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6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Limited to 60 participants.
Registration recommended.

Open to the public.

Come interact and challenge our experts on the topic of legacy systems. Further information in next week’s newsletter.

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MARK CATHCART, Technology Strategist, Corporate Technology Strategy, IBM CORPORATION

Mark Cathcart is Technology Strategist to the IBM Corporate Technology Marketing team where he has responsibility for Linux, Open Source, Java and XML. Previously, he was Principal Consultant for OS/390 New Technology inc. Java, EJB, Component Software, eBusiness et al. Mr. Cathcart is a member of the S/390 Software Design Council and an IBM UK Technical Staff Member.

Mark Cathcarts' slides can be found on his website along with more detailed information of the role and use of Enterprise Java and EJBs in Corporate computing. The slides can be viewed by going to and selecting the presentation link on the menu.


Click here for Mr. Paquett's presentation in PDF format.
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Ray Paquette has 30 years of computing and business management experience. As Chief Technology Officer at Coopetition, Inc., he consults with international companies on wireless Internet connectivity. With Ensemble Systems, he manages definition and development of client/server and web-based applications, including the web presence of Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the infrastructure for the APX Power Exchange. He has a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a Master's in Nuclear Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.

COLIN WIEL (Moderator), Co-Founder & Chairman, MILO

Colin Wiel co-founded Milo in 1998. He serves as the technical visionary and is responsible for corporate strategy. Since 1997, he has also been a UC Berkeley Extension Instructor, developing and teaching classes in Java and in voice and wireless technologies. Prior to that, he spent six years developing enterprise applications for companies including Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and Netscape Communications. Prior to that, Mr. Wiel spent four years at Boeing researching and developing automatic control systems that utilize fuzzy logic for which he has two patents.


Your company's legacy system may have served you well, however, it is time to move on. But, what is the state of your legacy system? Is it well known, clearly documented, supported by knowledgeable people, and functioning perfectly within your business? The answer to these questions is usually no. Speaking of moving on, where did all the knowledge embodied in the development and maintenance staffs go? The documentation that existed in the beginning is most likely out of date; was it inadequate from the start? Are there clear well-documented interfaces to data and process invocation? And, is that changing also? Is the data in a single well-structured database, or is it scattered across many, and even worst, across many database technologies? Is there a clear view of the future, one that can direct your development? Is the automation that currently exists only in the minds of the managers really a frantic manual exercise by dedicated members of the staff? Have you considered how your company is going to test?

These and other serious questions will be the subject of the Challenge-The-Experts Panel. Come and interact with -- and challenge -- the people who have suffered and learned!

Participation and Registration

For further information and to register, contact:

Sara K. Dean
Program Manager
Tel: 650.462.9800