Computerworld’s SaaScon 2008 Announces Line-up of Featured Presenters

FRAMINGHAM, MA — DECEMBER 17, 2007 — Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, announced today the initial lineup of featured presenters at SaaScon 2008, which will be held March 25-26, 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, Calif.

SaaScon 2008 is the world's premier event for executives and managers who create, build, procure and deploy Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technologies. An industry-wide event, Computerworld's SaaScon attracts end-user executives, ISVs, vendors, and the spectrum of SaaS eco-system players.

The current roster of featured presenters at SaaScon 2008 consists of industry visionaries as well as leading implementers of SaaS solutions, including:

— Mikael Blaisdell, director, Mikael Blaisdell & Associates, Inc.

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

Shaklee Corp.

— Craig Jocher, vice president of information systems, Transamerica


— Jeff Kaplan, managing director, THINKStrategies

— Joe Lacik, senior vice president of information services, Aviall

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

— Douglas Menefee, chief information officer, The Schumacher Group

— Bill McNee, founder and chief executive officer, Saugatuck Technology

— Bruce Richardson, chief research officer, AMR Research

— Philbert Shih, research analyst, Tier 1 Research

— Phil Wainewright, chief executive officer, Procullux Ventures

"With the software-as-a-service industry evolving rapidly, IT/business decision-makers are seeking honest, real-world insights and advice from their peers and industry experts so they can capitalize on the powerful features and economic benefits of today's SaaS solutions," said Jeff Kaplan, managing director, THINKStrategies, founder of the SaaS Showplace and one of the industry luminaries presenting at the event.

SaaScon, now entering its third year, showcases end-user presentations of actual SaaS implementations, and will bring together 500 end-users and ISVs. It is the only industry event that is vendor-neutral and serves as the central gathering place for companies building SaaS offerings as well as enterprises seeking to deploy those offerings.

Major themes at SaaScon 2008 will include:

— Balancing Risk and Reward

— Measuring Success, Embracing Best Practices and Avoiding Pitfalls

— Moving Mission-Critical Applications to the Business Services Model

— Securing Data You Don't Control

— Understanding a Delivery Model in Transition

For questions about vendor presentation opportunities at SaaScon 2008, please contact John Vulopas, director of business development, Computerworld, at 508-271-8024 or

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