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DiData Forum to go global with business slant

DiData Forum to go global with business slant

Dimension Data's annual industry forum will return in 2005 as an international series of conferences with a greater focus on business issues.

The announcement follows the company's decision not to run the event this year.

The first 2005 Forum will take place in South Africa in the middle of next year, but the exact location and content of the conference sessions was still to be decided, Dimension Data's corporate communications manager, Martin Aungle, said.

"We're very happy our event is being used as a template for the rest of the world," Aungle said.

"Dimension Data has a similar presence in South Africa that it has here so the model will translate really well."

He said the focus of the events would change to reflect requests from previous delegates for less technically-focused seminars, because these had been the most popular in the past.

"We held off on an event in 2004 so we could look at the format and make sure it was still relevant and valuable to the delegates," he said. "We are now working with non-IT organisations to introduce more general business-related issues and make sure the event is not just about technology."

Contrary to recent announcements from the company that the event would be held on May 12-16, 2005, the 13th Australian forum will now take place towards the end of next year.

The Dimension Data Forum began in 1991 with 60 technical delegates and has grown to 800 attendees spread across both technology and business vocations in 2003.

The events generally run from Friday to Monday and include leisure activities and networking around the seminar sessions and technology demonstrations.


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