Platform Strategies 2018

Technology Leadership Roundtable: Changes, Capabilities, and Culture

Mark Doyle  •  American Physical Society
Max Gabriel  •  Taylor & Francis
Jim King  •  American Chemical Society
Stuart Leitch  •  Silverchair

What are the primary challenges and concerns of technology leaders for a scholarly publishing organization in the current era? What issues consume the majority of that executive’s attention? How do these technical leaders manage increasing ecosystem complexity? Topics:

  • What are the trade-offs between a modular environment (integrating multiple best-of-breed components) and vertically-integrated platforms?
  • What is the ideal balance between internal and external technical resources? What is essential core competency or mission critical for today’s publisher?
  • Where does scale play, and where is it less relevant, from a technical point of view?
  • What areas are destined to be commodity, and what areas can provide opportunities for differentiation?
  • In what areas are organizations in danger of overspending or underspending on technology?

Mark Doyle  •  American Physical Society

Dr. Mark Doyle has been with the American Physical Society for over 22 years and is now Chief Information Officer. He oversees and manages all IT-related aspects of the APS, including the systems associated with its journals, membership, meetings, and programs. In addition, he is directly involved in the Society’s strategic planning and helps develop APS’s publishing policies such as those concerning Open Access. Mark is currently the Co-chair of the CHORUS Technical Working Group and serves on NISO’s Standing Committee for JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite and on ORCID’s Publications and User Facilities Working Group. He received a Ph.D. in high energy physics (string theory) from Princeton University and a B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University.

Max Gabriel  •  Taylor & Francis

Max Gabriel joined Taylor & Francis Group as Chief Digital Officer in 2015. In this role, he is responsible for technology strategy, delivery and operations for the group. Prior to joining Taylor & Francis, Max was CTO of Pearson India and Africa where he was responsible for digital transformation of these markets and successfully launched Pearson’s first tablet-based learning product in India. Before joining Pearson, in his 20 years of progressive career, Max held senior technology leadership roles at Global Industry leaders such as Diageo, Pfizer, and JP Morgan Chase. During his multi industry career, he worked in multiple regions and has great appreciation for multi-cultural diversity. Max actively mentors and advises several tech start-ups in the media and education domain.

Jim King  •  American Chemical Society

Jim King, Director of Publishing Technology for the American Chemical Society, has over 30 years of technical, operational, and managerial experience in publishing, 14 years in STM publishing. During his time at the American Chemical Society, Jim has overseen the overhaul of the ACS Publications Division’s technology including Author Collaboration Environment, Peer Review Platform, End-to-End XML Production Platform, and Journal Delivery Platform. He is currently overseeing the introduction of technology in support of ACS’ Open Access Initiatives and Artificial Intelligence initiatives. Prior to joining the American Chemical Society, Jim held technical and managerial positions in various publishing companies including Director of Newsroom/Publishing Technology for the Washington Post.

Stuart Leitch  •   Silverchair

As Chief Operating Officer, Stuart leads the strategic evolution and expansion of The Silverchair Platform, designing and leading technology initiatives for greater platform scalability and capability while enhancing Silverchair’s unparalleled flexibility for new product development. Stuart joined Silverchair in 2012 and has twenty years of enterprise architecture, system design, and software development experience in the education, engineering, nonprofit, and investment industries.

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