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April 13 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
April 14 - 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
April 15 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Tuesday, April 13
SESSION TIME TITLE Session Information
T8 1:15 pm-4:15 pm FULL COST ACCOUNTING METHODOLOGY FOR IT PROJECTS: YOU PAID WHAT??! Abstract: Based on the pre-publication draft report of an international workshop held in Ottawa this year senior executives and IT management participants in government and enterprise will learn about emerging guidelines for "Full Cost Accounting" (FCA) in the IT sector, and the implications for their IT operations. FCA an advanced Accrual Accounting method extends assessment and reporting beyond obvious costs for direct deliverables, to a set of logically related downstream or indirect financial costs and benefits, including overhead, capital costs, cost avoidance and cost sharing opportunities. FCA gives IT decision-makers the ability to anticipate and track if indirect or downstream factors (upgrades, planned obsolescence, bug /debugging, security vulnerabilities and patching, user learning and re-training, vendor lock-in and non-conformance with open standards, jerry-rigging and refactoring, complexity and barriers to integration, etc.), could be pushing your costs beyond budget, deliveries past due dates, results below expectations. IT maintenance costs have led to demand for greater accountability in IT decision-making. FCA provides a way for senior management to communicate about enterprise-level ROI, and positive or negative "externalities".
Speaker(s): Joseph Potvin - Public Works and Government Services Canada
Wednesday, April 14
SESSION TIME TITLE Session Information
209 11:00 am-11:50 am THE FINANCIAL IMPACTS OF MANAGING IP ADDRESS GROWTH: NEW SERVICES, DEVICES, NETWORKS Abstract: This seminar is an overview of current broadband and enterprise market dynamics including IP network growth and consolidation. Patricia will present a business case for a robust IP management solution over a Linux platform and show multiple paths for cost savings, revenue generation, increased customer satisfaction and brand building. She will look at current successes and challenges where enhanced services are deployed and compare and contrast "real world" examples from different service providers, enterprises, and vendors including broadband service provider benefits and enterprise benefits. Key topics include: · current IP addressing and provisioning challenges · hidden costs and financial impacts of IP address growth in networks · best practices in IP address management · lessons learned summary.
Speaker(s): Patricia Steadman - Incognito Software
215 3:00 pm-4:00 pm LEGAL ISSUES IN OPEN SOURCE LICENSING Abstract: Technology lawyer Arshia Tabrizi goes beyond the myths & misunderstandings about dangers of using Linux & Open Source software and answers questions including: Do I have to license back my modifications? Can I do anything I want with Open Source software? Can I keep the copyright in my code? Topics covered: · history and concept of Open Source software · copyright protection for software products · software licensing from a business and legal perspective · analysis of licensing issues for Linux under GPL & LGPL · other Open Source licenses (BSD, Perl etc.) and distinguishing factors · licensing your product using Open Source and Innovative Business Models · SCO litigation regarding Copying of Code from Unix into Linux
Speaker(s): Arshia Tabrizi - Tabrizi Law Office
216 4:15 pm-5:15 pm USING LINUX TO PROVIDE QUALITY OF SERVICE FOR NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURES Abstract: The Internet has become the infrastructure of choice for businesses and consumers for an increasing array of communications technologies. However, as organizations shift more mission-critical commerce applications to their IP infrastructure, maintaining end-to-end quality of service becomes critical. Based on the Differentiated Services RFC, Linux can solve these QoS issues. This seminar will examine case studies and address end-to-end quality of service, methodologies and implications under Linux, the technical issues for administrators and network providers, and state-of-the-art technologies for Linux. Case studies include DNS Online, a full-service ISP in northern Indiana providing dial-up, Web hosting, co-location and wireless services http://www.dnsonline.net and Mid America National Bank, a regional bank based in Canton, Illinois with multiple branches in southern Illinois. http://www.midnatbank.com
Speaker(s): Doug Hass - ImageStream Internet Solutions
Thursday, April 15
SESSION TIME TITLE Session Information
305 8:30 am-9:30 am ERP APPLICATION ON LINUX: CITY OF BLOOMINGTON: CASE STUDY Abstract: This seminar is a business case of the City of Bloomington's major upgrade of its Oracle Financials application to version 11i while simultaneously migrating from an HP-UX to a RedHat Linux environment. Bloomington's experience will review the costs and benefits of running a major ERP application on a Linux platform, and the return on investment for using Linux. The seminar will include the technical challenges and solutions of migrating to a Linux platform during a major application upgrade, and identify strategies for ensuring the success of both projects.
Speaker(s): Venkat Sankaran - Mascon Global Limited
307 11:00 am-11:50 am STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS - MIGRATING TO THE LINUX DESKTOP Abstract: There is a huge buzz surrounding Linux on the desktop. A forward thinking manager/ administrator, you have been considering desktop Linux for your organization's future, but you are concerned about the "culture shock" awaiting your users. Just how different is desktop Linux when compared to Windows? Join Marcel Gagné, author of "Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!", for all the answers. Marcel will introduce you to the Linux desktop through a live demonstration of the desktop and its business applications. He'll highlight the similarities and the differences. In the end, you'll discover that desktop Linux is ready for your organization. Bonus! Attend this seminar and have the chance to win one of Marcel Gagne's books
Speaker(s): Marcel Gagne -
313 3:00 pm-4:00 pm CASE STUDY: CHILDREN'S SERVICES MIGRATION TO LINUX DESKTOP Abstract: Randell Clarke, presents how 450 desktops were migrated to Linux on the desktop. In a head to head comparison deploying Windows vs. Linux on the desktop participants will see actual proof - not theory how one of the first government agencies successfully migrated to Linux on the desktop including the challenges for users and the cost and support benefits.
Speaker(s): Randell Clarke - City of Toronto
317 4:15 pm-5:15 pm THE CITY OF CALGARY: IMPLEMENTING LINUX - A CASE STUDY Abstract: Calgary is a fast growing, dynamic City of approximately one million people served by a municipal government of 11,000 employees that is stretched to its capacity. The City's IT Department is a key enabler for front line customer services and has several initiatives underway to drive efficiencies in core service delivery. One of the leading success stories in 2003 was the research and implementation of Linux. This case study will uncover business case drivers, proof of concept findings and quantify the dramatic change in their environment including key performance and financial results.
Speaker(s): Dan Ryan - City of Calgary

* Visionary sessions are free with conference registration.

All conference programs take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto.

Conference Schedule

April 13: Tutorials & Workshops
April 14 – 15: Seminars
April 14 – 15: Keynote and Visionary presenters
April 14: Birds of a Feather

Trade Show Schedule

April 13, 11:00am - 6:00 pm
April 14, 11:00am - 5:00 pm