A New Era of Computing: The Opportunities and Challenges of Cloud-Based Software and Services
Lisa Tanzi of Microsoft
The IT industry is at the cusp of a new era of computing - one in which cloud computing will play a central role. Lisa will highlight key innovations that are driving this new computing era, the essential roles of cloud computing and software (i.e. software + services) in it, and the benefits it will provide. She also will also focus on several legal and policy issues that industry and governments will need to grapple with in this new era, including the movement of data across borders (and associated privacy and law enforcement issues), security of information, and the application of traditional telecommunications rules in a world where computing and communications technologies are converging.
Lisa J. Tanzi is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the
Business Division at Microsoft Corporation. She manages the team that
provides primary legal support for the Office, Business Solutions, and
Unified Communications teams. She previously managed the business and
legal team responsible for launching Microsoft’s broad IP licensing
practice, as well as the legal teams supporting the Windows product
development and marketing efforts and Microsoft’s standards activities.
In addition to her management responsibilities as a member of the Senior Leadership Team of Microsoft’s legal department, Lisa’s practice has focused on supporting a wide variety of commercial and IP-related transactions, and counseling on a broad range of issues (including antitrust, standards, open source, copyright, trade secret, privacy and telecommunications) related to product development and marketing activities.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1995, Lisa practiced at Perkins Coie in Washington and Dorsey & Whitney in New York, where she represented multiple high-tech companies, as both licensees and licensors, in software licensing, development and distribution transactions. Lisa is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1990, magna cum laude), where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.