Information Technology (IT) Keynote Speaker


Information Technology is being disrupted and changing faster than ever before. For a customized keynote that is energizing, impactful, and actionable – book Kaihan for your next IT event or conference.


Information technology is advancing rapidly and undergoing dramatic change and disruption. Movement to the cloud, decentralization of information, cybersecurity, and risk of cyber hacking are all top of mind. When change happens there is opportunity to re-imagine business models, re-think how you engage employees, re-evaluate what impact your organization has on the world, and develop creative solutions to complex problems.



Throughout his career as a consultant, keynote speaker, and founder of the Outthinker Strategy Network (an exclusive network of Chief Strategy Officers and Executives from Fortune 500 and private companies with $1B+ revenue), Kaihan Krippendorff has worked with some of the biggest brands in IT including: Microsoft, Avnet, Biotronik, Compucom, Deacom, Coveo, Garmin, Google, Ingram Micro, Maxis, Mouser Electronics, IBM, Celestica, and ShipCompliant.



Selecting the right keynote speaker for your information technology event is one of the most important decisions you will make this year. Content, energy, ability to connect to an audience, and actionability are all important factors to consider. Former McKinsey Consultant, NYU Professor, bestselling author, and globally recognized authority on strategy, growth, and transformation, Kaihan Krippendorff will make your event an undeniable success with a customized IT keynote that leverages his unique perspective and deep experience in the industry.



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An active leader in information technology, Kaihan brings deep industry experience, proprietary research, and exclusive insights to every keynote he delivers.


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  • Public cloud service revenues are expected to reach $354.6B worldwide by 2022 (Deloitte).
  • Revenues of AI are estimated to reach $100B by 2025 (Deloitte).
  • Seventy percent of executives believe that concerns with security are a primary inhibitor toward normalization of cloud services in the public (Deloitte).
  • The global digital economy is expected to grow to $23T (24.3 percent of the global GDP) by 2025 (Huawei).

Trends in Information Technology (IT)

Moving to the Cloud

Decentralizing Information

Improving Cybersecurity

Moving to the Cloud

  • With data collection and analytics growing across every industry, the need for cloud-based solutions is opening doors in the IT sector. Worldwide, organizations are increasingly seeking ways to store data, information, and other digital resources in the cloud, and companies offering cloud migration, security, and computing services can find opportunity servicing them (Linchpin).  
  • Over 74 percent of CFOs believe that cloud computing is essential to the growth of their business (Linchpin).  
  • As a whole, movement to the cloud across all industries—most specifically in as-a-service businesses (XaaS)—is forecasted to reach $345B in the next decade (Deloitte). 
  • According to research by Deloitte, XaaS implementation in businesses can improve expense models, allow for better scalability of applications and infrastructure, and streamline operations by freeing up resources for other tasks (Deloitte).  

Decentralizing Information

  • As Big Data on hand continues to grow exponentially each year, methods of spreading the information across a wider plane are growing, too. Blockchain technology is moving information away from centralized databases and returning accessibility to information to the general population. 
  • IoT networks allow for decentralized control and interaction among consumer-owned devices, central databases, and the cloud.  
  • Edge computing is creating opportunities to increase efficiency and optimization of computing and analytics by spreading tasks across a variety of devices on the outside of networks (Linchpin).  
  • Combining 5G transfer speeds with edge computing capabilities allows companies to perform relatively complex tasks in cases which traditionally relied upon central computing, and opens up opportunities to make independent technological devices on the fringe of their networks (Deloitte).  

Improving Cybersecurity

  • The world is on track to contain 200 zettabytes of data by 2025 (Forbes), and with increasing information comes the need for improving security. As nearly half of the labor force is working at home due to pandemic-driven change, data is more decentralized than ever.  
  • By the end of 2025, there will be more than 30 billion IoT connections, with each one a potential entry point for hackers (IoT Analytics). According to McKinsey, 127 new devices connect to the internet every second (Forbes).  
  • In 2020, malware sent online more than tripled (Forbes). As more and more IoT connections are formed, critical infrastructure around the world will begin to integrate with and rely upon the stability of networks.  
  • Companies like Cloudflare seek to bring enhanced safety and security to the Web through a variety of products and services for individuals and enterprises. 

The Outthinker 8P framework – opportunities for disruption and innovation in Information Technology (IT)


  • Cloudflare is an internet security software provider with the mission “to build a better internet” (Fast Company).
  • Cloudflare developed a tool for mobile app developers, the Mobile SDK, which helps them in monitoring and improving network performance.
  • Cloudflare released their first service to consumers, the DNS system, which provides users with safer, more secure web browsing.
  • During the US election year of 2020 (Fast Company), they offered complimentary enterprise-grade security to United States state and local election websites.
  • In March 2021, Honeywell’s System Model H1 became the highest performing quantum computing system in the world. The company has set several previous quantum volume records (Source).
  • The one-hundred-year-old company uses a “trapped ion” process that is slower but more accurate.
  • Honeywell has grown its share of voice within the quantum computing industry from 1 percent to 25 percent (Source).
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- The need of the agricultural industry that you seek to fill.
3- What technologies do you control that can help you tap into market
segments that you previously thought unreachable?

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- How can you develop a more sustainable production model to accommodate constraints on arable

- What is the future business model needed to serve new differentiated products to your customers?
Promotion- How you connect with farmers and consumers across a variety of locations and industries.
- How to make consumers, producers, and other stakeholders aware of your products and services.
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- How could you anticipate market and customer needs to make customers interested in accessing your differentiated products?
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- How could you anticipate customer expectation to make products more
accessible to customers/agile supply chain?
- Have you considered urbanization as a part of your growth strategy?
- How your food satisfies the needs and desires of your customer.
- How the services you provide to agribusiness fulfill their needs.
9- Where does your food rate on a taste, appearance, and freshness
- Could the services you provide to companies and farms in the agriculture industry be expanded to meet more needs?
- What senses does your food affect besides hunger? How does your
customer extract value from your food in addition to consumption?
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- How can you innovate systems in production, processing, storing, shipping, retailing, etc.?
- What are new capabilities to increase sustainability (impact on the environment, or ESG) components?
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