Steve Todd

Steve Todd is an EMC Distinguished Engineer currently in his third decade of building high-tech products for the information storage industry. Along the way his inventions have generated billions of dollars in revenue and over 160 patents and patents pending. Steve is the author of Innovate With Influence, a book describing his career journey from college co-op to corporate, global intrapreneur, and Innovate With Global Influence, a collection of real-life innovation stories from around the world. Steve writes about technology on his personal blog, the Information Playground.

Steve's personal blog: http://stevetodd.typepad.com
Twitter: @SteveTodd
Innovate With Influence eBook: http://www.booklocker.com/books/4145.html
Innovate With Global Influence eBook: http://www.booklocker.com/books/5004.html


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All Posts by Steve Todd

Innovate with Influence Wrap-up

by Steve Todd  |  June 30, 2011

I have been writing for Vault.com for the better part of two years. Today marks my last post as I devote more time to the running of EMC's Global Innovation Network. I started this blog with the intention of sharing my thoughts about the global job market for high-tech. In particular, I was interested in helping interested readers move their careers towards the never ending innovation opportunities that can be found in my industry. How did I do? Out of 53 blog posts…… Twenty-two were... Read More >

Co-Creation In Global High-Tech

by Steve Todd  |  May 02, 2011

In previous posts I have analyzed predictions from two years ago that were presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. In my last post I introduced C.K. Prahalad's message on the importance of co-creation in developing countries. This theory has a significant impact on job seekers looking for international high-tech job opportunities at large corporations. One of the key elements of Prahalad's theory is that new inventions must be co-created with the audience... Read More >

Big Data Scientists

by Steve Todd  |  April 13, 2011

High school seniors are getting ready to graduate next month here in the United States. Many of them are considering a high-tech career. Some parents have asked me: "Where will the high-tech jobs be in four years?" and "What major(s) should I focus on?". I share with them with a new job title that most have never heard of before: Big Data Scientist. The term "Big Data" has become big brother to the term "Cloud". Wikipedia has an excellent introduction to big data. I also recommend that... Read More >

Leveraging Co-Creation for a High-Tech Career

by Steve Todd  |  April 01, 2011

In recent posts I recalled the grim outlook for traditional high-tech innovation that was presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. One of the speakers at the innovation conference was Vijay Govindarajan (VG). I have written several posts about his theory of reverse innovation, which has a significant impact on the international high-tech job market. One of the other speakers at the World Innovation Forum in 2009 was C.K. Prahalad (read Vijay Govindarajan's... Read More >

Reverse Innovation And Intrapreneurship

by Steve Todd  |  March 15, 2011

In a recent post I analyzed Vijay Govindarajan's (VG) reverse innovation theory. His theory was introduced in the context of the grim outlook for traditional high-tech innovation presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. What is the impact of this theory for job seekers desiring an innovative career in high-tech? I see two ramifications: Large, global high-tech corporations have an advantage in the job market (as opposed to startups). The large... Read More >

Cloud-Building

by Steve Todd  |  March 07, 2011

When it comes to careers in the IT industry, jobs tend to specialize into five different categories: • Applications • Servers • Network • Storage • Security There are very few individuals who can claim expertise in all five categories. There is simply too much to learn. A new type of IT career is emerging that is directly related to the phenomena of cloud computing: the virtual data center (VDC) architect. A VDC architect has the skills to design data centers that support... Read More >

Reverse Innovation Analysis

by Steve Todd  |  February 01, 2011

In my last post I introduced Vijay Govindarajan's (VG) reverse innovation theory. His theory was introduced in the context of the grim outlook for traditional high-tech innovation presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. The graphic below (re-drawn from VG's website) can be used to dive into the specifics of the reverse innovation concept. Many corporations have created "Centers of Excellence" in order to expand their R&D footprint outside of their... Read More >

Vijay Govindarajan's Reverse Innovation Prediction

by Steve Todd  |  January 18, 2011

In my last post I discussed the grim outlook for traditional high-tech innovation that was presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. One of the speakers at the innovation conference was Vijay Govindarajan (VG). VG stated that the largest growth in innovation will be experienced outside of the United States (as well as other developing countries). However, he offered a ray of hope for employees at large corporations when he introduced the concept of reverse... Read More >

The Global Job Market: Startup or Corporation?

by Steve Todd  |  January 07, 2011

In May 2009, in the midst of a global economic crisis, a distinguished set of speakers took the stage at the Nokia Theater in New York City. They spoke of innovation as part of the World Innovation Forum. Speaker after speaker stressed the continued importance of innovation during lean economic times. A not-so-subtle theme emerged again and again: The United States is no longer the fastest growing market for high-tech innovation. In October 2009, in the context of a "jobless recovery" from... Read More >

Cloud Certification

by Steve Todd  |  December 15, 2010

For any high-tech employee that currently works as an IT specialist, the word "cloud" can produce two reactions: (a) confusion over just what a cloud is, and (b) uncertainty about the impact of the cloud on traditional IT processes. Both of these reactions can contribute to a third reaction which may be the most unpleasant of all: job insecurity. Will a shift towards cloud computing and cloud storage reduce the need for traditional IT specialists, such as pure network and/or storage... Read More >

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