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Speaker Series Jim Laredo

PeopleCloud: Scaling Knowledge Discovery in the Enterprise

Freitag, 17. Dezember 2010, 10.30 -11.30 Uhr
KIT Campus Süd, Gebäude 11.40, Raum 253

The greatest strength of an organization is its people, experts that understand and drive the business and the IT. What is the best way to tap into this knowledge and organize crowds into powerful knowledge networks to help ease and accelerate important initiatives within an organization? Moreover, what is the best way of discovering information that only a few users possess, out of a large pool of candidate information holders within an organization? In this talk, we present PeopleCloud, a novel Web-service that enables crowdsourcing mechanisms to constitute and manage virtual teams of knowledge experts, on-demand, to address knowledge-intensive tasks. We demonstrate a set of practical, crowdsourcing use cases within the enterprise, which discover, integrate and manage the business and IT knowledge. Furthermore, this powerful knowledge network, generated as a result of crowdsourcing run, can be situationally engaged for various large-scale business and IT transformation initiatives.
We will discuss the evolution of the PeopleCloud service, the factors that affect the success of these collaborative endeavors,including social elements, incentive mechanisms, and other technical and even legal challenges.

Zur Person
Jim Laredo has over 20 years in the Information Technology Industry, including the areas of Transaction Processing (Transarc Corporation), Business Process Management (Vitria Technology), Software as a Service, Cloud Computing and Systems Management (IBM). He has been building systems and services for customers in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Insurance Services and Manufacturing. Jim has spent the last 7 years at IBM 5 of which at the T.J Watson Research Center in NY, and the last 2 years in particular working in the area of Enterprise Crowdsourcing, looking for innovative techniques that leverage people's knowledge to scale business process management across the organizations of the enterprise. Mr. Laredo has an Engineering degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas Venezuela, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Toronto.