CHALLENGE-THE-EXPERTS PANEL: MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2000
"LEGACY SYSTEMS IN THE NEW ECONOMY: CHALLENGES & INTEGRATION"
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Limited to 60 participants.
Open to the public.
Come interact and challenge our experts on the topic of legacy systems.
Further information in next week’s newsletter.
for Press Release
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 http://ibm.com/servers/corner and
selecting the presentation link on the menu.
RAY PAQUETTE, Chief Technology Officer, ENSEMBLE
Click here for Mr. Paquett's presentation in PDF format.
( Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view this document).
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