SOURCE: Computerworld

January 31, 2008 10:43 ET

Best Uses of Business Services Technologies to Be Featured at Computerworld's SaaScon 2008 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Top IT Executives Innovative Support of the Software-as-a-Service Model Will Be Focus of March 25-26, 2008 Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - January 31, 2008) - More business continues to be done over the Internet than ever before, putting enormous challenges on IT professionals as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models permeate the enterprise. In response to the growing demands this creates for users, ISVs, vendors and eco-system players, many of the country's brightest and most innovative IT professionals will share their strategies at Computerworld's SaaScon 2008. Held March 25-26, 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif., SaaScon is the premier event for users of Business Services technologies seeking to learn about the latest offerings from providers and how to incorporate Software-as-a-Service into their business environments.

With end-user case studies from all industries being presented throughout the event, the theme for SaaScon 2008 is "Seizing the Value in Business Services." Attendees will hear presentations from world-class IT executives and learn how CIOs and their teams exploit SOA, Web 2.0 and Business Services. Topic areas will include: Moving Mission-Critical Applications to the Business Services Model; Measuring Success, Embracing Best Practices and Avoiding Pitfalls; Understanding a Delivery Model in Transition; Balancing Risk and Reward; and Securing Data You Don't Control.

Some of the IT End-User executives presenting include:

--  Basil Blume, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
    Colorado Capital Bank
--  Ken Harris, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
    Shaklee Corp.
--  Anthony Hill, Chief Information Officer, Golden Gate University
--  Craig Jocher, Vice President, Information Systems, Transamerica
    Reinsurance
--  Joe Lacik, Senior Vice President, Information Services, Aviall
    Services, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company)
--  Douglas Menefee, Chief Information Officer, The Schumacher Group
--  Manjit Singh, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Chiquita
    Brands International
    

For more information or to register for Computerworld's SaaScon 2008, visit http://www.saascon.com.

To register as press, please contact Sarah Thomas at 781-404-2427 or send an email request to computerworld@topazpartners.com. Journalists who can present valid press credentials will receive complimentary press registrations.

For exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Vulopas, director of business development, Computerworld, at 508-271-8024 or john_vulopas@computerworld.com.

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