About me:

Dr Will Venters is an Assistant Professor in Information Systems and Digital Innovation within the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He speaks regularly at practitioner conferences on various digital business issues, particularly around Digital Ecosystems, Digital Innovation and Cloud Computing; has briefed  European government policy makers and… Read more »

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    Evolving your business alongside cloud services – V3 writeup of my talk at Cloud Expo Yesterday

    I gave a talk at Cloud Expo at the London Excel centre yesterday on the need for a much more dynamic perspective towards cloud computing. V3.co.uk have written an article providing an excellent summary of the talk if you are interested: http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2454551/enterprises-must-be-ready-to-evolve-alongside-cloud-services Dr Will Venters, assistant professor of information systems at the London School of Economics, […]

  • The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire | WIRED

    Prof. Alan Brown of CoDE shared the following Wired article with me. The article discusses why platforms are a complex value-evaluation activity, and why companies seek to control the ecosystem upon which they rely. “In fleeing the cloud, Dropbox is showing why the cloud is so powerful. It too is building infrastructure so that others don’t have […]

  • Platforms for the Internet of Things: Opportunities and Risks

    I was chairing a panel at the Internet of Things Expo in London today. One of the points for discussion was the rise of platforms related to the internet of things. As, by some estimates, the number of connected devices is predicted to exceed 50bn by 2020 so there is considerable desire to control the internet based […]

  • What is Fog Computing?

    I read an interesting article on Fog Computing and thought readers might like a short precis: Applications such as health-monitoring or emergency response require near-instantaneous response such that the delay caused by contacting and receiving data from a cloud data-centre can be highly problematic. Fog Computing is a response to this challenge. The basic idea […]

  • Rise of the Platform Enterprise

    It was great to be at the Shard earlier this week to hear Peter Evans and Annabelle Gawer talk about their new report “The Rise of the Platform Enterprise”. The overarching theme of the morning was (albeit not explicitly stated in the programme) “European Platform Anxiety” – that is, that the digital infrastructure central to […]

  • UK Cloud Awards 2016 – Judging Again

    The UK Cloud Award nominations are open! I am judging again this year and am keen to see how the applications have developed in this third year of the awards!   UK Cloud Awards  

  • LSE Masterclass: Technology, Business and the Rise of the Machines.

    On Monday I will be teaching a masterclass in Madrid with Fundación Ramón Areces and LSE Enterprise Spain. It is a one day workshop on the transition to cloud computing and its impact on business.  I am going to both explain my earlier work (in the Cloud Corporation book and papers) but also develop my new thinking around digital infrastructures […]

  • iSChannel Journal – 10 Years of Information Systems writing.

    Ten years ago a couple of students (Omer Tariq and Kabir Sehgal) entered my office with the idea of creating an academic journal to publish MSc and PhD students’ essays and articles on Information Systems. Today we have just published our 10th anniversary edition. I am extremely proud that something I pushed for during the first […]

  • BBC micro:bit computer.

    The BBC is planning to distribute 7 million micro:bit computers to children in the UK with the aim of building a generation of tech pioneers. While the aim is clearly laudable and the technology is exciting, particularly the ability to connect to lots of devices and sensors, I am very worried. Almost nobody is critical […]

  • Talking coordination at BT next week.

    I’m at BT’s Adastral Park giving a ‘Thought Leadership’ talk (available to all BT staff online) next week. It should be exciting and I plan to give them an idea of my current and future thinking on dynamic digital infrastructure. In particular I am keen to extend our thinking on how such infrastructure (constructed with […]