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Collaboration is IT's Last Chance to Matter; Topic to Be Explored at Collaborative Technologies Conference; Ford Motor Company's Larry Cannell to Help Examine IT's Role in Collaboration Strategies.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2005 Collaborative Technologies Conference (CTC), produced by MediaLive International, Inc., announced one of its keynote discussions, "Collaboration is IT's Last Chance to Matter," will look at IT's ability to drive a unified collaboration strategy across today's enterprise versus line-of-business organizations. Moderated by Larry Cannell, IT Infrastructure Researcher, Ford Motor Company, the discussion panel will include Robert Kath, Director, Pfizer; Michael Sampson, Research Director & Principal Analyst, Shared Spaces; Clay Shirky, Professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU; and Melanie Turek, Sr Vice President and Founder Partner, Nemertes Research. CTC 2005 is the first and only conference and demonstration pavilion dedicated to the breadth of collaboration technologies, helping attendees understand how to best leverage the technical, productive and social aspects of IT and workgroup environments. The 2005 Collaborative Technologies Conference ( will take place June 19-24, 2005 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, New York.

The "Collaboration is IT's Last Chance to Matter" keynote session will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, June 20. Led by Cannell, the group will discuss who should lead the adoption of collaboration technologies and whether IT should act as an implementer or administrator. The panel will also explore collaboration as an IT-owned enterprise application.

"Discussions like this -- with people who are at the forefront of what's happening in the collaboration space -- are exactly what's needed to help define this emerging, rapidly changing market," said James Smith, Collaborative Technologies Conference General Manager. "This and other sessions at CTC 2005 will help clarify the profound change taking place in business today through the collision of collaboration tools and social software with the converged network."

CTC 2005 will provide an enterprise-level view of technology applications that will focus on managing communications between individuals and groups within any collaborative environment. Fueled by the ubiquity in IP communications, this event will focus on real time and asynchronous presence-aware collaboration tools and services such as instant messaging, voice and video communication, team collaboration environments, email, calendaring, wikis, blogging and related standardization and compliance issues.

More information on CTC 2005 keynotes can be viewed at:

For more information on the entire CTC 2005 conference program, visit:

CTC 2005 Attendee Registration Information is now available at:

CTC 2005 Press and Analyst Registration Information available at:

About the Collaborative Technologies Conference 2005

The Collaborative Technologies Conference helps forward-thinking IT and business professionals understand how technologies such as instant messaging, conferencing, shared workspaces and VoIP can give their organizations a competitive advantage. The program addresses collaborative applications and the infrastructure required to support them, as well as the development of a cohesive strategy that fits your business needs, culture and goals. CTC 2005 will be held June 19-24, 2005 in New York City.

About MediaLive International, Inc.

MediaLive International connects companies to the markets they serve through media properties, software tools and marketing solutions that educate buying communities, deepen relationships between buyers and sellers, and fuel market growth. MediaLive International's media brands encompass the IT industry's largest and most well-respected exhibitions, including Interop(R), VoiceCon(R), Next Generation Networks(R), the Web 2.0(R) Conference, Seybold Seminars(R), COMDEX(R), the Collaboration Technologies Conference, Mobile Business Expo, GTEC(SM), NetWorld(R) and respected publications including Business Communications Review(R) and The Seybold Reports(R). The Wingate Studios division delivers the industry's leading end-to-end event management software platform WingateWeb and professional services -- including strategic planning, technical integration, analytics and event programming -- that help companies produce their own live marketing programs.

MediaLive International is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, with offices throughout the world. For more information about MediaLive International, visit
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