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  Paul Horn, IBM

EVENT: IBM's Director of Research Paul Horn Will Speak at the Ross School

3/15/2006 --

Turning technological innovation into real-time marketplace opportunities.

ANN ARBOR, MI—Paul Horn, senior vice president and director of research at IBM Corp., will speak about "The Changing Nature of Innovation in a Services Economy" at 3:30 p.m. March 27 in 0750 Wyly Hall.

The services sector currently represents over 75 percent of the U.S. economy and is growing rapidly as companies seize new business opportunities by building more efficient IT systems, streamlining business processes and embracing the Internet. At IBM alone, services now account for about 50 percent of the company's revenue.

"We clearly need to develop a more systematic approach to services innovation if we are to sustain this vital new sector in the economy," Horn says. "It is critical that we work with universities to create curricula that provide students entering the workforce with skills and training needed for growing our services business."

As director of research, Horn has implemented a management system that promotes technological innovation and quickly translates this research into marketplace opportunities to sustain and grow IBM's business. Current research includes developing services to support IBM’s on-demand services and building autonomic computing systems.

Horn received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rochester in 1973 and worked as a professor of physics before joining IBM in 1979. Scientific American magazine named him one of America's top technical leaders in 2002. He has published more than 85 scientific and technical papers.

This event is sponsored by the Tauber Manufacturing Institute and the School of Information.

For more information, please contact Danielle Palincsar at (734) 647-6075 or

For more information, contact:
Adrienne Losh
Phone: (734) 615-5068