Network World Live’s IT Roadmap Conference Series Expands to Meet Demand

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – DECEMBER 19, 2006 – Network World Live, producer of the IT Roadmap conference and expo series, today outlined its expanded plans for the series in 2007. Introduced in the spring of 2006 and reaching audiences in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco, the IT Roadmap series successfully delivered meaningful content in a multiple session format to major metropolitan cities across the nation. The conference series is expanding to a fifth city, Washington D.C., in 2007, and will cover a total of eight topics critical to networking professionals responsible for building, maintaining and maximizing their corporate infrastructures.

"Our goal in introducing the IT Roadmap series was to deliver critical analysis and tested strategies that attendees could apply immediately to improve the management and security of their corporate infrastructures," said Neal Silverman, executive vice president of Network World Events and Executive Forums. "Research determined that highly-focused sessions covering multiple topics in a one-day format that traveled to major business hubs across the country would be well-received. We knew we had a winning concept when we launched the IT Roadmap series in Boston earlier this year, and are delighted by the enthusiasm of our attendees and the explosion of interest in sponsorship."

The most recent IT Roadmap event took place November 30 in San Francisco and sold out exhibitor space with 75 sponsor booths.

A new benefit of attending IT Roadmap events is the creation of an IT Roadmap alumni community area on the Network World Live Website called "ITR Exchange." Created specifically for attendees, who each receive a membership ID when they retrieve their conference badge onsite at an IT Roadmap event, this online area will provide full access to all presentations delivered at the event and white papers and product information provided by event sponsors across all eight tracks. And, just as valuable, they will be able to reconnect and network with colleagues they met at IT Roadmap–continuing their discussions about everything from professional best practices to personal career strategies.

Five Cities, Eight Tracks, Enlightened Attendees

The 2007 IT Roadmap conference and expo schedule is:

— Boston, Massachusetts – March 6

— Chicago, Illinois – April 4

— Santa Clara, California – June 26

— Dallas, Texas – September (date, tbd)

— Washington, DC – November (date, tbd)

"One reaction which we didn't expect is that networking professionals are coming from all over the country to these events, not just from the host city," continued Silverman. "Clearly, the IT Roadmap concept is fulfilling a need for businesses at this historic moment in IT, when expectations for what technology can do have never been higher but budgets are only increasing minimally."

In 2007, the IT Roadmap conference series will explore the eight topic areas identified as the highest priorities to network IT decision-makers as they plan improvements and allocate IT budgets for their companies.

Those topics are:

— Application & Content Security: As security becomes about more than just keeping intruders out, enterprises are also looking to ensure their proprietary information remains safe. They are looking for regulatory and corporate compliance and intellectual property protection, as well as automated encryption and archiving of sensitive information.

— The New Data Center: In the 21st-century data center, shared resources replace fixed technology "silos." Capacity expands dynamically to accommodate demand. The ability to design, deploy, and manage this next-generation data center will spell the difference between competing effectively or not at all.

— Enterprise Mobility: This session brings the entire spectrum of wireless networking into focus, with a discussion of the key topics that are making a difference in responsiveness, customer service, productivity, and even the bottom line.

— Network Management: Managing the various aspects of a network is critical to creating an infrastructure that responds to the changing needs of a business. Configuration and patch management remain key issues in this area. Business-services management is also emerging as a strategic way to link business and technology, based on such strategies as the IT Infrastructure Library IITIL), which promises more efficient delivery of IT services.

— Storage & Data Compliance: At the heart of the enterprise is the data; how it's managed and stored can make or break a company. New approaches such as wide-area file services, continuous data protection and data replication are emerging, while essential tasks such as backup and recovery and information life-cycle management are as important as ever.

— VoIP, Convergence & Collaboration: By now, most companies have rolled out at least some form of VoIP with hopes of reducing costs and boosting productivity. Now they are looking to deploy tools that allow for real-time collaboration and other applications that promise to deliver significant benefits. At the same time, the new infrastructure must be managed and secured.

— Network & Application Acceleration: This track reviews the different approaches to boosting network and application performance and analyzes the applicability of each approach. This track also describes and analyzes a number of the leading products used to enhance network and application performance.

— Network Access Control (NAC): Fundamentally changing the focus from edge-based security services, NAC provides a revealing macroscopic view of security. The spotlight is now laser-like on individual points of access and how best to secure them case-by-case. In this track, attendees learn the language, the landscape and how to deal with key issues emerging from this exciting new, and remarkably effective, management discipline.

Attending and Sponsoring an IT Roadmap Event

IT Roadmap was designed by IT pros for IT pros that want to cover multiple industry topics in one day. Attendance at IT Roadmap events is free for qualified networking professionals. For information on sponsoring an IT Roadmap conference, visit http://www.networkworld.com/events/sponsorship.html or contact Andrea D'Amato at ADAmato@nww.com.

Platinum sponsors of the upcoming IT Roadmap: Boston event are AT&T, Blue Coat Systems, Expand Networks, F5, Juniper Networks, Fluke Networks, Ipswitch, NetScout Systems, Network General, Packeteer, and Trusted Computing Group. Gold sponsors are Brocade Communications, Extreme Networks, Network Physics, Radware, RTO Software, Silver Peak Systems, SonicWALL, Voyence, and Xirrus.

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 key 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 in major cities across the U.S., the IT Roadmap conference and expo will next take place in Boston on March 6. Free to qualified applicants, potential IT Roadmap: Boston attendees can sign up here: http://www.networkworld.com/events/boston07/ . Reporters interested in attending should contact Becky Sniffen at becky@mc2pr.net.

About Network World

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