The Top 100 Most Influential People in IT

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The Top 100 Most Influential People in IT

By eWEEK

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1. Larry EllisonCEO, OracleEllison's plans to roll up the enterprise applications space show no signs of slowing. Oracle has leveraged its strength in the data center to cement its status as one of the world's most important applications and middleware vendors. For more on Ellison's influence, click here.

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2. Steve JobsCEO, AppleApple's influence is being increasingly felt in the enterprise.

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3. Steve BallmerCEO, MicrosoftMicrosoft has certainly seen its challenges of late, with a poorly received Windows Vista and European Commission woes. But, as Microsoft goes, so goes the industry still-

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4. Sam PalmisanoChairman and CEO, IBMQuietly and without fanfare, Palmisano has positioned IBM to generate great returns in a mature market by expanding internationally and wherever he's seen opportunity in the enterprise apps space.

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5. Marissa MayerVice president, search products and user experience, GoogleIn addition to overseeing the way search is constructed and rendered usable for millions of people all over the world, Mayer is shepherding the company's health portal initiative.

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6. Jean-Philippe CourtoisPresident, Microsoft International, MicrosoftCourtois leads global sales, marketing and services for Microsoft International, in more than 240 countries outside the United States and Canada. His role is becoming increasingly important as Microsoft sales outside North America increase.

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7. Joe TucciChairman, president and CEO, EMCTucci is taking EMC on a trip beyond storage.

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8. Mark HurdChairman, president and CEO, Hewlett-PackardWith $100 billion in revenue in 2007, Hewlett-Packard is now one of the largest tech companies, and Hurd has worked to add to the company's portfolio by expanding both its software division and its services portfolio.

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9. John ChambersChairman and CEO, CiscoIP is increasingly becoming the channel by which all communications travel, and Cisco is providing not only the plumbing but also the applications.

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10. Larry Page & Sergey BrinPresident of products and president of technology, respectively, GoogleThe founders of Google changed expectations for search engines, and now they're doing the same with a growing suite of applications that have paved the way for a top-down model of technology implementation.

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11. John JohnsonCIO, IntelJohnson undertook one of the world's largest mobile computing efforts: Some 85 percent of Intel employees are now free from their desktops, resulting in double-digit gains in productivity.

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12. Kevin TurnerCOO, MicrosoftThe former Wal-Mart executive brings important logistical management experience to Microsoft. More importantly, Turner has succeeded as chief operating officer while other outsiders have floundered in the role.

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13. Ray OzzieChief software architect, MicrosoftOzzie is transforming Microsoft from within. Outside Microsoft, he's known as the person responsible for its forward-thinking services strategy. Within some quarters of Microsoft, he is known for building out the services vision and platform, while letting other executives take credit.

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14. Marc BenioffCEO, Salesforce.comBenioff proclaimed the end of software, and he was right.

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15. Linus TorvaldsDeveloper, Linux FoundationTorvalds developed Linux, the poster child for open source and arguably the first open-source app widely used in the enterprise. And his influence on the Linux kernel continues to be felt on a day-to-day basis.

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16. Jonathan SchwartzPresident and CEO, Sun MicrosystemsBy hitching his company to open source, Schwartz is making sure the Sun doesn't set.

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17. Jeff BezosChairman and CEO, Amazon.comBezos is constantly driving Amazon.com's evolution from Web-based bookseller to uber-online retailer to cloud computing provider.

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18. Michael DellCEO, DellDell is back and ready to rumble in the enterprise space. In the year since his return leading the company that bears his name, Dell has re-adjusted the company in several ways, with more emphasis on storage and servers, and more emphasis on the channel rather than on direct sales and on business and government rather than the consumer space.

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19. Barbara DesoerCTO & COO, Bank of AmericaBanks, mortgages and acquisitions all come together in Desoer's tech operations during a difficult economic time.

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20. Diane GreenePresident and CEO, VMwareGreene believed in virtualization when no one else did. Now she has to defend VMware's turf as virtualization becomes the common wisdom.

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21. Nandan NilekaniCo-chairman, InfosysIn 2006, Nilekani was named by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and by Forbes Asia as "Business Leader of the Year." Nilekani has been instrumental in making India an IT force and is still coming on strong.

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22. Mendel RosenblumChief scientist, VMwareAs co-founder and still chief scientist at VMware, Rosenblum has enormous influence over the development of the hypervisor and is working on new areas for the company to explore with virtualization.

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23. Rob CarterCIO, FedExCarter is widely considered to be the most innovative and effective CIO in the United States. His efforts in supply chain management and innovation have helped made FedEx one of the most interesting IT case studies around. He's also one of those rare CIOs who truly has a seat at the table, and works closely with Fred Smith, FedEx's founder/chairman/CEO.

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24. Peter WeillDirector, Center for Information Systems ResearchAs the director and senior research scientist at CISR at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Weill conducts research on the role and value of IT in the enterprise.

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