IT Roadmap: Chicago Conference Highlights Today’s Top IT Challenges

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JUNE 6, 2006 – The IT Roadmap: Chicago conference, produced by Network World Live, will delve into the six most complex and timely topics facing enterprise IT executives today. Bringing together analysts, Network World journalists, top vendors, and 500 qualified networking professionals from mid to large end-user enterprise companies, the series packs real-world issues analysis, vendor solutions, and tested strategies into a must-attend event for networking professionals. This one-day conference will take place June 27, 2006 at Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

"The goal of the IT Roadmap conference series is to bring a wealth of analysis and strategic guidance to the busy professionals steering corporate IT departments," said John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World. "By hosting the best analysts to parse the issues and a series of speakers that exemplify best practices in IT, we're delivering hands-on strategies and tested solutions that attendees can directly apply to their organizations."

Gallant's opening keynote address will outline the IT industry's new imperatives for success in 2006 and beyond. Attendees will learn about the most important developments in virtualization, automation, application acceleration, mobility, Web services, management and more that will shape the future of IT and the changing role of IT professionals.

The keynote will be followed by a panel of IT All-Stars sharing their expertise and insights with Beth Schultz, editor of Network World's Signature Series. Selected for transformative use of technology within their company, Network World Enterprise All-Stars will divulge details of their real-world networking projects and implementations for the benefit of IT Roadmap attendees. Featured All-Stars include Christopher Nook of Nook Industries, Ahmed El-Haggan of Coppin State University, and Kyle Ohme of

The rest of the conference is divided into six information-packed sessions, each focused on a key topic in information technology (for more information on the tracks, visit

— Application & Content Security

— Enterprise Mobility

— Network Management

— Storage & Data Compliance

— VoIP & Collaboration

— Network & Application Acceleration

Breakout Sessions

Highlighting each breakout session is a candid presentation by an enterprise IT leader, who will share best practices relating to the session's topic area. Presentations will include:

A Holistic Approach to Cyber Security.

Scott Pinkerton, network services manager at Argonne National Laboratory and 25 year IT veteran, will present some practical examples of how to implement multi-layered cyber security defense strategies, touching on topics including IDS/IPS and anomaly detection, network flow data, blocking hostile IP addresses, information sharing and network admission control.

Wireless on a Grand Scale.

McDonald's Corp. is in the process of integrating wireless networks into its 13,800 U.S. restaurants. Tom Gergets, Director U.S. I/T Networks and Infrastructure Architecture for McDonald's, will discuss the company's strategic wireless plan, its approach to achieving it as well as the challenges, benefits and business model behind it–including the requirement that the networks serve both customer and internal needs.

Network Management: The end-user perspective.

Kim Jahnz, Lead System Management Analyst for Aurora Health Care, will be presenting an overview of her organization's network management environment, explaining how the firm has integrated a range of tools to provide a true picture of end user performance.

To ILM and back: A real world example of Information Lifecycle Management.

With the storage business changing at a rapid pace, Joel Kulesa, Technology Specialist – SAN Architecture at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, will discuss the Mercantile's view of industry trends and its storage implementations that address data classification and the information lifecycle, with requirements ranging from sub-millisecond access times to offline archival.

Application Acceleration Hits the Majors.

Major League Baseball faces many unique challenges in meeting the needs of fans worldwide. To respond to these challenges, MLB uses a variety of application acceleration technologies to protect mission-critical Web applications, squeeze more usage from Web servers, and transparently change the Web infrastructure behind the scenes. Ryan Nelson, MLB's Director of Technical Operations, will discuss how MLB uses layer-7 load balancers, caching accelerators, content delivery networks, and other networking tricks to meet the fans' demand.

About the IT Roadmap Series

The IT Roadmap series encompasses insight from Network World's top editorial team, perspectives from respected industry analysts, valuable case studies from IT buyers and presentations from the top technology solutions providers. Each IT Roadmap conference explores six topic areas identified as the highest priorities to network IT decision-makers as they plan improvements and allocate IT budgets for their companies. Each conference also features a private IT Expo of vendors offering best-of-breed technologies, allowing attendees to source, compare, and evaluate innovative solutions and potential new partners. Taking place quarterly in major cities across the U.S., the IT Roadmap series will next take place in Chicago on June 27, followed by fall and winter events in Dallas and the San Francisco Bay Area. Free to qualified applicants, potential IT Roadmap: Chicago attendees can sign up here:

IT Roadmap: Chicago Sponsors and Partners

Platinum sponsors are Alladin Knowledge Systems, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Dell, Fluke Networks, Juniper Networks, Lucent Technologies, NetScout Systems, Inc., Optinuity, Orbital Data, Packeteer, Inc., ShoreTel, Silver Peak, and Symantec. Gold sponsors are Akamai Technologies, American Power Conversion, Corp. (APC), Application Security, Inc., Blue Coat Systems, CA, Clearswift, Espion International, Inc., Expand Networks, Foundry Networks, Global Knowledge, Integrien Corporation, MaXware, Mimosa Systems, Mitel, MRV, Netli, Positive Networks, Riverbed Technology, RealOps, and WANCOM. Conference partners are Illinois I.T. Association, IT Executive Exchange (ITEEx), and Network Professional Association (NPA).

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities. Additionally, Network World is the event organizer of DEMO and DEMOfall, the leading events for new technology innovation.

About IDG

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