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The Power Team for Workhorse IT Converges at Business Technology Summit 2008

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Saltmarch’s Summit on SOA/Web Services, SaaS/PaaS, Virtualisation & ECM. Early Bird Discounts Close August 22.

Bangalore, India August 2008 - The power team for Workhorse IT SOA & Web Services, SaaS/PaaS, Virtualisation and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) will be center stage at Saltmarch Media’s Business Technology Summit. The premier annual gathering for business technology stakeholders from across the world, the 2008 edition of Business Technology Summit will be held September 22-26 in Bangalore and Mumbai. Expected to attend the four day conference and expo will be nearly 800 decision makers, analysts, product managers, architects, engineers, project managers, designers, developers, programmers, entrepreneurs, VC, marketers and business strategists who are embracing the opportunities created by these mature and workhorse enterprise technologies. The attendee spectrum will also encompass the IT Channel Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Value Added Resellers (VARs), System Integrators (SIs), and Distributors. Early bird discounts close August 22; register for the 2-day main conference and 1-full day workshop for $333.

As traditional views of IT get supplanted by an overarching business technology trend, companies are investing in gaining the benefits of the next generation of computing, where resources are maximized, integrated and used to deliver business results. Saltmarch Media’s Business Technology (BT) Summit features a convergence of intelligence on the hottest technologies on India’s business technology radar — the ones that are not only exhibiting attributes such as cost savings, flexibility, application re-use, and faster response times, but also the ones that are charting pronounced inflection points in their evolution.


Centered around the theme of “Riding the Workhorse IT Hockey Stick”, BT Summit features four co-located tracks — SOA & Web Services, SaaS/PaaS, that offer complimentary synergistic for a robust IT infrastructure that no IT decision-maker, manager, architect or professional can afford to ignore in their quest for business technology success. Attendees to the summit will be able to attend talks from all four tracks.

The Summit chair is putting together a program that offers attendees a unique opportunity to learn and assimilate technology know-how, augment executive decision-making, understand best practices, and absorb the innovation excellence of experts, in focused settings, said Shri. M. N. Vidyashankar, Former Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Government of Karnataka, India. So while the Big Tent Technology Edition will be held in India’s tech capital Bangalore (Sep 22-24 2008) the Executive Edition will be in India’s financial capital Mumbai (Sep 26 2008). “At the Executive edition, some of India’s topmost CIO’s will hold forth on the business technologies and solutions they are deploying and implementing to craft the success of their enterprises, besides elaborating on what they did right to keep their business on top consistently,” said Dilip Thomas, Chairman & CEO, Saltmarch Media.

Speakers, handpicked by the BT Summit chair, include:

o Alan Pelz-Sharpe – ECM Analyst: Author of ECM Suites and E-Mail Archiving and Management reports. Former ECM Consulting Director, Wipro and VP North America, Ovum. 19 year veteran of the document technology industry. Frequent expert guest on the BBC, CNN and ABC television.
o Chris Harding – SOA Visionary: Forum Director for SOA and Semantic Interoperability, The Open Group. Works on semantic interoperability and SOA. Certified TOGAF practitioner
o Peter Coffee – SaaS/PaaS Expert: Director of Platform Intelligence at Formerly Technology Editor at eWEEK. Appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, and PBS newscasts addressing Internet security, the Microsoft antitrust case, wireless telecom policies, and other business issues. 23 years’ experience in advancing and evaluating information technologies and practices. Author of Ziff Davis Press tutorial “How to Program Java” in 1996 and “Peter Coffee Teaches PCs”.
o Ismael Ghalimi – BPM Pioneer: Technology visionary and strategic industry leader. CEO of Intalio, the Open Source BPMS Company. Created the first standards-based business process management system (BPMS). Founder of the Business Process Management Initiative ( Coined the term Office 2.0.
o Robert Marcus – Grid Visionary: Leader for SOA and Distributed Virtualization standards at Senior Research Engineer at SRI International. Former Director of Technology Transformation and Deployment at General Motors, CTO of Rogue Wave Software, VP of Technical Strategy at the MCC Research Consortium, Director of Object Technology at American Management Systems, Coordinator of Object Technology at Boeing, and Knowledge Systems Engineer at HP.
o Matjaz B. Juric – BPEL Mentor: Specialist in projects on SOA Maturity Model, SOA in Telco, performance analysis and optimisation of RMI-IIOPMember of BPEL Advisory Board.
o Ravi Gururaj – Founder, VMLogix: Over 17 years of product development, management and marketing experience. Formerly with Trilogy, UberWorks and Dialogic, and founder of two software start-ups.
o Morris Panner – SaaS Workflow Expert: CEO of OpenAir, named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in New England in both 2006 and 2007, a Deloitte & Touche Fast 500 Company, a Finalist in the 2005 Software and Information Industry Association CODiE award competition and a Top 25 Global Service Provider by ASP News. Co-Chairman of the Board of the Software Division of the Software and Information Industry Association. Featured in the Boss column of the The New York Times, Forbes and Fast Company.
o Sasa Ana – SOA Researcher: Career dedicated exclusively to the field of SOA and implementation of SOA solutions. Specialized knowledge and experience in the technical, business and organizational aspects of SOA.
o Nitin Borwankar – Father of Data 2.0: Industry veteran of 20+ years with assignments at Ingres, Sybase and Ironport and consulting for Sun, Sybase, NetObjects, Mayfield Fund, Preview Travel (Travelocity), Synarc, Greenplum and OnMobile. Technical Architect, Business Strategy Consultant, Coined the term Data 2.0 in 2005.
o Hans de Groot – Web Globalization Expert: Expert in creating effective globalization strategies to meet localization requirements. VP APAC and member of Management Team of SDL Tridion. Responsible for building up strong alliances including IBM, BEA & Software AG.

In addition to keynotes, power panels, focused sessions, and hands-on workshops over four days, one of the best reasons to attend BT Summit is the vibrant exhibition, which features leading business technology companies and their projects and services. Intalio, SDL Tridion, Progress Software and OpenAir among others are participating in the summit. Business Technology Summit sponsorship information is available from Attendee registration is open from here:

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Renewables empowering India!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008


New Delhi- Committed to ensure India’s energy security and quest for sustainable economic growth, Shri Vilas Muttemwar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independant charge) New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, will inaugurate Renewable Energy India 2008 Expo on 21 August 2008 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. With a growing gap between energy demand and supply and depleting fossil fuel resources, the event is a befitting salute to the nationwide celebration of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas and Pakhwara, striving towards late Rajiv Gandhi’s dream of energy independence in the country.

To lessen dependence on energy imports and to reduce green house gas emissions, the National Action Plan on Climate Change, released by the Prime Minister of India on 30th June, 2008 prioritizes the increased use of indigenous renewable energy resources, backed by focused R & D.

More than 200 exhibitors from across the globe including industry majors such as Acme Telepower Limited, Asys Group, Bergen Associates, Centrotherm Photovoltaic AG, Dupont, Ghodawat Industries, Hero Electric, Lapp Kabel, Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd, Nano PV Tech, Moser Baer Photo Voltaic, Phoenix Solar India Ltd, Q-Cells, Reliance Industries Ltd RRB, Sharp Business Systems, Signet Solar Inc, Suzlon Energy Ltd, TATA BP Solar India, Via Engineering Pvt Ltd, Webel, WinWinD Energy, and XL Telecom & Energy Ltd, will showcase developments, improved technolgies and new applications of renewable energy.

The 3-day international conference, concurrent to the exhibition, will bring together eminent industry experts, key decision makers and government officials including Deepak Gupta, Secretary (MNRE), Gauri Singh, Joint-Secretary, (MNRE), Dr. Anil Kane (World Wind Energy Association), Deepak Puri (Moser Baer India Ltd), Gehard Stryi –Hipp (German Solar Industry Association), Lassi Noponen (WinWinD Oy), K.Subramanya (TATA BP Solar India Ltd ), Rabindra Satpathy (Reliance Industries), Yogender Prasad (Uttarkhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd) and several others, to deliberate upon the challenges and potential of renewable energy in achieving a capacity addition of 15GW during 11th Five Year plan of India (2007 -2012).To achieve this vision, the government of India has planned a subsidy support system of approximately US$ 1 billion in government funds to complement US$ 15 billion investment requirement for enhancing present installed capacity.

The Expo, organized in an area of 6714 sqm, has participation from Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, and USA for investments in technology transfer and joint ventures which would help India achieve energy independence. To commemorate Energy Efficiency Day on 22nd August, the Federal Ministry of Germany will facilitate a 2-day conference at the German Pavillion on Off Grid Electrification with German Wind & Solar hybrid systems designed for Indian market, Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic market and Geothermal: The New Power Generation The Expo will hold a special Youth Summit programme to drive awareness in accelerating the adoption of renewable energy in day-to-day life and growing career opportunities in this new sector.

Renewable Energy India 2008 Expo is supported by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the only Ministry in the world dedicated towards developing renewable energy programmes. MNRE’s March 2008 report shows that India has achieved a spectacular level of 12.6 GW of power from renewable resources. The Ministry is confident of achieving its vision of 2020 to generate 20% of India’s total energy needs through renewable resources.

Leading organizations such as Ernst & Young, Emergent Ventures India, German Technical Association (GTZ), Indo French Chamber of Commerce (IFCCI), Indian Wind Energy Association (InWEA), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), and UNESCO have joined hands with Exhibitions India Group to bring together national and international experts on a common platform.

Brought about by the organisers of the largest ICT fair in Asia, Convergence India, Prem Behl, Chairman Exhibitions India Group said, The Indian economy is vibrant, and this platform is intended to act as a stimulus; and to assist clean energy entrepreneurs develop products and services from concept to commercialization.

About Exhibitions India Group:

The Exhibitions India Group, successful since 1987, is a trade promotion group with the objective of attracting investment and joint ventures, technology transfers and business promotion. As an interface between business, government, academia, society and the media, the unique “EI spirit� has unfurled a dynamic business approach to enable propitious environment for experience sharing amongst industry leaders and business fraternity.

To learn more about EI Group, visit

For more information, please contact:
Hena Ahmad, Sr. Manager, Communications
+91 11 4279 5168/

Gunjan Bhatia, Asst. Manager, Communications
+91 11 4279 5072/

Post Event Review: Healthcare Expansion Congress Africa

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Dear GoingtoMeet

The first edition of the Healthcare Expansion Congress in Africa was well received by all 80 attendees. The intimate format and networking opportunities proved to be most successful for all parties concerned.

The presentation by Dr. Aslam Dasoo, Chief Executive of Health Equity Partners on an overview of the health sector provided the audience with an insightful impression of the industry on the continent. Prof. Stuart Whittaker, CEO of the Council for Health Services Accreditation of South Africa presentation on patient safety pointed out imperative issues facing hospitals and health centres in Africa. While controversial panel discussions on combating Africa’s epidemics with Dr. Kgosi Letlape, President of the African Medical Association, John Heinrich the CEO of SANTA and Alexandre Menezes from the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative highlighted important gaps in the African health sector. The healthcare financing panel with Michael Baxter, Country Director from the World Bank, Aida Kimemia, Senior Investment Officer from the International Finance Corporation and Dr. Aslam Dasoo, Chief Executive of Health Equity Partners left one with the significant question of who pays. These highlights of the congress encouraged vital thinking about the issues addressed.

The business meetings were very successful providing important opportunities to do direct business with vendors and delegates. The gala dinner proved to be most jovial; there was a constant hum of conversation and networking in an absolutely gorgeous venue on the roof of the Westin Grand with a spectacular view of central Cape Town. Speakers, delegates and vendors bonded exceptionally well in the environment making lasting connections for future partnerships.

Numerous journalists attended and will be writing interesting articles about the issues that were raised. Look out in the press for details.

Please visit for copies of the presentations to download or view the agenda below for more information.

The speakers and presentations:
Thursday, 17th July 2008

OPENING address:
An Overview of Africa’s Health Sector
Dr. Aslam Dasoo

Meditech SA, NEPAD Business Foundation

KEYNOTE address:
Public & Private Sector Relationships in Healthcare
Sulaiman Shahabuddin
AGA Khan Hospital

KEYNOTE address:
Private Public Partnerships in Telemedicine
Dr. Moretlo Molefi
Telemed Africa


Information at the Point of Care – The Importance of Infrastructure in Achieving EPR.
Nick Scholes
E Health Solutions Specialist

New Digital Technologies for Telemedecine: The Need for an Open Source Interchangeable File Format
Dr. Christophe Bron
Chief Medical Officer

Jens Felsner
Director Product Marketing Mobile X-ray, Healthcare Sector
Siemens AG

KEYNOTE address:
Improving Patient Safety in Africa
Prof. Stuart Whittaker
Council for Health Services Accreditation for South Africa

KEYNOTE address:
E-Health Solutions for Healthcare Systems in Developing Countries
Dr. Monwabisi Gantsho
Head: Private Practice Sector and Economics Research Unit
South African Medical Association


Financing Development in Healthcare
Dipak Chiba
Senior Account Manager : Healthcare and Education Strategic Business Unit

PANEL discussion:
Healthcare Financing: A Strategy for Africa

Dr. Aslam Dasoo

NEPAD: Business Foundation
Michael Baxter
Country Director
World Bank
Aida Kimemia
Senior Investment Officer

International Finance Corporation

Friday, 18th July 2008

KEYNOTE address:
Access to Healthcare
Nathan Wilson
Research Coordinator
Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Stellenbosch University

KEYNOTE address:
Case Study: Mobile Clinic in Mozambique
Dr. Martina Fuchs
Real Medicine Foundation

KEYNOTE address:
Innovative Communications for Healthcare
Youb Saim
Business Development Manager

Dr. Elmi Muller
Medical Director

PANEL discussion:
Combating Africa’s Epidemics

Moderator: Bridget Farham

Medical Editor
Dr. Kgosi Letlape

African Medical Association
John Heinrich
South African Tuberculosis Association
Dr. Frans Van Den Boom
Vice President
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Thank you for partnering with Naseba for the first edition of Healthcare Expansion Congress Africa. Overall the event was greatly successful and we hope to work with you in the future

Yours sincerely
Kirsty Slater | naseba – Event Producer /
Suite 102&103 Colosseum, Century City, 7441, Cape Town | Tel: 27 21 551 7785| Fax: 27 21 552 3618

***See Post event review here***

Launch of 2nd UEMOA Min-Tel Conference & Showcase

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Following a successful debut in 2006, the Chamber of Commerce of Niger and ITE Group plc announces the launch of the second UEMOA Min-Tel Conference & Showcase to take place on 24-26 February 2009 in the Palais de Congress of Niamey, Niger.

The aim of the conference is to allow participants to gain extensive knowledge about the investment opportunities within the UEMOA region, regional cooperation, the regulatory environment surrounding the telecoms market, oil and gas investments and the recent developments in the mining industry.

Located at the crossroads between North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the UEMOA is a hub of trans-Saharan exchanges. In recent years, the region has undergone progressive economic liberalization and given the private sector a larger role in economic and social development. New investment codes have been established to attract foreign direct investment.

The 2006 event proved a great success, attracting 375 delegates from 36 countries. 47 speakers participated in the conference, including 5 government ministers. Post-show analysis indicates that over 90% of delegates considered the programme good and made useful contacts during the event.

ITE Business Development Director for Africa, Ana Jonic-White, comments on the launch, We were delighted at the success of the 2006 event. UEMOA Min-Tel is highly effective in providing valuable information and interest in the event was even higher than we’d imagined. A lot has happened since the first edition and delegates to the 2009 event will discover just how much the telecoms, mining and petroleum industries have developed, enabling them to identify new opportunities. UEMOA Min-Tel is extremely worthwhile for anyone operating in the West African market or interested in West Africa as a strategic growth market.

UEMOA Min-Tel is supported by the West African Monetary Union, the UEMOA, whose members include Benin, Burkina Faso, C´te Ivoire, Mali, Togo, Guin©e Bissau, Sangal and Niger. It is also supported by the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Niger, the Ministry of Telecommunications of Niger, ARM, NTIC and the Ministry of Commerce.

ITE Group plc
, the co-organizer of UEMOA Min-Tel 2009, is a leading organizer of trade exhibitions and conferences, with 150 events held annually in 14 countries. The company specializes in organizing events in emerging and developing markets, in particular Russia, CIS, Eastern Europe, Turkey, China and Africa. ITE has a large network of local offices throughout these regions.

ITE’s portfolio of African energy events includes UNCTAD’s 11th Africa Oil & Gas, Trade & Finance Conference & Exhibition (Kenya), ALOGE (Algeria), the Third Algeria Energy Week (SEA3) and the 18th World Petroleum Congress (South Africa).

For further information about ITE, please visit the website:

For further information about this news release, please contact:
Nadine Sanderson
ITE Group plc
105 Salusbury Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7596 5000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7596 5111

MEQMP Announces Six Sigma Green Belt Courses in KSA

Thursday, August 7th, 2008


Four Days UK Accredited Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Course, 19th to 22nd October `2008

After conducting three awareness sessions of Six Sigma in Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah, MEQMP now launches Six Sigma Green Belt Courses in these three cities.

This Application Oriented Workshop (taught through exercises and case studies) will be targeted towards result oriented practicing professionals (not statisticians). It provides a road map towards capturing market share in today’s global economy via quantum reductions in variation, defects and total cost. The syllabus and course methodology is reviewed once every quarter with active involvement of ASCB (Europe) Ltd. UK to ensure continual improvement. Unlike traditionally taught Six Sigma courses, methods used in this course are very user-friendly and tailored to ensure proper understanding of the subject. Participants are encouraged to go back to their workplace and successfully practice the learning from this course. Class exercises and case studies are designed specifically to enable retention and application.

Mr. G. K. K. Singh – Director, Asian Institute of Quality Management will be the Lead Tutor for the course He is B.Tech (I.I.T. Mumbai – Silver Medalist), M.B.A. (I.I.M.Calcutta), QMS Lead Auditor, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, with 28 years of middle and senior management experience in Johnson & Johnson Ltd., Horstmann India Pvt. Ltd., and Enertech UPS Limited. He is an expert in total quality management and Japanese management techniques, he is co-author of the famous book “Relationship Management in 21st century organizations”. Mr. Singh specializes in ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, Kaizen,5S, TQM, Six Sigma, Poka-Yoke, and Jishu-Hozen training. He has been training participants from leading MNC’s & corporates since last 19 years. He also has excellent experience as a visiting faculty to leading educational institutions like Symbiosis Institute, National Insurance Academy and School Of Management – I.I.T Mumbai. He has mentored over 160 Six Sigma Projects till date.

Interested delegates should contact to Mr. Asim Baig , President MEQMP on or

For details visit: