The Open Source, Open Enterprise 2005 Conference is being held on 15 March. Hosted by ITWeb, at The Forum in Bryanston, the conference aims to help you understand how, why and at what cost you can introduce and integrate open source software into your IT environment.

At the conference you will:
Learn from real-life examples including a telco mission-critical case study presented by Philip Stander, MD of GlobeTOM

Debate: Is open source enterprise-ready?
Leading players this face-to-face discussion are:
- Jacques van Schalkwyk, country manager: South and Sub Saharan Africa, at Intel
- Kelvin Reynolds, MD at Oracle Corporation (SA)
- Mike Cathie, business and marketing officer at Microsoft South Africa
- Stafford Masie, MD at Novell SA

Can big business take a little risk?

More business-critical information about using open source software and open standards to build agile enterprises is to be found in the presentations of the other expert speakers that day:

- Willie Appel, vice president (international): Enterprise Planning and Architecture Strategies, at the Meta Group ˆ Keynote address.
- A Kayode, technologist (policy and strategy) at the Centre for e-Innovation for the provincial administration of the Western Cape
- Alvin Paules, SAP Netweaver solutions manager at SAP Africa
- Dumisani Mtobo, senior systems engineer at Sun Microsystems
- Gerrit van Gaalen IT, Internet, IP and media law specialist at Buys Incorporated Attorneys
- James Thomas, business solutions architect at Novell South Africa
- Neil Blakey-Milner, an independent developer.


THE African Telecom Foundation ATEF has concluded arrangements to hold a workshop on the enormous potentials available to Nigerians via ICT.

Announcing the workshop last week, ATEF president, Dr. E.C. Nnama, former Executive Vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, said that the two-day workshops would be "using a cocktail of ICT and other technologies to overcome our known enemies namely poverty, ignorance and disease."

He said that the workshops which would begin from the 10th to the 11th of March in Lagos, would afford even rural communities an opportunity to tap into the enormous potentials of ICT.

Nnama indicated that the issue of VSAT and the potentials it holds for rural communities would be extensively explored at the series of workshops. He explained that the VSAT provides a lot of opportunities for the common people which have not been exploited because of ignorance on the part of many Nigerians. He asserted that with VSAT, a lot of Nigerians can build such successful business as call centres, Internet and Multi-media centres without spending so much money. The workshop would avail those who patronise it of the opportunity to know how to apply VSAT and similar technologies to make money in ICT, Nnama explained.

With the theme, Enhancing and sustaining the industrial revolution of the millennium- currently and successfully taking place in Nigeria, the workshop would hold for two days in different parts of the country, beginning with Lagos.

It is intended for those Nigerians who desire to acquire knowledge and skills for self development and relying on ICT technologies to create wealth especially in rural communities of Nigeria.

Topics to be treated at the various workshops would encompass all aspects of ICT including tele-medicine, the application of ICT in agriculture, banking, education and so on.

Experts both within and outside the country are expected at the workshop including Engr. Emmanuel Omeata, former Managing Director of NITEL; Mr. Amir Tzirman, former Managing Director, Multicentre, Israel; Mr. Dror Weinstein, ATEF representative in Tel Aviv, Israel; Mr. Naftaly Barak, MD GILAT SATCOM; Lady Nneka Okoronkwo, Retired Head, Nigeria Ports Authority Nursing Services; Barrister Uche Aniemena, Legal Practitioner and Chief Greg Uzoka, Community Leader and Chairman Licensed Customs Agents Association amongst others.