OVONS: Ostriker von Simson, Inc.

Ostriker von Simson, Inc. helps the largest worldwide enterprises assess and monitor those establishment and entrepreneurial technology suppliers significant to their IT interests.

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The firm's partners chair the CIO Strategy Exchange which brings together four vital quadrants of the IT sector:

Invited CIOs from multinational enterprises including Bechtel, Boeing, BP, Disney, Dow, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Ford, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, JPM Chase, McDonald's, MetLife, Pfizer, P&G, Starbucks, State Farm, Wal-Mart, etc.

Premier venture capitalists through CIOSE joint sponsorship with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers; the partners help identify the primary opportunities and challenges of the IT sector.

Establishment CEOs from top ten computer companies; their presentations open a dialogue on mutual issues with representative enterprise customers.

Entrepreneurs leading truly innovative emerging technology firms. They provide an unmatched perspective on the most promising areas of IT innovation and investment. And the CIOs respond with immediate feedback on product need and service placement.

Senior Partner

Naomi O. Seligman

Naomi is a Director of Oracle and Akamai Technologies. She is also a Trustee of the Boston Science Museum and Vice Chairman of New Leaders. She was the co-founder of the Research Board, a private sector institution sponsored by one hundred CIOs from the largest companies in North America and Europe. She received a B.A. with high honors from Vassar College and a graduate degree from the London School of Economics.

Senior Partner

Ernest M. von Simson

Ernie is a Director of BDNA and Optaros; he also advises numerous other private technology companies. He was co-founder of the Research Board where he directed the professional staff examining the evolution of business models, advanced technology, business applications and IT best practices. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from New York University. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Computerworld, Harvard Business Review, and many other publications. He is also the author of The Limits of Strategy which recounts recurring turmoil in the the IT sector (see below.)

Limits of Strategy, by Ernest von Simson


The year 1992 was a killing year for four major computer companies. Are the deadliest changes unavoidable because strategy is too easily thwarted by cluster bombs like technological velocity, cultural inertia, obsolete business models, executive conflict and investor expectations? The underlying theme is company transitions in the face of massive change in markets, technologies or business models. READ MORE »