LinuxWorld & NetworkWorld Canada 2006: Where the IT Industry Converged

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LinuxWorld and NetworkWorld Canada 2006 (LWNW06), the most comprehensive business information technology event in Canada took place, April 24-26, 2006 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This release tells of the event's success and includes quotes from IBM, Samsung, Novell, the event organizers and others.

At Quint we found the considerable interest in our certification course in line with a recent surge in requests for implementation services. Our silver sponsorship of the event positioned us well to articulate the ITSM value proposition and we look forward to growing this area of the Canadian IT market.

LinuxWorld and NetworkWorld Canada 2006 (LWNW06), the most comprehensive business information technology event in Canada took place, April 24-26, 2006 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. New elements were added this year, including the Smalltalk Solutions conference and ITIL Certification courses, providing attendees even more tools to use as business enablers in both open & closed environments.

LWNW06, a unique event in Canada provides senior management and IT professionals in all industry and government sectors with mission critical information that gives them the power of knowledge and choice. Over 2,100 unique visitors came to the event, attending the educational 80 session conference and exhibits. The event featured an exhibit hall packed with 101 exhibiting companies. Significant players included IBM, HP, Samsung, Novell, Red Hat, Quint Wellington Redwood, and they were on hand to provide timely facts and future developments in the Linux, Open Source and Networking arenas.

"IBM's dedication to the success of Linux and Open Computing is no secret - it is a fundamental part of our constant drive for innovation that matters. As such we always appreciate the opportunity to share ideas with other Linux users and the Open Source community at large,” said Chris Pratt, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, IBM Canada. “The 2006 LinuxWorld & NetworkWorld conference in Toronto was a tremendous opportunity for us to network with industry leaders, community advocates and business clients."

The event provided the powerful combination of education and vendors. This year’s conference made a unique move to ensure that conference attendees received valuable ROI for their time and financial investment. Each paid session was conducted by end-users, renowned industry specialists, and authors, providing exceptional educational programming, dynamic keynotes, case studies, and tutorials.

The trade show was a highly charged hands-on environment that featured high profile experts from leading vendor companies where attendees saw products in action at live demonstrations. "Samsung is very pleased to have been a part of the Linuxworld/Networkworld conference in 2006. The show provided us with the opportunity to get face-to-face with our partners which is always a great investment,” said Bob Park, Marketing Director, Information Technology Products, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

"LinuxWorld/NetworkWorld Toronto has crossed the chasm from being a show built for and attracting the loyal Linux community to an industry event, that attracts and benefits all users and potential users of Linux and Open Source software,” said Ross Chevalier,

Chief Technology Officer/CIO, Novell Canada Ltd. “The combination of large scale keynotes, show floor demonstrations and vendor exhibitions provides an unparalleled Canadian event. Whether the attendee is a senior executive, corporate IT professional, Linux enthusiast or open source developer, LinuxWorld NetworkWorld Toronto delivers real value.”

Smalltalk Solutions, the premier forum for bringing together Smalltalk users, developers and enthusiasts, was hosted this year at the LinuxWorld & NetworkWorld event. Attendees had admission to both conferences and were able to select from sessions across both shows to create a customized curriculum.

“LWNW 2006 was a great forum for Cincom to introduce Cincom Smalltalk to a whole new audience. We have not experienced booth traffic at Smalltalk Solutions like this in over 8 years and we are looking forward to following up with all of the leads, bringing new prospects into the Cincom family,” said Suzanne Fortman, Marketing Manager of Cincom Smalltalk. “Cincom and the Smalltalk Industry Council were so pleased when LWNW invited us to participate again in 2007. We’ve already had conference attendees say they plan to come back next year and bring additional co-workers!”

The Linux Professional Institute held LPI exams onsite both days of the event. “The LPI exam lab was well attended at the LinuxWorld Toronto event this year,” said Glenn McKnight, Director of Operations, LPI. “The show had a total of 42 exams, which is the largest number at a LinuxWorld Toronto event and only one exam shy of the grand total we had at LinuxWorld Boston. In fact we had elbow to elbow candidates during the first day.”

New versions of technology and new license requirements are forcing organizations in all industry sectors to look at information technology as a cost-effective solution. The buzz this year was on ITIL, Service Management and Governance. ITIL (the Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is a series of documents used to aid in the implementation of a framework for IT professionals within their business. ITIL processes contribute to an IT organization’s management and accountability.

Quint Wellington Redwood conducted a 2-day ITIL Foundation certification course and exam onsite that was so popular it sold out back in February. “We would like to congratulate NW on another successful conference and trade show. With the addition of the ITSM and Governance track, it is clear IT Service Management is squarely on the Canadian agenda, and here to stay,” said Gerry Geddes, Country Manager, Quint Wellington Redwood Canada. “At Quint we found the considerable interest in our certification course in line with a recent surge in requests for implementation services. Our silver sponsorship of the event positioned us well to articulate the ITSM value proposition and we look forward to growing this area of the Canadian IT market.”

Linux on the Desktop continued to be an important subject for attendees. At the show all attendees experienced the best of breed Linux desktop applications from Xandros, Red Hat, SuSE and Sun at the hands-on Open Standards Desktop Live pavilion, sponsored by Intel, Xandros and MCR Computer Rentals. “We had a great show. With its high quality of visitors and excellent press coverage, including TV, LinuxWorld Canada was the perfect launch site for our Xandros Server product,” said Stephen Harris, VP of Communications, Xandros, Inc.

Visitors were captivated by the four keynote speakers: Ajay Royyuru, Sr. Manager, IBM Research; Bdale Garbee, Open Source & Linux CTO, HP; Bob Park, Marketing Director, IT products, Samsung; and Ross Chevalier, CTO/CIO, Novell Canada. Each presentation provided a different vision of where information technology is headed and how many methods of communications are fast evolving.

"After completing our fourth year, most organizations now operate in a totally mixed IT environment. LinuxWorld and NetworkWorld have demonstrated that Open Solutions has matured in the Enterprise and SMB markets, establishing this event as the 'must attend' event of the year," said Bruce Cole, president of Plum Communications Inc., producer of LinuxWorld and NetworkWorld Canada. “IT Service Management has gained a large critical mass in Canada, which was revealed at LWNW. The event introduced a full conference track dedicated to ITSM, a sold out ITIL certification course and a special area dedicated to ITSM on the show floor.”

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

LinuxWorld & NetworkWorld Canada 2007

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building

April 30-May 2, 2007

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