Event Date/Time: Nov 21, 2004 End Date/Time: Nov 23, 2004
Registration Date: Nov 15, 2004
Early Registration Date: Nov 12, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 12, 2004
Paper Submission Date: Nov 18, 2004
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Description

The Baltic IT Cruise is a meeting place for IT professionals from the both sides of the Baltic Sea (Nordic countries, Baltic States, Poland, North-West Russia). If you are looking to explore new opportunities for your IT development or to find new markets, to exchange experience of IT outsourcing or establishing a company on the other side of the Baltics, this event is a must for you. The conference is going onboard comfortable Viking Line ferry, which also gives an extra opportunity for good networking.

Large Scandinavian companies are going to join. Among the Cruise participants you will find such famous names as TietoEnator, Scala, StoraEnso, CSC, Fortum, Nokia, VINNOVA. The list of participating is updating daily. And of course you will meet all the leaders in software development from North-West Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithunia.

Several new speakers have confirmed their participation. Per-Ake Andersson, IT Director at VINNOVA, will speak about his view on IT globalization in the Baltic Sea region and challenges to use IT help from abroad. Harry Piela, Sybase Lithuania, will present some results of his large experience fo esatblishing offices in baltic States.

Russian Government is also onboard. Mrs Selena Semushkina from Russian Federal IT Agency will present the views of Russian Government on development and support of IT and software in Russia.

Ulf Baggstrom, Managing Director CSC Sweden, has confirmed the participation in the Cruise. CSC is a global leader of IT services, 45 years old, employing 90000+ people around the globe. CSC in Scandinavia has the good experience of using a Russian software company as a subcontractor. Ulf Baggstrom will speak on opportunities and challenges of IT outsourcing..

More and more Nordic companies are establishing business on the other side of the Baltic Sea. This is the opinion from Jan Book, Senior Consultant and Partner at Informatics, he follows the growing trend for outplacement of the IT and software development to the Baltic States and Russia. The largest challenge is still language problems, because not every Nordic company would like to have the internal communication and documentation in English. Jan Book will present his opinion in the Cruise program. You may also have a look at the article in Computer Sweden, http://www.idg.se/ArticlePages/ 200408/06/20040806115320_CS/20040806115320_CS.dbp.asp

Head of IT Committee, St Petersburg City Administration will be speaking at the Cruise. St Petersburg City Administration will be represented by Mr Sergey Zhdanov, Chairman of the Committee of Information Technologies and Communication. "The IT integration of the Baltic Sea region is very important", Mr Zhdanov says. "Nowadays the Baltic Sea region is one of the most developed in terms of Internet penetration, mobility, developing of new technologies. And it can grow further by using the skillful pool of resources existing on the other side of the Baltic Sea".

The most interesting are "real life examples". The experience from many international business conferences and seminars shows that the most exciting presentations which raise the large interest from the audience and are followed by questions and discussions, are examples from "real life", about the concrete experience of establishing an office, outplacement of software development or finding a distribution partner. Mane such examples will be collected onboard. We have invited such companies as TietoEnator, Scala, Nokia, Prolog Development Center, FOSS, Oplayo, Vinnova, Infochain to exchange their experience with the audience.

General Consuls of the countries around the Baltic Sea will help for IT Cruise preparation. On October 22, the meeting with all Consulates General of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be held in St Petersburg City Administration. Consuls will discuss how to distribute the information about the Cruise in their countries and help to attract more participants and mass media awareness.

The program of the First Baltic IT Cruise may be found here http://www.fort-ross.ru/cruise/program.html The registration is also going on at http://www.fort-ross.ru/cruise

The organizers of the Baltic IT Cruise is RUSSOFT Association, which unites 75 software development companies from Russia, Ukraine and Belorussia and Fort-Ross Ltd., the official marketing agency of RUSSOFT.

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IT outsourcing and outplacement of software development have become a common trend in the global industry. St Petersburg region, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland can offer a broad scale of IT services for the Nordic businesses, IT companies as well as end users. The main goal of the IT Cruise is to present the IT opportunities of the region, to showcase the best examples of already existing co-operation in the field of IT outsourcing. You will exchange the experience with companies already using IT service providers in Russia and Baltic States. The First Baltic IT Cruise will take place onboard of Viking Line ferry traveling between Helsinki and Stockholm, from November 21 till November 23. Over 150 people from all cities and regions around the Baltic Sea are expecting to participate in the conference - Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland. The highlights of the conference are: excellence of IT resources in the region, why the best programming resources are accumulated in the Baltic region and how to use them in order to gain global leadership, showcases of IT outsourcing, concrete examples of successful co-operation, best practices in development processes and quality assurance, how to manage the risks of IT outsourcing and guarantee the quality of projects. The very important part of the IT Cruise is matchmaking and B2B meetings between participating companies. Three slots in the program will be devoted to company-to-company discussions about potential business relationships. All interested companies are welcome to submit their presentations, support the conference with different sponsorship options and register for participation. Looking forward to meet you onboard, Sincerely, The Organizing Committee

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