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fmx/conference: At the High-end of Digital Image Creation

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

fmx/conference presents and reflects upon the latest trends in an extraordinarily dynamic industry. And one trend can be seen very clearly throughout animation, visual effects, games and postproduction: story is king. Computer-generated imagery or effects are only effective to the degree that they serve a suspenseful and overwhelming narration. We can only mention a few highlights from the multitude of quality points in the program:

May the force be with us! The German garrison of Darth Vader’s 501st legion has dispatched stormtroopers to bring a galactic touch to the opening day of fmx/09, including the opening talk by Xavier Nicolas, Lucasfilm Animation.

Top-level guests: Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Hannah Minghella, President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation, offer an Inside Look at innovative production methods and new projects at both Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has once again put together an excellent program. VES president Eric Roth talks with Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros. Pictures about the creative opportunities that new technical options offer digital artists and VFX specialists. The audience can also look forward to an encounter with two true VFX pioneers the two-time Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (Star Wars, Alien 3, Die Hard) and visual effects designer and supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw (Star Wars, Tron). Further VFX highlights: Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts, on the various roles played by production design in games and films; Nicolas Aithadi, VFX supervisor at The Moving Picture Company (Quantum of Solace, Prince Caspian, Sweeney Todd); Tom Rolfe, Double Negative, on Hellboy II: The Golden Army as well as speakers from the French BUF Compagnie on The Dark Knight, Speed Racer and Dante 01. Proof of Hollywood productions taking place completely in Germany is offered by Ninja Assassin, filmed at Studio Babelsberg with visual effects by Pixomondo and Trixter. Björn Mayer and Alessandro Cioffi report about the new martial arts blockbuster from director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and produced by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix).

Watchmen Special: fmx/09 dedicates a full afternoon to Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the cult comic with talks by production designer Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride) and VFX supervisor John DJ Desjardin while Pete Travers from Sony Pictures Imageworks reveals the making of Doctor Manhattan.

The Virtual Humans Forum at FMX presents insight into the current state of computer-generated characters and facial performances, as last witnessed in the impressive The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt’s digital old age took place in the capable hands at Digital Domain, specifically CG supervisor Jonathan Litt and animation support Steve Preeg, both of whom will be in Stuttgart to pass on their wisdom.

Advancements in 3D Stereo will be brought into focus in a series of talks and full-length screenings. Bolt director Chris Williams reveals Disney’s stereoscopic approach to story, and further experts walk through the making of Coraline and Monsters vs. Aliens. Complementing these film projects, FMX delves into further commercial stereo3D applications such as games, theme parks, corporate presentations, sport coverage and even home entertainment.

Alex McDowell, co-director of 5D: the Immersive Design Conference, coined the term immersive design to describe the creation of coherent narrative worlds within a virtual workspace of collaborative teamwork. For the first time in Europe, at fmx/09, 5D will present a track of sessions themed to the interaction of creativity and technology in world building and storytelling in visual art, entertainment, and environmental design with a series of discussion rounds with world-class experts. The 5D panels are hosted by Alex McDowell (Creation); Chris Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach and co-director of the 5D Conference (Imagination); production designer Kim Baumann Larsen, founding partner and creative director of Placebo Effects (Construction); Alex Laurant, art director, visual designer and concept artist (Perception); and Tali Krakowski, director of experience design, who heads a think-tank at WET Design (Interaction).

Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has also rounded up renowned colleagues for the fmx/09 Games track. Cinematic director Jim Sonzero (Resident Evil 5) reveals how to stay relevant in the era of convergence; Matt Aldrich, Art Director at Lucasfilm Animation talks about the Jedi Alliance and The Force Unleashed; Jan-Erik Sj¸vall from Ubisoft talks about Prince of Persia; Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Director at Electronic Arts discusses the growing importance of Small Games and Lyle Hall, Vice President & General Manager at Heavy Iron Studios talks about adapting computer games from the popular Pixar films.

The talks about Animation are equally top-class; Danielle Feinberg, Pixar, discusses digital camera work in the Oscar award-winner Wall-E; illustrator Michael Faust discusses the highly-praised animated documentary Waltz With Bashir from Israel, creative director Viktor Antonov presents the European mega-production The Prodigies and camera man Brad Blackbourn from Framestore presents Painting with Virtual Light: The Tale of Despereaux

The Tech Talks take a detailed dive under the hood; Paul E. Debevec, University of Southern California, talks about live facial performance scanning and Parag Havaldar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, about the considerable advancements in motion capturing. Rémi Arnaud and Rita B. Turkowski, Intel, illustrate that real-time gaming technologies have advanced from a handy previsualization tool to an industry pace-maker in practically all aspects of CGI and Steve Streeting, OGRE, discusses open-source realtime visualization. Dynamic realtime animation also plays a central role in the presentation of a virtual agent platform by Volker Helzle and Simon Spielmann from the research department of the Institute of Animation, whose very popular tools for facial animation have been publicly available for some years now.

The track fmx/spotlight illuminates further exciting topics:

  • the Echtzeit series, curated by Prof. Robert Rose from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Faculty of Design
  • Automotive Design with contributions from Mackevision, the Daimler AG and jangled nerves
  • Focus on China, curated by Kevin Geiger, who has gained a wealth of insight into the region through his work as guest professor at the Beijing Film Academy and producer at Magic Dumpling Animation Studios
  • Early Days in France: As digital images were first earning their legs in the 80′s and early 90′s, French companies were at the forefront of developments in CGI. This glimpse back at the veterans of the industry – among others BUF, Mac Guff Ligne and Médialab is both humorous and fascinating.

The future of animation is interactive. The series Interactive Content explores current trends in the dynamic relationship between consumer and media; Dan Moskowitz, Maxis, discusses Spore; Inga von Staden, Studies Coordinator of Interactive Media at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg presents User Generated Media Powered by Community and a top-notch panel discusses the Creative Commons Community.

Long-standing FMX partner: the flashconference is the oldest international conference dedicated to flash in Europe. In its 11th edition it now presents the most relevant of developments within the popular format, including the integrative approach of experience design, realtime flash apps for multi-user systems as well as noteworthy artistic usage such as the cult Spanish flash comic nikodemo. For more visit

fmx/forum: the Business Platform for the Digital Industry

Products and possibilities: fmx/forum revolves around the market and education aspects of digital image-making. The fmx/workshops and courses, the fmx/suites and product presentations, the exhibition fmx/expo all open manifold opportunities to learn, test and exchange. Hot topics at fmx/forum are 3D stereoscopy, rendering, modeling and design, special effects, character animation, workflow solutions and postproduction. Of particular interest are the workshop constellations that arise when international software companies team up with German production houses such as Side Effects, Black Mountain and Axis Animation are doing, or weltenbauer with Pixomondo. Among this year’s highlights are contributions from two legendary studios: Disney invites to a specialist exchange and peer portfolio review. And Pixar reveals upcoming enhancements to its coveted software RenderMan.

fmx/recruiting has long since won the attention of renowned global players, making FMX one of the hottest job markets for animation in Europe. Recruiting companies first present themselves, describing in-house atmosphere and the desired applicant profiles as well as the expectations they have for specific vacancies. Then applicants have the chance to introduce themselves in one-on-one discussions and interviews. It’s a proven process to make the most of limited time. The names of participating companies show its successful nature: Aardman, Animal Logic, Axis Animation, Black Rock Studios, BUF, Crytek, Deutsche Telekom, Double Negative, Framestore, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Mackevision, MPC, Pixar, Pixomondo, Red Vision, rise|fx, ScanlineVFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Trixter Film, Ubisoft, Unexpected and Walt Disney.

Finally, fmx/talents places film schools and animation-oriented education facilities from all over the world on center stage to present themselves to talented students. The School Offerings and School Campus further bring 31 schools together, each presenting themselves and their curriculum. Geographically, the line-up reaches far beyond Europe with participating schools from New Zealand, the United States, Canada and China.

A further highlight of the fmx/talents program is the presentation of the European training initiative Animation Sans Frontières, founded by the Animation Workshop in Danemark and funded by the European Union’s MEDIA program. Gobelins (France), the Moholy-Nagy University for Art and Design MOME (Hungary), the Animation Workshop and the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg each sent four students to visit all of the partner schools, taking part in courses exploring the entire production process for animated films. This year also marks the 10th Eyes & Ears Junior Showcase, another long-standing FMX partner. This event by the design association Eyes & Ears of Europe gives outstanding students and graduates the chance to present their work in the realm of media design, scenography, promotional producing and marketing.

fmx/events: Extras with Substance

More and more international partners are working together with FMX to present their own program, such as:

MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Innovation underscore their commitment to fostering IT innovations with two important fmx/09 series:

  • Eurographics is the central European consortium of academic computer graphic researchers. At fmx/09, the symposium Best of Eurographics risks casting a glimpse into the future of animation and image processing. For more information visit
  • Visualization and simulation play important roles not only in films. They are gaining importance in the full breadth of graphic image production, be it the automobile industry, architecture, archeology, museum exhibitions or in medical applications. MFG Innovation honors this trend with the series Cluster Visual Computing, initiated as a platform for companies from the German southwest who are interested in networking on national and international levels. Speakers belong to institutions within the cluster, such as key-note speaker Thomas Ertl, professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart; Robert Mayer, president of the game developer weltenbauer; or computer science professor Harald Reiterer from the University of Konstanz, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Group.

Turbulence from the international financial markets have long since made their way to the animation industry, which makes a forum such as the Animation Production Day 2009 more important than ever before. This joint event by fmx/09 and the 16th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart is organized by Michael Schmetz Media Consult and does more than bring creatives and investors together in pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, it also proposes novel financing models and structures. fmx/09 marks the opening of APD to formats beyond animated feature films, such as games, TV, mobile entertainment and internet. All the hustle and bustle will be complemented by two expert panels on Financing & Brands, presented by the MFG Public Film Fund. “Where To Get the Money From?� is the theme of a panel of renowned producers and financiers hosted by Susanne Schosser, who brings in-depth experience with her from her time at SuperRTL and EM Entertainment.

invaZion ’09: behind the mysterious title is the very first competition for stereoscopic short films, called into life by more3D, producer of 3D projectors. Industry giants such as Shelley Page (DreamWorks), Rob Engle (Sony Pictures Imageworks) and Christophe Héry (Industrial Light & Magic) select the winning films, which will be screened in due pomp and splendor. More information can be found at

And don’t forget: numerous further Screenings. In addition to silver-screen showings of original cinema productions like Watchmen, Bolt and Coraline are plentiful special programs that can only be seen in this constellation at fmx/09:

  • Shelley’s Eye Candy, Shelley Page (Dreamworks Animation) presents her personal favorites
  • The Animation Show of Shows, cream of the crop by Dan Sarto and Ron Diamond (AWN)
  • Siggraph 2008 Computer Animation Festival, Jill Smolin (ACM Siggraph) cherry-picks personal highlights
  • Siggraph Asia 2008 Computer Animation Festival, put together by Melanie Beisswenger (Nanyang Technological University)

And last but not least, are the motivational extras: the infamous Echtzeit Party. Feel – see – dance to electronic beats by Der Thal with throbbing visuals and an “immersive experienceâ€? of an alternative kind. The HYPNOTRONIK project from the Augsburg Faculty of Design for graphic input, joined by the sprightly Onni Pohl (Strahlentiere) taking over as VJ, guiding dancers through a night of rhythm. By the way, Onni is the artist behind the fmx/09 trailer. fmx/09 thanks Autodesk, the generous sponsor of the Echtzeit party. You won’t want to miss it: Wednesday, May 06 starting 22:00h at Rocker 33.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, the FFA German Federal Film Board, and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

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Top names in animation convene on fmx/09 in Stuttgart from May 05 through 08

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Stuttgart / Ludwigsburg, February 2009. The digital community gathers at fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. With only 3 months remaining, much of the preparations have been completed and we can say for sure: fmx/09 will be a meeting of the top guns from the industry, with leading executives participating in large numbers.

fmx/conference: chock full of feature appearances

Presentations and series in fmx/conference reflect upon and reveal developments within the world of digital imagery aesthetic, technical, scientific and social. Even a quick glimpse at this year’s line-up promises not just a wealth of insight, vision and inspiration; anyone familiar with the conference’s laid-back atmosphere will also appreciate the ideal networking opportunities presented. Among the prominent managers, creatives and curators this year:

Chris Defaria, Executive Vice President Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros., discusses his work on Watchmen and further projects including 300 and Harry Potter – Order of the Phoenix with Eric Roth, Director of the Visual Effects Society (VES).

Chris Williams, director of Disney’s Bolt, appears with colleagues Paul Felix (Art Director), Adolph Lusinsky (Look & Lighting Director) & Robert Neuman (Stereo Lead)

Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting Wall-E

Michael Faust, cg artist from the Oscar-nominated animated documentary Waltz with Bashir

Steve Preeg and Jonathan Litt from Digital Domain on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Jeff Okun, Visual Effects Supervisor on The Day the Earth stood still, Blood Diamond, Last Samurai

Joseph Olin, President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), curates the intense games focus

Christophe Hary, Research & Development Lead at ILM, curates the newest edition of the Reihe Virtual Humans Forum fmx/09 PM#21

One thematic focus of this year’s event is the increasingly popular and aesthetically expansive 3D stereoscopic technologies. In order to see what’s being talked about in its full glory, presentations in this series will take place in the Metropol cinema only blocks away from the main venue, right next to the Festival of Animated Film.

China presents another thematic emphasis, and host Kevin Geiger exposes the region in Focus on China. Among other highlights: the Beijing Film Academy, the Peking animation and VFX producer Xing Xing Digital Corp., as well as SOFA Studios from Taiwan.

fmx/forum: Industry Get-Together and Recruitment Lounge

Industry knowledge finds the perfect conditions in which to multiply. Both informal encounters and driven discussions take place at fmx/forum. Presentations, demos, company suites and the exhibition fmx/expo allow a comprehensive overview of the most important innovations in hard and software. Those looking to further educate themselves or their colleagues can choose between a multitude of superior workshops, seminars and masterclasses. One of this year’s highlights: the Khronos developer university with its full-day sessions covering across-the-board platforms and animation applications.

Since its inception, fmx/forum has had an eye on coming generations and this year is no different. State-of-the-art practical knowledge and lasting contacts can be had first hand. fmx/talents introduces schools and their students in the School Offerings and the School Campus.

fmx/recruiting is likewise dedicated to bringing talents of all experience together with potential employers. FMX has long become one of the most relevant and successful job exchange platforms for Europe’s digital task force. International corporations such as Disney and Pixar, renowned VFX houses like Digital Negative, Framestore and Animal Logic and games companies such as Crytek lay out their recruitment profiles and seek new talent here at FMX. Particularly good news: despite the difficult economic climate, major players such as Autodesk are cementing their engagement as fmx/09 partners. In the words of Thomas Mueller, Industry Marketing Manager – Media & Entertainment: “For Autodesk the FMX Conference is the most important European event of the Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) Industry and we feel committed to play a central role. Once again we are one of the main sponsors this year so that the community can meet and gain further qualifications. With several key note speeches, MasterClasses and workshops as well as an extensive exhibition booth we give them the opportunity.”

fmx/events: Cooperation is the Key

FMX is very fortunate to enjoy more than just the support of many program partners, but includes manifold events, as is the case with the Animation Production Day (APD), a business platform for the international animation film industry. The APD is hosted by FMX and the Festival of Animated Film, organized by Michael Schmetz MediaConsult. Creatives and financers are brought to the table for concrete discussions and negotiations. In turbulent times such as these, this opportunity is more valuable than ever. So it’s no surprise that this proven venue is expanding to include TV series, games and mobile entertainment in addition to animated feature films.

The MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg continues its long-standing commitment to bringing insight on research and special applications to FMX with the series Visual Computing. The MFG expands on this tradition to include the Best of Eurographics – bringing an overview of this renowned event from the European Association for Computer Graphics.

fmx/09 & ITFS “ Kreativraum Stuttgart

Stuttgart is an animation oasis: FMX and the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS) one of the premiere festivals in the world have long been closely coordinated and this year brings a further landmark in mutual cooperation: the ITFS and fmx/09 take place at the same time. Visitors can jump back and forth between venues, grabbing the best of both events. But there’s more: all of Stuttgart comes alive with a full week of events covering everything from animation to music, including the popmusic industry hook-up Pop-Open from May 05 to 09, organized by the Pop-Buero Baden-Wuerttemberg. Much music will be in the air with a conference and countless live-acts, workshops and demo hear-ins.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES – Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. fmx/09 is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden- Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund, MFG Baden- Wuerttemberg Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media and the FFA German Federal Film Board.

fmx/09 is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and NX Publishing.

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The Winners of the 2nd Asia Business Continuity Awards 2008 (ABCA) n

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Singapore The 2nd Asia Business Continuity Awards (ABCA2008) Ceremony was successfully held on 5th Nov 2008, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel. This event was held in conjuction with the 8th Annual Business Continuity Management Conference — Unleash the Power of a GREEN BCM.The ABCA 2008 aims to recognize excellence in the achievement of individuals and organizations that have been contributing to the business continuity industry significantly. ABCA grants the highest possible honor in the Asia Pacific to the recognition and acknowledgement of individuals and organizations in their efforts in business continuity.

In addition, ABCA 2008 seeks to facilitate networking amongst business continuity professionals and associated parties, to exchange ideas and updates in the growth and development in the industry. It also created an opportunity to increase the visibility, significance and necessity of having a Business Continuity Management System in the culture of every business.
The ABCA 2008 had attracted entries from Saudi Arabia, Korea, United States of America, India, Japan, United Kingdom and Singapore. Nominees came from both business continuity related industries to financial, BPOs and end users.

List of winners:
Individual Category

Business Continuity Manager of the Year Abdulrahman M. Alonaizon, Arab National Bank.
Lifetime Achievement Wong Tew Kiat, Singapore Computer Systems Ltd

Business Category

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Services) Singapore Computer Systems Ltd.
Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Software) — Office-Shadow Ltd
Group Excellence in Business Continuity Management Arab National bank
Group Excellence in Business Continuity Management Infosys BPO Ltd
Product or Service Innovation of the Year BSI Management Systems

ABCA 2008 is judged by an international panel of judges; all of whom are certified professionals in the industry with more than 10 years experience and are highly regarded in the field of business continuity. They are: Lyndon Bird, Technical Director of Business Continuity Institute (based in UK) , John Worthington, Board Member of Business Continuity Institute (based in New Zealand) Masamichi Synohara, BCI Japan Representative (based in Japan) and Kenny Seow, Lifetime achievement winner for ABCA 2007 (based in Australia).

The Asia Business Continuity Awards is not only opened to local Singapore organizations but those in the region as well. This year, we see a growing number of international entries for the awards and this is definitely a positive sign that interest in the award is growing. said Kenny Seow, the chairman for the ABCA 2008 awards presentation ceremony who is also one of the judges. The entries received were of very high quality and the panel of judges had a very difficult time in the scoring and selection process. After several rounds of discussions and conference calls, the judges finally agreed on the winners. The scores of some of the nominees are very close indeed!

I congratulate BCP Asia for taking the initiative to organize this award and thank those who have contributed in one way or another to make this year’s award a success. I would like to encourage more organizations and BCM practitioners to participate in the awards next year. It is only through your participation that we will be able to bring the business continuity industry to greater heights. Kenny continues.

Pankaj Rai, BSI Management Systems South East Asia Managing Director, Winner of Product or Service Innovation of the Year said, On behalf of BSI, I am delighted that the ABCA has honoured BSI with this award for its work in business continuity management. BSI recognized the vital importance of BCM in protecting the resilience of organizations throughout the world and developed a number of value-add solutions around the BS 25999 standard, including certification and training services. Through these services, organizations of any size, industry and geographic location can implement a proven business continuity plan and clearly demonstrate to all their stakeholders that they meet industry best practices for BCM.

According to the winner of individual awards category, Lifetime Achievement Wong Tew Kiat from Singapore Computer Systems Ltd (SCS): I’ve been in the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) industry for 20 years and I am still enjoying each day, learning and enriching myself during the numerous discussions or sharing sessions with my team members, customers, industry partners and competitors. There are just so many incidents and life experiences we can learn from one another. I strongly believe that all organizations, and even nations, should be equipped with a sound BC/DR plan. The plan should incorporate the best practices in light of the natural catastrophes, terrorism and geopolitical tension and should be tested and retested to further refine and ensure that all areas are well-covered, SCS is also the winner for Business Provider of the Year (BCM Services).

The 2nd Asia Business Continuity Awards is organized by Business Continuity Planning Asia . The next ABCA will be held during October/November 2009; nomination will be open during June/July period. For more updates, please check it out at

About the Organizer

Business Continuity Planning Asia (BCP Asia) is founded in Y2000, with the aim to promote and increase awareness of Business Continuity to professionals in the Asian region. The company is specialized in consultancy, training and coaching services pertaining to Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management. With a team of experienced trainers and consultants, BCP Asia develops trainings and events that are relevant and practical which benefited thousands of professionals in Asia; many who returned for more training.

For the 8th year running, BCP Asia has been committed and successfully held one of the leading BCM Conferences in Asia the Annual Business Continuity Conference. Backed by quality topics, the esteem panel of speakers and responsive team, BCP Asia aims to provide you with the latest trends; developments and ideas for your BCM program.

For more information about us, please visit or contact us at +65 6325 2080, fax number: +65 6223 5363.

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Award Ceremony: The Winners of the 2nd Asia Business Continuity Awards 2008 (ABCA)

The Great Discovery: How Six Sigma can Empower the Ordinary to Achieve the Extraordinary!

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

In today’s business environment, there are three imperatives that are crucial to success. First, business leaders, at all levels, must seek new and better ways to make their organization more innovative in everything they do. Second, business leaders must continually strive to capture and deploy world-class practices that support the design and flawless execution of critical work processes. Third, business leaders must develop and retain a workforce of world-class leaders if the latter two objectives are to be fully realized.

To realize the aims of these imperatives, an organization must change the inner core of how its leaders and work teams think. But why is it so necessary to change the pattern of reasoning? Simply stated, every business breakthrough first begins its life as a thought; and a thought is the result of how a person (or group of people) thinks.

In his Keynote Address at the Global Lean, Six Sigma and Business Improvement Summit, taking place October 14 – 17 in Orlando Florida, Dr Mikel J. Harry, Principal Architect of Six Sigma will present a proven, systematic, time-tested way of leadership thinking. The Great Discovery can be rapidly deployed throughout any type of enterprise, regardless of product or service orientation from the bottom-up or top-down. It represents a way of thinking that can be quickly adopted and implemented by individuals and teams alike. In this sense, The Great Discovery can be immediately leveraged by leaders to better direct work teams toward the realization of a business dream or stretch goal.

WCBF’s 3rd Annual Global Lean, Six Sigma and Business Improvement Summit & Industry Awards presents an unrivalled speaker panel also headlined by other top business authors Matthew E. May, Kerry Patterson, Steven J. Spear, and Lee Cockerell, complimented by an outstanding speaker panel of industry leaders, CEOs and first-class Deployment practitioners addressing Lean, Six Sigma and process excellence for innovation and outstanding performance.

For details please visit the Summit Website or download the summit brochure and forward this to your appropriate colleagues.

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Oracle, Google, Microsoft, Sun, Finalists at Great Indian Developer Awards

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Vote for Trailblazing Individuals and Products Par Excellence; Voting Closes May 02 2008

Bangalore April 02, 2008 Saltmarch Media announced today that voting is open for the 2008 edition of Great Indian Developer Awards. This first-of-its-kind awards in India recognize trailblazing individuals, technologies, and organizations that are contributing to the evangelism, productivity and innovation excellence of the Indian developer ecosystem. This year’s awards will be given away across 15 categories at an exclusive awards nite at the Great Indian Developer Summit, May 19-24 2008 in Bangalore.

In Stage I, from January 25 to March 14, nominations were accepted from across 15 open individual and product categories. These were short-listed and a total of 75 nominees have been announced from the summit website. From now until May 02, everyone is invited to cast their votes for their favorites in the shortlist from here

The rigorous selection process for the awards doesn’t end there, however. Once voting closes on May 02, the votes will be counted and a final list of three nominees from each category will be made available to the high stature awards jury. The awards jury will cast their vote on the finalist, thus arriving on a winner for each of the 15 categories.

The awards jury is comprised of distinguished executives, seasoned industry professionals, and academia whose expertise spans the entire information technology gamut. This year’s jury include the IT Secretary to the Government of Karnataka (M N Vidyashankar), World-wide President of IEEE (Dr. Rangachar Kasturi), President of AdaptivePath & Father of Ajax (Jesse James Garrett), VP for Server Technologies at Oracle (Vijay Anand), Head for Google India R&D (PRasad Ram), General Manager for DPE at Microsoft India (Tarun Gulati), Head of Accenture Labs India (Lin Chase), VP & Head at SETLabs at Infosys Technologies (Subu Goparaju), Silverlight Geek at Microsoft (Jesse Liberty), Founder of Agile Developer Inc. (Dr. Venkat Subramaniam), and Associate Director of Indian Institute of Science (Prof. N. Balakrishnan), among others. For a complete list of jury members, see

The panel members all vouch for the Great Indian Developer Awards as the one-of-its-kind awards program that will highlight product excellence, research and innovation, corporate achievements, the strongest individual efforts, and the most compelling community efforts among the entire IT developer fraternity in India.

Nominated Individuals and Products by Category:

Development Environments: Eclipse, KDevelop, Sun Java Studio Enterprise IDE, IntelliJ IDEA, Oracle Jdeveloper, JBuilder 2007
Design and Modeling: Telelogic Rhapsody, Sybase PowerDesigner, Compuware OptimalJ, Borland Together Architect, Serena Mashup Composer, MyEclipse
Change and Configuration Management: Perforce, AccuRev Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server, CA Software Change Manager
Collaboration Solution: Oracle Collaboration Suite, WebEx Meeting Center, Zoho Writer, Mingle, Zimbra, Citrix GoToMeeting
Testing: Borland SilkTest, Agitar JUnit Factory, Collabnet CuBIT, iTKO LISA 4 SOA Testing & Validation, Coverity Prevent Software Quality System
Security: Codenomicon Defensics, BEA Systems’ AquaLogic Enterprise Security, Atlassian Crowd, Fortify Defender, Novell Identity & Security Management
Content Management: Joomla, IBM Workplace Web Content Management, Interwoven TeamSite, MarkLogic Server 3.2, Skelta Software
Web Development: Infragistics NetAdvantage for .NET, Adobe ColdFusion 8, Appcelerator Platform,’s, /n Software’s RSSBus
Mobile Development: Symbian, Qualcomm’s Brew, Eclipse Embedded Rich Client Platform, Netbeans Mobility (Java ME), Google Android
Frameworks: SpringSource Spring Framework, ILOG Jviews, .NET Framework 3.0, JBoss Seams, Apache Struts
Database: Microsoft SQL Server, BusinessObjects Crystal Reports, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise, Oracle Database 11g, Daffodil Database
Top Ambassador: Nandan Nilekani – Infosys, S Ramadorai – Tata Consultancy Services, Ashank Desai – Mastek, Deepak Ghaisas – I-flex, Ganesh Natrajan – Zensar
Top Committer: Peter Thomas – Satyam Computer Services, Shreyas Srinivasan – Geodesic Information Systems, Baishampayan Ghose –, Naba Kumar – Nokia, Ramesh Loganathan – Progress Software
Ecosystem Leader: Infosys Technologies, Wipro Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services, I-flex Solutions, Patni Computer Systems
Technical Books: Oreilly Head Rush Ajax, Packt Java EE 5 Development using GlassFish Application Server, Apress Beginning Java SE 6 Platform: From Novice to Professional, Apress Beginning C# 2008: From Novice to Professional, Wrox Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX

The awards will be held on the sidelines of the Great Indian Developer Summit, happening May 19-24 2008. The summit will feature three co-located conferences on .NET, Rich Web and Java. Attedees will get the opportunity to learn bleeding-edge technologies, what business models are working, what’s next on the horizon, and how all of this will affect their own organizations and business. They’ll also be left plenty of time for catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances at the evening parties and the 5-day tradeshow. Sessions will cover issues such as “The Future of Enterprise Java”, “Web Plumbing 101 – Practical Semantic Web”, “Delivering Long-term Value In a Short-Term World”, “What It Takes to become an Enterprise Developer”, as well as real-world workshops on “The Elements of User Experience”, “Parachuting Into Brownfields”, “SQL Server 2008 Deep Dive”, “Sharepoint 2007 Development”, and much more. See program here

The Great Indian Developer Awards ceremony will be held on the evening of May 24, 2008, at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore, India. The summit is made possible by support from Oracle, Microsoft, Forum Nokia, Infragistcs, Dapper, Dreamface, Farata Systems, Lightstreamer, Feedback FX, Advanced Millenium Technologies and Parasoft among others.

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MotorCity bags Best Stand award at Autosport, International Show, Birmingham

Thursday, January 24th, 2008


Dubai, January 23rd, 2008: MotorCity has been awarded the Best Space Only stand Award at the Autosport International Show, the largest motorsport exhibition in the world that was held in Birmingham, United Kingdom from January 10 to 13, 2008. Developed by Union Properties PJSC (UP), one of the leading property developers in the United Arab Emirates, MotorCity is a development based on a unique automobile and motor sport theme that includes residential, business, sports and leisure opportunities.

MotorCity received excellent feedback and interest from a wide range of visitors at the exhibition, which played an important role in our efforts to enhance and increase awareness and interest of motorsport in the Middle East for motorsport and race enthusiasts, said Michael Jackson, Chief Marketing Officer, UP. “This is our third participation at the Autosport International Show and we are thrilled to win this prestigious award for our stand, the design and concept was a fusion of elegance, motion and speed, designed by the UK-based Button Group.

The MotorCity stand design takes its inspiration from both the MotorCity brand as well as the automotive and motorsports sectors. There is a strong sense of the MotorCity brand not only through the use of the logo and the curved lines of the walls, but also the stand colour palette consisting of the red, black and white. To incorporate the racing theme to the stand, a bold red curved band races across the stand and gives the dramatically suspended SpeedCar Series car a real sense of motion and speed. The brand and racing theme are further re-enforced by the graphic treatment as well as the audio-visual presentations.

We have developed a solid relationship with Button as an international partner that has created exceptional exhibition stands for UP at various trade shows. We share the same visions for the future of our collaboration internationally and we look forward to more award-winning stand creations this year, added Jackson.

About MotorCity

MotorCity is a city within a city that includes five project components: Dubai Autodrome that caters to motor sport and race enthusiasts; F1 Theme Park in Dubai, an edutainment destination that targets the entire family; Business Park MotorCity that is set to be the regional hub for the automobile industry and businesses; and two residential areas, UPTOWN MotorCity and Green Community MotorCity that offer home owners freehold properties ranging from studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, townhouses, family villas, bungalows and luxury villas. Every component within MotorCity represents a brand that can be recreated worldwide.

Retail Interior Design of the Year to be honoured at the Commercial Designer Awards 2007

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

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United Arab Emirates, 2nd of October 2007- dmg world media, the organizers of the popular InRetail exhibition, have upped the stakes at this year’s event by proudly sponsoring the Interior Design of the Year – Retail at the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2007.

The dmg world media sponsored award will be given to the best interior design within, but not limited to, a retail outlet, or stand alone unit in the Middle East. Speaking about the award sponsorship, Ms. Paula Al Chami, Exhibition Director of InRetail, said, “The retail industry is intrinsically linked with the region’s reputation for being a fabulous place to shop. The importance of good retail cannot be overestimated, and is directly linked to product sales and success. That’s why we at dmg world media we are proud to sponsor this award, as it will encourage healthy competition and raise the standard of the industry as a whole.�

InRetail 2008 will be held from 8th to 10th of June 2008 at Dubai International Exhibition Centre

About InRetail Exhibition
InRetail – For the design, fit-out and management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf showcasing retail interiors & shopfitting, retail technology & visual merchandising, retail design & interior architecture, in-store marketing & logistics handling.

The Innovations In Retail Seminars will run alongside the event – delegates will once again be inspired and educated on the latest innovations in interior store design, current retail trends and management techniques that ensure success in this highly competitive market, brought to you by renowned international speakers.

InRetail is open to trade visitors only and will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, 8- 10 June 2008, from 11am – 7pm daily, and will run alongside the Hotel Show. For further information please visit

About dmg world media

An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media Ltd produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports.

dmg world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand. dmg world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.

For further information, please contact:
Khalil Majdalawi, Account Manager PR Tamra C2.
t: +971 4 2951177, f: +971 4 2951188,