ICE Awards Program

Judges Panel

Charlie BabcockCharles Babcock

Charles is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek, having joined the publication in 2003. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism.




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Peter founded Everest Group in 1991 with the vision to assist the then nascent outsourcing and global services industry to evolve more powerful and effective mechanisms to create and capture value. Over the past two decades, he has led Everest Group to be on the frontier of the global services industry, ensuring that the firm is constantly at the intersection of how leading firms take advantage of disruptive technologies, innovative service vehicles, and game-changing talent models.

Under Peter’s stewardship, Everest Group has evolved into a firm with a reputation for delivering high quality consulting and research through a culture of individual and firm excellence, combined with a collaborative and values-based culture. This excellence model allows the firm to consistently be recognized for generating innovative insights and solutions that define and shape the next generation of global services.

Peter is the author of the industry best-selling book, “Turning Lead Into Gold: the Demystification of Outsourcing.” He is a regularly featured thought leader in international business media including the Wall Street JournalNew York Times, and Financial Times, and is a frequent keynote speaker at various industry events.


Alistair CrollAlistair Croll

Alistair is the principal analyst at Bitcurrent, a research firm focused on emerging technologies; a founding partner of startup accelerator Year One Labs; an executive at CloudOps; and an advisor to various technology venture firms. Prior to Bitcurrent, Alistair co-founded startup accelerator Rednod; web performance management firm Coradiant, and Networkshop, a research firm. He has also worked as a product manager for 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology.

Alistair coordinates content for a variety of prominent technology events such as Cloud Connect, Interop, and Strata. He is also the creator of the Bitnorth conference and helped found the International Startup Festival in Montreal, Canada, and has written several books on technology, including Web Operations (2010, O’Reilly), Complete Web Monitoring (2009, O’Reilly) and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks (1999, Prentice-Hall).

A sought-after speaker with 15 years’ on-stage experience, he regularly addresses business audiences and IT executives on a wide range of topics, including cloud computing, product management, data-driven marketing, Big Data, startup acceleration, web analytics, and more. He blogs at Solve For Interesting.


Dave McCroryDave McCrory

Dave is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Warner Music Group, where he is building a next generation enterprise PaaS. Dave has coined the term “Data Gravity,” which he recognized through extensive research over the past several years. He has presented at many conferences, including DeployCon, Gluecon, Interop Big Data, VMworld US/Europe, RubyConf, and RailsConf to name a few. Dave is also co-author of the book, Advanced Server Virtualization, and holds nine granted patents. He also co-founded two start-ups, Surgient Inc. and Hyper9, where he was Chief Scientist/CTO.


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Neal is CIO – Enterprise Growth, for American Express. In this capacity, he manages end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure and operations for the Serve Platform as well as the delivery and implementation of the full suite of pre-paid and Fee Based Services products.

Prior to American Express, Neal served as the CTO of X.commerce, eBay’s open development and commerce platform. Prior to X.commerce, he was Vice President of Architecture and Platform Products at eBay, where he was responsible for leading the company’s platform architecture, product strategy and managing the design and delivery of the developers program. Prior to eBay, Neal was a senior executive at Yahoo! where he led the Open, Social, and Participation platforms. In addition to platform operation and development, his team was responsible for partnerships with Zynga, Facebook and Twitter.

Neal has extensive technology and engineering experience and has spent most of his career developing and building platforms and products for emerging technologies.

Neal attended Stanford University where he received his MS and PhD in Computer Science. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with the CIA Office of Research and Development.


Eric_Simonson_White_BG_Low-res_jpgEric Simonson

Eric has more than 10 years of sourcing strategy and global services industry analysis expertise. His overarching goal is to ensure enterprises, service providers, and investors have the combination of fact- and experience-based insight they require to make informed, actionable, impactful, and value-generating global services decisions.

Key research initiatives Eric has conceived, driven and helped create include: the industry’s first-ever detailed coverage of BPO in an offshore context, published in 2008 in partnership with NASSCOM; Everest Group’s Market Vista offering, which provides a unique, comprehensive look into the key forces and metrics defining the market; ongoing coverage of the global in-house center (GIC) market; and most recently, a joint survey with Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) that looks at industry-specific strategies in shared services and outsourcing.

Eric ensures the firm’s portfolio of research capabilities comprehensively addresses the entire global services space, across geographies, services, and sourcing models in order to help clients and other industry participants gain value from the next generation of global services.

Eric is regularly quoted in international business and trade media and is a frequent speaker at various industry events, including NASSCOM, SSON and others. He currently serves on the Global Steering Committee North America for SSON.


Steve Wylie headshotSteve Wylie

Conference industry veteran Steve Wylie has been involved with some of the world’s leading business technology conferences for the past 15 years. As the General Manager for UBM Tech’s Cloud Connect brand, Steve is the driving force behind the defining cloud event for IT professionals, developers, and leading cloud providers. Steve has been a regular columnist on and serves on the Social Networking advisory board at Steve formerly co-chaired the annual Interop conferences in Las Vegas and New York. Prior to running conferences, Steve managed Interop’s renowned InteropNet, including a multi-vendor test lab geared to evaluate, improve and showcase early implementations of open-standard IT infrastructure technologies.

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