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Curtain Raiser

Where Technocrats meet

Technology and its management in an enterprise brings with it complex and unique issues that demand constant knowledge-sharing within the community. Technology Senate is an endeavor to provide a common interaction platform for the CIOs. Where technology, management, and enterprise innovation converge annually—in a quest to reach higher levels of excellence in the enterprise. This is also the venue where the greatest achievements of enterprise IT are honored.

The first Technology Senate took place in 2003. This event was the first of its kind in South Asia and was accepted by the Indian technocrat community with great enthusiasm. Held at the scenic city of Cochin, the event witnessed participation from over 200 Indian CIOs. Last year's spectacular success and acceptance has been the prime motivator behind Technology Senate 2004.

This year, Technology Senate 2004 promises to be even bigger, better and brighter To be held at Colombo, Sri Lanka it will witness the convergence of over 250 elite technocrats from the Indian and Sri Lankan corporate world from 28th to 31st of October 2004.

Face to face

The best means of knowledge sharing is through peer interaction. This has, and will remain the salient attraction of Technology Senate. When 200 of the crème de la crème of the CIO community get together in the Senate, the peer-to-peer interaction itself is a great learning experience.

Apart from this obvious bonus, conferences that address diverse enterprise technology issues are a main attraction of the event. Theme-based panel discussions featuring prominent enterprise IT users come next on the menu. These are part of the conference tracks and will witness lively debates on relevant topics. Other highlights of the event include a futuristic network based on the latest as well as developing technologies that will transform the way enterprises operate.

The power of knowledge

The conference sessions of Technology Senate 2004 will be spread over the two and a half days. These will feature prominent researchers, analysts, CIOs and IT industry leaders as speakers. There will be seven conference tracks with each track consisting three sessions on most relevant topics. Successful case studies, panel discussions and theme-based roundtables will also be featured. Apart from conference tracks, the Senate will also feature keynotes and management sessions.

Seeing is believing

Technology Senate 2004 will feature theme pavilions showcasing the latest technology products that will significantly impact enterprise networks, providing a platform for the CIOs to compare products from multiple vendors in real time and examine the pros and cons.

Unravelling the future

While theme pavilions showcase the latest technology, a separate section called The Future Enterprise will showcase deployments of these technologies. This will be a live futuristic network based on technologies put together by Datacraft India.


The event also provides recognition for outstanding CIOs in the form of awards. The Intelligent Enterprise Awards and Security Strategist Awards presented during the course of Technology Senate have found great acclaim among the CIO community. Intelligent Enterprise Awards is an endeavor to recognize Indian Enterprises who have optimized IT to ace their business goals. Security Strategist Awards recognizes innovative initiatives undertaken by CIOs in the area of enterprise information security.

A time to work play

The fun menu on the Technology Senate menu is wide and varied. There are many more attractions on offer like beach golf, shopping tours, site seeing, theme dinners, and beach parties. Technology Senate 2004 is also offering a choice to participants to take their spouse along at.

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