Conference season offers plenty for IT directors

With confidence returning to the IT industry, the pace of events is also beginning to accelerate. The user community has plenty...

With confidence returning to the IT industry, the pace of events is also beginning to accelerate. The user community has plenty to tempt it out of the increasingly busy office, with a wide range of seminars, exhibitions and conferences targeted at them in the first half of 2004. A highlight for users in February is the NCC/National...

Hi-Tech Crime Unit E-Crime Congress in London on 24 February. March is a busy month. The Gartner Spring Symposium has moved from Italy to Spain for 2004, taking place in Barcelona on 14-17 March. Oracle users wanting a trip abroad have a conference nearer to home, in the Oracle Irish User Group Conference in Dublin on 25 March, and IBM iSeries users have their spring bash in Stratford on 27-28 March. Northern-based public sector users have Government Computing North to look forward to in Manchester on 16 March. Those wanting to see the world's IT wares laid out in 20 huge halls can visit CeBit, the world's largest IT product show, in Hannover in Germany from 18-24 March. The UK's largest IT security exhibition, Infosecurity, takes place at London's Olympia from 27-29 April. It includes a high-level conference. The ship-borne IT Directors' Forum on board the Aurora sails from 12-15 May, and, for techies, the UK Computer Measurement Group holds its annual conference in Oxford on 24-26 May. Public sector IT users can take stock at Public Sector Expo from 14-15 May in London. Continental Europe beckons for those users wanting an analyst overview at GigaWorld Europe in Paris on 2-4 June The HP-Interex EMEA Conference in Madrid (7-10 June) is for all using HP, Compaq, and Digital machines. Europe will come to Cardiff on 20-22 June when the IBM small systems user group Common holds this year's Common Europe event in Wales - a coup for that organisation. June is particularly hectic for senior IT users, with the Economist's CIO and IT Directors' Summit on 10 June in London, the Oracle User Group Apps World conference, also in London, on 23-26 June, and the main government sector event of the year, the Government Computing Conference and Exhibition at Earls Court, London on 22-23 June. The last really big event before the summer holidays kick in is Intellect's ICT Industry Charity Ball in London on 8 July, which will be attended by several hundred IT professionals, users and suppliers, in aid of the Treehouse charity for children.

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