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

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

 

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 ••

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All programs are held at the Center unless otherwise noted.

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CABLE & WIRELESS ANNOUNCEMENTS

"How Content Delivery Services Can Boost Website Performances"

For further information (http://www.cw.com/template_05.jsp?ID=story_281002_performance).

"Cable & Wireless Enables Global Efficiencies for the Pearson Group"

For further information (http://www.cw.com/template_05.jsp?ID=story_171002_pearson).

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CHALLENGE-THE-EXPERT: WED., JANUARY 29, 2003:
"When, oh, When, Will the RFID Explosion Really Happen? What Needs to Be in Place First and What is Missing Now?"
By Dean Frew, Incucomm, Inc.
5:15 .p.m. Networking. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Program.
$10.00 charge. Open to the Public.

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EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2003
"Due Diligence in Selecting a VPN Provider to Maximize the Impact to Your Business"
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Invitation Only. No Charge.
See Below for Possible Participation.

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PUB TALK: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2003
"IP-VPNs: Making Sense of All the Options"
By Mr. David Lowe, Director of IP Network Services, US Division, Cable & Wireless
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Open to the Public. The Pub Talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

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CHALLENGE-THE-EXPERT:
WED., JANUARY 29, 2003: MR. DEAN FREW, INCUCOMM, INC.

"When, oh, When, Will the RFID Explosion Really Happen? What Needs to Be in Place First and What is Missing Now?"

5:15 .p.m. Networking. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Program. $10.00 charge (no charge to the Center's Sponsors). Open to the Public.
Reservations are encouraged as space is limited.
Please contact:

Ms. Claire Kahrobaie
Manager, Client Services
E: kahrobaie@worldinternetcenter.com

We are all waiting for the RFID adoption curve to take off and for RFID tags to surpass bar code labels as the universal standard for tracking inventory. We all can see the marginal value that is provided by RFID over Bar Code alone. Still, the adoption of RFID tags at the global scale of bar codes has yet to happen. Mr. Dean Frew, Managing Partner of Incucomm, Inc., a Knowledge Network Partner of the World Internet Center, will put forth his ideas about the future of reality of the RFID tag development and examine just when and how the high point of the growth curve will come about. Mr. Frew will present a pragmatic view of what is missing in the value chain for adoption to take off. He will consider some less obvious elements of the value chain and will also provide an customer-based opinion on which of the different "flavors" will likely be successful and where.

Please come join the Challenge-the-Expert session to "challenge" Mr. Frew and to contribute to shaping strategic thinking around the RFID tag market.

About Dean Frew, Managing Director, Incucomm, Inc.
To Contact Mr. Frew: dfrew@incucomm.com

Mr. Frew has developed innovative and practical solutions for supply chain clients using mobile enterprise and RFID products for the last 15 years. He has lead solution deployment team delivering solutions to Ford, Anhueser-Busch, Dell, U.S. Department of Defense, Service Master, Ikon, Imagistics, various 3rd party logistics providers and others. His subject matter and systems expertise provides the pragmatic view his clients are looking for in a solution integrator. Previous to coming to Incucomm and creating the Mobile Enterprise practice, he was the VP of Customer Solutions and Operations at GlobeRanger and was responsible for all customer capture engagements and OEM relationships with supply chain system providers such as i2, Symbol and EXE. Previous to that he had over 16 years in various executive positions at Texas Instruments where he developed core technology and managed systems business units.

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CABLE & WIRELESS ANNOUNCEMENTS

"How Content Delivery Services Can Boost Website Performance"

For further information (http://www.cw.com/template_05.jsp?ID=story_281002_performance).

"Cable & Wireless Enables Global Efficiencies for the Pearson Group"

For further information (http://www.cw.com/template_05.jsp?ID=story_171002_pearson).

Cable & Wireless, an Executive Sponsor of the Center, would like to share two recent announcements with the Center's online community:

1) "How Content Delivery Services Can Boost Website Performance"

For further information (http://www.cw.com/template_05.jsp?ID=story_281002_performance).

Corporate Websites are becoming increasingly important customer 'touchpoints' as the use of the Internet and eCommerce grows, says a new online seminar featuring Gartner Research Director Mr. Rob Batchelder. Technologies such as content delivery networks are therefore crucial to an organization's effort to support its brand and manage the customer experience.

Services such as Cable & Wireless Content Delivery enable customers to store and deliver Web content from servers that are 'closer' to users. The Web pages that the user wants to view load faster - leading to faster, more reliable, and more consistent service which can impact user satisfaction and customer loyalty. This is achieved by storing copies of a customer's content on Cable & Wireless' network of servers deployed at the 'edge' of the Internet and around the world. Requests made to the customer's origin server for pages are redirected to these edge servers, meaning traffic does not have to travel over as many Internet backbones and the customer's content is served more quickly.

And, because content is stored across the Cable & Wireless network and delivered from edge servers, the load on the customer's origin servers is reduced, enabling them to better cope with surges in demand.

To register for a free seminar and white paper, visit (http://www.cw.com/template_05.jsp?ID=story_281002_performance).

2) "Cable & Wireless Enables Global Efficiencies for the Pearson Group"

For further information (http://www.cw.com/template_05.jsp?ID=story_171002_pearson).

International media group Pearson needed to rationalize its disparate web infrastructure. The company needed a single global service provider that could meet a comprehensive set of requirements across all of its business units and geographies. Cable & Wireless was one of only a few contenders that could meet these criteria. It provided a global solution which helped Pearson reduce costs, improve reliability, and set a group-wide standard.

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EXECUTIVE BRIEFING:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2003
"Due Diligence in Selecting a VPN Provider to Maximize the Impact to Your Business"
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Invitation Only. No Charge.

The Silicon Valley World Internet Center is offering this invitation-only Executive Briefing on behalf of one of its Executive Sponsors, Cable & Wireless, and in collaboration with Nortel Networks.

This Briefing will help you understand the factors affecting your decision to deploy a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for the benefit of your company, partners, suppliers, and customers. The Briefing will include presentations by Senior Industry Analyst, Jim Slaby from Giga Information Group, and David Lowe, Director of IP Network Services for Cable & Wireless' US division. Additionally, the Briefing will bring top representatives from Nortel Networks to discuss best-of-breed technologies around VPNs.

Businesses undergoing changes, either due to market pressures, acquisitions or geographical expansion, continually need to evaluate next steps and alternatives for their corporate networks. In doing so, IT departments need to meet the current business challenges of increasing network security, reducing costs and providing access to remote workers.

During this interactive session, learn from industry leaders and discuss business challenges with your peers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet, one-on-one, with Cable & Wireless experts to discuss your company's specific challenges and to identify the building blocks for a successful solution to your communication needs.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

This Briefing is geared specifically to the business needs of large, multi-national companies with multiple sites that require internetworking and have remote/traveling workers who need to access their corporate network securely. This session is pertinent to IT directors, managers of information systems and executives managing security and IT needs. There is no charge for participation; however, registration is required as space is limited.

ABOUT JIM SLABY, SENIOR INDUSTRY ANALYST, GIGA INFORMATION GROUP

Jim Slaby covers wide area network (WAN) and metropolitan area network (MAN) technologies and services, including routers, virtual private network (VPN) equipment, and carrier optical access and switching equipment. He closely follows the activities of major vendors and telecom service providers in this space, including Cisco, Nortel, Nokia, Lucent, Juniper, Ciena, AT&T, WorldCom, Global One and Verizon. A frequent speaker at seminars and industry events, Mr. Slaby is regularly quoted on networking issues in business and technology journals such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, Reuters, USA Today, Upside, CIO, Information Week and Network World, and has recently appeared on the Tech TV cable network.

Mr. Slaby has more than 14 years of experience working for manufacturers of data networking equipment. Prior to joining Giga Information Group, he spent five years at Bay Networks (now Nortel Networks) as an industry expert and advocate - first for the financial services sector and later for the carrier market - where he helped specify and design WAN product and service offerings that addressed vertical-specific business and technology requirements. Mr. Slaby had a similar role at Motorola ISG as its retail industry program manager following his tenure there as a product marketing manager for network management systems and a stint at Telematics International as a product manager for internetworking systems.

ABOUT DAVID LOWE, DIRECTOR OF IP NETWORK SERVICES, US NETWORK SERVICES, US DIVISION, CABLE & WIRELESS

David Lowe oversees the development, from strategic conception through implementation, of the IP VPN portfolio. He has 15 years experience in the telecommunications industry in various roles in engineering, sales, and product management.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION & POSSIBLE ATTENDANCE

For further information about possible attendance, please send your name, title, company name, telephone number, email address, and a short bio to:

Ms. Claire Kahrobaie
Manager, Client Services
T: 650.462.9800
E: kahrobaie@worldinternetcenter.com

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PUB TALK:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2003

"IP-VPNs: Making Sense of All the Options"

By Mr. David Lowe, Director of IP Network Services, US Division, Cable & Wireless
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Open to the Public. The Pub Talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

Businesses undergoing changes, either due to market pressures, acquisitions, or geographical expansion, continually need to evaluate next steps and alternatives for their corporate networks. In doing so, IT departments need to meet the current business challenges of increasing network security, containing network costs, and providing access to remote workers on a global scale.

At this Pub, come hear Cable & Wireless discuss their IP-VPN solutions. With their full portfolio of IP-VPN solutions, they can provide the infrastructure required to meet the dynamic demands of your business. Whether your business is thinking of network security, incorporating new IP-based applications into your network, consolidating your network infrastructure, interoffice networking, remote access, videoconferencing, VOIP, or migrating from legacy technologies, Cable & Wireless can talk to you about business needs driving IP-VPNs, the solutions available, and the networks that make them work.

Their customers help design their IP-VPN networks, based on their security policies. They are managed, monitored, and maintained by security and networking experts, and they run on Cable & Wireless' global IP network. Furthermore, Cable & Wireless partners with the leading equipment providers, Nortel and Cisco, to ensure that they offer the latest in networking technology.

ABOUT DAVID LOWE

David Lowe, Director of IP Network Services for Cable & Wireless' US Division, oversees the development, from strategic conception through implementation, of the IP VPN portfolio. He has 15 years experience in the telecommunications industry in various roles in engineering, sales, and product management.

ABOUT CABLE & WIRELESS

Cable & Wireless (http://www.cw.com) is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over 5.9 billion (US$8.6 billion) in the year to 31 March 2002 and customers in 80 countries. It consists of two core and complementary divisions: Cable & Wireless Regional and Cable & Wireless Global. Cable & Wireless Regional offers a full range of telecommunications services in 33 countries around the world, with major businesses in the Caribbean, Panama, the Middle East, and Macau. Cable & Wireless Global provides IP (Internet Protocol), voice and data services, and managed solutions for business customers. It has developed advanced IP networks and value-added services in the US, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region in support of this strategy. Building on its strong national businesses in the UK and Japan, Cable & Wireless Global will focus on serving primarily multinational companies (both enterprises and service providers) in the US, UK, continental Europe, and Japan/Asia.

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

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

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