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries.  From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 Cloud operating system. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies.  He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics. Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and has been voted as one of the UK's top 50 most influential people in IT in recent Computer Weekly polls.