Bill Hackos, PhD
Vice President, Comtech Services, Inc.

We’ve just heard that this year’s Comdex show will have less than half the exhibitors that displayed in 2000 and they are expecting about half the attendance of the 2000 show. We’d like to assure you that the CIDM’s conferences are thriving. We have three conferences planned for 2003.

The first is our annual Content Management Conference on April 28 and 29. This year it will be held in Arlington Virginia, across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. The exact program is still in development, but you may want to mark your calendar now. We hold our conferences to about 100 attendees so that you can make good contacts with the speakers and other attendees. Sessions typically consist of representatives from organizations that have successfully implemented content management along with representatives from the tool vendors they used. We also have an exhibit with the major tool vendors demonstrating their products. Watch for more information coming soon at

We’re also planning our European Content Management conference. It will be in Brussels, Belgium in June. Check into tickets to Europe. They’re less expensive than you might think. Typically, I can fly to London from Denver cheaper than going to Albuquerque! The European conference will have the same format as the April conference but representatives will primarily be from European organizations. All of the conference is in English and we hope many Americans will be able to attend.

Finally, our 5th annual Best Practices conference will be held at a resort still to be determined in the Pacific Northwest in late September or early October. This conference is aimed at information-development managers. As usual, we expect to have a great time and get lots of tips about how other managers successfully manage their organizations. You’ll have a lot of opportunities to network during this conference.

We’re hearing that the economy is finally starting to pick up and travel budgets are starting to come back. Hope to see you at one of our conferences!