April 23, 2007-- Questex Media Group, Inc.'s AIIM and DEMAND Conferences & Expos, the largest enterprise IT event combined with the pre-eminent digital printing event in North America, was held last week at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Representatives from 110 Fortune 500 companies registered for this year's event, which attracted nearly 25,000 visitors from 50 states and 77 countries.
"The conferences and expos succeeded beyond our expectations. The conference program attracted business and technology professionals from around the world to learn about the entire information life cycle. The energy of the Expo floor was exhilarating with attendees exploring a variety of technology options. And our prominent keynote speakers, special events and sponsors demonstrated the critical importance of these industries," said Christina Condos, Group Show Director, Questex Media Group.
The show floor buzzed with product launches and major announcements, connecting buyers and sellers with the hottest products and technologies from the information management and on demand printing industries. More than 425 companies exhibited, including more than 150 new exhibitors.
Special features at the events included an ECM Exchange Theater, a series of interactive sessions sponsored by Doculabs and AIIM - The ECM Association; a mock trial sponsored by FileNet, an IBM company; general sessions from Microsoft Corporation and Adobe; a SuperSession on "Searching For A Better Way To Manage Content" from Google Enterprise; workshops from CompTIA Channel University; a Language and Technology Services Pavilion sponsored by GALA; show floor tech tours led by expert guides; and Xerox Corporation's "Let's Say Thanks" program.
Keynote speakers included business and technology luminaries Arkadi Kuhlmann, Chairman, President and CEO of ING Direct USA; Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President, Office Business Platform Microsoft; John Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Business Objects; and Stephen J. Dubner, author of The New York Times bestseller - Freakonomics.
This year, the scope and depth of the AIIM conference program grew to include 14 tracks addressing the needs of business and IT professionals as well as compliance and records managers, while the ON DEMAND conference program offered more than 40 sessions focused on key growth applications, technologies and opportunities in the digital printing industry as well as business strategies in the digital printing industry. The program expansion resulted in a 35 percent increase in conference attendance.
Awards presented at the events included the second annual ON DEMAND Best of Show Awards; EDSF's 2007 Excellence in Education and Educator of the Year awards; ECM Connection's ACE Awards; and the AIIM E-DOC Magazine Readers' Choice Awards.
The Conferences & Expos together comprised the largest event ever held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, with more than 180,000 square feet of floor space devoted to the exhibitors' booths and 2.6 million pounds of freight. To highlight the importance of the co-located events taking place in the city of Boston, Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino also proclaimed Monday, April 16, 2007 The AIIM and ON DEMAND Conferences & Expos Day.
For the fourth year, the Conferences & Expos gave back to the local community by partnering with an education-related charity. This year the AIIM and ON DEMAND Conferences and Expos partnered with the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a Boston Public School. Exhibitors donated hardware and software with a total value of nearly $100,000, providing the school with state-of-the-art technology solutions for the school's educational and career training programs. The New England Chapter of AIIM has supported the Horace Mann School as a business advisor and partner, providing both technological expertise and funds, for over 25 years.
Next year's co-located events will take place March 3-6, 2008 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. For information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Leo Squatrito at [email protected]