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CeBit set to showcase importance of digitisation

Germany's CeBit 2016 conference in March announced its key themes focus on digital transformations

CeBit set to showcase importance of digitisation
Visitors gather at CeBit in 2015; this year the technology fair will focus on digital transformations in every industry

CeBit, the international digital business event in Hannover, Germany, encompasses all the latest developments that are shaping markets and impacting consumers to offer managers and executives' guidance, inspiration and innovations.

New technologies in such fields as big data and analytics, cloud computing, mobile applications, social business, IT security and the Internet of Things are opening up new opportunities for companies.

From 14 to 18 March, the focus of CeBIT 2016 is on the digital transformation of every industry, the Internet of Things and security in a digitised economy and society.

With its chosen lead theme of "d!conomy: Join - create - succeed", CeBIT 2016 places people at the centre of the digital transformation in their role as decision-makers and creators. Only those who participate in digitalisation by actively shaping it will successfully navigate the transformation. This theme figures prominently in every segment of the show, with sample applications on view in multiple exhibition halls and in-depth exploration and discussion at the CeBIT Global Conferences.               

Partner Country Switzerland a market leader in digital innovation

CeBIT's official Partner Country in 2016 is Switzerland. The event is thus highlighting one of the leading countries around the globe in the use of digital technologies. Switzerland is one of the world's most innovative countries, an internationally recognised research and development hub, one of the wealthiest countries in the world - and is at the cutting edge when it comes to implementing digitalisation strategies. The first place to explore is the Swiss Central Pavilion in Hall 6.

Business and politics in dialogue at the CeBIT Global Conferences

The CeBIT Global Conferences in Hall 8 are the highlight of the CeBIT conference program. Over the course of four days, international business and government leaders get together to discuss current and future trends in the digital universe. The 2016 themes are d!conomy, The Internet of Everything, Security & Privacy and Disruptive Technologies. A centerpiece of the conference program is the new annual conference on the European Union's Digital Agenda with EU Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger. Rock the Blog - the event by, with and about bloggers - will once again be held on the final day of CeBIT, following its very successful premiere at CeBIT 2015.

SCALE11 - portraying the entire startup ecosystem

SCALE11 in Hall 11 features all of the innovations, aspiring entrepreneurs, established players and interested investors essential to the startup ecosystem. Among others, 250 international startups are presenting new, digital and disruptive business models in highly creative and inspiring surroundings - with a conference program, pitches, workshops, speed dating and rich networking opportunities.

Developer World - bringing software developers together

Developer World in Hall 11 is an exhibition, networking zone and conference stage that serves as both meeting place and marketplace for software developers. This event hosted by Heise Medien is directed towards software development and engineering companies, as well as web developers and software architects, analysts and testers. The conference program includes trending topics such as distributed systems, microservices, containerisation, DevOps, big data and the Internet of Things.

IoT SOLUTIONS - putting the spotlight on the Internet of Things

For the first time CeBIT is presenting the hot topic of the Internet of Things in a dedicated display: IoT SOLUTIONS in Hall 13 features IoT solutions for users in a variety of sectors. This new showcase focuses on networking and digitalisation of value chains, products, processes and services.

Communication & Networks - ensuring efficient communication

The Communication & Networks area, also in Hall 13, is the perfect complement to IoT SOLUTIONS. Visitors can find technologies and solutions for networked communication and IT infrastructures - from broadband solutions to M2M and Unified Communications. The M2M/IoT pavilion with its cross-industry solutions for machine-to-machine communication and the Internet of Things is also new.

DatacenterDynamics - everything needed to future-proof data centers

The DatacenterDynamics at CeBIT showcase in Hall 12 brings together everything to do with the data center of the future. Digitalisation is also having a huge impact on the data center market, leading to ever greater demands in terms of availability, data volume and security. Storage solutions, server technologies and cloud-based IT services are being presented for the first time alongside "classic" data center themes. The related conference will be exploring "Open Source / Open Compute" questions, with attendance free of charge for all CeBIT visitors.

Business Security - championing the cause of thwarting cyberattacks

The Business Security display in Hall 6 shows companies how to protect themselves from cyberattacks. Visitors interested in a "security check" can consult with experts in antivirus solutions, e-mail security and cloud & Internet security, as well as overall network security. The integral Business Security Forum gives companies valuable input on every aspect of IT security. Prestigious exhibitors from the security sector are presenting their products and services at the CeBIT Security Plaza.

Research & Innovation - putting creative ideas in close touch with business players

As of 2016, the Research & Innovation showcase is being staged at its new home in Hall 6. There, research centers and institutes, universities and businesses will be sharing the latest fruits of their research at CeBIT's central R&D hub, offering everyone a glimpse of things to come in the digital world. The centrally located "future talk forum" offers a series of presentations, social events, prize-giving ceremonies and podium discussions. A new feature is the Science Square, with research findings to be presented every half an hour.

Public Sector Parc - taking public administration to new heights

The Public Sector Parc in Hall 7 showcases the full breadth of IT solutions and applications for use in public administration, to show how digitalisation in the public sector can work to everyone's advantage and generate massive cost savings. The latest federal and state projects as well as innovative initiatives from the IT planning council are presented in the special Government for You section, featuring De-Mail, social media tools, open government concepts and more.

Planet Reseller - fine-tuned to the needs of retailers and purchasing agents

In the Planet Reseller specialist reseller area, ICT wholesalers, channel managers, IT consultants and buyers find solutions for the latest IT-sector retail trends - cloud, mobility, UCC (Unified Communication and Collaboration), as well as smart buildings and lighting. Industry experts discuss cutting-edge topics in the CRN (Computer Reseller News) TV studio throughout the duration of the trade show. Interviews and expert discussions focus on the current market situation and the associated opportunities and prospects for the ICT sector.

Global Sourcing Area - prime marketplace for procurement pros

The Global Sourcing Area in Halls 16 and 17 is the international marketplace for professionals whose job it is to source and buy IT equipment, components and devices. Its portfolio encompasses individual components and units as well as comprehensive products and solutions from hardware to mobile devices, displays and audio technologies.

DRONEMASTERS Summit@CeBIT - getting new business off the ground

There are many new business models developing around drone technology, whether in logistics, agribusiness, for public administrations or security companies. For the first time ever, CeBIT is addressing this topic on a large scale, in partnership with DRONEMASTERS, as host to DRONEMASTERS Summit@CeBIT - an exhibition, multi-day conference program and flight arena in Hall 16. The focus is on drone-related business applications.

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