In that spirit, we'd like to request your input for the two major conferences we run each year: the InformationWeek Fall Conference, which will be held Sept. 21 to 24 in Tucson, Ariz. (informationweek.com/events/03fall), and the InformationWeek Spring Conference, to be held next year in Florida. While we've got a lot of our Fall Conference program in place, we've left some spots open for your specific suggestions, so please consider this a call for ideas. And in return, we're offering more than just a conference program autographed by InformationWeek Events editor-in-chief Brian Gillooly (and, FYI, he won't give me one, which might be an indicator of market demand). So let me describe the prizes to get the creative neurons firing, and then I'll ask about some specific areas for which we'd love your help. We'll go through the entries and select the three that we feel would be of greatest interest and value to the several hundred attendees:
- First prize: Free registration to the conference (value of $1,895), plus a $300 gift certificate at the Westin LaPaloma, where we hold the event.
- Second Prize: Free registration plus a $150 gift certificate.
- Third Prize: Free registration to the conference.
And while we know it's better to give than to receive, here's what we're looking for on our end for the fall event, whose theme is, "Real-Time Business: Optimizing Business Processes Across Your Extended Enterprise." Please give us your best answers to one or all of these questions (you don't need to answer all, but you're welcome to):
- What topic would you recommend for a panel discussion, and what companies would you like to see represented on that panel?
- How has your company improved its business processes to help become a real-time business?
- Which industry has been most innovative in moving toward real-time business, and how have its processes evolved?
- How has your company optimized its business processes across your extended enterprise--to customers, partners, and suppliers?
We think you'll find this conference valuable as it will pull together discussions from leading companies on how they are wringing greater value out of their business-technology investments by not just tinkering with but striving to optimize their business processes. And those efforts are taking place not just inside companies but outside as well, extending all the way from suppliers' suppliers on out to customers' customers.
So that we get to each of your entries in a timely fashion, please send them to this special mailbox--[email protected], or click on this Web form at informationweek.com/events/confideas.jhtml--by July 10. Thanks very much in advance for your ideas, and have a wonderful Fourth of July!
Editor in Chief