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What Users Want

If you're in or near Chicago this week, check out the DataComm Enterprise Conference at McCormick Place.

At this event, Byte and Switch editors, along with compatriots at sister publications in CMP's Light Reading universe, will convene with users to discuss the state of enterprise IT in three key areas: storage, security, and wireless technologies.

The choice of subjects for this Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)-sponsored conference wasn't arbitrary. These are the areas of IT pros' chief concerns these days, and where most of their purchasing will likely be focused in the foreseeable future.

"Vital corporate data passes between, across, and through all of [these areas]," said Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, in a prepared statement. "So, for example, a typical IT project today might comprise working out how to provide a mobile workforce with access to proprietary data stored in a server farm from their PDAs -- and make the whole thing secure."

Recent research backs this up: The latest CIO survey conducted by Merrill Lynch shows networked storage, applications software, and security are the top three targets for increased spending this year. (See Uncertainty Shadows IT Spending.)

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