4. Kim Polese, CEO, SpikeSource
Kim Polese's passion for innovation brought us the Java computing revolution that has led to an explosion in intelligent Web applications. And now her desire to tackle the thorniest computer science problems is helping to drive a new wave of applications built on components that are tried, true and tested to ensure they don't put the whammy on businesses. Already, SpikeSource has certified 5,000 software components as part of its Solutions Factory platform. She says the cloud and mobile computing revolutions spell big opportunity for solution providers that are agile and willing to change.