Computerworld Announces Key Industry Figures to Address Infrastructure Management World Conference in September

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 17, 2006 – Computerworld's Infrastructure Management World (IMW) Conference announced today its illustrious roster of industry leaders and analysts that will address this year's event to be held Sept. 11-13 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. These headliners represent the leaders in the data center and infrastructure management sector and will share their knowledge and analysis at this gathering of the country's IT executives and managers responsible for this critical corporate IT component.

These speakers will help attendees gain first-hand experience for understanding and addressing the important business challenges for data center and enterprise management. They will also discuss trends and practical strategies for justifying, designing, building, or enhancing the infrastructure of computers, networks, networked storage, and telecommunications.

The IMW Conference list of speakers includes:

Dan Agronow, CTO, The Weather Channel Interactive

Responsible for The Weather Channel's weather.com, Agronow is responsible for the site's technology infrastructure including architecture, application development, quality control, testing, and site operations. He will discuss "Infrastructure Transformation: Making weather.com Into a Cost Effective, Highly Scalable Success.

Andres E. Carvallo, CIO, Austin Energy

He is responsible for the technology vision, planning, development and operations across the company's IT enterprise. For the last three years, he has been driving a wireless and SOA transformation that has resulted in a fully-integrated and self-healing enterprise. He will present "From Legacy to SOA in 90 Days."

Lee Congdon, VP of Corporate Technology, Capital One

Lee is responsible for the business technology strategy, information architecture and systems delivery that support the company's global finance, human resources, corporate real estate, credit risk management, and corporate reputation and governance functions. He will present "The Pay-Off of a Database Virtualization Program: How Capital One is Using Virtualization to Improve Business."

Frank Enfanto, VP Health Care Services System Delivery, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts

At the state's largest health insurer, insuring more than 2.6 million people, Enfanto is responsible for the development and the IT strategic direction for all health care, case management, wellness initiatives, and provider services systems and applications. In addition he is the technical representative for all BCBSMA collaborative e-health initiatives within the Massachusetts health care industry.

Joseph Kennedy, VP of Technology Architecture and R&D, State Street Corp.

Within one of the world's largest financial services firms, Kennedy's team is responsible for managing the complexities of a distributed technology infrastructure including J2EE, messaging and PHP application deployments, working across the application lifecycle to ensure that service delivery and development timelines are met. He will present "Curing the Application Outage Epidemic from the Ground Up Through Automated Configuration Management."

Julia King, Executive Editor and National Correspondent, Computerworld

An award-winning business and technology journalist with more than 20 years experience covering a wide range of beats, she was the founding executive editor of the renowned ComputerworldROI magazine and spearheaded Computerworld's coverage of information economics. She will lead a corporate panel discussing "Designing Ahead: The 21st Century IT Infrastructure."

Jeff Mery, Data Center and Enterprise Storage Manager, National Instruments

As the data center's lead manager, he builds, maintains and manages the company's storage infrastructure team that reduced backup costs by more than 50 percent through the implementation of a new tape library and related backup technologies. He will discuss "National Instruments Speeds Backup and Recovery While Lowering Media Costs."

Frank B. Modruson, CIO, Accenture

He leads a high-performance global IT organization that directly supports the business goals of the $15.5 billion company. He oversees all business applications and technology infrastructure enabling over 129,000 employees in 48 countries to work anytime, anywhere. As part of a panel discussion, he will address winning strategies and tactics for proactively building out IT infrastructure to accommodate fast-shifting business opportunities and increasingly complex security and regulatory requirements.

Geoffrey Moore, Author and Managing Director, TCG Advisors

A bestselling author (Dealing with Darwin, Crossing the Chasm, and Inside the Tornado), Moore who will discuss the role of IT infrastructure in global competition. is recognized as a leading business consultant to large companies facing formidable strategic challenges. At TCG, he divides his time between consulting on strategy and transformation challenges with senior executives and developing mental models to support the practice.

Daniel Pollack, Storage Operations Architect, AOL

He is responsible for large-scale storage systems and has worked with a range of organizations, including financial software and data company, a small ISP, and large government contractor. In his presentation, he will discuss highly agile and cost-effective storage infrastructure management at AOL.

Atefeh Riazi, Senior Partner and CIO, Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide

In her role at this global marketing and communications company, she focuses on driving the technology strategy to create efficient business processes across the organization, which includes 14,000 employees in 497 offices in 125 countries supporting more than 2,300 clients. She will present "Transforming Our Most Basic Infrastructure: The Infrastructure of Thought and Leadership."

James Wheeler, General Manager of Network Systems, BellSouth Corp.

He is responsible for software development and support for over 150 network systems and currently leads a systems development/support team of over 600 internal/contract IT professionals with responsibilities for network engineering, service activation and service assurance for telecommunication services for over 20 million customers in the southeastern U.S. He will present "Continuity of Service for IT: A Playbook for the 21st Century."

Linda Wilbanks, Ph.D., CIO, National Nuclear Security Administration

At the U.S. Department of Energy, she supports NNSA's mission both programmatically and as the landlord to the weapons complex management and operating contractors in information technology in an effort to support the e-government element of the President's Management Agenda. She will discuss "A Practical Approach to Cyber Security Implementation."

For more information, go to www.imworldusa.com . To register for this event, please call 800-883-9090 or email imwreg@computerworld.com.

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