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Think Tank Session

"Business Applications And The Future Of Web Services"


Invitation-only. No Fee. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Limit: 20 participants, representing endusers/customers.

Endusers, representing SAP customers as well as others, will come together to participate in this Session where each participant will be challenged to collaborate on the future of Web Services in the context of business applications for the next 36-month market horizon.

Web Services will undoubtedly change the way enterprises approach business applications. The question is how? Standards created over the last three years provide some guidance for companies, but standards will not determine the future impact Web Services will have on the way IT supports business processes. The needs of enterprises will shape the development of applications.

The objective of this Think Tank Session is to focus on the needs of enterprises, addressing why companies will change, how they will adapt, and what they will do to maximize the potential of Web Services. This Think Tank Session is part of a series during fall 2002 on the strategies and future development of Web Services. SAP -- one of the Center's Executive Sponsors -- will provide introductory comments at this Session by sharing its strategic view on why Web Services has the potential to cause a fundamental shift in the way packaged applications are developed, deployed, and used. The Session will explore whether most application vendors are missing the next logical step between now and the "nirvana" that Web Services promises to deliver to enterprises.

If you represent an enduser or customer (Walmart, Sears, Bank of America, etc.); have knowledge of your company’s Web Services needs and challenges; and would like to be considered for participation, please send your name, title, company name, telephone number, email, and brief bio to:

Dr. Venilde Jeronimo
Senior Director, Client Services
T: 650.462.9800