Consolidated and greener data centers, open and secure networks, customized applications, and agile content delivery to the ultra-thin and greenest peripherals were a dream for a long time. Recently, I was involved in a project in Asia that involved the investment of millions of dollars by commercial banks to connect farmers in remote rural villages without digital or financial means to open and secure online banking systems.
THE EXPLORER Tarkan Maner b. 7 MARCH 1969 ANKARA, TURKEY CEO, Wyse Technology SILICON VALLEY, UNITED STATES Maner at Wyse Technology S A YOUNG Headquarters in elementar y school stu- San Jose, California, December 2009. dent in Istanbul, back in the 1970s, I lived in a non-virtual, non-Web and non- social-media world. I don’t remember seeing a computer until Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001. I thought computers talked like HAL 9000 (“I’m sorry, Tarkan. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”) until I saw the then-hip Commodore 64K at the home of a rich friend. Commodore was much smaller than HAL—and more friendly—but my parents could not afford to buy one. By today’s standards, of course, I was one-di- PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE LEPORI WINTER 2010 Americas Quarterly 121 AQ0110_YOUTH_112_133_13.indd Sec4:121 1/25/10 7:04:49 AM mensional and maybe a bit bor- progressed through three major New innovations ing. But I loved reading. I loved paradigm shifts: the mainframe, in contextual reading history. I loved shar- AQ ASKS the PC—and its manifestation search, real- ing stories and comparing my through client/server comput- time and life story to those I was reading Tarkan Maner ing—and ﬁnally, the Web, as the about. And as I read stories of front end to the Internet. location-based others, I always tried to imag- What countries Today, however, a truly tec- personalization ine how those early years of have you visited? tonic shift is emerging in the in- and overall cloud my life would feel to me, many Except for a few formation technology industry. years later. Similarly, I would countries in Africa, Now every aspect of computing technologies try to imagine how someone Asia and Latin America, is getting more connected, sim- enable us to do would watch me living my life I’ve visited every pliﬁed and knowledge-driven. more with less, country on the planet. either years, decades or centu- New innovations in contextual and faster. ries later. What is your search, real-time and location- Did the Egyptians and Hittites favorite website? based personalization and over- think how their battle in Kadesh www.nyt.com all cloud technologies enable would be viewed 3,283 year later? us to do more with less, and Did the Macedonians think their With which actor
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