On Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, Jackson will host one of the largest business-to-business high technology shows in the region. The Fifth Annual Computer & Technology Showcase will present a wide range of exhibitors in The Mississippi Trade Mart. Show times are 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. The event is co-sponsored by the Jackson Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). The show’s producer is Event Management Services, which produces over 20 regional showcases nationwide.
The show will promote interfacing from both private and government sectors with major suppliers of services and products for increasing office productivity. It will also features two full days of conference tracks with seminars and executive forums on subjects such as Year 2000 and PCs, the Internet, global reach with e-commerce, distance learning, and more. Companies such as Novell, Graybar, Panasonic, CenturyTel, 3COM, BellSouth Small Business and BellSouth Mobility, Sprint Business, CDE Integrated Systems, Inacom, CompUSA and more will have booths in the show. Several product announcements and introductions are planned.
For instance, Total Office Solutions, Integrated Network Solutions and Network Communication Inc. will co-host an exhibition in Special Feature C. They will demonstrate how to equip the office for the 21st century with their combination of high speed networked copying and printing, wide area network integration, and complete wiring and cabling.
Business Communications Inc. (BCI), a leading provider of total End-to-End Business Solutions, will be exhibiting along with its partners Sun Microsystems, Sun/Netscape Alliance and Cisco Systems at the Showcase in Special Feature B. Judd Maltin from the newly formed Sun/Netscape Alliance is the company’s featured speaker. He will deliver a message on “End-to-End E-Business Solutions. ” These electronics practices will allow new revenue generating opportunities, improved customer satisfaction and loyalty, operational expense reduction and greater competitive differentiation. Sun Microsystems will show their newest Enterprise Workgroup Server. Cisco Systems will display the latest in networking products. More information is available at the firm’s Web site — www.buscominc.com.
Many people need computing power wherever they go, even in extreme environments. Panasonic Personal Computer Company, the leader in ruggedized portable PCs, will exhibit their revolutionary line of Toughbook notebook computers. These computers have full magnesium alloy cases, water-resistant keyboards, shock-resistant hard drives, touch screen LCDs and wireless capabilities.
Inacom, the largest computer dealership headquartered in Mississippi, will sponsor eight seminars at the showcase, hosted by engineers from Cisco and Compaq. Subjects include distance learning; high availability server solutions; LAN and WAN technologies; integrating voice, video and data; and enterprise network security. Inacom personnel will be on hand in their booth No. 227 to answer questions about technology issues not addressed in the seminars.
Novell will hold six seminars on networking, including “NetWare for Small Business 5 Suite,” “Novell Directory Services and NT Integration,” “Internet Connectivity” and more.
NEC Computer Systems will introduce the NEC PowerMate 2000 Microdesktop PC at their booth. This flat panel microdesktop features a space-saving design and low-power consumption with desktop computing power. The chassis footprint is smaller than a notebook’s. According to the company, the Powermate 2000 “integrates desktop, mobile, and future technologies. The company added that the PC concept “foreshadows the way we will work in the future — with small, highly-integrated computers that fit into places where space premium and flexibility is key. The machine also offers easy customizing and upgrading.
Teleco Mississippi will be showing Virtual Operator, a speech recognition auto attendant and call routing system which performs the tasks of a live operator. It answers up to 12 calls at once, understands natural speech, and eliminates touch-tone menus. The system never puts callers on hold. It also can automate international phone systems where touch-tone menus are non-existent and is available in multiple languages. For companies that employ a live operator, the Virtual Operator frees up staff time to focus on other tasks. Teleco Mississippi has entered into a definitive distribution agreement with Registry Magic to market and sell the virtual operator system. The firm will host seminars about the product Sept. 1 at 11:30 a. m. and Sept. 2 at 10:30 a. m.
Several locally-based Internet service providers will be showing their capabilities at the showcase. Cyberhighway of Jackson concentrates on the total office Internet connection. They provide Web site design and secure e-commerce for a storefront on the Web. The company can provide wireless T-1, ISDN, and frame relay connections depending on a business’ needs. They also offer training courses in Front Page, Windows, Windows NT and more.
Dixie-Net is also hosting a booth in the showcase. This firm is a Jackson-based ISP that now has 13 offices statewide. The company features services such as on-line training courses, Web mail, fund-raising packages, World Wide Web services, ISDN/direct connects and e-mail. Its new sister firm, DixieNet Communications, offers video teleconferencing capabilities, a choice of local phone services, high-speed data access, entertainment video on demand and more to users throughout Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
Adelphia Communications Corporation will show its capabilities as one of the nation’s largest broadband communication networks. It offers a host of services, including telecommunications, cable television, high-speed Internet access and telephony. The company recently announced that they have acquired naming rights for the Tennessee Titan’s new National Football League home stadium in Nashville.
For businesspeople seeking a turnkey solution to their computing needs, 1•2•1 Micro, based in Jackson, will demonstrate how their team of accountants and software and hardware engineers can fully understand a company’s requirements and create a custom information system. Its professionals have hands-on experience in many environments.
Show director Linda Struble said 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. “If you get even one idea to boost your productivity, it’s worth the time. As many of our attendees say, it makes a big difference when you can go straight to a booth with the products and services your need rather than listening to many sales calls in your office. “
“All of the exhibitors and seminar providers are focusing on one thing — giving the businesspeople of Mississippi the best information possible to do their jobs better.” She added that coming to a regional show like this provides a significant time and cost savings over attending a large national trade show like Comdex.
“We have the answers people need, right here, where they can meet the people who will implement them. We suggest that our attendees check the seminar schedules on our Web site and plan to attend the ones that will benefit them the most. Then they can check the show floor for ways to implement what they’ve learned. “
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 o
r register online at www.techshows.com.
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