Paul M. Horn, IBM’s director of research, will deliver a public lecture, “The Changing Nature of Innovation” on Wed., April 11 at 4 p.m. in NYU’s Silver Center (Silverstein Lounge, 100 Washington Square East [at Washington Place]).

The event is free and open to the public, who should contact Lorelei DeMesa at or at 212.998.7711 for more information. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

The services sector currently represents over 75 percent of the U.S. economy and is growing rapidly as companies seize new business opportunities by building more efficient IT systems, streamlining business processes, and embracing the Internet. At IBM alone, services now account for about 50 percent of the company’s revenue.

“We clearly need to develop a more systematic approach to services innovation if we are to sustain this vital sector of the economy,” says Horn, who has been at IBM for 27 years. “It is critical that we work with universities to create curricula that provide students entering the workforce with skills and training needed for growing our services business.”

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