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Companies Realise the Business Value of IT at EMC Inform

  • 05 May, 2005 12:11

<p>Chairman of Woolworths Reveals the Secret to Improved Business Performance</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 5 May 2005 – More than 1200 delegates from a variety of industries today flocked to EMC Australia’s second annual showcase event EMC Inform – The World of Information, the definitive information, storage and management event of the year.</p>
<p>More than 50 of Australia’s leading chief information officers (CIOs) from Australia’s top companies gathered to hear and discuss some of the pressing technology and business issues as part of a CIO panel at the conference.</p>
<p>James Strong, chairman, Woolworths Australia delivered a unique keynote speech on how the company realised the business value of IT and his colleague Steve Bradley, CIO Woolworths revealed how the leading Australian supermarket made performance improvements through IT.</p>
<p>“IT is central to the whole future of Woolworths,” Strong said, “Technology is becoming a key strategic competitive advantage to the whole Australian economy.”</p>
<p>Steven Bradley, chief logistics and information officer Woolworths Australia said, “At Woolworths we use IT to help improve operational efficiencies around the business. Technology projects need to have a business outcome, so we use IT to help change the nature of our business.”</p>
<p>Dave DeWalt, executive vice president of the EMC Software Group, delivered a lively speech about Information Lifecycle Management and talked about what it can do for Australian businesses today.</p>
<p>Steve Redman, managing director, EMC Australia and New Zealand, said the impressive attendance at Inform reflects the improved business sentiment and signals a fresh focus on information as companies face new challenges such as security and regulatory compliance.</p>
<p>Redman said, “The insights we have been hearing at this year’s Inform reflect Australian organisations’ need to manage their information assets effectively and use that valuable data to gain competitive advantage in the global economy.</p>
<p>“Information is becoming increasingly critical to businesses as they try to find ways to differentiate themselves from competitors and take advantage of new and advanced applications.”</p>
<p>Inform ’05 is EMC Australia/New Zealand’s industry event held for the second time, and generated support from EDS, Microsoft, Cisco, Dimension Data, Oracle, Fujitsu, Dell and other industry leaders. There were 20 workshop sessions running in four streams throughout the day on virtualisation, archiving, storage ready networks, enterprise content management, storage investments and business continuity, as well as customer implementation case studies.</p>
<p>EMC Inform generated sponsorship from EDS, Cisco, McData, Dell, Kaz, Unisys, Fujitsu, Dell, Dimension Data, Tripoint, Enstor, Brocade and other industry leaders. The conference featured business and technology sessions on virtualising the enterprise, bringing agility to the enterprise, dealing with security and compliance and storage issues relevant to small and medium sized businesses such as consolidating storage, backup and archiving.</p>
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<p>About EMC</p>
<p>EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that help organisations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.</p>
<p>EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation. Other trademarks are property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Emma Rogers
EMC Corporation
Ph: (02) 9925 7942
E-mail: rogers_emma@emc.com</p>
<p>Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
Ph: (02) 9954 3299
E-mail: martyf@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>

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