Media Release: The ’10 Big Things’ in IT come to Scotland

SCOTTISH information technology and communications industry executives have an exceptional opportunity to consider the future of their industry at the ScotlandIS 2007 Global Forum in Edinburgh on October 4.

ScotlandIS, the trade association representing more than 200 Scottish ICT companies, and partners Innovation Centres Scotland, who manage the award winning Hillington Park Innovation Centre and Alba Innovation Centre, have secured top industry speakers who have been challenged to come up with their ’10 Big Things’, in terms of global trends for the future of Scotland, specifically for the event.

The Forum is open to Scottish businesses and is accompanied by the annual ScotSoft dinner, and this year’s prestigious Young Software Engineer awards presentation.

“We are very excited by the calibre of speakers we have attracted to the ’10 Big Things’ Forum,“ commented Tom Ogilvie, chief executive of Innovation Centres Scotland.

“It’s a real chance for Scottish ICT businesses to discuss the latest thinking and market developments, as well as gaining an exclusive insight into the future for Scotland, helped by speakers from leading companies such as O2, Oracle, Deloitte Research, RBS and Metaweb Technologies,” added ScotlandIS executive director Polly Purvis.

“There is a strong international flavour to the forum, and it is an exceptional opportunity for ICT people to share what is going on and to take part in the debate.

”The conference will be addressed by Scottish Enteerprise Minister, Jim Mather MSP.

Speakers include Mike Short, VP Research & Development, O2; Ian Smith, MD (EMEA), Oracle; John Giannandrea, CTO, Metaweb Technologies; Tim Thorne, group head of Innovation, Royal Bank of Scotland; Paul Lee, director, Deloitte Research; and Paul Lewis, MD Industries, Scottish Enterprise.

The event is a partnership between ScotlandIS and Innovation Centres (Scotland) Ltd and is sponsored by Scottish Enterprise. Booking information can be obtained at

Bookings for the dinner and awards ceremony can be obtained from

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