Diaries out as conference season cruises into view

Four major events will bring IT directors and senior managers out in force this year, and places are filling up fast.

Four major events will bring IT directors and senior managers out in force this year, and places are filling up fast.

Three are free of charge, the IT Directors' Forum from 18-21 May, the Triple i Convention in September, and the City IT Conference for those in the financial services sector, in November. The other, the Corporate IT Forum's annual conference, is in June.

IT Directors' Forum, 18-21 May

The IT Directors' Forum, on board the cruise ship Aurora, is aimed at those in industries other than the finance sector. More than 350 people have already signed up for the event.

The conference focuses on practicalities - looking not only at strategic, governance and teamworking issues, but also at coaching and personal development. Personal development sessions will include body language, stress management and presentation skills.

There is no such thing as a totally free cruise - which, in this case, includes three free lunches and three free dinners. Users have to be available to speak to supplier sponsors, albeit in short, structured sessions. This formula is also being used for the City IT conference in November.

The IT Directors' Forum has strong links with the BCS Elite group of IT directors, which is represented on the conference's advisory board, and the Computer Weekly 500 Club, which is hosting an reception for IT directors on board the Aurora.


The Corporate IT Forum's 10th annual conference, 22 June

Celebrating its 10th anniversary at this high-level conference in London, the Corporate IT Forum (Tif) is very much looking forwards in business terms.

The conference, which is open to non-members, is not free, but with about 200 senior IT managers from the largest UK organisations attending, it will be heavily case-study oriented and will provide good networking opportunities.

Entitled Changing TimesÉ Changing the Business, the conference will focus on how IT is being used to improve efficiency and effectiveness, and also how to achieve the adaptability, flexibility and agility to enable the business to stay one step ahead of the competition in a demanding global market.

Governance will be a prominent issue, as will regulatory compliance.


Triple i Convention, 18-20 September

The British Computer Society Elite group of IT users will link up with the Financial Times at this September's Triple i Convention for IT directors in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside.

Based on a users go free, suppliers pay basis, the conference gives IT directors the opportunity to discuss the top IT issues in the company of their peers.

Organised by business-to-business organisation Penton Media, the event is in its second year. There are 100 IT directors already lined up to attend, and about 150 are expected to attend in all. Elite has helped with input on the programme.


City IT Conference, 3-6 November

Further ahead, but already going into busy City diaries, is the City IT conference, the sister conference to the IT Directors' Forum, which is also on board the Aurora.

This year's conference will have two streams: IT cost reduction and business continuity.


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