SOURCE: Burton Group

June 10, 2008 14:05 ET

Burton Group Catalyst Conference 2008 to Help IT Organizations Untether and Mobilize the Workforce

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) -

Highlights / Key Facts:

* At Burton Group's Catalyst Conference North America 2008, enterprise technologists, Burton Group analysts and attendees from Fortune 500 and Global 2000 IT organizations will convene in San Diego, CA, June 23-27, 2008 to address how to maximize emerging trends in mobility and wireless communications.

* Networking and telecommunications is in the midst of a major transformation. Laptops with built-in Wi-Fi are predominant and most business voice calls are made from mobile phones. The user's demand for mobility and wireless communications is increasing. Burton Group Research Director Dave Passmore will set the stage for Catalyst Conference's discussion about issues IT organizations need to address to maximize the benefits and mitigate the risk of a mobile workforce. Topics to be addressed are mobile device management, security, application development, fixed mobile convergence, and next generation wireless infrastructures.

* 3G Enhanced, LTE, WiMAX, iPhone, device neutrality, and the 700 MHz auction are just a few of the issues contributing to the major changes in the mobile broadband services market. Burton Group senior analyst, Paul DeBeasi, will discuss the affects these trends will have on the enterprise and how IT organizations can address these issues from a practical standpoint

* Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n deployment has significant advantages over existing wireless technologies. The Wi-Fi Alliance is providing a complimentary research report by Paul DeBeasi examining various deployment considerations for 802.11n. Considerations on the use of 802.11n as an Ethernet replacement are addressed, and the role of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED as an important purchase criterion is outlined.

* Should network operators be bit haulers or content providers? According to Burton Group senior analyst Jeffrey Young the telecom industry is in a state of rapid change as providers emerge into new areas. In this presentation, Young addresses the unknowns, including:

-- Will the jump into the world of content be the right move?

-- Can phone companies pull off voice, video and data to become more like the cable operators?

-- Who has staying power in the market: content owners (e.g., Sony, BMG), computer companies (e.g., Apple, Microsoft), or ISPs (e.g., AT&T, Verizon)?

-- What place will Google, Yahoo, NetFlix occupy?

-- What will constitute a service provider?

* Network Telecom topics covered at Catalyst Conference:

-- Twelve sessions featuring Planning for Pervasive Mobility

-- Five sessions featuring WANs and Telecom

-- Five sessions featuring Unified Communication

* Highlights include case presentation from:

-- Bruce Bartolf, CTO, Gensler

-- Dan McCarriar, Assistant Director Network Services, Carnegie Mellon University

-- Andrew McAusland, Associated VP of Instructional and Information Technologies Services, Concordia University

* Renowned for in-depth discussion of substantive IT issues, Catalyst brings together over 2,000 attendees from Fortune 500 and Global 2,000 companies to learn about and discuss significant technology topics and complex issues facing enterprise IT organizations.

This year, Catalyst will focus on six pivotal areas transforming the future of enterprise IT:

-- Building the Dynamic Data Center

-- Identity Management: Are We There Yet?

-- Security Vital Signs

-- Everything Wireless

-- Succeeding with SOA

-- The New Ways of Work

* Tune into Catalyst Live to join the conference conversations, highlights, announcements, and follow expert insights.

Related Links:

Burton Group and Wi-Fi Document

Network Telecom Strategies Blog

Podcast: Burton Group Catalyst Conference to Address Key Technologies Transforming Enterprise IT


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Burton Group ( helps technologists make smart enterprise architecture decisions in increasingly complex environments. Burton Group's research and advisory services focus on technical analysis of infrastructure technologies relating to security, identity management, web services, service-oriented architecture, collaboration, content management, data centers, and network and telecom.

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