Goodwill makes an early entry this year

Remaining focused isn't easy when your inbox is bulging with Christmas party invites.

So much end-of-year goodwill in October is a reflection of current industry sentiment which is certainly more upbeat than it was this time in 2003. The optimism is a reflection of an improved IT job market and increased salaries which have been steadily rising in most industry segments since April.

But if you're eyeing your calendar in preparation for the holiday season there is still one not-to-be-missed event to include: that is Computerworld's ThinkTank series which debuts on November 30.

As promised, the ThinkTank events will be staged as breakfast sessions in both Sydney and Melbourne to ensure they are contained in a tight and concise format for readers.

The event is strictly limited to a total of 40 ITers - CIOs and IT managers - a number that will deliver an environment for a truly effective forum to exchange information and tap into a network of experience.

The theme is Mobility in the Enterprise with the forum structured to present the business benefits and technical challenges involved in deploying a wireless network.

A live demonstration identifying wireless vulnerabilities will also be presented giving pointers on how to keep your organization secure. Edith Cowan University's director of IT and knowledge Jeff Murray will share his own experiences with a first-hand account of how he created a wireless campus environment with high security demands and a very tight budget. This project is the first deployment of its kind in Australia.

Sponsored by Nortel Networks, the first breakfast forum will be held on Tuesday, November 30 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne with the Sydney event at The Establishment on Wednesday, December 1, 2004. To secure your place at either of these events e-mail davy_adams@idg.com.au

In addition to mobile computing, Computerworld is keen to hear what other issues you consider to be hot button topics that should be covered in future issues of the magazine.

Your feedback shapes our editorial coverage and assists in the planning of future ThinkTank events. Are you assessing IP telephony? What are your thoughts on the new utility computing models? What are you outsourcing and what are you keeping in-house?

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