After a brief August respite, Oracle users kick off the autumn season for user-focused events and activities with the Open World Europe conference in London. Other user groups move into gear by the middle of September, as does the political party conference season.
Politically minded users who want to know what the parties are planning for IT in their election manifestos for next year can meet the various party IT spokesmen at lunchtime fringe meetings at each of the party conferences. For details see the diary below.
The Construction Industry Computing Association and local government IT user group Socitm both have annual user jamborees this autumn, as does the UK Oracle User Group.
The ship-borne conference for IT directors in the financial services sector, CityIT, in November on board the cruiseship Aurora, is one of the user highlights.
Probably the largest meeting of IT users in Europe this autumn will be the annual Gartner ITXpo meeting in Cannes, which attracts about 4,000 IT managers every year.
The core topics of biometrics, storage and security feature as three major standalone conferences run by Computer Weekly's sister companies this autumn (Biometrics 2004, Storage Expo 2004, and Compsec 2004, all in October).
The focus on IT security also features in presentations to Computer Weekly's Infosecurity User Group, which meets twice this autumn, and in the European RSA security conference in Barcelona in November, which is the main continental Europe-based security event.
20 Bournemouth Parliamentary IT Committee meeting, Malcolm Bruce MP, Liberal Party Conference, www.pitcom.org.uk/events3.asp
27 Brighton Parliamentary IT Committee meeting, IT minister Stephen Timms, Labour Party Conference. www.pitcom.org.uk/events3.asp
5 Bournemouth Parliamentary IT Committee meeting, Stephen O'Brien MP Conservative Party Conference. www.pitcom.org.uk/events3.asp