Media Alert: Microsoft Global High-Tech Summit Highlights How Manufacturers Can Survive and Thrive in a Challenging Economy

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jan. 27, 2009 —

What: One-day summit is Microsoft Corp.’s premier high-tech manufacturing event for business and IT executives featuring keynote addresses from industry leaders and breakout sessions. Participants will learn how integrating new networks of partners, customers and end users can help them thrive in a time of digital convergence, sustainability demands and economic uncertainty. Session topics include the following:

  • Leveraging Social Computing to Build Customer and Partner Networks

  • Orchestrating the Transparent Supply Network

  • Building and Managing an Innovation Network

When: Jan. 29, 2009, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. PST

Where: Marriott Santa Clara Hotel

2700 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054


  • Michael McNamara, CEO, Flextronics International

  • Brian Tobey, corporate vice president of Manufacturing and Operations for Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft

  • Clayton Christensen, best-selling author of “The Innovator’s Dilemma” and professor of business administration at Harvard Business School

  • Tyler Bryson, general manager, U.S. Manufacturing, Microsoft

  • Drew Gude, Industry Solutions Director, U.S. high-tech and manufacturing industry solutions director, Microsoft

More: Other highlights include the release of the Infosys/Microsoft “High-Tech Manufacturing Supply Chain Survey 2009,” new research that illuminates the challenges manufacturers face in managing increasingly complex supply chains.

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