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Fourth Annual Computer and Office Technology Showcase runs Sept. 2-3

Jackson event features seminars for range of users

On Wednesday and Thursday, September 2 and 3, Jackson will host one of the largest business-to-business high technology shows in the region.

The Fourth Annual Computer & Technology Showcase will present a wide range of exhibitors at the Mississippi Trade Mart. Show times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show`s producer is Event Management Services, an experienced producer of similar events.

The show will promote interfacing from both private and government sectors with major suppliers of services and products for increasing office productivity. It also features two days of conference tracks with seminars and executive forums on subjects such as year 2000, the Internet, client/server solutions, networking solutions, imaging technology, Windows 98 and Windows NT, multimedia, video teleconferencing, and document management.

Companies such as Lucent Technologies, GTE Communications Corp., Inacom, WorldCom, Entergy Hyperion, Bell South Mobility, CDE Integrated System, Meta 3, Ayrix Technology Inc. and Business Communications Inc. are slated for booths.

Other exhibitors include Bay Networks, Government Computer Sales, Mid-South Data, and Millennium Technology Systems LLC. Several product announcements and introductions are planned for the show. Office equipment and service companies such as Lanier, Okidata, Copy Graphics and Norrell Staffing Services will also be represented. Software, hardware and peripherals, and telecommunication services will be on display.

Providers of products such as voice mail and digital color production will also present their capabilities, as will human resources and training companies.

The keynote address “Next Millennium Technologies” will be delivered by James B. Palmer, equity partner of LocalNet Communications. He will speak on the importance of telecommunications and how this advancing technology can be integrated into every office. The session will be at 11 a.m., Sept. 2 in the Tech Theater on the show floor.

Typical of the breakthrough technology that will be displayed at the show is Dragon Dictate, being demonstrated by Millennium Technology Systems LLC. This device, with a 60,000 word vocabulary, lets users actually talk to their computers. It is the answer for people who have their hands too full to type or who suffer from repetitive stress syndrome. The company offers installation, training, and service for Dragon Dictate.

The Internet is an area of interest to virtually every business in the world. The possibilities of marketing products and services through this medium, which is a constant advertisement and communication device, are attractive. Among the local companies which will be showing Internet services will be Moonlight Media with hands-on demonstrations. CyberHighway of Jackson will demonstrate its wireless Internet signal which offers clean, high speed connection to the Jackson metropolitan area. Meta3 Inc., will conduct a seminar on Internet security and a session on computer training for the 21st century.

Virtually every user of software is concerned about the Year 2000 question at this point. Millennium Plus is the only company that is strictly devoted to writing and designing software to deal with this problem. They will have a booth in the showcase where they will be showing how companies of all sizes can be ready for the year 2000.

One product of special interest will be Net-Fone, being shown by LocalNet. This technology harnesses the Internet and is cost-effective. All it takes is plugging in a telephone to the Net-Fone desktop unit and plugging the unit into a wall jack. The rest of the process is simple and allows the user to begin quickly talking over the Internet.

The event is co-sponsored by the Jackson Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). A number of excellent seminars will be offered by the group. Topics include Year 2000 Solutions, Employment Skills and Concerns, and Telecommunications And Future Business Trends. Other seminars will be delivered on subjects such as “Your Software Is Ready But What About the Rest of The Company,” “Hypertext Reporting Over The Company Intranet,” “2001: A Technology Odyssey,” “Retooling Your Skills After Y2K…And Before” and more. The US Post Office will have a seminar on Mail Piece Design; and other companies will be presenting seminars and presentations in their booths.

Government Computer Sales is an exhibitor that has a computer-based learning program for adult education and prison-related programs. Large scale buyers of educational programs find that the programs offered by Government Computer Sales offer a complete easy-to-use hardware and software solution without maintenance fees.

Corporate users who have networked high speed printers will be interested in the Okidata OKIJET 2500, a photo-quality inkjet printer with 1200 x 600 dpi resolution in best color mode and 600 x 600 standard output. Designed for small business and home office users, the printer has replaceable ink cartridges for economy. The OKIJET 2500 allows the changing of an ink cartridge after a page has started printing. Another product the company will show is the OKIPAGE 8c, a networkable LED page printer offering business-class output with eight page per minute full color capability.

Show manager Barbie Souza said, “We felt that last year`s show proved that the time is right for a show of this magnitude in Jackson. This market is rapidly expanding and the business community here needs a show like ours. This event gives businesspeople a chance to see, hear, and touch the equipment they`ve been reading about. Instead of having to deal with many marketing reps coming through their office to show the products one at a time, attendees can see all the products and services they are looking for at one time in one place. To say that our show is a time and money saver is an understatement.”

She added, “For attendees to maximize the value of trips to the show, we recommend that they make appointments with vendors ahead of time so that they can have a serious, concentrated presentation of key equipment and software. Many of the booths will be presenting theater-like demos and talks, too, so it makes sense to find out times for these presentations in advance. That way, you don`t miss out. Coming to the showcase is a way to gain a competitive advantage – because knowledge about the leading edge trends in technology is worth its weight in gold. What`s more, it saves the travel costs of going to a national show like Comdex.”

She added that everyone who makes decisions in the office should attend-from the CEO to purchasing managers to information system managers. “It`s an event that covers all areas of the office environment,” she noted. Admission to the show is $15 at the door. Show passes are available at many of Jackson`s major vendors of high technology and office equipment. For more information or complimentary passes, persons wishing to see the show should contact Event Management Services at 1-800-422-0251 or register online at www.techshows.com.

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