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Optimism, Focus on Strategic Planning Prevalent Among METAmorphosis Attendees

  • 02 June, 2004 11:50

<p>META Group Conference Yields Highest Attendance in METAmorphosis History</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia (May 27, 2004) - If the attitude among the attendees at METAmorphosis Chicago 2004 could serve as a crystal ball for the future of the information technology (IT) industry, things are looking up. In addition to having the largest number of attendees since the conference was first hosted by META Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: METG) in 1989, META Group has noted a positive turn in the mindsets of the business leaders who attended.</p>
<p>“While the economy still faces some uncertainty, the activity we’re seeing among leading IT organizations in the first half of this year indicates the winds have started to change,” said Fred Amoroso, president and CEO of META Group. “Not only has attendance grown significantly at this year’s METAmorphosis conferences, but the conversations IT business leaders are having with our advisors indicate a movement toward becoming more adaptive and increasing value across the organization.”</p>
<p>Closely mapping IT initiatives with business processes was one of the prevalent topics discussed among attendees at the company’s 2004 METAmorphosis finale in Chicago this week. Today’s IT organizations recognize the need to complement strategic plans with new modeling techniques. They are implementing metrics and benchmarks and seeking new ways to drive processes across the entire organization to meet objectives.</p>
<p>Compliance, business process outsourcing, and the future of service-oriented architecture and Web services also were popular topics.
“IT organizations have come a long way over the past few years. They’ve become leaner, more flexible, and more cognizant of their need to prove their effectiveness,” said Amoroso. “META Group is excited to work closely with these organizations as they plan for the next evolution of IT — becoming an adaptive organization positioned to meet the constantly changing demands of an increasingly global economy.”</p>
<p>META Group will kick off its next global METAmorphosis conference series at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, March 1, 2005.</p>
<p>About METAmorphosis</p>
<p>METAmorphosis is the must-attend event for information technology (IT) professionals. Based on META Group’s more than 15 years’ experience applying IT thought leadership to help leading global organizations succeed, METAmorphosis offers attendees objective, actionable guidance and hands-on strategic counseling to foster the efficient, effective, and timely use of IT to achieve business goals. METAmorphosis forums are held globally each year and feature exclusive CIO sessions, one-on-one discussions with META Group’s trusted advisors, and exhibitions from today’s leading IT vendors. For more information about METAmorphosis, visit metagroup.com.</p>
<p>About META Group</p>
<p>META Group is a leading provider of information technology research, advisory services, and strategic consulting. Delivering objective and actionable guidance, META Group’s experienced analysts and consultants are trusted advisors to IT and business executives around the world. Our unique collaborative models and dedicated customer service help clients be more efficient, effective, and timely in their use of IT to achieve their business goals. Visit metagroup.com for more details on our high-value approach..</p>
<p>EDITORIAL CONTACTS
Jessie Shepherd
Markom Marketing
+61-2-9977-8922
jessieshepherd@markom.com.au</p>
<p>Peter Carr, Vice President, Director Operations
META Group
+61-2-9290-8659
peter.carr@metagroup.com</p>

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