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Writer/Consultant with over sixteen years of experience as an IT/broadcasting/telecoms/design journalist, with additional experience of working as an engineer in a large corporation following masters degrees in Computer Aided Engineering and Analysis and Microwaves and Modern Optics and a BSc in Maths and Physics.
Currently Project editor for ComputerWeekly.com, in charge of writing content, commissioning speakers, managing readers clubs (for IT directors and security professionals respectively) constructing seminar programmes, and devising research for projects based around the Computer Weekly and Microscope brands. Also freelance writer/ consultant for IBE, CSCI, TVB Europe, Future Digital, Infosecurity Today, Microscope, Computer Weekly, handbag.com plus high-tech PR firms
Shawn Farshchi, CIO and Vice President, Technical Operations
Shawn has over 22 years of network and services management experience at companies such as DHL Airways, Broadvision and GTE Sprint. As Senior Vice President and CIO of DHL Airways, he deployed and managed systems and network services for over 250 global locations and led the development of several customer access and service initiatives. As Senior Vice President and CIO of Broadvision, he lead worldwide engineering and product development and re-engineered global IT operations to yield over $10 million annual cost savings. At GTE Sprint, he oversaw the engineering of its high-speed fiber optic communications network. Shawn has also served in a variety of technology and management positions at Bechtel Power Corp., GTE Spacenet, Oracle, Pacific Gas and Electric and Syntex Corporation. Shawn holds a BSEE from Cal State University, San Francisco, and an MS Telecom and MBA from Golden Gate University.
Bio David Harrison, Chief Executive, Positive Solutions
Originally from a construction background David went into financial services in 1983 joining Hambro Life (later to become Allied Dunbar) as a sales adviser. He worked his way upwards through sales management, then eventually into a director role. On leaving Allied Dunbar in 1996 David had become their Area Sales and Operations director. His style was different to his peers, believing in strong but small (lean) sales management teams, and very flat organisational structures. He championed the use of technology to assist in faster communication and control, and stripped out many layers of middle management.
He worked with McKinsey and Co. (as part of the AD team) investigating ways to transform the profitability of the organisation, and believed that this could only be achieved by forming a completely new company, rather than attempt to re-engineer the existing one. Luckily (and predictably) his views were not agreed with, so he decided to take his own advice and left, closely followed by one of his senior reporting directors, Maurice Cotter. They formed Positive Solutions in order to put the vision into action. David has an MBA through the Open University business school, which he attained through over 4 years of personally funded tuition studying in evenings, week ends, and holidays. The research and lessons learnt from this, together with the Mckinsey approach has given him a strategic view of how modern financial services, especially distribution, should be employed.
Sarah Kittmer, Senior Analyst, Ovum
Sarah Kittmer is a senior analyst within Ovum's Technology Group, and is responsible for the company's research into enterprise content management technologies.
Sarah contributes to the Software@Ovum and PublicSector@Ovum advisory services. She is lead author of Intranet: key to your workplace future and Email management and archiving: you need both.
Sarah has been involved with consulting assignments at Ovum, focusing on content management and intranet strategies for the UK Government. Prior to joining Ovum, she worked as a business consultant, with clients in a wide range of industries including public sector, retail and travel.
Sarah speaks regularly at conferences around the globe on content management, collaboration and related topics, and regularly writes for journals and trade publications.
Sarah has been working in the IT industry for nine years as an analyst and consultant. She holds an MSc in Information Technology and a BA in French with Spanish.