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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

University of Arizona's Eller College of Management MIS Department celebrates 30 years of innovation with "Shaping the Future of Information Technology" conference November 3-5, 2004 in Tucson, AZ

Hundreds of academic, business, and government leaders will participate to lead education, practice, and research of the IT field into the future.

TUCSON , Ariz. – August 23, 2004 –The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management MIS Department will hold a major information technology conference, themed “Shaping the Future of IT,” in Tucson November 3-5, 2004 at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona.

In today’s highly inter-networked and globally competitive environment, leading departments like The University of Arizona’s MIS Department (ranked a Top-5 program in the country by U.S. News & World Report for the last 16 consecutive years) have a responsibility to lead the information technology field into the future and collaborate with multiple disciplines such as law, life sciences, engineering, medicine, and computer science. Hundreds of academic scholars and thought leaders from business and government agencies will participate in and attend the event to celebrate three decades of leadership and innovation by UA’s MIS Department, and help shape the agenda for the next decade.

MIS Department Head Mohan Tanniru commented, “The Eller College MIS Department has been at the forefront of information technology research, development, and education for the last three decades. Working together with business and academia, we will continue to develop innovative information technology applications that will make organizations competitive in the global market place. This conference promises to be action-packed with participation by leaders throughout the field.”

The agenda is as follows:

November 3rd

IT Law track features Dr. Christopher Pierson of Lewis and Roca and Dr. Trotter Hardy of College of William and Mary on Intellectual Property, and Mr. Mike Hartung (IBM Fellow) on data retention.

  • Intended Audience:
    Legal firms, faculty, and students interested in issues related to data retention, privacy/security, and IT oriented intellectual property, contracts, and international law.

IT Life Science track features Mr. Simon Marlow of Sanofi-Aventis, Dr. Andy M. Wiesenthal of Kaiser Permanente, and Dr. Vicki Chandler (UA Regents Professor and Director of the UA Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology).

  • Intended Audience:
    Business representatives, faculty, and students interested in the IT management issues in life science research: bio systems, drug development, and medical informatics.

IT Government track features Mr. Steven Boutelli ( CIO, U.S. Army) and Dr. Stu Bretschneider of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University as well as officials from FBI involved in the homeland security.

  • Intended Audience:
    Policy makers, faculty, and students interested in homeland security and e-government and ethics in education (K-12).

IT Business track features four panels: Women and Careers, Product and Customer Life Cycle Management, and Outsourcing with executives from IBM, Cisco Systems, Compuware, Accenture, Honeywell, Khimetrics, and McKinsey.

  • Intended Audience:
    Business managers, faculty, and students interested in the issues of related to the impact of outsourcing, women and IT, and the role of IT to manage product and customer life cycles.

November 4th

IT Practice session features Mr. Brad Boston (CIO, Cisco Systems), Mr. David Smoley (CIO, Honeywell), Mr. John Crary (VP/CIO, Lear), Mr. Tony Scott (CTO, General Motors), Mr. Bruce Turkstra (VP, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect), Mr. Bob Paul (CEO, Covisint), Ms. Barb Lawler (CPO, Hewlett-Packard), Ms. Eller Barry (CIO, McCormick Place), Mr. David Hunt (CIO, Allied Waste), and Mr. Gerry Gluscic (CIO, Phelps Dodge Corporation).

  • Intended Audience:
    Managers and educators interested in the future of IT leadership and management practice.

November 5th

IT Research session features

  • Keynote Speakers: Mr. Nick Donofrio of IBM (2003 Technology Leader of the Year by Industry Week) and Dr. Lester Thurow of MIT (Professor of Economics and Management and former Dean of Sloan School of Management).
  • Plenary Session with Eminent MIS Scholars: Dr. Jay Nunamaker of the Eller College MIS Department, Dr. Gordon Davis of University of Minnesota, Dr. John King of University of Michigan, Dr. Paul Gray of Claremont Graduate University, and Dr. Dick Mason of Southern Methodist University.
  • Five research tracks on business transformation, application development, security, collaboration and advanced technologies such as RFID, wireless and knowledge management, featuring over 60 academic scholars and business professionals.
  • Intended Audience:
    Managers and educators interested in some of the latest advances in IT strategies, application development, collaboration, security, and advanced technologies for potential research.

The conference is organized in partnership with IBM, Raytheon Company, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Sanofi-Aventis, Quarles & Brady Streich Lang, and Arizona Center for Information Science and Technology and others. Thanks also for the generous contribution from Karl and Stevie Eller. Other institutional sponsors include Arizona Technology Council, IT Association of Southern Arizona (ITASA), Alliance for Technology & Women (ATW) and Society of Information and Management (SIM)- Detroit.

For more information on partnerships and to register:

MIS 30-year anniversary website for registration, venue, sponsorships, golf and other information:

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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