The autumn seminars start to fall once more

The CUA's autumn agenda includes a major event on e-commerce and e-business. Elspeth Wales reports.

The CUA's autumn agenda includes a major event on e-commerce and e-business. Elspeth Wales reports.

A series of autumn briefings for CUA members and non-members has now been scheduled with events taking place in London and at regional venues.

This starts on September 20 with a meeting organised jointly between the CUA and Guide Share Europe (GSE) that will brief senior executives on e-commerce, to help them understand the risks and benefits associated in implementing an e-business strategy. The venue is the Selfridge Hotel, Oxford Street, in central London.

The keynote speaker is Labour MP, Brian White, who will put forward the political viewpoint about the direction the Government would like e-business to take. With the advent of the Communications Bill, White will also highlight some of the key issues arising from it that are likely to impact businesses.

Supply chain gang
IBM UK's Dennis O'Sullivan, B2B strategy manager, will take the floor to reveal the significant impact on the procurement and logistics aspects of supply chain management that B2B e-commerce has had in corporate boardrooms. He will identify key issues facing senior management when embarking on a B2B supply chain strategy, and ask, will the technology or the culture decide whether or not the project will be completed successfully.

Another IBM speaker, Mark Bershin, will try to clear up any confusion that those attending might have about the e-business model they should adopt, and Bershin will position the various e-business implementation models that are available and detail their respective benefits.

A further session will take a look at some of the technologies that are emerging which will help customers take intranets, extranets and the Internet off the desktop to empower the user.

Delegates can also listen to customer case studies. Hays will be talking about its project to develop and implement a Web interface for its payroll outsourcing services. Interbrew, Europe's largest brewer, will explain how its UK browser based Prism cycle count was put in place, and Johnson Matthey Precious Metals will describe its new, global e-commerce project.

Getting it right
In December, the CUA in conjunction with IBM, is holding the first iSeries Symposium to be staged by Common UK, the CUA division of iSeries customers, taking the theme 'Getting it Right with iSeries in the E-Business World'.

The venue is Stratford-upon-Avon Moat House Hotel and takes place on December 3 and 4. It is intended to appeal to existing iSeries customers and IBM Business Partner iSeries prospects, enabling them to find out more about IBM's recent announcements.

Sessions are planned that will cover eServer developments, and the practical aspects of operational service delivery, storage solutions and future directions. A number of practical presentations will also be held by organisations which have recently embarked on a e-business strategy who will share both the good and bad parts of their experience.

This multi-streamed event will also include a number of strategic, platform independent presentations which all delegates will find valuable.

An exhibition will be held during the Symposium and revenue earned will subsidise delegate fees

For further information or to make a booking for either of these CUA events please contact the CUA secretariat.

Diary dates
October Briefing
Common UK meeting - Team networking with the iSeries 400, October 11

November Briefing
Service Levels and Quality in a Multi-vendor Environment, November 14

December Briefing
Technical Education Day December 5

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