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The sixth annual BICSI event lands once again in Dubai next month; NME caught up with the district BICSI chair to find out about what this year’s event has in store for networking professionals.

Next month sees the annual BICSI conference return to Dubai (incidentally bringing with it a certain awards ceremony...), and this year's event is set to be one of the most diverse yet to come to the region. The theme of the 2007 conference is ‘information transmission over copper, fibre and wireless'.

"This year we have a number of new components, all aimed at helping industry professionals," says Kandasamy Ganesan, district chair of BICSI for the Middle East. "First, we have in-depth workshops scheduled for the day before the conference itself - these will give attendees the chance to look at a particular topic more comprehensively. Normally conference presentations last only around 40 minutes, whereas in the workshop we will have a four-hour session on one topic. We have multiple workshops running simultaneously, on topics such as data centres, 10G Ethernet, and smart homes.

"Second, we've also arranged a programme where vendors can talk about their products and solutions, again in the day before the conference in the afternoon," Ganesan adds. "Vendors will have a slot of 20 minutes or so - a lot of customers and partners will be attending BICSI, so vendors often like to do a product launch or briefing. These vendor presentations will be free for all BICSI participants."

BICSI visitors will see a number of new names at the conference and accompanying exhibition - vendors including Maxcell, Huber + Suhner and Mayflex among others. HP will also be exhibiting at the conference for the first time. Many of the first-time visitors are also new entrants to the region.

Ganesan says that BICSI, now in its sixth year in the Middle East, has gathered momentum to the point that many companies see it as a must-attend event in the region's networking and IT calendar. The BICSI regional chair says he and the organising team have fielded a large number of enquiries about exhibiting at the event, resulting in a record number of stands in the expo.

The theme for this year's event is designed to address the disparate network environments which organisations are now deploying, and how to ensure they are running at peak efficiency. According to Ganesan, recent trends towards convergence have prompted the topic for the year.

"We are trying to promote the idea of information transport, because in today's converged environment the information that flows over networks can be almost anything - data, voice, video, a control signal, or access security for example. This is where BICSI comes in, to help industry professionals implement and develop best practices to cope with the wide variety of information flows."

BICSI president John Bakowski will again fly in, his fourth appearance at the Middle East event. He will also be joined by two other senior BICSI executives - Jan Lewis, international operations director, and David Cramner, executive director.

BICSI will run over 1-3 April at the Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE.

More information and details of fees and registration are available at www.itp.net/events/bicsi2007

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