Giga Information Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Forrester Research Inc, (NASDAQ: FORR) today announced that James Steinberg, former US Deputy National Security Advisor, will be the opening keynote speaker at GigaWorld IT Forum US. The conference runs from May 13-16 at The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Steinberg will present his keynote Monday, May 13 on the evolving impact that technology has on globalization, governance, and security.

Steinberg, Senior Advisor to the Markle Foundation, a non-profit organization, is an expert on the changing face of the global political and economic environment. He examines the impact that broad changes in the global landscape have on business and the economy at home. Steinberg was Deputy National Security Advisor to former President Clinton from 1996 to 2000. His responsibilities covered the full range of issues in international economics and national security, including US-Japan relations and US-European political, economic and security issues, as well as emerging issues of globalization, such as information technology, biotechnology, and cyber-security.

Alan Kay, Senior Fellow at HP Labs, will speak on Wednesday, May 15 on the topic of the future reversal of current roles of IT professionals and field workers. Kay is one of the earliest pioneers of personal computing and founder of Xerox PARC. He has been a Xerox Fellow, Apple Fellow, Disney Fellow, and Chief Scientist of Atari. In addition to his role at HP, Kay is president of Viewpoints Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving both the general education and understanding of complex systems.

“This year’s conference addresses delivering technology and business results in a tight economy. IT is a crucial component to the success of business and industry around the nation,” said Dan Mahoney, vice president of Giga at Forrester Research, Inc. “Our focus at GigaWorld is to support CIOs and CEOs as they lead their organizations in technology and information planning. We are honored to have James Steinberg and Alan Kay as our keynote speakers, as they bring key experience and leadership in both business and technology.”

GigaWorld IT Forum, now in its seventh year, is Giga’s flagship conference, delivering high-value content on up-to-the minute issues addressing the full range of technology and IT management challenges. This year’s event will focus on five primary themes: Asset & Infrastructure, Integration, Sourcing, Organizational Structure & Design, and Economics.

Sponsors include: Microfocus, BMC Software, Cable & Wireless, Autonomy, Citrix Systems, PeopleSoft Systems, Planview Inc., Network Appliance, IBM, Intel, Hewlett- Packard, Tacit Networks, TATA Consultancy Services, Fiberlink/Boingo, and Ximian, Inc.

Media sponsors include: Business 2.0, CIO Insight, eWEEK, ebizQ, IEEE, Computer Society, Intelligent Enterprise, EAI Industry Consortium, and Handheld Media Group

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