itSMF USA 2008 Highlights Critical IssuesOrganization announces location, new pricing and early registration details for itSMF USA Fusion 09.
IT Service Management Forum USA (itSMF USA), the nation's leading association focused on improving the practice of IT Service Management (ITSM), emphasized the importance of ITIL v3 and other ITSM best practices at itSMF USA Fusion 08, the organization's eighth annual conference and expo.
Held this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the itSMF USA annual conference is the largest gathering of ITSM professionals in the world. This year's event focused on the theme of uniting the world of ITSM, and provided attendees with thought-provoking content on critical IT industry topics, including the most important events in the field of ITSM: last year's release of ITIL v3, and the rapid growth of the ITSM profession.
During the conference, more than 100 speakers presented myriad sessions on key insights in ITSM best practices, innovative new strategies, and real-world results. Along with the expert insight on ITIL v3, the ten conference tracks included topics such as the expansion of service management well beyond the traditional boundaries of IT and managing the change required for transitioning to ITSM practice.
ITIL v3 Chief Architect, Sharon Taylor, closed the eighth annual conference with a look at the issues and implications of these new best practices, one year after the release. During her talk, she provided an overview of the transition from ITIL v2 to v3. She also provided practical advice and guidance as well as ten lessons learned from the transition.
In addition, conference attendees benefited from multiple opportunities to incorporate hands-on training into their conference experience. On top of a variety of interactive workshops, itSMF USA Fusion 08 included the Simulation Showcase Event at which attendees assumed the roles of participants and observers to gain understanding and insight into the uses of simulations in IT. Many conference-goers will also participate in the post-conference training and certification classes.
The organization also announced initial plans for itSMF USA Fusion 09. In 2009, itSMF USA Fusion will transform beyond the scope of simply a conference and expo to an annual convention slated to take place at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas, running Sept. 20 through Sept. 23, 2009. The theme "Bigger in Texas" pertains not only to the content of the ninth annual event, which in 2009 will encompass professional education, exhibits, keynotes and networking, but also the fact that by moving it to a venue as large as the Gaylord, all events and housing will be held under one roof.
In addition, the pricing structure for next year's event has changed from previous years as well. Convention organizers are already accepting registrations for 2009, and anyone who registers by Nov. 30, 2008 will receive $500 off their registration fee for next year's convention. To register for itSMF USA Fusion 09, please visit http://www.itsmfusion.com/ or call 800-794-9481. To submit an abstract for a proposed 2009 session, visit http://www.itsmfusion.com/speaker.
itSMF USA Fusion 08 sponsors included:
Diamond: CA, HP Software, and Vettro. Platinum: Axios Systems, BMC Software, CompuCom Systems, Compuware, EDS, EMC Infra, IBM, Maryville Technologies, Microsoft Corporation, newScale, and Plexent. Gold: BearingPoint, Configuresoft, Inc., Exin USA, Inc., Five9 Technologies, FrontRange Solutions, Hornbill Systems, Inc., ITSM Academy, Managed Objects, Numara Software, Pepperweed Consulting, LLC, Pink Elephant, and Solidcore Systems. Silver: Apptio, Digital Fuel, ISEB, ITpreneurs, Loyalist Certification Services, Oblicore, Inc., Oracle, Quint Wellington Redwood, SAP, and Service-now.com.
itSMF USA Fusion 08 exhibitors included:
AdventNet, AES, AmerIT Learning, APMG-US, ASG, BSI Management Systems, B Wyze Solutions, Cherwell Software, ComSci, Consulting-Portal Inc., Covestic, Dream Catchers Inc, Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. (EMA), Fox IT, Inc., G2G3, Global Knowledge, Hypersoft, ICCM Solutions, iET Solutions, InteQ Corporation, Interlink Software Inc., IT Governance Institute(R), ITSM Solutions LLC, Kinetic Data, Manta Group, The Marval Group of North America (Stroma Inc.), Metron-Athene, Nimsoft Inc., Nouri Associates, Inc. (NAI), PA Consulting Group, Pathway Systems, PMG.net, Pultorak & Associates, Ltd., Pureshare, Rapid Technologies, Service Management Art, TechExcel, Third Sky Inc., Touchpaper / LANDesk, an Avocent Company, Tripwire, Inc., University of Dallas Graduate School of Management, and Van Haren Publishing.
About the itSMF USA
Founded in 1997, the Information Technology Service Management Forum (itSMF) USA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of ITSM best practices and standards in the provision and management of IT Services through knowledge sharing, education, and networking opportunities. Current membership is approaching 10,000 individuals, with affiliated Local Interest Groups (LIGs) serving 42 regions nationwide, as well as Special Interest Groups (SIGs) with domains including healthcare, higher education, ISO/IEC 20000, and a student SIG. itSMF USA is affiliated with the itSMF International, which was formed in 1991.