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March 26, 2008

Deloitte's Crystal Ball


Deloitte's Tech Venture Center in Tysons is where future trends come to be prophesied. We were invited to an Executive Briefing the other day hashing out the latest in tech, media, and telecom. With a bearish stock market, declining dollar, and imminent last-place finish in our NCAA tournament pool, we hung on every word.


Deloitte director of product innovation Ed Moran, a member of the Congressional National Nanotech Initiative, told tech execs where the smart money is headed:  Digital protection and Internet security over the next 10 years. People are realizing the information on their computers is worth more than the computers themselves (think of your song library), and they'll pay to protect it. Another sizzling area: virtualization, or running multiple computers on a single machine. Moran says 50% of all servers will be virtual by 2010. No surprise considering the clear advantages-virtualization uses less energy, eases disaster recovery, and even lets users run Mac OS and Windows simultaneously. What's the next feature, world peace?      



Kathy Griffin (not to be confused with the D-list comedienne) of Griffin Enterprises in Rockville, here with Chris Bolster and Jenny Assad of GOAL, developed software to teach adolescents about fiscal responsibility. She told us she created game-like programs that help teens avoid credit card debt and student loans. Both of her kids attend UCLA, neither has loans, and both manage their own college funds.



Ron Smith, CFO of Synchris, and Harry Klaff of Jones Lang LaSalle took advantage of Deloitte's complimentary coffee at the crack-of-dawn affair. Smith, a self-described serial CFO, told us he's looking to move on now that Synchris has sold to a Chicago-based suitor. So if you're in the market for a CFO, give him a call.  (And send us the finder's fee.)



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