3rd Annual SaaScon Event Kicks Off Next Week in Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, CA – March 18, 2008 – Computerworld's SaaScon™ 2008, the premier event for business services technologies, is set to begin next week when IT executives from around the country convene in Santa Clara to discuss the future of software-as-a-service technology. Taking place March 25-26 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, the conference will focus on how the top companies in the U.S. are effectively moving mission-critical applications to the services model. Passes to attend the event can be obtained through www.saascon.com or at the event's main registration desk.

The SaaScon 2008 agenda will showcase end-user presentations of actual SaaS implementations from well-known thought leaders and industry executives including:

Basil Blume, executive vice president and chief information officer,

Colorado Capital Bank

Ken Harris, senior vice president and chief information officer, Shaklee


Anthony Hill, chief information officer, Golden Gate University

Craig Jocher, vice president, Information Systems, Transamerica Reinsurance

Joe Lacik, senior vice president, Information Services, Aviall Services,

Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company)

Douglas Menefee, chief information officer, The Schumacher Group

Manjit Singh, vice president and chief information officer, Chiquita Brands


The event will feature an IT end user panel discussion, case study sessions, and four conference tracks: SaaS Strategies, SaaS Tactics, End User Case Studies, and Analyst Perspectives. More details on the SaaScon 2008 agenda are available at: http://www.saascon.com .

Current SaaScon 2008 sponsors include: Absolute Performance, Adaptive Planning, Akamai Technologies, Inc., Aria Systems, BEA Systems, Boomi, Cast Iron Systems, Cognos, Egenera, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Informatica Corp., INetU Managed Hosting, IP Applications, Iron Mountain, Oco, Inc., OpSource, Inc., Parallels (formerly SWsoft), Pervasive Software, PivotLink (formerly SeaTab), SAVVIS, TriCipher, Inc., UCN, Xactly Corporation, and Webroot Software.

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