Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) announced today that its IT Forum 2006: GigaWorld, which concluded Thursday in Las Vegas, attracted the largest number of attendees in the Event’s 10-year history. More than 1,300 IT and business executives attended the four-day sold-out Event at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Attendees learned about new business technology solutions, issues, and best practices during more than 100 general sessions and approximately 1,300 one-on-one meetings with 80 Forrester analysts, as well as through extensive networking with peers and industry representatives. The Forum also served as the backdrop for the exclusive sessions of several Forrester Leadership Boards, including the CIO Group, four IT Councils, the Analyst Relations Council, and the Technology Marketing Executive Council.
“The 40 percent growth in attendance over last year’s record-breaking numbers, coupled with the sold-out sponsorships, indicate the relevancy and personalization that Forrester’s Events provide IT users, vendors, and business strategists,” said Charles Rutstein, president of Forrester Americas. “IT Forum provides a compelling environment for attendees to learn, discuss, and plan for the latest impact of technology on business, whether it’s looking through the rearview mirror of what’s proven successful, through the windshield at what’s on the horizon, or both.”
The following keynote addresses provided an additional perspective on how to drive innovation and top-line growth with new technologies, business processes, and IT management practices:
- Mark Hurd, CEO and President, Hewlett-Packard
- Bruce J. Goodman, Senior Vice President and Chief Service and Information Officer, Humana
- Andrew Lees, Corporate Vice President, Server and Tools Marketing, Microsoft
- Bill Vass, CIO and Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Sun Microsystems
- Linda M. Dillman, former CIO, Wal-Mart Stores, recently named Executive Vice President of Risk Management and Benefits