SOURCE: ITSMA

August 22, 2006 13:00 ET

Innovation Expert Clayton Christensen to Deliver Keynote Speech at ITSMA's 2006 Marketing Conference

Gathering of 150 Technology Services and Solutions Marketers to Focus on Driving Innovation, Leading Corporate Change, and Collaborating With Company Constituents

LEXINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- Clayton Christensen, award-winning author of "The Innovator's Dilemma," "The Innovator's Solution," and "Seeing What's Next," will deliver the keynote address at ITSMA's 2006 Marketing Conference, to be held November 15-16 in Cambridge, MA.

ITSMA's 2006 Marketing Conference is the flagship networking and thought leadership event for ITSMA, a membership community that helps companies market and sell technology services and solutions. ITSMA's corporate members represent an elite corps of industry-leading firms including Accenture, Cisco, GE Healthcare, HP, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Verizon, Wipro, and many more.

Christensen, the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the founder of three successful companies, will speak about:

--  What large technology companies must do to achieve their next wave of
    growth
--  Marketing's essential role in fostering an entrepreneurial culture
--  When not to listen to your best customers
    

"Driving innovation to the market is one of marketing's key imperatives," said Dave Munn, president and CEO of ITSMA. "We're extremely pleased to have Clayton Christensen on hand to explore how to achieve sustainable growth through innovation with the attendees of our conference."

In addition to Christensen's keynote, the conference will feature case study presentations from:

--  AT&T, Susan L. Soares, Vice President, Marketing Operations
--  CA, Donald Friedman, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing
    Officer
--  Hewlett-Packard, Deborah Nelson, Senior Vice President of Marketing
    and Alliances, TSG
--  IBM Global Technology Services, Mary A. Garrett, Vice President of
    Marketing
--  And more
    
ITSMA's 2006 Marketing Conference will also feature breakout sessions with the winners of the 2006 Marketing Excellence Awards, as well as a special dinner on Wednesday, November 15, to honor excellence in marketing innovation, execution, and business results.

The conference will be take place on November 15-16, 2005 at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA.

For more information and to register online, please visit: http://www.itsma.com/Events/event_desc/06AC11N31.htm.

About ITSMA

ITSMA specializes in helping companies market and sell services and solutions. As a membership organization, we work with the world's leading technology and professional services firms to generate new business, strengthen customer loyalty, and increase brand differentiation. Our members include industry leaders such as Accenture, Cisco, EDS, EMC, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, SAP, Siemens, and Unisys. Through research, consulting, training, and community we provide the insight companies need to improve marketing impact, sales performance and business results. ITSMA is based in Lexington, Massachusetts, and has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Learn more at www.itsma.com.

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