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Enterprise 2.0 Focuses On Cloud, Community, Collaboration

The June 14 - 17 conference in Boston will examine how social computing is merging with traditional enterprise IT applications and systems—and what it all means for business.
With more and more strategic vendors, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle pitching cloud computing solutions, Enterprise 2.0 is also reviving its popular "Evening In The Cloud" session, which is devoted to helping attendees learn about the real-world implications of migrating to the cloud.

Moderated by Techweb's Berlind, the session (June 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) includes the Washington Post's Kochar, Saugatuck Technology's McNee, and Sean Poulley, IBM's VP for LotusLive Online Collaboration Services.

During the program, Poulley will offer a 15-minute demo of the Lotus collaboration environment, after which the CXOs will weigh in with their thoughts and experiences around cloud computing.

Enterprise 2.0's numerous conference tracks will also provide attendees with many opportunities to catch up on technologies related to collaboration and social computing. Tracks include "Tackling Enterprise 2.0 Business Challenges," "Social Business Applications and Platforms," "Set Your Enterprise 2.0 Strategy," "Emerging Video Applications And Enterprise Colloboration," "Delivery Strategies: Deploy, Connect, and Mobilize," and "Adoption In The Enterprise For Practitioners."

Also at Enterprise 2.0 is Launch Pad, an event at which four finalists chosen by the community will square off in a competition for the best new social or collaborative business application. Finalists this year include Baydin Inc.'s Unsearch tool, Doodle's Easy Scheduling, InnovationCast's enterprise innovation management platform, and Mindquilt's knowledge transfer tool.

Enterprise 2.0 isn't all work, however. The conference offers an attendee party on Tuesday, June 15. Sponsored by IBM, the party will be held aboard "The Lotus Boat," which will cruise around the harbor from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

This year, Enterprise 2.0 has chosen Children's Hospital Boston as the event's official charity. Attendees are encouraged to participate in NSTAR's Walk For Children's Hospital Boston on Sunday, June 13. Enterprise 2.0 will make a donation to the charity on behalf of all attendees who participate in the walk. Attendees can also make donations in kind to the charity.