It wasn’t long ago when using office productivity applications online were considered a fad. Enterprise applications are already running in (software as a service) SaaS and/or are internally hosted and used over a browser. A perceived inconvenience held us to the desktop. With web2.0 applications for office productivity gaining ground, can we safely say good-bye to desktops? Are we there yet?
Gregory R. Simpson, Chief Technology Officer, Synchrony Financial
Greg Simpson joined Synchrony Financial in 2014 as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Greg works closely with Synchrony Financial’s CIO on developing the company’s technology strategy and sits on Synchrony Financial’... More View all posts
Greg Simpson joined Synchrony Financial in 2014 as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Greg works closely with Synchrony Financial’s CIO on developing the company’s technology strategy and sits on Synchrony Financial’s IT Steering Committee. Overseeing a large global team, Greg is responsible for key IT functions including enterprise architecture, business intelligence, business continuity management, data centers, voice and data networks, service delivery and operations as well as end user services and collaboration. Based in our Kettering, Ohio offices, Greg serves on the IT Engagement Committee and is a senior leader supporting Synchrony Financial’s Business Leadership Program and a mentor to many within the IT team. Prior to joining Synchrony Financial, Greg served as GE's Chief Technology Officer for 8 years where he created the shared services infrastructure team that supports all GE businesses. In his role as GE’s CTO, Greg advised GE’s CIO and business CIO's on new technology directions, and served on the company’s IT Council. The “service business” Greg created leveraged GE’s scale to increase controllership and decrease cost as well as facilitated better collaboration across GE through common solutions. The scope of GE’s shared services included more than 15,000 systems, GE’s full collaboration/messaging environment, and data / voice / video solutions around the world. In addition, Greg’s team kicked off the initial commercial cloud supporting the launch of GE’s software Center of Excellence. Greg has an extensive IT career that spans more than 30 years with GE. Prior to becoming the CTO of GE in November of 2005, Greg served in a number of business CTO roles, including GE's Healthcare, Aviation and Lighting businesses. Greg also was the CIO for a major GE Healthcare acquisition and earlier in his career, served as Commercial Quality leader for GE Lighting, where he led Six Sigma initiatives including the implementation of one of the first web-based order tracking/status systems at GE. Greg has presented and moderated panels at industry events such as the CIO Summit, AGENDA16, and P&G’s Big Data Goldmine event. A regular spokesperson on business technology trends, Greg has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other national media and contributes a monthly ‘Experiencing Digital’ blog for CIO.com. Greg received his BSME from Purdue University and his MSME from Case Western Reserve University. He resides in Loveland, Ohio with his wife and their two children. Less View all posts
Joshua Holbrook, Director, Enterprise Research, Yankee Group
Joshua Holbrook is a director in Yankee Group's Enterprise Research group with an expertise in Web 2.0 enterprise applications. He analyzes the emergence of consumer and enterprise Web 2.0 tools in the workplace and how they are used to fur... More View all posts
Joshua Holbrook is a director in Yankee Group's Enterprise Research group with an expertise in Web 2.0 enterprise applications. He analyzes the emergence of consumer and enterprise Web 2.0 tools in the workplace and how they are used to further collaboration. Joshua leads a team of analysts who focus on topics such as enterprise social software, mashups, consumerization, unified communications, enterprise mobility and location–based services. Before joining Yankee Group, Joshua was a director at Unity Communications, and helped transform the company into an emerging VoIP service provider. Less View all posts