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Seizing the Opportunity of the Cloud: the Next Wave of Business Growth

Department of Management public lecture

Date: Tuesday 5 October 2010 
Time: 8.30-9.30am
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Steve Ballmer

The pervasive nature of technology and the ever increasing pace of development are rapidly changing the way we work, live and play. These changes bring enormous opportunity for individuals, organisations and society.  For more than three decades, Microsoft, and current CEO Steve Ballmer, have played a vital role in leading a technology industry that has transformed the world of business in dramatic fashion.  In one of the opening public lectures of the LSE term, Ballmer will discuss what's next, how cloud computing is radically altering paradigms, and new business opportunities enabled by the cloud.   

Steve Ballmer is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation. He joined Microsoft in 1980 as the first business manager hired by Bill Gates. Since then, Ballmer's leadership and passion have become hallmarks of his tenure at the company. Ballmer and the company's business and technical leaders are focused on continuing Microsoft's innovation and leadership across each of the company's core businesses. Variously described as ebullient, focused, funny, passionate, sincere, hard-charging and dynamic, Ballmer has infused Microsoft with his own brand of energetic leadership, vision and spirit over the years.

There will be a free networking breakfast for ticketholders served between 7.30 and 8.15am outside the lecture theatre.

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A transcript of Steve Ballmer's speech is available to download. Download 'Seizing the Opportunity of the Cloud: the Next Wave of Business Growth' (pdf).


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