May is Huge

May is Huge

And in more ways than one. As you've probably noticed, this issue is our biggest ever, and believe me we cover a lot of ground. We look at notable topics and issues on CIOs' and IS executives' minds today: Critical ERP issues (the start of a series). E-strategies. Customer relationship management. IS staffing. Career management. Application development. The CEO and IS. And there's plenty more. May CIO is a big read, but we're dealing with technology trends, IS issues and problems that are big in your minds.

The second reason that May's a huge month for all of us at CIO is that the second annual CIO Informat conference runs from May 24-25 in Sydney at the ANA Hotel. This year's conference theme is: The Customer Connection -- Forging customer, people and business partnerships. The conference focus is on two key areas: e-business and customer relationship management, and we've teed up some internationally renowned experts on both topics. We'll also have important panel sessions dealing with knowledge management, sales automation and the role of the system integrator in corporate customer management. At the end of day one, attendees can relax and do some peer-to-peer networking at the cocktail party (sponsored by PeopleSoft, one of our Corporate Hosts, and they've promised to make it "big"). The conference dinner follows at The Museum of Contemporary Art and features a special address by Howitt A Edison of the US General Services Administration. A descendant of the great inventor Thomas Edison, Howitt will discuss how government, corporations and individuals can work in partnership to confront the challenges of a fully networked society.

Day two will be a half-day workshop "The CIO's Role in Online Strategies" hosted by: - Peter Hind, manager of the INTEP program at IDC who also contributes monthly to CIO in his "At the Coalface" column; and - Tim Horgan, vice president, technology and webmaster at CIO magazine in the US who among his myriad of other responsibilities is the executive director of the xNet Consortium, an industry group providing leadership and insight in the use of intranet and internet technologies in business. This will be a real "hands on" day with two speaker sessions and workshop groups. To find out more about the CIO Informat check out the special conference section (pages 43-46) or click on the CIO Informat button on the CIO Web site Last, but not least, I've scored some "Editor Invitations" to the CIO conference (it was easy, I know the editor). If you're a paid or qualified CIO subscriber, look for this special invitation. If you return it with the enrolment form, you can attend day one of the conference at no charge.

Here's to a "big day out" come May 24.

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