Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Network World's IT Roadmap Launches in Boston

From CHEN PR Partner Barb Ewen...

CHEN PR client mValent was a gold sponsor of Network World's inaugural IT Roadmap conference in Boston this past Monday. The event was a good draw, with more than 500 attending, including CIOs from a broad range of industries. The series kicked off in Boston and will be held in several other cities.

Hosted by Network World’s John Gallant, the speakers and topics were compelling. Hot topics included application and content security, wireless LANs and enterprise mobility, network management, storage and data compliance, VoIP and collaboration, and network and application acceleration.

Chatting with analyst Jim Metzler confirmed that compliance issues are driving a lot of decisions about adoption of new technologies. And the pressures on IT departments are at an all time high with silos of decision-making forming about who owns applications and who owns infrastructures. Jim commented, after hearing several vendor presentations that morning, enterprises don’t want to hear just about the latest solutions and approaches, they want to know how to do it!

The exhibit floor was totally booked with close to 50 exhibitors across many technologies -- certainly a good sign for the health and enthusiasm for high tech in the Boston area. The attendance also supports the receptivity for more focused events that optimize the time and budgets of IT organizations, a trend we are seeing across many of our clients.

For Network World's coverage of the event, check here.

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