Microsoft Roadshow Malta focuses on IT and
The annual Microsoft Roadshow 2001 seminar held last week at the Crowne
Plaza in Sliema was a significant departure from earlier editions of
the initiative. This year the Roadshow addressed the synergies between
IT development, investment and business objectives, by including dedicated
tracks for the IT (OpenDoor) as well as business communities (Microsoft
Business Forum). In Malta, the OpenDoor Seminar was held last Monday,
with the Microsoft Business Forum (MBF) the following day.
The Roadshow, which is being held in partnership with Hewlett Packard
and Avaya Communication, kicked off on 20 August in Pakistan and traveled
to Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Kuwait and Lebanon before arriving
in Malta. From Malta it has now moved on to Cyprus, and then on to Abu
Dhabi and finally Oman. The Roadshow is also being supported by Emirates
"The IT industry in the region is constantly evolving and is mapping
better and better with any companys business objectives",
said Charbel Fakhoury, Regional Manager, Microsoft East Mediterranean.
"We are therefore structuring our Roadshow series in a way that
addresses specific needs and specific communities. OpenDoor will focus
on updating IT professionals and developers on the latest in Microsoft
technologies while the Microsoft Business Forum, on the other hand,
shows business decision makers how their companies can benefit from
Microsoft and its partners technology solutions."
"OpenDoor has been the longest running and largest seminar program
in the Middle East and the East Mediterranean region for several years
now and has helped many businesses around the region build cutting edge
IT solutions as well as make better informed IT investment decisions,"
said Simon Ransom, Microsofts Community Development Manager.
"We are now extending this concept to include a business forum
in each country that will present a sound business value proposition
to decision makers, especially those of small and medium sized businesses
- the primary drivers of the regions economy."
At OpenDoor, hosted specifically for IT professionals, Microsoft and
its partners presented updates on Windows XP, the latest version of
the Windows operating system that was launched internationally in October.
OpenDoor included multiple sessions looking at various levels and aspects
of security - security on desktop applications, security while browsing
or creating applications for the Internet as well as security for companies
while staying connected to the Internet.
Sessions also focussed on Microsofts Internet Security & Acceleration
(ISA) Server 2000 and other members of the .NET Enterprise Server family
including Visual Studio .NET that is slated for release soon. The OpenDoor
developer track will lay emphasis on Office XP web components in developing
applications for the .NET future.
The MBF, which is hosted for business decisions makers, included sessions
on business productivity and project management, decision support systems
and information for mobile workers. "The forum is an opportunity
for business decision makers in the region to better understand the
clear business advantages that can be gained through the implementation
of technology," added Ransom.
"MBF is a non-technical event that draws clear connections between
business objectives such as productivity, profit maximisation, market
expansion, return on investment, etc. and technology adoption".
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