Bringing IT Together: Charting The Course Proceedings 2002

Bringing IT Together: Charting The Course Conference Proceedings 2002 PC MAC CD 






Bringing IT Together: Charting The Course Proceedings 2002
From the standing ovation given to the keynote speaker to the crowded exhibition floor, GITA’s 25th Annual Conference provided attendees with an exciting educational experience. Nearly 2,600 attendees gathered at the Tampa Convention Center March 17–20, 2002, in Tampa, Fla., to share ideas, learn, and network at one of the oldest and most well-established geospatial events of the year.

The conference theme, Bringing IT Together: Charting the Course, reflected the geospatial IT industry’s journey as it evolved from a fledgling back-office technology to the enterprisewide industry it is today. The event began with the presentation of 20 in-depth seminars on topics ranging from data warehousing to scoping and tracking GIS projects to modern techniques for enterprise application integration. A total of 492 attendees participated in the seminars.

After opening remarks from GITA Executive Director Bob Samborski, GITA President Dave DiSera, EMA, Inc., welcomed an estimated 1,200 conference attendees at the Opening Session. Conference Chair Tim Finefield, CT&T, Inc., encouraged attendees “to take advantage of the opportunity that this conference gives, by networking with colleagues during the many events that have been scheduled.” Former Air Force Captain Scott F. O’Grady gave a captivating account of his miraculous survival in hostile enemy territory after his F-16 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over Bosnia in 1995. When reflecting on what it means to be a hero, O’Grady complimented the audience for being everyday heroes by “providing the products and services so everyone around the world can live a healthier, happier, and more secure life.”

The 84 educational sessions, segmented into 14 track topics; the five panel discussions; and the five user-only forums rounded out the educational aspect of the event. Two new tracks, E-Biz—Leveraging the Web and Project Management, along with the return of the GeoSoluciones and Municipal Perspective tracks, offered specialized education tailored to specific audiences.

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