Connected Devices, the Cloud, and the Consumer
Location: Commerce Club of Atlanta, 191 Peachtree Tower, Atlanta
Time: 7:30-11am. 7:30am – Registration, 8:30am – Discussion Begins
The connected devices segment is the fastest growing category of the market and is also the most profitable due to higher margins. Consumer behavior is changing as they consume and interact with content across multiple devices. Broadband access combined with Cloud Computing is creating disruptions of tremendous scale. It is also impacting a rethink in virtually all key verticals – healthcare, housing, travel, entertainment, communication, energy, and others. Mobile broadband and the cloud is also changing the traditional value chains and revenue models. Which segments are yielding the highest ROI? Does computing fundamentally change forever or are connected devices just a part of the PC hub? How does M2M fit into the world of smartphones and tablets? How are businesses and solution providers taking advantage of the growing connected universe? What’s most important for the consumer and what are their expectations on design, pricing, and connectivity? From connected cars to wireless pill bottles, our world is going to change forever. Meet the leaders who are shaping the growing connected devices ecosystem to get insights that will inform your strategy and decide your future revenue streams.
David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets
David Christopher, chief marketing officer of AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets, leads product strategy, marketing and execution across AT&T’s extensive portfolio of wireless and consumer communications, entertainment products and services. Previously, David served as chief marketing officer for AT&T’s wireless business unit–where he led all marketing functions and drove the company’s strategy to introduce groundbreaking devices and applications. He also served as vice president of product management for AT&T’s wireless unit. David currently serves on the Ad Council’s board of directors and its executive committee.
Louis Gump, VP, CNN Mobile
Louis Gump is vice president of CNN Mobile, responsible for managing CNN’s mobile business globally. Recognized internationally as a seasoned leader in the mobile marketplace, Gump directs CNN’s mobile strategy and development to meet consumer needs and grow overall reach, usage and revenue. Before joining CNN, Gump worked at The Weather Channel, where he led their mobile business. Since 2003, Gump has served on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), where he is past global chairman as well as past global treasurer. Last year, he received the MMA’s first annual Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership.
Biju Nair, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Synchronoss
Biju Nair has over 18 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and technology industry leader. In this role as CSO, Mr. Nair is responsible for leading the strategic vision of the connected devices and cloud computing for profitable growth of the company’s product portfolio. Prior to joining Synchronoss, Mr. Nair was the Chairman & CEO of Sapience Knowledge Systems, Inc., a venture backed wireless software company (acquired by Synchronoss Technologies in 2011). Previously, Mr. Nair held the position of Senior Vice President & GM of the Connectivity and Security Group at Smith Micro Software (NASDAQ: SMSI) and Corporate Vice President & GM and founder of Mobility Solutions Group at PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCTI) which was acquired by Smith Micro in 2008).
Chetan Sharma, President, Chetan Sharma Consulting (moderator)
Chetan Sharma is President of Chetan Sharma Consulting and is one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Executives from wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights, and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space and is probably the only industry strategist who has advised each of the top 6 global mobile data operators. Chetan is the author or co-author or editor of seven best-selling books on mobile and over 100 articles/papers related to mobile.