InformationWeek to Host 2002 Spring Conference on Collaborative Business: The Big Picture

Former GE CEO Jack Welch to Keynote

Nov 28, 2001

Conference Designed to Explore the Challenges Companies Face in Order to Gain

A Multidimensional View of Their Business

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- CMP Media's InformationWeek, the leading IT media brand, will host the InformationWeek Spring Conference, entitled "Collaborative Business: The Big Picture," March 17-20, 2002, at Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida. This event will provide IT and business executives with an understanding of the technologies and business practices that enable smart companies to transform into truly collaborative businesses.

Collaborative Business: The Big Picture, is a three and a half-day Conference that combines interactive panel discussions, keynote speeches, and exclusive InformationWeek Research to offer unique insight into best practices in IT and business management. Executives will learn which technologies are best suited for collaborative business and forecasting, how they can work to build trust and cooperation and how to measure value in the supply chain.

This year's keynote presenter is Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, best known for growing GE's market value from $13 billion to $500 billion. In the process, Welch's management innovations made him the most influential CEO of his era.

Frederick W. Smith, CEO of FedEx Corp., and Robert B. Carter, EVP and CIO of FedEx, will provide one of the conference's keynote case studies, describing how pushing IT to the forefront has enabled FedEx to sustain its collaborative corporate culture, collaborate more effectively with its customers and mitigate business fluctuations. Charles Ogletree, Professor at Harvard University School of Law and Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Institute, will host the Conference.

"Today, many companies are desperately seeking a more accurate, dependable and comprehensive view of their businesses and of the economic ecosystems in which they operate," said Brian Gillooly, editor-in-chief, InformationWeek Events and Optimize. "It's clear that now, more than ever, better visibility into the systems of logistics providers, suppliers, customers, customers' customers and suppliers' suppliers, as well as the ability to share data with these partners, is critical to the success of businesses today."

The conference program will consist of panel discussions and "Socratic exercises" that address critical issues impacting business technology professionals, such as: leveraging IT to predict business levels, the ethical boundaries of collaboration, how IT can support a collaborative culture, the latest on enterprise application integration, wireless implementations, adaptive planning and optimization software, and streaming media. Moderators and panelists include leading educators, IT practitioners, and industry luminaries such as Charles Phillips, managing director, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Dr. Tom Donaldson, head of the ethics program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Richard Florida, H. John Heinz III Professor of Regional Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and founder of the Software Industry Center, and Lou Musante, CEO of Echo Strategies, Inc.

The InformationWeek Spring Conference will bring together more than 400 business technology professionals and IT vendors. The Conference is hosted by several leading organizations such as: AMD, Citrix Systems, Information Builders, MatrixOne, PTC and Teradata, a division of NCR.

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