SOURCE: Burton Group

October 13, 2008 13:44 ET

Catalyst Conference Europe 2008 Shines Light on the New Ways to Work in Enterprise Collaborative Environments

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) -

Highlights / Key Facts:

* Optimize your productivity and responsiveness by utilizing emerging collaboration technologies at Burton Group's Catalyst Conference Europe 2008. Technologists, Burton Group analysts and IT vendors will convene in Prague, 21-23, October 2008 to discuss new and converging technologies for communication, collaboration, and content management that are fundamentally changing the way work gets done.

* Social software, including blogs, wikis, and tagging/bookmarking systems, are moving from the edge to the center of the infrastructure model for communication, collaboration, and content management. This growth is causing executives to worry if social networking runs counter to corporate hierarchies. At Catalyst, analysts will discuss how social software plays a key role in attracting next-generation workers and suggest ways to implement that will put executives at ease.

* Results of a Burton Group - Ziff Davis Enterprise SaaS Experiences Survey. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is appealing to organizations due to its promise of maintenance-free, easily rolled out solutions. But what has the actual experience been for implementers? Burton Group and Ziff Davis Enterprise conducted a study of over 300 organizations and will present findings at Catalyst about how SaaS implementations are going and what can be learned from them.

* Microsoft SharePoint is rapidly becoming an important part of the enterprise. Organizations continue to look for ways to extend the system to meet user demand and requirements. Now enterprises find themselves in a situation where SharePoint holds sensitive information that must be strictly controlled -- or shared with external parties. The inherent security and identity controls within SharePoint offer many options, but also limitations for deployment models in various collaboration scenarios.

* Collaboration and Content coverage at Catalyst Conference:

- Five sessions covering Reinventing User Experience with Web 2.0

- Six sessions featuring Software as a Service (SaaS)

- Five sessions featuring Business Value of Social Software and Enterprise 2.0

- Five sessions featuring SharePoint: Fixing the Hole Where Pain Gets In

- Three sessions featuring Unified Communications

* Renowned for in-depth discussion of substantive IT issues, Catalyst brings together 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 with tag: BurtonGroupCatalyst08.

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