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2005.08.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

AMCIS 2005 to Feature Keynote Addresses — IBM's Sanford and Aesec's Schell

Omaha – Two internationally renowned leaders in their fields will give keynote addresses at the 2005 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2005) set to start, Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

Linda Sanford, IBM's senior vice president for Enterprise On Demand Transformation and Information Technology, will speak at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 12.  Dr. Roger Schell, co-founder and president of Aesec Corporation, a new company focused on verifiably secure platforms for secure, reliable e-business, will give his presentation at 8:15 a.m. on  Aug. 13.

"Our two keynote speakers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in their fields," said Deepak Khazanchi, a UNO professor and one of the conference's organizers.  "I know that the AMCIS attendees will take home a number of ideas from their presentations.  Sanford's talk on "Pursuing Growth and Innovation" will inform and stimulate our thinking about new ways of transforming business, while Schell's talk on "Trustworthy Information Systems – A Myth or an Enabler?" will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with information systems security."

As IBM's senior vice president for Enterprise On Demand Transformation & Information Technology, Sanford is responsible for working across IBM to transform core business processes, create an IT infrastructure to support those processes, and help create a culture that recognizes the value that on-demand leadership can bring to IBM.  She is a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and the National Association of Engineers. Sanford has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Fortune Magazine, one of the Top Ten Innovators in the Technology Industry by Information Week Magazine, and one of the Ten Most Influential Women in Technology by Working Woman Magazine.

Before co-founding Aesec, Schell worked at Novell where he led their Class C2 network evaluation and managed development of product security. He is internationally recognized as a major contributor to the advancement of computer security concepts and the overall definition of network security. He has originated several key modern security design and evaluation techniques and holds patents in cryptography and authentication.  Schell also has more than 60 publications, and was an associate professor of computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the MIT.

AMCIS 2005 runs through Aug. 14 and is expected to bring in more than 900 attendees from around the world. The conference was awarded to Omaha in 2002, after a year's effort by Dr. Khazanchi and Ilze Zigurs, UNO professors in the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis in the College of Information Science and Technology.

About AIS and AMCIS

The Association of Information Systems (AIS) is the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems, with nearly 5,000 members representing nearly 50 countries from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. AIS was founded in 1994 as a professional organization whose purpose is to serve as the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems and to advance knowledge in the use of information technology to improve organizational performance and individual quality of work life. The AIS sponsors two major conferences, Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) and International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). AIS also endorses regional conferences in the Pacific-Rim countries (PACIS) and Europe (ECIS), and hosts a virtual bulletin board, AISWorldNet, subscribed by more than 2,500 IS academics and professionals worldwide. For more information on AIS and its activities, visit http://www.aisnet.org/.

The annual Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) is a gathering of Information Systems (IS) academics and research-oriented practitioners held in North, Central and South America of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) membership. The first AMCIS conference was held in Pittsburgh, Penn. in August 1995. 

Some cities that have hosted or will host AMCIS include Long Beach, Calif. (2000), Boston (2001), Dallas (2002), Tampa, Fla. (2003), New York (2004) and Acapulco (2006).

AMCIS is a key element of the services that AIS provides to its members and to the broader information systems academic community.  AMCIS also provides a placement service that has listings of universities seeking faculty applicants and applicants seeking a faculty position.

AMCIS is also an opportunity for information systems faculty to meet and review the latest offerings from major vendors, publishers and suppliers.  The large number of attendees in a dedicated field is a strong draw for major players in the information systems academic marketplace.

The proceedings from all AMCIS conferences are available to AIS members via the AIS E-Library.  Annual subscriptions are also available to libraries and universities.  The 1995-2004 AMCIS conference proceedings are also available for purchase in hard copy and/or CD version via the AIS Web site.

For more information, contact:Deepak Khazanchi, (402) 554-2029, or Ilze Zigurs,  (402) 554-3182.

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