Gartner Announces Inaugural Enterprise Networking & Communications Summit 2008

23-24 April 2008, Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, UK

Egham, UK, (PresseBox) - Gartner today announced it will launch a Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) annual Enterprise Networking & Communications Summit. The inaugural conference will be co-located with the company s established Wireless & Mobile Summit 2008 at the Royal Lancaster hotel, London, UK, on 23-24 April 2008.

"The EMEA Enterprise Networking & Communications Summit builds on the success of the Enterprise Networking & Communications Summit already established in the US, which recently took place in December and attracted more than 350 delegates," said Alister Christopher, senior vice president worldwide events at Gartner."

"Explosive growth across all areas of networking and communications creates challenges for managing expenses, security and access," said Steve Blood, research vice president at Gartner. "Enterprise networking and communications forms a key challenge for modern IT executives to innovatively support the business. The Enterprise Networking & Communications Summit will examine how organisations can accelerate business processes and increase agility through optimised communications."

Mr Blood added: "The conference will provide the latest strategic insights, operational examples, and technological advice to drive cost-effective innovation, plan and capitalise on investment in new architecture and applications. The focus for chief information officers (CIOs) is shifting from simply saving costs to supporting business growth and efficiency while still keeping a grip on outlay."

The two Summits offer five tracks:
- Enterprise Networking & Communications Summit:
- Enterprise Network Technology, Architecture and Sourcing.
- Communications and Applications for a More Responsive Business.
- Wireless & Mobile Summit:
- Evolving the IT Infrastructure to Access the Potential of Mobile and Wireless.
- Transforming the Business and Achieving Benefits Through Mobility.
- Rethinking the Organisation: the Impact of Disruptive Technologies and People Power.

In more than 80 sessions, Gartner analysts will explore:
- Developments in key areas including internet protocol (IP) telephony, unified communications, wireless access, application acceleration, wireless area network (WAN) optimisation and network security.
- The overall enterprise strategy that will provide the reliability, application availability, architectural flexibility, and guaranteed benefits to productivity.
- Ways for the world s 2.5 billion mobile subscribers to engage in more-sophisticated business activities.
- Integrating innovative infrastructure with the demands of efficient operation.

Key Gartner presentations at the Summits include:
- Enterprise Networking & Communications Summit:
- Gartner Keynote: Unified Communications and Mobility
- Gartner Keynote: Zeitgeist and Technology - how Society Influences Technology Evolution and Adoption
- The Data Center and the Network: At the Heart of Your Business
- Application Fluent Networking - Using the Network to Boost Applications Performance
- Time to Take Another Look at the Opportunities with Video
- Wireless & Mobile Summit:
- Breaking the Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) Mobility Paradox: Efficiency and Innovation
- Open Standards and Open Source: Taking a Closer Look
- Governing Digital Natives: Building a New Nation or Chasing Ghosts?
- Riding the Consumerisation Wave
- End-User Advocate Panel: the Future Standard for Mobile Business Broadband: What Technology Will lead the Way?

In addition, Gartner thought leadership will be complemented by panel discussions, analyst one-on-ones and end-user case studies including ABN Amro, AstraZeneca, Cambridge County Council, European Space Agency, E.ON UK, Go-Ahead Group, Ministry of Defense (The Netherlands), Norwegian National Rail Administration, Pearson and Volvo.

This year, Gartner is organising 13 Summits in EMEA on a wide range of IT industry topics. Each event features Gartner s latest research and provides in-depth commentary by Gartner analysts, on-stage interviews with industry leaders, front-line case studies from across EMEA and an opportunity to network with peers from across the region. In 2007, Gartner Summits in EMEA attracted more than 6,000 delegates. For more information on Gartner events in the region please visit www.europe.gartner.com/events.

Gartner UK Ltd

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the indispensable partner to 60,000 clients in 10,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,000 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants in 80 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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