IDC’s IT Forum to Examine the Opportunities and Challenges in e-Enabling the AP Region

NORTH SYDNEY – JANUARY 3 2001 – Latest eBusiness trends, strategies and future challenges in Asia Pacific are just some of the issues that will be uncovered at IDC's 2nd Annual Asia Pacific IT Forum. Focusing on the challenges and opportunities pertaining to eBusiness in Asia Pacific, this 2-day forum is scheduled to take place on February 20-21 at SICEC, Singapore.


"E-commerce will surge in Asia over the next couple of years, opening a floodgate of opportunities for companies that are ready for eBusiness", said Piyush Singh, Managing Director of IDC Asia Pacific. "Asia's rapidly growing base of Internet users and e-commerce revenues present a ready market for leading corporations that understand the Asian Internet economy and its diversity", he added.

At the AP IT Forum, senior executives from the IT industry and top IDC analysts will analyze the opportunities and challenges posed by the ongoing online revolution and provide a snapshot of the e-market in Asia Pacific today and in the future. About 1200 senior IT executives are expected to participate in this Forum. "The first AP IT Forum organized by IDC in Singapore, in January 2000, attracted around 1000 delegates. Our goal this year is to provide a compelling agenda, attract industry leaders to share their vision on the Internet economy with the delegates, and make this a not-to-be-missed forum for all senior executives from around the region" said Piyush Singh. The major learning points from this forum, he said, "Will be to understand the opportunities associated with eBusiness, gain insight into new business models, and learn from the success and failures of leading players in crafting their eStrategy."

Conference highlights include a keynote speech by Dr. Michael Hawley, Professor at MIT's Media Lab who will share with the delegates his insights on "Beyond Calculation: Life After the Internet". Top executives from sponsoring companies including Andersen Consulting, Compaq, SGI, Intershop Communications, Sun Microsystems, ABN Amro Bank, Hitachi Data Systems, NEC, Computer Associates and Software AG will examine pertinent issues such as:

– Asia's Role in the New eEconomy

– Competing with Global Titans

– Digital Convergence: New Media Strategies

– Reinventing the Company

– Business and Technological Implications of less than 100% Data Availability in the e-World

– Tomorrow's Agenda: Automating Business

– Importance of New Technologies in the e-Commerce Arena

– Financial Services In B2B E-Commerce – Challenges And Trends

– Ubiquitous Computing – How IT is Infiltrating Society

– And more

Additional information on IDC's APIT Forum is available at

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