Cloud Computing: Ballmer, Dell, Benioff Take Center Stage at Web 2.0 Summit
SAN FRANCISCO - The Web 2.0 Summit kicked off Oct. 17 with a relatively tame lineup of Napster Co-founder Sean Parker, eBay CEO John Donahoe and Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff. There were no fireworks the first day, no controversial comments or calling out of rivals. Benioff even complimented Oracle for its acquisition spree and overall strategy before expressing a big love for Facebook. The speakers did, however, help set the stage for the Web 2.0 Summit theme that co-hosts John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly conjured up. That theme is "the data frame," and it characterizes the impact of data on the networked economy. "Consumers now create and consume extraordinary amounts of data. Hundreds of millions of mobile phones weave infinite tapestries of data, in real time. Each purchase, search, status update and check-in layers our world with more of it. How our industries respond to this opportunity will define not only success and failure in the networked economy, but also the future texture of our culture." Check out the key speakers from the show.