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AT THE CENTER
The electronic newsletter of the
Silicon Valley World Internet Center

Tuesday, May 7, 2002

 

The Silicon Valley World Internet Center thanks its Sponsors for their continuing support:

EXECUTIVE SPONSORS
• Amdocs, Inc. •• Cable & Wireless •• Deutsche Telekom •• Fujitsu •• IBM Corporation •• SAP •• Sun Microsystems •

KNOWLEDGE NETWORK PARTNERS
•• Halleck ••• IC Growth, Inc. ••• Internet Wire ••

Check out the Center's Web site: http://www.worldinternetcenter.com

Past copies of newsletters and directions to the Center are available on the Web site.

All programs are held at the Center unless otherwise noted.

CABLE & WIRELESS SURVEY
Complete the Cable & Wireless Web site Survey and Receive $15 Amazon.com Gift Certificate. Further information below.

WORKING GROUP SESSION: WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2002
"The Challenge for Biotech: Shaping the Future of Clinical Trials"

3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Invitation-only. Information below for possible participation.

PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2002
"SSH Secure Shell for Wireline and Wireless Environments"

By Mr. Chad Scott, Technical Support Specialist, SSH Communications Security, Inc.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Open to the Public. The Pub talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM'S TELEKOMFORUM AT THE CENTER'S PUB: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2002
TelekomForum, Deutsche Telekom's Business Customer Association, at the Center's Pub.
Further information below.

PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2002
"802.11: "THE" Hotspot"
By Mr. Arturo Pereyra, Co-Founder & General Manager, WiFi Metro
Open to the Public. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Pub talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

WORKING GROUP SESSION: WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2002
"Business Rules in Mapping"

Third session of a Working Group on "Dynamic Information Integration"
Invitation-only. 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Information below for possible participation.

PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2002
"Don't Miss The Women! You Will Miss The Future!"
By Dr. Anita Borg, Founder & President, Institute for Women and Technology
Open to the Public. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Pub talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2002
In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no Pub Talk on Thursday, May 30, 2002.

CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT: CALL FOR EXPERTS IN NANOTECHNOLOGY, BIOTECH, & LIFE SCIENCES
Further information below.


CABLE & WIRELESS SURVEY
Complete the Cable & Wireless Web site Survey and Receive $15 Amazon.com Gift Certificate.

Cable and Wireless, a sponsor of the Center, is in the process of developing a new Web site. As part of the design process, Cable & Wireless is conducting a survey to get feedback from a limited number of participants. As part of the Center's community, we invite you to participate in the survey and provide valuable feedback to one of the Center's sponsors.

The online survey takes 20 minutes to complete. As a thank you, you will receive a gift certificate worth $15 to Amazon.com.

On behalf of Cable & Wireless and the Center, many thanks!

TO RECEIVE YOUR PASSWORD & FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Those who participate will receive a password and a Web site link to conduct the survey. For further information and/or to participate in the survey, send your name, company, title, and email to:

Ms. Claire Kahrobaie
Manager, Client Services
Silicon Valley World Internet Center mailto:kahrobaie@worldinternetcenter.com
T: 650.462.9800


WORKING GROUP SESSION: WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2002
"The Challenge for Biotech: Shaping the Future of Clinical Trials"
Invitation-only. 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Moderated by Dr. C. Budd Colby, Colby Biomedical Consultants

The objective of the Working Group session is to gather 8-10 thought leaders to exchange knowledge on the pain points (challenges) currently faced by biotech companies in structuring and processing clinical trials. The solutions biotech companies are using to meet these challenges will also be discussed as well as what critical technology solutions are still needed.

The pace of new drug development and rapid growth of biotech companies means a surge in clinical trials -- the expensive and time consuming process of testing medical drugs. Clinical trials, occurring in three overlapping phases and last several years each, are used not only to demonstrate the drug's efficacy, but also to determine its risks and side effects, measure effective doses, test various methods for delivering the drug, and even experiment with different manufacturing methods. The right strategic business decisions and compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug and Evaluation Research (CDER) are key to the success of clinical trials, inevitably getting new drugs to the U.S. market. With the rapid pace of new drug development and plethora of biotech companies, what is the impact on the structure and process of clinical trials?

The following questions, among others, will be discussed at this Working Group over wine and light hors d'oeuvres:

• What are the most felt pain points (challenges) faced by biotech companies with structuring and processing clinical trials in:
1) Patient acquisition and case management;
2) Data acquisition, storage, retrieval, and mining; and
3) Data analysis.
• What technology solutions are biotech companies using to address these pain points?
• What technology solutions are critically needed that to do not currently exist?

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
This Working Group session is invitation-only. Individuals who are interested in possible participation and represent biotech companies that are involved in clinical trials, send your name, company, bio, email, and telephone number to:

Dr. Venilde Jeronimo
Senior Director, Client Services
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
mailto:venilde@worldinternetcenter.com
T: 650.462.9800

Or

Ms. Claire Kahrobaie
Manager, Client Services
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
mailto:kahrobaie@worldinternetcenter.com
T: 650.462.9800


PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2002
"SSH Secure Shell for Wireline and Wireless Environments"

By Mr. Chad Scott, Technical Support Specialist, SSH Communications Security, Inc.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Open to the Public.
The Pub talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

At this Pub Talk, Chad Scott will address the use of the award-winning SSH Secure Shell application in creating a secure wireline and wireless environment. Secure Shell is used by millions of users (including Cable & Wireless IDC, Compaq, Intel, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, and Hitachi Systems & Services, Ltd.) in over 80 countries and is the de facto standard for secure remote access and file transfer over the Internet. Mr. Scott will present the need for Internet security, especially in the wireless environment.

ABOUT CHAD SCOTT
Chad Scott is a Technical Support Specialist on the IT support team in the United States for SSH Communications Security, Inc., providing pre-sales support for SSH's award-winning Secure Shell software. Prior to joining SSH, Mr. Scott worked as a consultant at Appropria, Inc. where he managed the integration and deployment of a multi-client VPN system. Prior to that, he held product marketing and services engineering positions at both Kinecta Corporation and Lucent Technologies, Inc.

ABOUT SSH COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY, INC.
SSH Communications Security, Inc. (http://www.ssh.com), a world-leading supplier of Internet security solutions, offers a broad range of award-winning products designed to address the most critical security issues for businesses, financial institutions, and governments worldwide. Both SSH Sentinel, a feature-rich remote access VPN "smart" client, and SSH Secure Shell, the award-winning product family, ensure secure remote access and data transfer. The SSH Certifier product family provides a robust certification authority for flexible and strong authentication through digital certificates and tokens. The market-leading SSH IPSEC Express (Internet Protocol Security) family of toolkits for OEMs and software developers enables fast time-to-market and reduced in-house development costs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Mr. Bob Mandell
Inside Sales Manager SSH Communications Security
T: 650.251.2728
F: 650.251.2701
mailto:bmandell@ssh.com


DEUTSCHE TELEKOM'S TELEKOMFORUM AT THE CENTER'S PUB: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2002
TelekomForum, Deutsche Telekom's Business Customer Association, at the Center's Pub.

Executive-level representatives from member companies of the TelekomForum, Deutsche Telekom's Business Customer Association, will be in Silicon Valley the week of May 6th. The TelekomForum hosts international executive briefings twice a year. The group visited Seattle last fall with a focus on mobility and mobile business. This spring, the focus of the Association's visit is to get an understanding from Silicon Valley companies on current and upcoming developments in network security. As part of their visit, the TelekomForum will be at the Center's Pub on May 9th. Members of the Center's community are encouraged to attend the Pub and engage in a trans-Atlantic knowledge exchange on network security with the member companies of the TelekomForum.

The following executives from the TelekomForum will be in attendance at the Center's May 9th Pub:

•Member of the Board/Senior Partner, IMAG Information Management AG
•Managing director, RZV Rechenzentrum Volmarstein GmbH
•Senior Executive Vice President, Deutsche Telekom AG
• Vice President, Deutsche Telekom AG
• Managing Director, Offspin GmbH
• Senior executive Vice President IT Services, Alte Leipziger Lebensversicherung AG
• KAM Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu Siemens
• Managing Director, Rittal Corporation
• Member of Supervisory Board, MSI AG
• Managing Consultant, Detecon Consulting GmbH
• Vice President, Networks Design and Integration, FIDUCIA AG
• Partner, McKenna Group
• Managing Director, GiP
• Member of the Board, RWTV AG
• Managing Director, TZU GmbH

We look forward to seeing you at the Pub and joining us in welcoming the TelekomForum to the bay area!


PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2002
"802.11: 'THE' Hotspot"
By Mr. Arturo Pereyra, Co-Founder & General Manager, WiFi Metro
Open to the Public. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Pub talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

At this Pub Talk, come hear about the market drivers propelling 802.11 as the hotspot and at the forefront of technology innovations in the wireless arena. WiFi Metro will also discuss the public Internet access value chain and its target users, followed by a demo. Come learn how WiFi Metro is committed to helping on-the-go Internet users stay productive, up-to-date, and informed without the hassles of telephone cords and jacks, slow dial-up connections, or being dependent on their work or home environments.

ABOUT ARTURO PEREYRA
Arturo Pereyra is Co-Founder and General Manager at WiFi Metro, one the largest WISPs in the U.S. Prior to WiFi Metro, Mr. Pereyra was Vice President of Product Development and eCommerce for DevX, an information portal for application developers. Prior to that, he was Director of Business Development and M&A for a Miami-based Spanish and Portuguese Travel site with offices throughout Latin America. Mr. Pereyra has held management positions at EY Consulting and Booz Allen & Hamilton, specializing in high-tech strategy for software and Internet companies. Mr. Pereyra also worked at Oracle Corporation where he was on the Product Development team for Oracle Payables, the cornerstone for the Oracle Family of Financial Applications. Mr. Pereyra received his MBA from Columbia University and a B.S. in accounting and economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

ABOUT WIFI METRO
WiFi Metro (http://www.wifimetro.com) is the leading wireless Internet service company in the Bay Area. The company owns a network of Wi-Fi "hot spots" and has a growing base of subscribers. WiFi Metro relies on hereUare Communications' eCoinBox™ technology and back office to manage its network and host the customer database. WiFi Metro extends computing needs beyond the office or home. With a growing network of over 35 Bay Area public Internet access points located in convenient and comfortable coffee shops, restaurants, and lounges, WiFi Metro has created a chain of "Internet Stations" where users fill up their laptops and PDAs with data slurps, send email or documents to friends or colleagues, or just surf the Internet.
WiFi Metro relies on the 802.11b wireless LAN standard to deliver connection speeds that are up to 200 times faster than regular dial up connections. With a focus on delivering public wireless Internet access to metro markets, WiFi Metro is positioned at the forefront of what Gartner/Dataquest believes to be the fastest growing segment within the IT sector.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Mr. Arturo Pereyra
Co-Founder & General Manager
WiFi Metro
305 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
T: 650.289.4338
F: 650.325.9608
mailto:arturo@wifimetro.com


WORKING GROUP SESSION: WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2002
"Business Rules in Mapping"
Third session of a Working Group on "Dynamic Information Integration"
Invitation-only. 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

As a result of a series of programs last fall, the Center is hosting a Working Group session during winter and spring 2002 on "Dynamic Information Integration." A group of 10-12 continuing participants will analyze and discuss various aspects of dynamic information integration over the next several months, including:

• The role and importance of explicit models
• How to achieve a working feedback loop
• Existing technologies and components
• Relevant standards

THIRD WORKING GROUP SESSION
The third Working Group session on May 7 will focus on "Business Rules in Mapping." When integrating systems and data, mapping between taxonomies often becomes necessary. However, in some cases a static mapping of objects in one taxonomy to objects in another taxonomy is not sufficient. Rather, the case is that business rules have to be applied during mapping. The following illustrates this situation. A credit check is offered as a Web Service and requires the DUNS number and credit amount as input parameters. An ERP system with its own way of numbering customers will be calling the credit check service. A mapping between the customer ID of the ERP system and the DUNS number thus becomes necessary. But this simple, static mapping may not be enough. For example, agreements may exist that a parent company takes over payment responsibilities for certain subsidiaries or different forms of bank guarantees are in place, complicating the necessary mapping.

The following questions -- among others -- will be discussed over wine and light hors d'oeuvres:

• Is there a need for a generic solution to combine data mapping with business rules? In what sort of situations is this needed?
• Do systematic approaches to this problem exist?
• How can rules be generated and maintained efficiently?

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
This Working Group session is invitation-only. If you have an interest in participating in this session and represent either academia or an enduser company dealing with such issues, send your name, company, bio, email, and telephone number to:

Dr. Venilde Jeronimo
Senior Director, Client Services
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
mailto:venilde@worldinternetcenter.com
T: 650.462.9800


PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2002
"Don't Miss The Women! You Will Miss The Future!"
By Dr. Anita Borg, Founder & President, Institute for Women and Technology
Open to the Public. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Pub talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

There are too few women creating future technology. Those who do, do not work in an environment where other women are viewed as interesting. Imagine if all the technology defining the future, and all the technology that men use were imagined and created by women. Something would be missing...half of the world's brilliance and ideas! Today, women's brilliance is missing and half of the technology that could be invented is lost. At this Pub Talk, learn how at the Institute for Women and Technology, they have collected more than 1,200 ideas from women and how they are finding ways to change systems so that women become jazzed to contribute to the development of ideas.

ABOUT ANITA BORG
Anita Borg has made a significant contribution to the technical computing industry -- from fault tolerant operating systems to cache performance tools for Internet community. In 1987, she founded Systers, which has grown to about 2,500 women in computing in 35 countries. In 1994, Dr. Borg founded the Grace Hopper Celebration, the only technical conference showcasing technical women in computing. In 1997, she founded the Institute for Women and Technology, which has been supported by Hewlett-Packard Company, Xerox, Sun, Microsoft, Compaq, and numerous individuals. At the Institute, her goal is simply to change the world by bringing technical and non-technical women together to think beyond all boxes and create outrageous new technology for a better world. For more information on Dr. Borg, visit: (http://www.iwt.org/borg.html) or (http://www.iwt.org/whoweare/bios/anitatrubio.html).

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY
The Institute for Women and Technology is changing the world for women and technology. Its mission - to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology; to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of the world's women; and to help communities, industry, education, and government benefit from these increases - addresses technology's increasing impact on our economic, political, social, and personal lives.

The Institute for Women and Technology:
• Increases the world's understanding that women's perspective and brilliance are critical for the expansion of positive technology.
• Changes the systems, not the women. Education and workplaces need to change in ways that engage and build on women's ideas and vision.
• Increases the visibility of women's impact on technology to each other and beyond, thus increasing understanding of their own and other women's brilliance.
• Draws technical and non-technical women into technology by making the connection between technology creation and social impact.
• Provides support for women inside of technology including networking, access to relationships and information, mentoring, and problem solving.

The Institute offers four different programs. The Virtual Development Center is an industry, academic, and community partnership, and research program aimed at finding new and innovative ways to involve women and girls in all aspects of technology. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference is the premier event for technical women in computing. The Systers Online Community for Women in Computing is the first and largest such online community engaging and supporting nearly 3,000 women in 38 countries. The Senior Women's Summit brings together an elite set of women who have become leaders in their fields, and includes representatives from academia, government, and industry.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Institute for Women and Technology
1501 Page Mill Road, MS 1105
Palo Alto, CA 94304
T: 650.236.4756
mailto:info@iwt.org

or

Mr. Eric L. Mason
Communications
Institute for Women and Technology
1501 Page Mill Road, ms 1105
Palo Alto, CA 94304
T: 650.236.4079
mailto:emason@iwt.org


PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2002
In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no Pub Talk on Thursday, May 30.


CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT: CALL FOR EXPERTS IN NANOTECHNOLOGY, BIOTECH, & LIFE SCIENCES
The Center provides knowledge resources on the future landscape of Internet-related markets and technologies. The Center is in the process of structuring Interactive Panel Discussions in the Biotech, Life Sciences, and Nanotechnology. These Panels are being scheduled for the end of June or mid-July and will be held from 6-8:00 p.m.

If you are an expert and represent an innovative company in one of these areas, please send your name, company, bio, email, and telephone number to:

Dr. Venilde Jeronimo
Senior Director, Client Services
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
T: 650.462.9800
mailto:venilde@worldinternetcenter.com


JOIN US FOR OUR WEEKLY PUB
Come join us for our weekly Pub every Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Pub Talk begins at 6 p.m. The Pub gathers 80-100 mid- to high-level executives every week and, as always, is a great place to come and meet people from the Silicon Valley and all over the world. Representatives from small start-ups and major companies to venture capital and academic join in the exchange at the Center's Pub. It's...

--- The best reason to take off work early on Thursdays ---

For directions, please visit http://www.worldinternetcenter.com and click on directions.

The dress is casual and there is no fee to attend. Just bring your good ideas!

Companies with an interest in giving a Pub Talk or obtaining additional information about current Center services should contact Dr. Venilde Jeronimo, Senior Director, Client Services (mailto:venilde@worldinternetcenter.com).

For inquiries about upcoming Center programs, send an email to mailto:venilde@worldinternetcenter.com

For further information on the Center's Sponsors and Knowledge Network Partners, visit their Web sites:

EXECUTIVE SPONSORS
• Amdocs, Inc. http://www.amdocs.com
• Cable & Wireless http://www.cw.com
• Deutsche Telekom http://www.dtag.de/english/index.htm
• Fujitsu http://www.fujitsu.com
• IBM Corporation http://www.ibm.com
• SAP http://www.mysap.com
• Sun Microsystems http://www.sun.com

KNOWLEDGE NETWORK PARTNERS
• Halleck http://www.halleck.com
• IC Growth, Inc. http://www.icgrowth.com
• Internet Wire http://www.internetwire.com

To join our community, click on this link: http://center.infopoint.com/join.php

 

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