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The New Polymath. Profiles in Compound–Technology Innovations. Wiley Professional Advisory Services

  • ID: 2243043
  • Book
  • July 2010
  • 384 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for The New Polymath

"Bravo! In a work that′s fresh and inviting, Mirchandani shares with us his case studies in innovation and creativity. It′s no small irony that the ′IT revolution′ has created a technology industry that all too easily falls back on bromides and received wisdom. Mirchandani inspires us to return to IT′s roots, with the transformative power that comes from putting technology innovation in service to business and society."
Benjamin Fried, CIO, Google, Inc.

"At DeVry Education, we are focused on the next generation workforce that will build the Polymath enterprises of tomorrow. So, it′s good to see the book touch on such a wide range of technologies from cloud computing to emerging medicine that are shaping our curriculum. We are always looking for innovation, including online classes and instructional labs, and this book has got us thinking in new directions."
Daniel Hamburger, President and CEO, DeVry Inc.

"In this fascinating book, Mirchandani, himself an example of the new breed of Polymaths that he defines, brings into a sharp focus exactly what has been achieved by those who have the remarkable ability to combine and mix technology elements. An excellent read on multiple levels: to learn from; to be entertained by; and most of all, to leave you wondering what you could personally achieve."
Andy Mulholland, Global Chief Technology Officer, Capgemini

"A brilliant read. In order for individuals and companies to fully maximize new century opportunities and stay abreast of a constantly morphing technological frontier Mirchandani not only gives examples of the Polymath framework, but concrete evidence for successful leveraging. Thanks to technology, we can all be Polymaths if we open our minds to the possibilities. Consider this book your guide I think da Vinci would be proud."
Linda Avey, cofounder, 23andMe

"Mirchandani is one of the few technology analysts to realize that technology doesn′t come in neat bundles anymore, if it ever did. His stories and lessons cut across infotech, biotech, greentech, and mathtech. If you want to be a Polymath innovator, this is your bible!"
Thomas H. Davenport, President′s Distinguished Professor of IT and Management, Babson College; coauthor of Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results

"In today′s world, innovation distinguishes great companies from good ones. Mirchandani highlights the importance of technology in such innovation and, specific to IT, counsels about being a full partner of the business and being open to the best ideas from other industries and geographies. The book is full of examples on how to accomplish this and should be required reading for all IT professionals and students."
Caroline Watteeuw, Global CTO and SVP, Business Information Solutions, PepsiCo, Inc.

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Foreword xvii

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxxiii

Prologue: The Field of Polymath Dreams xxxvii


CHAPTER 1 The New Polymath: In an Age of "Wicked Problems" and Technology Abundance 3

CHAPTER 2 Modern–Day Dark Ages: So Much Stagnation 17

CHAPTER 3 Polymath Profile #1: General Electric 31


CHAPTER 4 Residence: Better Technologically Equipped Than the Offi ce 53

CHAPTER 5 Exotics: Innovation from Left Field 67

CHAPTER 6 Polymath Profile #2: Cognizant 81

CHAPTER 7 Networks: Bluetooth to Broadband 89

CHAPTER 8 Polymath Profile #3: Plantronics 107

CHAPTER 9 Arsonists: And Other Disruptors 113

CHAPTER 10 Polymath Profile #4: W. R. Hambrecht 129

CHAPTER 11 Interfaces: For All Our Senses 137

CHAPTER 12 Sustainability: Delivering to Both the Green and Gold Agendas 151

CHAPTER 13 Polymath Profile #5: Kleiner Perkins Cleantech 165

CHAPTER 14 Singularity: Human Machine Convergence 175

CHAPTER 15 Analytics: Spreadsheets, Search, and Semantics 191

CHAPTER 16 Polymath Profile #6: National Hurricane Center 205

CHAPTER 17 Networks Again: Communities, Crowds, Contracts, and Collaboration 213

CHAPTER 18 Clouds: Technology–as–a–Service 233

CHAPTER 19 Polymath Profile #7: salesforce.com 251

CHAPTER 20 Ethics: In an Age of Cyberwar and Cloning 257


CHAPTER 21 Polymath Profile #8: BP CTO 277

CHAPTER 22 Moon Shots for Budding Polymaths 295

Epilogue: The Beginner′s Mind 303

Notes 307

About the Author 325

Index 327

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Vinnie Mirchandani
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