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UniForum '97, March 10-14, 1997, San Francisco
Web Technology and Network Management Meet at UniForum '97

Needham, Mass., January 13, 1997 - The industry's most prestigious conference and exposition focused on the power and potential of Open Systems technologies is set to convene this March at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. UniForum '97 combines UNIX with NT, Java, ActiveX and other Web technologies for an industry-leading conference program, March 10-14, 1997, and the most vital advanced systems exposition, March 12-14, 1997. UniForum '97 is produced by SOFTBANK COMDEX in conjunction with the UniForum Association.

"UniForum '97 has three interlocking elements," said Tom Mace, executive director, UniForum. "The first is the conference - a genuine world-class learning opportunity for all users of IT. The second is the exposition, where what is learned in the conference is seen in practice on the show floor. The third is the coming together of the industry at the one event where customers, vendors, press and analysts can really meet and discuss the future of IT."

Considered the industry's most important educational platform, the UniForum Conference Program will offer over 55 conference sessions, providing attendees with the latest trends, technical information and advanced technologies, including the Web, servers, open systems, network technologies and integration. Experts from such industry-leading companies and analyst firms as Giga Information Group; Hewlett-Packard; IBM; NEC Technologies, Inc.; and Sun Microsystems Inc. are scheduled to speak.

In addition to the conference sessions, the program contains tutorials, workshops and a symposium for comprehensive coverage of the latest IT developments. This year's program includes tutorials developed by USENIX, the industry's most respected UNIX technologies educator. In all, nine tutorials will be offered covering Internet Security, Web Development, Distributed Computing and other hot topics relating to UNIX and advanced technologies. Two workshops are scheduled, including The Extranet: Workshop on InfoTEST's Enhanced Product Realization Project, which examines one of the largest Internet technology trials ever conducted, and The Windows NT Developers and ISV Workshop, which discusses the integration of UNIX and NT clients and servers. The Open Group Research Institute Symposium will feature the latest technical findings and research developments in portability, interoperability and scalability, with special attention on operating systems, Web technology and Java technology.

The event will also house several specialized technology and vendor pavilions, including the Linux Pavilion, Open Group Pavilion, Windows NT Business Solutions Pavilion and Cambridge Technology Partners' Electronic Commerce/Internet-Based Solutions Area. Platform integration will be demonstrated in a special technology area on the exhibit floor. In addition, AIM, an independent benchmarking company in Santa Clara, will present its Hot Iron Awards, recognizing those products exhibiting the fastest speed and best performance in the industry.

As a special benefit to all conference registrants, UniForum '97 will offer a unique opportunity to sample two industry-leading conferences. A Taste of SCO, sponsored by SCO, and A Taste of CMG, sponsored by the Computer Measurement Group (CMG), will feature some of the most popular sessions from SCO's and CMG's annual conferences.

About UniForum
UniForum, the International Association of Open Systems Professionals, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1980. Today, it represents thousands of vendors and users of open systems. UniForum's mission is to help individuals and their organizations increase the effectiveness of their information systems through the use of open systems, based on shared industry standards. Central to UniForum's mission is the delivery of high-quality educational programs, trade shows and conferences, publications, on-line services and peer group discussions.

Since the introduction of the first COMDEX event in 1979, SOFTBANK COMDEX has continued to meet the growing needs of the global information technology marketplace. With an expansive program of more than 30 trade shows and conferences worldwide, including COMDEX events throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, SOFTBANK COMDEX provides the premier showcase and most comprehensive educational platform for new and emerging computer and communications technologies.

For Complete Information
For updated information on UniForum '97, be sure to visit Attendees can register online at this Web site. Information on all SOFTBANK COMDEX events, including UniForum '97, is available at

For additional information, contact: Suzanne Lonergan or Amy Groden,
SOFTBANK COMDEX, at 617/433-1755 or 617/433-1756; Fax: 617/444-4806, or via e-mail:

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UniForum is sponsored by UniForum, The International Association of Open Systems Professionals, and managed by SOFTBANK COMDEX Inc.

Barbara J. Myers
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