Digipede Technologies delivers grid computing software that dramatically improves the performance of financial applications by distributing execution across a network of Windows desktops, servers, and cluster nodes. Built entirely on .NET, the Digipede Network works with Microsoft tools including Excel and Visual Studio, and is radically easier to buy, install, learn, and use than other grid systems. www.digipede.net
Stevan D. Vidich, PhD, MCSD, SCJP, Industry Architect, Financial Services Group, Microsoft Corporation
Stevan Vidich is Microsoft's Industry Architect for US Capital Markets. He is responsible for developing Microsoft's technology strategy and working with key industry players on the adoption of Microsoft's technology in Financial Markets.
Stevan's information technology career spans more than 17 years. During the last 8 years, Stevan has been focused exclusively on software development, architecture, and technology strategy in Financial Services. He joined Microsoft's Financial Services Group in 2001 as Technology Specialist focused on Banking and Capital Markets. He specializes in .NET development, platform strategy, competitive technologies, enterprise application integration, and business process modeling. Stevan also works closely with Microsoft partners responsible for many key software applications used by Capital Markets firms.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Stevan worked for Integrated Information Systems, Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, as Solution Architect and Market Leader for Financial Services. Stevan holds MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University in Geotechnical Engineering, and also has Microsoft and Sun programming certifications.
John Powers, Founder & President, Digipede Technologies
Mr. Powers, founder and president of Digipede Technologies, is an economist with more than two decades of entrepreneurial experience. He has guided the development, marketing, and sale of software systems for more than 10 years. A successful technology innovator and entrepreneur, he is a frequent presenter at industry conferences on grid computing and related topics. Prior to Digipede, he founded Energy Interactive (EI), a pioneering energy information software company that developed leading enterprise applications for the electric utility industry. After EI was acquired by ABB, he led that company’s Retail Energy Software group. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in Economics from Reed College.
Eric Kristoff, Director of IT, UBSEric is a Director of IT and has been with UBS since 1996, with most of that time spent advancing emerging technologies and distributed systems. He led the introduction of eCommerce systems in the 1990s, is co-inventor of patented instant messaging technology, and has led the effort to forge and support the UBS grid computing strategy. Eric currently works in the Technical Council team in the CIO's office, leading projects related to data centre strategy and high performance computing.