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Tenth Anniversary for SCO Forum
SCO Forum has become a mainstay industry event. This year's program,
expected to draw many IS professionals, reaches a milestone of longevity.
According to the Santa Cruz Operation, more than 2,000 open systems professionals
from dozens of countries around the world are expected to attend SCO Forum96,
the tenth annual international symposium for developers, resellers and IS
managers taking place Aug. 18-23 at the University of California at Santa
"We are pleased that the international information systems industry
has acknowledged SCO Forum96 as the must-attend event of the year,"
says Alok Mohan, SCO's president and CEO. "This is a great way to mark
SCO Forum's tenth birthday."
SCO Forum96 will feature a range of in-depth courses on some of the key
business and engineering topics affecting the global computer industry.
SCO Forum96 will also include a special session called the "Gemini"
Fast Track, a two-day course for developers interested in an in-depth, code-level
preview of SCO's upcoming Gemini operating system product, which combines
elements of SCO UnixWare and OpenServer.
This year, the event's conference program will be segmented into three major
conference tracks: business, systems administration and engineering. The
business track will cover topics such as selling Internet security solutions
and market analyses of Latin America and the Pacific Rim. The system administration
track will include topics on maintaining Web sites and Internet security.
The engineering track will address topics such as database connectivity
and migrating host applications to client/server environments.
In addition, international business and technology leaders will deliver
keynote speeches in the university's Quarry amphitheater. In keeping with
the tradition of past Forum conferences, attendees will be invited to hear
a selection of presenters from a variety of backgrounds and experience.
The list of speakers was not available as of this writing, but by now it
can be accessed at SCO's Web site, www.sco.com.
UniForum and SCO have shared roots that go far back. SCO was one of UniForum's
founding sponsors, and we are now in our fifteenth year. SCO Forum has always
been a UniForum meeting place; in fact, at SCO Forum95, a hallway gathering
brought together four past UniForum presidents and enough board and staff
members to constitute a quorum.
UniForum's successful Trial Member program has also been helped by SCO and
SCO Forum. Membership offers have been bundled with SCO software shipments,
and our publications are part of the Forum's attendee materials. This year
the cooperation reaches a new level. All registrants of SCO Forum qualify
as trial members of this association and so will receive a year's worth
of issues of UniForum's IT Solutions and the UniNews online
newsletter, as well as Web access to the UniForum Open Systems Products
"We're grateful to SCO and, in particular, John Lehmann, its director
of marketing communications, for this extraordinary measure of cooperation,"
says Dick Shippee, director of publications for UniForum. "SCO Forum
attendees are precisely the audience we want to reach with our publications
and educational services. In turn, we believe Forum attendees will welcome
and value their new relationship with UniForum."
A Good Time for All
On the recreational side, SCO Forum96 will feature a variety of events designed
to take advantage of the Santa Cruz area's beautiful summer climate. Activities
will include tours of the finest wineries in the nearby mountains, golf
tournaments, a soccer tournament, foot races, barbecues, a train ride through
the forested mountains on a 100-year-old, steam-powered locomotive and beach
The cost of the full, six-day SCO Forum96 conference is $1195 or $717 with
the SCO OK discount. The two-day Gemini Fast Track course (Aug. 22-23) is
included with conference registration or is available separately for $295.
An SCO Forum96 exhibits-only pass costs $30. For more information, go to
http://www.sco.com or call (800) SCO-FORUM.