Integration Consortium Award for Excellence Recipients Reveal Economic Payback Through Integration at the 6th Annual Global Integration Summit

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The Integration Consortium (IC) announces their line-up of topics for the 6th annual Global Integration Summit (GIS) based on the annual Call for Papers. Award for Excellence designations go out to authors of whitepapers which received top marks from a review panel of IC members.

The Integration Consortium (IC) announces their line-up of topics for the 6th annual Global Integration Summit (GIS) based on the annual Call for Papers. Award for Excellence designations go out to authors of whitepapers which received top marks from a review panel of IC members. The selected papers provide a greater understanding of integration issues and solutions in the areas of:

  • "Identifying BPM Sweet Spots", Steve Craggs, Lustratus Research Ltd & IC European Vice-Chairman
  • "Lean Integration", John Schmidt, Informatica & IC Chairman
  • "Processes to Services: Case Study", Sandeep Purao & Shawn Clark, Information Sciences & Technology, Penn State University
  • "Using Master Data Services to Solve the Data Dilemma - SOA Meets MDM", Marty Moseley, CTO, Initiate Systems
  • "An Inconvenient Change: Transforming chaotic change into a manageable process with the Organizational Loss of Effectiveness (LOE) Model", Victoria Grady, George Washington University

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The GIS takes places in Las Vegas on June 3 & 4, 2009 at the MGM Grand. All presentations at the Summit provide attendees with a look into "Economic Payback Through Integration". Keynote presentations provided by top industry experts will appeal to decision makers faced with identifying what really is important in 2009:

  • Defining the Value of Integration, David Linthicum, Founder, David S. Linthicum, LLC
  • Cloud Integration is here! - Are You Ready to Benefit?

Ron Papas, Senior VP & General Manager On Demand, Informatica

  • Exploring Integration Strategies...An IT Perspective on Successful Business Alignment, Zahid Afzal, Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer, Huntington Bank

Additional program highlights include "EA & SOA: Allies or Opponents", Jason Bloomberg, Zapthink, "Lessons from the SOA Ninja", Murray Laatsch, Progress Software, "Case Study: The Payback from a Managed Data Movement Center of Excellence", Don Heiser, Wachovia Bank, A Wells Fargo Company.
All keynote & 24 breakout session descriptions are available on the Summit website at

The GIS is produced by the Integration Consortium and began in 2004. "IC members and our partners represent the most talented individuals in the integration profession. It only makes sense for us to bring them together to share their various areas of expertise with industry stakeholders", says Leanne MacDonald, Executive Director of the Integration Consortium. "Hosting an event in 2009 will be a challenge, as we learn about more & more face to face events being replaced with virtual sessions. With our free hotel offer & no-fluff agenda, we've created an affordable event that allows attendees to experience nearly "everything integration" without sacrificing the value of face to face networking."

Early registration discounts & additional attendee incentives are available until April 30th. The free hotel offer at the MGM Grand is available to the first 200 registrants, with currently 135 free rooms left. Pricing for the Summit is $695/IC Members & $795/Non-Members - both include 2 free nights at the MGM Grand, while the free rooms last.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for suppliers and vendors wishing to support the event. Packages are listed on the event website, "But, sponsors must adhere to the Summit theme", says John Schmidt, IC & GIS Chairman. "All speakers & sponsors at the GIS must demonstrate "Economic Payback Through Integration" by demonstrating commitment to improving the integration profession through education and transfer of knowledge".

About the Integration Consortium
The mission of the Integration Consortium (IC) is to foster the leading community of like-minded Information Technology professionals responsible for transforming business through both traditional systems integration and emerging SOA with greater agility, ease of use and business results.

The IC is a member-driven community that shares experiences, knowledge and best practices in multiple forums. Our members champion; innovation, feedback between members, collaboration with standards bodies, and the articulation of strategic and measurable business benefits for leading-edge capabilities. Annual meetings are complemented by a growing number of regional chapters who meet periodically. On-going networking is encouraged through the dynamic IC website which supports knowledge exchange and records of industry papers and studies.

One of the IC's strengths is the diversity of member support and interest. Our membership includes end user corporations, independent software suppliers, hardware suppliers, system integrators, academic institutions, non-profit institutions, individual members as well as various industry leaders. Information on the IC is available at

About the Global Integration Summit
The 2009 Global Integration Summit (GIS) theme is Economic Payback through Integration. The GIS targets the question every attendee and corporation will be asking - "how can I justify attending a conference in these tough economic times?" The answer is twofold. First, the economic turbulence has created an opportunity for a conference at an unheard of cost level, plus hotels are desperate for guests and travel costs are as low as they can possible get resulting in the IC arranging an amazing deal.

Second, the Summit theme is one that IT and business professionals cannot afford to miss in light of today's economic climate. The tough times are NOT going to be over in 2009 - we need insight on how to deal with economic reality, how to tighten our belts while still adding business value and managing rapid environmental changes. In fact, the BEST time to start a new initiative may be during an economic downturn since it can present new opportunities.

The reality is every large organization has under-utilized assets - hardware, software, data, people, partners, facilities, inventory, etc. The key is to break the gridlock which prevents organizations from maximizing the value of assets they already own. When times are good, under-utilized assets are less of a business imperative - but not now. The GIS will explore both the big transformational opportunities that can make breakthrough improvements on growth and operational efficiency, while also focusing on immediate quick-hit opportunities that can deliver tangible results in 2009. In other words, how to pick the low-hanging fruit on the way to the juicy high-hanging fruit that offers huge paybacks but may require more sophisticated cross-organizational integration strategies.

Leanne MacDonald
Tel: (403) 873-2084


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