GigaOM Announces First Annual Net:Work Conference on “The Human Cloud”

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CEOs, CIOs, entrepreneurs, and investors will examine the technologies powering the distributed workforce of the future.

GigaOM, a leading business media company, today announced that the first annual GigaOM Net:Work 2010 conference will take place December 9, 2010 in San Francisco. This inaugural event is the only conference to focus on how broadband and mobile technologies are shaping the “future of work” – fundamentally changing the way companies run their businesses and how employees collaborate. Leading speakers include top executives from Cisco, Polycom, Jive Software, Google, LiveOps, NetSuite, Elance, oDesk, and many more.

“Technologies like broadband wireless, mobile email, Skype, web videoconferencing, corporate wikis, virtual private networks, cloud computing, and other web-enabled corporate collaboration tools have transformed the way people work – impacting not just how, and where, employees spend their days, but altering the entire culture of work and management,” said Matthew Ingram, chair of Net:Work and GigaOM editor. “Ten years ago, working from an airport, a coffeeshop, or home was unimaginable, both technically and culturally. Today, the ‘human cloud’ is a 24x7 global workforce powered and connected by cloud, social, and mobile technologies.”

Net:Work will take place December 9, 2010 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. The one-day event will gather GigaOM editors and research analysts alongside leading CEOs, CIOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and journalists to debate the technologies impacting enterprise collaboration, HR and recruitment, remote working, operational and office design, training and retention, and other critical aspects to running a business in the networked age. Net:Work speakers and attendees will engage in a lively debate about how technology is rapidly changing the world of enterprise collaboration, and discuss ways companies can harness these innovations to become more productive and profitable.

Top tier speakers include Rebecca Jacoby, CIO of Cisco; Andy Miller, CEO of Polycom; Dave Hersh, Founder of Jive Software; Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product Management at Google; Maynard Webb, Chairman and CEO of LiveOps; Zach Nelson, President and CEO of NetSuite; Fabio Rosati, president and CEO of Elance; Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk; and many others. Speakers will share case studies and lessons learned, and invite participants to engage in an open dialogue about the most important challenges to creating a modern business infrastructure.

Themes covered at Net:Work will include:

  •     What hardware, software, websites, and devices does the modern remote employee need to work effectively?
  •     What does the 100% virtual workplace look like, and how can employees and companies thrive in this new environment?
  •     How can you manage staff through the web and delivery of work across timezones and cultures?
  •     Which collaboration, cloud, and workforce management technologies will emerge as leaders in the $222B enterprise technology market?

Spaces at Net:Work are selling quickly and those interested in attending the conference should register as soon as possible. Anyone interested in the way companies must leverage technology to build their workforces, increase productivity, and boost profitability should not miss Net:Work.

Primetime sponsors include Korn/Ferry International, Plantronics, Accenture, and WordPress, and more sponsors are joining daily. Net:Work is supported by top-tier media partners, including The Churchill Club, The pariSoma Innovation Loft, StartupDigest, TiE, VC Taskforce, VentureBeat, and the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab. To learn more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities that connect your brand to the top decision makers in enterprise technology, please visit the Net:Work sponsorship page or contact Mike Sly at (415) 235-0358.

About GigaOM
Founded in 2006, GigaOM has grown into the leading provider of online media, events and research for global technology innovators. The company is one of the most credible and insightful voices at the intersection of business and technology, with an online audience of more than 4 million monthly unique visitors; industry-leading events, including Structure, Mobilize, NewTeeVee Live, Net:Work, Green:Net and Bunker Sessions; and a pioneering market research service and digital community, GigaOM Pro, which provides insider access to expert analysis on emerging technology markets.

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