Network World Live’s IT Roadmap: Boston Conference to Showcase All-Stars; Inaugural conference to feature Enterprise All-Stars in panel, user case studies in breakout sessions

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – FEBRUARY 15, 2006 – Network World Live, the events arm of the market-leading magazine and Web site, will include perspectives from an impressive slate of Enterprise All-Stars at IT Roadmap, the new quarterly conference and expo debuting in Boston, March 20. Selected for transformative use of technology within their company, Network World Enterprise All-Stars will share details of their real-world networking projects, implementations, and expertise, ensuring that IT Roadmap attendees will get real-world benefit from the best-of-the-best in IT.

"When you attend a Network World conference, you're tapping into vast expertise in the tech industry," said John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World. "At IT Roadmap: Boston, attendees will not only glean knowledge from Network World journalists and industry analysts, but also from our carefully selected Enterprise All-Stars, each having demonstrated exceptional use of technology in a key industry. The IT projects these All-Stars manage are object lessons in how the smart use of technology is smart business."

Drawn from Network World's pool of 50 Enterprise All-Stars, an annual review of exceptional uses of technology in key industries, three executives will kick off the conference, sharing their expertise and insights with Network World Editor in Chief John Dix in an agenda-setting panel.

Featured All-Stars are:

— Ahmed El-Haggan, Vice President of IT and CIO, Coppin State University, Baltimore; oversaw the implementation of a converged IP infrastructure supporting all voice, data and video applications over a secure Gigabit Ethernet backbone. A campus-wide wireless LAN supports indoor and outdoor mobile access. Coppin State has loaded up "smart classrooms" with audio, video, computer and other tools that it can centrally monitor and manage. Coppin State says the network transformation has helped it boost enrollment and land new grants and financial support from alumni.

— John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; optimized workflows and improved asset management, saving the hospital $300,000 to $400,000 annually lost in missing equipment. The Wi-Fi-based asset-tracking system ensures that cardiac monitors and wheelchairs won't go missing within the sprawling complex and helps medical staff more easily find the assets.

— Tom McCormick, Manager of Network Engineering, Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami; helped design Carnival's Valor, the first 100% Wi-Fi-enabled ship. The cruise ship is outfitted with four distinct wireless LANs – the corporate data network, the public I-cafe network, the crew I-cafe network and an 802.11b/g VoIP network. Carnival says it cost $700,000 to build the wireless infrastructure, with an expected ROI of $725,000 the first year and $2.5 million in year three.

The process of selecting Network World's Enterprise All-Star Award winners involved the work of 13 editorial judges over the course of two months. Judges rated each of the 200 nominated projects on a five-level scale, examining scope and how well the nominated company applied technology to solve a business problem, among other criteria. High-scoring projects advanced to a final round in which judges rated them on technology innovation and the project's value as an industry example. The resulting winners represent virtually every area of network and systems management in the fields of education, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality.

In addition to the All-Star panel, IT Roadmap: Boston will feature six single-track sessions devoted to topic-specific presentations, analysis, and case studies: Application and Content Security; Wireless LANs & Enterprise Mobility; Network Management; Storage & Data Compliance; VoIP & Collaboration; and Application Acceleration.

In the Storage and Data Compliance track, Michael Passe will detail his efforts to not only digitize 85 per cent of Beth Israel's patient data by 2010 but also to find a place to store all this data; with one CT scan taking up 1G of space, storage quickly becomes a significant challenge. In Wireless LANs and Enterprise Mobility, Brad Noblet will share his experiences in beefing up Dartmouth's Wi-Fi network to support four educational video channels. Fran Lorion will relate switching the call-heavy Visiting Nurse Association of Boston from an outdated call center to an in-house IP PBX system in the VOIP track. And Jim Maas will discuss implementing HP's OpenView Dashboard to ease the pain of network monitoring at Fresenius Medical Care.

The IT Roadmap series grew out of and complements Network World Live's phenomenally successful Technology Tour program. IT Roadmap encompasses high involvement from Network World's top editorial team, insightful 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. IT Roadmap: Boston, the first event in the series, will take place March 20 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. IT Roadmap conferences will occur quarterly and take place in Chicago, Dallas, and the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Qualified attendees can register to attend IT Roadmap: Boston for free at .

IT Roadmap: Boston Sponsors

Platinum sponsors of IT Roadmap: Boston are Akamai Technologies, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Dell, Endforce, Foundry Networks, Fluke Networks, Infoblox, Microsoft, Mirapoint, Network General, Optinuity, Orbital Data, Packeteer, Inc., Riverbed Technology, ShoreTel and Trusted Computing Group. Gold sponsors are APC, CTC Communications, Double-Take by NSI Software, Emulex, EqualLogic, Expand Networks, Facetime, Gambit Communications, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Juniper, LeftHand Networks, Lucent Technologies, MailFrontier, Mitel, Qlogic, RealOps, Silver Peak, and XOsoft. Conference partner is the Society for Information Management (SIM).

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